IRIS Associates

Audrey Cole, parent and writer on disability and inclusion

An activist, educator and lecturer with deep roots in the Community Living movement. The birth of her son, Ian, energized her interests in human rights, values and ethics, the social well-being of disadvantaged people and the social roles and responsibilities of voluntary associations. She is known for her expertise on guardianship legislation and her work on supported decision making and on genetic discrimination. A recipient of the Canada Volunteer Award and a Distinguished Associate of CACL, she is a Past President of the Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement and an Honorary Life Member of CACL and of the Ontario provincial Association. In 1997, she was invested in the Order of Ontario in recognition of her tireless activism on behalf of people with disabilities. Audrey has authored a wide range of publications which critically evaluate the values and ethics which have historically justified exclusion, and which elaborate foundations for a fully inclusive ethic.

Johanne Bourbonnais, consultant in Change Management, and Course Director at McGill University and Universite de Quebec a Montreal

Years of proven results in capacity building and social change, participatory approaches and results based management. Seasoned facilitator, learning specialist and consultant in international development; has extensive experience working with governments overseas and in Canada on large scale multi stakeholders’ initiatives. Has an established expertise in the areas of communications, diversity, inclusion, gender equality, strategic planning and projects- programs evaluation. Currently teaches “Intervention in a multicultural context” at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in the Masters in Psychoeducation. Johanne part of the IRIS team for delivering the Policy Makers Leadership Program to the Government of New Brunswick in February 2012. Her fields of expertise include: Diversity and inclusion, Participatory approaches and research, Gender based analysis and strategic planning, Process facilitation, training and coaching, Change management, Results based management, Intercultural communication and conflict resolution, Project and program evaluation

Jason Newberry, Principal Consultant, Taylor Newberry Consulting

Jason Newberry is co-founder and a Principal Consultant at Taylor Newberry Consulting, a social research organization in Guelph, Ontario. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Guelph and has since worked on over 50 applied research and evaluation projects, in addition to a variety of organizational consultations and educational initiatives. His interests are in the field of program evaluation broadly, with specific interest in system-level evaluations, complex interventions, theory of change, community-based research methods, capacity building, knowledge mobilization and community development. Jason’s content interests include mental health and addictions, disability rights and supports, family support and early childhood development and intervention, food security, and citizen participation. Jason has conducted a number of program evaluations for CACL

Michael Prince, Landsdowne Professor of Social Policy, University of Victoria

Dr. Prince teaches policy and organizational analysis in public administration and SPP. Current research interests include: trends in social policy over the past 25 years and the next generations; federal-provincial relations; aboriginal governance; and policy making in disability politics and policy issues. He is currently Co-Principal Researcher with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) on a five year community-university alliance project entitled “Disability Poverty, Enabling Citizenship.”

Diane Richler, Chair, International Disability Alliance, and consultant to the World Bank and UN Agencies

Diane is Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and Past-President of Inclusion International. Diane believes that policies that include people with an intellectual disability and their families are good public policies for everyone. Her own experience is particularly in inclusive education, closing institutions, and citizen engagement, and the goals that she has been most focused on are the ones dealing with children, families, and education. As President of Inclusion International, Diane led an initiative designed to catalyze the capacity of multi-lateral, state, civil society, and economic actors to develop more inclusive economies, societies, and institutions of governance. This initiative aimed to “link local voices to global change” by bringing together people, organizations and institutions committed to inclusion in order to develop strategies for social development. Diane Richler is also the Senior Policy Advisor and was the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Community Living

Tim Stainton, Chair, Social Work, University of British Columbia

Tim is currently Professor and Director of the School of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at the University of British Columbia. He has held Faculty appointments at the University of Wales Swansea where he was Director of Social Work, McGill University and was tutor in Social Policy at the London School of Economics. In 2008-2009 he was the Sir Allan Sewell Visiting Fellow at Griffith University, Australia. Prior to his academic career he worked in the field of intellectual disability in a number of roles including as Director of Policy and Programmes for the Ontario Association for Community Living and at the Community Living Society in Vancouver as a service broker working on the de-institutionalization of provincial institutions. He is author of numerous works on service and supports for people with intellectual disabilities, disability rights, individualized funding, history, ethics and theory. He was principal investigator on the multi-year Community Living Research Project and currently is conducting research on Supported Decision Making, Individualized Funding, Home sharing, Aging with an intellectual disability and the history of intellectual disability. He has published in a range of journals including the Journal of Intellectual disability research, Journal on Intellectual Disability, British Journal of Social Work, and Disability and Society. He is active in the disability rights and community living movements and is a board member of the Canadian Association for Community Living. Tim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Kings College (UWO); an MSW from the University of Toronto, 1985: and a PhD (Social Policy and Political Theory) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1992.

Don Gallant, Principal Consultant with Don Gallant and Associates

Don Gallant is Principal Consultant with Don Gallant and Associates, a private company founded as a social policy and planning agency, whose primary mandate is to provide support and consultation to both public and private sectors so as to advance and promote social well being and inclusion, especially for persons with disabilities. The agency provides support and consultation to organizations through engaging in social action research, program evaluation, and project development, group facilitation and strategic planning. Prior to entry into the private sector in 1998, Mr. Gallant held senior management positions within the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, including Director, Division of Family and Rehabilitative Services, and had worked extensively with agencies in both the private and public sector, including third sector organizations, at both the provincial and national level. During this tenure he oversaw the closure of two provincial institutions for persons with intellectual disabilities (Children’s Home and Exon House) during the 1980s, and concurrent development of an array of community based programs and individualized supports for persons with disabilities and their families. In the mid 1990s Mr. Gallant was the key government official in the design and implementation of ‘The Right Future – A Future with Rights’ project and oversaw the movement of over 110 persons with intellectual disabilities from the Waterford Hospital (the provincial psychiatric facility) into the community. Mr. Gallant has extensive experience in and knowledge of the areas of program evaluation, service design, social policy development and analysis, strategic planning and administration. At present, Mr. Gallant serves (under contract to the Canadian Association for Community Living) as National Coordinator for its National Community Inclusion Initiative.