Autism Alliance of Canada is pleased to announce our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place online on Thursday, April 6, 2023 from 2:00-3:30 PM EST. 

Everyone is welcome to attend! Note that only Organization and Community Members will be able to vote on the resolutions. 


We are thrilled to kick off the programming for this year’s World Autism Month with our Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year’s AGM will host a number of interesting topics, including: 

  • The election of our new Board Members
  • Our “Year in Review,” presented by Dr. Jonathan Lai, Executive Director of Autism Alliance of Canada. Join us to learn more about an overview of the development of Autism Alliance of Canada’s various initiatives, projects and accomplishments over the last year. 
  • Guest presentations, “The Employment Ecosystem: National Initiatives Supporting the Employment Journey of Autistic Job Seekers.

We will also share details about the upcoming 9th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit, taking place April 17 to 19 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre and via livestream. We will share key questions that will be explored at CALS2023, which will help inform our work as an Alliance as the National Autism Strategy moves forward. Click here to grab your tickets to CALS2023 today! 

We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s virtual AGM! 


Guest presentations


The Employment Ecosystem: National Initiatives Supporting the Employment Journey of Autistic Job Seekers


To close this year’s Annual General Meeting, we will be joined by guest speakers, Tanya McLeod, President at Sinneave Family Foundation and National Project Director for the EmploymentWorks National Project, and Sinthea Chowdhury, National Program Coordinator for the Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) Initiative. Tanya McLeod and Sinthea Chowdhury will present “The Employment Ecosystem: National Initiatives Supporting the Employment Journey of Autistic Job Seekers,” exploring how both national initiatives work together to connect employers and neurodiverse job seekers towards meaningful employment.

Funded by the Government of Canada, Ready, Willing and Able is designed to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum by engaging, educating and supporting employers and employment agencies across Canada. RWA is currently expanding its reach to serve underrepresented communities, with the launch of the Youth Employment Pilot Project for Black, Indigenous, People(s) of Colour (BIPOC) Communities.

The EmploymentWorks National Project is an initiative of The Sinneave Family Foundation delivered in collaboration with ten autism-serving organizations across the country. Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program, the EmploymentWorks National Project is designed to help Autistic youth, adults and persons with disabilities to prepare for, find, obtain and keep jobs. The EmploymentWorks program model supports employment readiness through structured skill building and unique job sampling, complemented with work experience and on-the-job supports along a planned, sequential pathway from preparedness to sustained employment. EmploymentWorks is expanding its reach through an online self-paced format available in both English and French, eliminating barriers to participation related to location, transportation or fixed program schedules.