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Not-for-profit Governance Leadership: Creating a Culture of Accessibility

This backgrounder document lays the groundwork for organizations to consider, within their governance activities, to achieve a cultural shift in the implementation of systems to meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

The IOG set out to highlight two key considerations to stimulate discussion:

-Why is accessibility a governance issue?
-What parts of not-for-profit governance work can a Board of Directors use to create a shift in an organization’s culture of accessibility?

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About the Authors

  • Brian Huskins

    Brian Huskins

    Senior Fellow, Not-for-Profit Governance

    Brian Huskins has extensive knowledge and experience in not-for-profit governance work at the local, national and international levels spanning over 25 years.

    He has worked with organizations to develop attainable strategic plans, designed effective communications strategies and ensured that stakeholders are engaged in the decisions that impact their lives.

    Working with a broad range of clients from the public sector and the civil society sector, Brian has proactively been a leader in the analysis of public policy, development of organizational policies and advocated for inclusive dialogue in working towards change. The author of a number of research papers on public policy and stakeholder engagement, Brian has written extensively around HIV/AIDS issues for various publications and has two published works: “Sexual Identity: The Journey Begins” and “Breaking the Skin: Tattooing and Body Piercing – Know the Risks”.

    In 2000, Brian was one of 25 Calgarians chosen to participate in the inaugural course of Leadership Calgary, a unique action study and community focused program designed to identify and motivate aspiring leaders in Calgary.

    He has served on a number of Ministerial Advisory Committees and represented civil society in a broad range of consultations; including the NGO representation on the 3×5 Evaluation Steering Committee with the World Health Organization and as a member of the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS.

    In 2014 Brian received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing his contribution to Canadian society.

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