Consulting

Gateway offers one on one consultation to employers, businesses, agencies, and more to support them in enhancing their inclusive hiring practices.

For more information about consultations with Gateway Association please contact Renate Burwash at Renate@gatewayassociation.ca or by phone at 780-454-0701.

Gateway Association is working in partnership with Dr. Ian Gellatly from the University of Alberta, as well as CDPP.


Gateway’s Disability Inclusion Training Workshops: Why do it?

Inclusive and supportive workplaces are critical to creating conditions for people with and without disabilities to work in unity. This type of an environment leads to increased employee engagement and high employee engagement leads to higher productivity, commitment, innovation, and satisfaction. Businesses that value diversity understand that disability is not only included in diversity, but that the disability minority is the largest minority and is also the only community that includes all other diverse populations.

Successful businesses ensure that their workforce mirrors their customers. Your patrons expect to see themselves represented within the businesses they support and smart businesses know that their business brand is heavily impacted and reputation as a socially responsible company is heavily impacted by having inclusive hiring practices.

Along with this, by including people living with disabilities, (both visible and invisible) in your workplace, you will be more innovative, and you’ll be better able to create enhanced products and/or services to your customers.

Externally, what does an Inclusive Business mean:

  • An engaged workplace where employees feel like they belong.
  • A workplace where everyone is valued for their contributions and different perspectives.
  • A successful and prosperous business with diverse employees and diverse customers.
  • A business that cares about it’s community and the people in it.
  • A sought-after employer for new, top-notch talent.
  • A supportive workplace culture where employees are more productive.
  • A business that is continually innovating and thriving.

Workshops Offered:

Inclusive H.R. Practices

Eliminate discrimination in recruitment. This workshop focuses on the employment cycle from recruiting, hiring, onboarding and training, and performance management; considering inclusion at every phase. It includes both challenges and solutions.

Workplace Climate

What is climate and culture? How to foster an inclusive culture for staff – This full day workshop includes psychological safety training, improving employee engagement, and unconscious bias training.

Maintenance and Evaluation

How to foster a sustainable inclusive organization over time; how to use data to assess progress and to identify areas that need further work.

Fostering an Inclusive Culture for Leaders

Begin to identify your inclusion statement (aligning your values and mission to include inclusion). Begin building an action plan to implement an inclusion strategy. This session includes psychological safety training.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation for each course they complete.


Other Services:

Inclusive H.R. Practices

Eliminate discrimination in recruitment. This workshop focuses on the employment cycle from recruiting, hiring, onboarding and training, and performance management; considering inclusion at every phase. It includes both challenges and solutions.

Workplace Climate

What is climate and culture? How to foster an inclusive culture for staff – This full day workshop includes psychological safety training, improving employee engagement, and unconscious bias training.

Why Gateway?

Gateway Association offers workshops that can introduce and guide inclusive hiring practices to all levels of your organization regardless of where you are at in your inclusion strategy.

All of our workshops are interactive and have case study components that are drawn from our own disability inclusion work experience and 42 years of knowledge. From these workshops, participants will learn the strategies and tools to start implementing inclusive workplace strategies immediately. Work-shops can be tailored to the needs of your organization. Options range from lunch and learns, half-day or full day sessions.

Gateway has 43 years of experience and a reputation for being leaders and innovators in the world of disability inclusion. We developed the WeBelong App, started Canada’s first Inclusive cash mob trend, and created a proven, unique employment strategy supporting employers and people living with disabilities and other barriers. We are known for being community influencers through the lens of disability and we are passionate about building capacity for employers who value a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. Through our research, experience, expertise, and our reputation for deeply understanding how to make inclusion work, we continue to support employers in their disability inclusion efforts.

Along with Gateway’s history of being educators in the disability field to families, professionals, government, and to the community, we understand, first hand, what it takes to have, and maintain an inclusive workplace.

We work in collaboration with the University of Alberta School of Business and CDPP. The Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP), is a national partnership project involving nearly 50 academics, community organizations, government agencies, and private-sector organizations. It was created with the goal of enhancing community participation among Canadians with disabilities. In 2014, under the leadership of Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, it was awarded a 7-year, $2.6M grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

CDPP works with Gateway Association to work with us in the development of our workshops and training materials and they review all materials and processes with us. With the permission of the employer, the research collected from the employers we work with will be part of the national disability inclusive employment research being collected and some of which will be published.

Contact us to access inclusive employment services.

Alex started working for the City of Edmonton in 2014. He is now thriving doing administrative support for the Communications and Engagement department. Alex also recently joined the Gateway Association Board of Directors.