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Speakers & Panelists

Evelyn Akselrod

The Career Foundation

Evelyn Akselrod currently serves as the Director of Strategic Development, Community and Corporate Relations at The Career Foundation. With over 18 years of experience in the employment and workforce development sector, Evelyn designs strategic solutions that help people, companies and industries prosper. As a lifelong learner and an optimistic futurist, Evelyn embraces change, innovations and productive disruption.

Ashley Boha

The Regina Work Preparation Centre Inc.

Ashley Boha is currently the Executive Director of The Regina Work Preparation Centre Inc. Working in the non-profit and charitable sector has been a passion of Ashley’s from a young age and is the sector she has spent majority of her career in, with special attention on workforce development. Her current focus is driving innovation, greater collaboration across the sector, province and country and taking a 21st century approach to positively disrupt the sector for the betterment of the entire community.

Tamer Ibrahim

Laidlaw Foundation

Tamer Ibrahim leads the Youth Collective Impact program at the Laidlaw Foundation: an initiative in partnership with Innoweave that helps organizations in local communities across Ontario develop, launch and implement collective impact approaches that directly improve outcomes for youth in their community. He currently sits on the board of directors at For Youth Initiative: a nonprofit organization that has served, inspired and advocated for thousands of teens and young adults in York South-Weston since 1995.

Larry Koschok

Sandra Summerhayes & Associates

Larry Koschok is a certified trainer with extensive experience in staff training and development and counselling. He has developed and delivered training to management and staff on a wide variety of topics. He brings many years of experience with the federal and provincial government departments focused on employment and training. He is known for his energetic, humorous facilitation style.

Myra Latendresse-Drapeau

Employment and Social Development Canada

Myra Latendresse-Drapeau is currently with the department of Employment and Social Development Canada, which she joined as Director in the Youth, Skills and Innovation Directorate.

In her role as policy lead for the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and the Canada Summer Jobs Program, Myra gets to work with Departments from across the Government of Canada and many partners from all over the country to find the best ways to help youth, and in particular youth facing barriers, get the support they need to succeed in the labour market.

Myra brings to this portfolio several years of experience in Strategic Policy, a passion for public sector innovation, and a commitment to experimenting with new approaches to policy development and program design to better understand the impact of government investments.

Sandra Summerhayes

Sandra Summerhayes & Associates

Sandra Summerhayes is a Master Trainer and Certified Training Professional, who began her career as an employment counselor with Human Resources Development Canada. Her mission mission of helping leaders succeed has been the cornerstone of a 25+ year career in Training & Development. Sandra has earned notable certifications, including: Laughter Leader, Coach Practitioner, Thiagi Trainer, Teaching Adults, Human Resources, Personality Dimensions Levels 1 & 2, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Emotional Intelligence and DISC.