CDC 2019 - Program


Conference Agenda.docx.pdf


NOT BOOK SMART? ME NEITHER! presented by Dr. Roxanne Reeves, Ph.D.

Dr. Reeves speaks on leadership and is an international speaker and trainer on the intersection of resiliency, human transformation, mentorship and coaching. She not only has a rewarding consulting and research career, studying the intersections of entrepreneurship, diversity, and mentorship but as a teacher her academic home is at the University of New Brunswick, Canada faculty of Leadership Studies - Renaissance College. There she is a sought-after mentor to students in the Faculty; many have gone on to very successful careers in science, medicine, business, and the NGO sector.

Dr. Reeves’ career developed on the basis of chance happenings, repeated failure, the willingness to take risks and the acceptance and provision of mentoring. Her career has included periods of difficulty and has shifted back and forth between Canada and Asia. Although she has been amply recognized for her successes, her greatest learning has come from her failures.

Dr. Reeves’ greatest satisfaction has been in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of mentorship interventions. Her passion for mentorship is driven by her direct experience with stigma and learning disabilities. She shares in the TEDx Talk, “Mentoring Is Broken: Here’s How to Hack It” how the combinations of intellectual curiosity, emotional gratification, and an elevated- risk tolerance have meant a surprising and rewarding career.

Dr. Reeves’ research is award-winning. She is one of less than 15 scholars whose research has been recognized by the International Mentoring Association. Her research is published in the Journal of Coaching and Mentoring, the Journal of Evidence Based Coaching, and the SAGE Handbook of Mentoring. She is one of less than 20 scholars whose research was recognized by the International Mentoring Association. Dr. Reeves is a former ANBLH fellow and a Mitacs doctoral fellowship recipient.

She moved from Canada to study then work in Colombia, Italy, China, and Japan. She is a former farm girl, model, internationally employed stained glass craftsperson, an political operative and she is always a lover of cats, coffee, and conversation.



This keynote presentation will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of how individuals experience disadvantage in unique ways based on the intersection of disability and other aspects of social location and identity, such as gender, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and age. It is critical to understand the diverse aspects of social location and intersectionality, and the reality that disadvantage or exclusion are based on the interaction of multiple factors.

Conference participants are invited to explore how broad societal-macro factors and interlocking oppressions such as ableism, ageism, racism, homophobism, and/or classism may shape and determine the experience of the individuals. They learn how the people they serve may experience disadvantage in unique ways based on the intersection of disability and other aspects of identity. Participants are invited to examine their beliefs and attitudes with respect to disability and intersectionality, and reflect on the values and knowledge required to better serve their clients.

Dr. Jeanette Robertson has been an educator in social work for the past 20 years. She is a Professor Emerita at Thompson Rivers University, and a current faculty member at Langara College. She is the co-editor of Disability and Social Change: A Progressive Canadian Approach (2016). This book offers a fresh Canadian perspective on disability from a critical lens, challenging and inspiring students and practitioners alike to think outside the box and to examine their own attitudes and values toward disability, ensuring that they do not inadvertently impose ableist and oppressive practices on one of Canada’s most marginalized populations.

Dr. Robertson’s social work practice experience has largely been within the disability, healthcare, and aging field and extends to roles of community educator, social work practitioner, program coordinator, Community Living BC Council member, and rehabilitation worker in both the voluntary and governmental sector of British Columbia and Alberta.