BCCDA Webinars


BCCDA holds educational webinars every second Wednesday of the month. Webinars are free of charge to the members of the association, as well as member agencies.

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Our members can access recording of the past webinars via their membership portal.


Date: July 13th, 2022 at 12pm


Moderator: Megan Hamlet (Manager of Training and Development with ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd.) Megan is the face of Learning Innovation, Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Training. With a background in Business Administration and Marketing and over a decade of employment in the Tech industry with Amazon, Megan can be found in webinars, with clients, searching out cool tools, discovering new trends, and imagining creative ways to make things happen.

About the Panel

We are all aware of the need for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and many industries are fortunately starting to implement the cultures and solutions that aim to provide a fruitful platform for diversity and inclusion to thrive.

This particular discussion is going to focus on an often overlooked and often unseen piece of diversity mosaic; neurologically based diversity. We are going to investigate how this type of diversity influences the careers of people with conditions such as autism, ADHD or dyslexia.

These conditions are often discussed in a school setting, but then somehow disappear from the horizon in an adult environment. So, how are these people getting by in their adulthood? How are they being supported so they can thrive and so we can benefit from their often-unique gifts of having an ability to use their brains in a different way?

Panel Participants

Lucas Gates - Pacific Autism Family- Lucas is an autism advocate who is proud of who he is. As an advocate, he is very optimistic about where the autistic community is heading towards and many more to come. Lucas is happily employed and lives life to the fullest.

Sarah Hardiman - Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador- Sarah help young adults with autism gain the skills and confidence they need to confidently take the next step in their journey into adulthood. She has experience with neurodiversity in both her professional and personal life, being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult.

Sean Enns - Nanaimo Foodshare Society-Sean Enns (He/Him) is a neurodivergent adult living on the unceded traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. He has worked with Nanaimo Foodshare Society since 2014. His current projects with Foodshare includes the EAT Project: an inclusion and social enterprise project by and for people with disabilities, and is the Island Food Hub lead for Foodshare, leading the Nanaimo Region in conversations and capacity building for food sovereignty. Over the last 10 years, Sean has used his lived experience to advocate for diversity and inclusion in community projects, with a particular focus on neurodiversity.

Ross MacMillan - Employer Engagement Specialist for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) and Labour Market Facilitator for the federally-funded Ready, Willing, and Able (RWA) inclusive employment program. In his current role, Ross sells employers on the many benefits of the inclusive hiring business case, and helps them identify suitable roles within their organizations. Once jobs are identified, Ross connects employers with an untapped talent pool of neurodiverse job seekers from local supported employment agencies. Ross works with employers and agencies, throughout the entire hiring process. RWA provides a variety of free supports to employers so they can increase their capacity to recruit, hire, and retain candidates on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability.

Nicole Allen - Regional Director of Employment and Disability Services, Open Door Group- Responsible for managing and improving all nine of Open-Door Group’s specialized employment programs, through the Ministry of advanced education and skills training and Employment and Social Development Canada. Programs include Jobs in Demand (Multi-Barrier, Youth at risk and Survivors of Abuse), Career Pathways to Success (Persons with Disabilities) and Opportunities Fund (Persons with disabilities).


Date: August 10th, 2022 at 12pm


Today’s construction careers may surprise you! With greater diversity and technological advancements, there is far more to get excited about than ever before in this thriving industry. Increasing opportunities for career advancement and job satisfaction are met with steadily increasing compensation packages and employers who sincerely care about culture. In this session, you’ll hear candid and frank career information from a woman with many years working for general contractors, who now leads the province’s largest construction association.

About Donna Grant - President of Vancouver Regional Construction Association

Donna Grant is the President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), representing and advocating for more than 750 member organizations from Pemberton to Hope. For more than 30 years Donna has passionately supported the needs of business, students, and community. She champions career development and mental health in construction, is an engaging keynote speaker for students, industry associations, and construction companies throughout BC, and creates initiatives that make a real difference to individuals who need support. Prior to her role as VRCA President, her experience in construction spanned human resources, business development, strategic planning, procurement, and marketing.

Donna’s diverse career has included many years as a professional instructor in the post-secondary realm, developing and teaching courses in student success and motivation, career planning, and marketing. Also woven through her experience are business writer and editor, professional sales, restauranteur and chef. Donna currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the BCCA Employee Benefits Trust, is an Ex-Officio Council Member of the Council of Construction Associations, and recently served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Construction Women’s Association as Director of Community. Donna is passionate about helping others craft their careers in construction.


Date: September 14th, 2022 at 12pm


Organized in collaboration with Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC)

Presenter by Walt Judas - CEO of Tourism Industry Association of BC

Like other business sectors, British Columbia's tourism and hospitality industry is facing a workforce shortage that is affecting its ability to fully recover from the impacts of the COVID pandemic. At the same time, opportunities abound for both skilled and unskilled workers, youth, women, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, seniors, and people with disabilities to find good paying jobs or build a career within BC's visitor economy. In this session, you'll learn more about the tourism and hospitality sector, the types of jobs available, how to enter the field, common myths about the industry, and more.

Walt Judas - CEO of Tourism Industry Association of BC

Walt Judas has been involved in the tourism industry for some 35 years, having worked at BC Pavco, Port Metro Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver prior to joining TIABC in May, 2015.

As CEO, Walt’s responsibilities include leading multiple advocacy files, building relationships with members and industry stakeholders, communicating the value of BC’s visitor economy to various audiences, and setting the strategic course for TIABC.

Prior to joining the organization, he spent 15+ years at Tourism Vancouver as vice president of Marketing Communications, Membership and Sport.

Over the years, Walt has held dozens of board and committee positions. At present, he is on tourism program advisory committees for both Capilano University and Vancouver Community College. He also serves on the City of Vancouver’s Sport Hosting Grant Committee.

Having visited some 40 countries, Walt loves to travel and is especially enjoying visiting communities around British Columbia to meet with members and constituents. In his spare time, he plays hockey, runs to stay fit, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.