IDA Ontario 2020 Conference Schedule

NOTICE:  The conference has been postponed to fall 2020.

A new date will be announced soon.


Conference Registration Deadline


Conference Schedule and Session Details

8 am - Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens

8:30 - 9:45 - Opening Plenary Session

Unlocking Potential - Keynote address by Dean Bragonier


Dean Bragonier is the Founder and Executive Dyslexic of NoticeAbility Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students with dyslexia identify their unique strengths and build self-esteem.

Shaped by the challenges associated with his dyslexia and after struggling through the traditional secondary education system, Dean became a diligent and successful college student who developed a true love of learning at Bates College. Upon graduation, Dean embraced his entrepreneurial instincts and acquired a small seasonal restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard Island that he transformed into a successful full-scale enterprise. It was through this endeavor that he was able to contextualize his years of laborious academic learning and discover the true gifts of his dyslexic mind.

10:00 - 11:00 - Breakout Sessions (attendees may choose sessions from either stream)

11:00 - 11:15 - BREAK (time for delegates to visit exhibitor booths)

11:15 - 12:45 - Breakout Sessions (attendees may choose sessions from either stream)

12:45 - 1:30 Lunch 

1:30 - 3:00 - Breakout Sessions (attendees may choose sessions from either stream)

3:00 - 3:15 - BREAK (time for delegates to visit exhibitor booths)

3:15 - 4:30 Closing Plenary Session

Student Achievement Award

Right to Read Public Inquiry - Renu Mandhane

Renu Mandhane was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in October 2015. She is the former Executive Director of the award-winning International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. She has an LL.M in international human rights law from New York University. Renu began her practice focused on criminal law, and in that capacity, she represented many survivors of sexual violence and prisoners. Renu has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and the United Nations. Most recently, Renu was recognized by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of Canada’s most influential lawyers for her advocacy related to solitary confinement.