News & Events

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Workshops & Events

See our latest Employment Resource Centre (ERC), Family Resource Centre (FRC) and Learning Resource Centre (LRC) workshops below.









Annual General Meeting

Each year, Gateway Association recognizes its members and other community leaders for their strength in making a difference and promoting the values of the community living movement. Gateway’s Arbor Awards honour people in six categories. To nominate someone for any of our Arbor Awards please email us at


The Frondosus Award recognizes the hard work and commitment of a volunteer working in the areas of community living and inclusion.

Inclusive Employment

The Opus Award recognizes a business that has had a direct role in the transformation of a person who lives with an intellectual disability through meaningful, inclusive employment.

Family Strength

The Confirmo Award recognizes a parent or family member who has experienced an exceptionally challenging year, but persevered with courage and strength, like the strength and stability of a tree’s trunk.

Youth Leadership

The Pomus Award recognizes a youth or young adult whose ambition and hard work in promoting community living, makes our community a more vibrant and better place. This person will demonstrate strength and commitment in advocating for inclusion and the rights of everyone.

Community Leadership

The Communitas Award recognizes the commitment and dedication of a community leader who works hard to make our neighbourhoods a better place for everyone. This person should demonstrate the values of inclusion in everything they do and be a true role model.

Service Sector

The Ramosus Award is an opportunity to recognize someone from the service sector who has helped you achieve your dreams by ‘branching’ outside their normal role or responsibilities. This person uses every opportunity available to demonstrate and educate about the values of inclusion and community living.


Annual General Meeting

Each year, Gateway Association recognizes its members and other community leaders for their strength in making a difference and promoting the values of the community living movement. Gateway’s Arbor Awards honour people in six categories. To nominate someone for any of our Arbor Awards please email us at


Mayor’s Event

Implementing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in a work place specifically starts with leadership. The tone and example that leaders of communities and organizations set is essential. Remembering that disability is the largest minority group when thinking about EDI is also essential.

This year Capital Region Mayors pledged their commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in their communities and workplaces. The pledge videos were sponsored by Pan Disability Connection and Baat Cheet Films.


This year’s program includes:

  • Networking opportunities
  • Mayoral Welcome- Mayor Heron, Mayor of St. Albert
  • Keynote speech -Inclusion Champion-Chantelle Painter, HR Recruitment & Engagement Manager, The Brick
  • Chantelle will share The Brick’s commitment to Diversity & Inclusion and their inclusive recruitment and workplace culture strategies they use.
  • Panel discussion with Capital Region Mayors “Business
  • Resiliency through Community and Inclusion”. Moderated by MacEwan University.
  • This Panel of Mayors will discuss their thoughts on how to continue to support more inclusive communities and workplaces and they will share some of the ways this is being done in their own communities including any new initiatives they implementing or planning.
  • Closing remarks and Mayor’s video messages.


Event Partners & Sponsors:

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Renate Burwash, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Gateway Association:

This year’s program includes:

  • Hear from our Keynote Speaker:

Mark Wafer is a disability rights activist. Until recently he was the owner of six highly successful Tim Hortons locations in Toronto. During his 25 years in the business Mark employed over 200 workers with disabilities in all areas of the operation including senior management.  At any given time approximately 17% of his workforce identified as having a disability.

Mark is an internationally recognized expert on the economics of inclusion. He is an advisor to governments around the world and is responsible for Canada’s national disability employment strategy.

Mark has received many awards and recognition for his work most notably from her majesty,  Queen Elizabeth II.  He was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2014

Mark is also a Motorsports enthusiast, former race car driver and 2008 Canadian historic sports car champion.


Tentative Agenda: (finalized by March 1st)

  • Welcoming
  • Address from Mayor Heron
  • Lunch
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Presentation from Gateway & Partnerships

Lunch Includes 1 Workshop Ticket (workshops to be updated) Limited seating.

Our Mayors Luncheon has grown into a must-attend event for politicians and business leaders from across the province who see the value in building diversity into strong hiring strategies.

The theme for #MayorsLunch2018 is Leaders of Diversity and Inclusion.

This year we are excited to welcome keynote speaker Neil Hunter, a Director at Deloitte LLP, which is one of Canada’s leading professional services firms.

Last year we welcomed over 200 mayors and business leaders from across the province: Edmonton’s Deputy Mayor Michael Walters; St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse; Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke; Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston; MLA Ronald Orr; MLA David Shepherd; MLA Erin Babcock; MLA Jon Carson; MLA Thomas Dang; MLA Dr. Bob Turner; and many more.

Gateway Association works with job seekers who live with developmental disabilities and employers that value diversity to build and support meaningful, paid employment relationships.

Gateway’s Mayors Luncheon, in its sixth year, has grown into a must-attend event for politicians and business leaders across the province who see the value in building diversity into strong hiring strategies.

Gateway Association is proud to host #MayorsLunch2017 in partnership with Prospect. Gateway works with job seekers who live with disabilities and employers that value diversity to build and support meaningful, paid employment relationships. Prospect helps people who face barriers to employment overcome those obstacles by supporting individual skill development and creating workplace capacity. We’re excited to work together as like-minded social service organizations to keep building capacity in community toward belonging for all people.

The topic at #MayorsLunch2017 will be: Navigating Complex Relationships in Business – How to work together to build successful diversity strategies.

This year we’re excited to welcome keynote speaker Maureen HalldorsonRBC’s Regional Vice President, Financial Planning, who will talk about RBC’s values and innovation around inclusion and diversity and how to build diversity into a strong business model.

We’re also pleased to celebrate the City of Edmonton’s leadership in this area with its pioneering Abilities@Work program, presented by Mark Farr, the City’s Diversity Recruitment Consultant, along with a union representative, to talk about how municipalities and unions can work together to achieve success with diversity and hiring.

Last year we welcomed 200 mayors and business leaders from across the province: Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson; St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, the mayor who started our yearly Mayors Luncheon with us in 2012; Strathcona County Mayor Roxanne Carr; Mayor Mike Bradley from Sarnia, Ont.; Grande Prairie Mayor Bill Given; Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke; Stony Plain Mayor William Choy; Devon Mayor Stephen Lindop; Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliot; and Westlock Mayor Ralph Leriger.

We hope to see new and familiar faces at #MayorsLunch2017!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for helping make this happen: Prospect; City of Edmonton; City of St. Albert; Home Depot; and Ready, Willing & Able!

Our theme this year is: “Achieving Diversity Through Great Partnerships.”

Keynote speaker Mike Bradley, Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario, challenged the mayors of all the municipalities across the province of Ontario to get every person who lives with a disability working in their communities. He will share the ins and outs of how building and leaning on good partnerships is the key to success with diversity in business, and how mayors can play a key role in that process. “We don’t hire, but we create the culture,” he says.

We are excited to welcome Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, and Strathcona County Mayor Roxanne Carr.

Guest speaker Michael Liber, owner of Baseline Dairy Queen in Sherwood Park, is a huge champion of diversity who believes wholeheartedly in inclusive hiring and trains managers at Dairy Queens across Canada on how to do it well.

Guest speaker Corbin Bourree, managing director of’s Edmonton shop, is proud of the organic online grocer’s diverse workplace culture, one the company has spent much time and energy nurturing, of which inclusive hiring is an important part.

Join Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson & St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse at the Gateway Mayor’s Luncheon & Workshop celebrating inclusive hiring

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

At … the Ramada Edmonton Hotel & Conference Centre, 11834 Kingsway Avenue

Featuring … Canadian business leader Mark Wafer as keynote speaker and local business leader Jay Quintal, founder of X-Calibur, as master of ceremonies.

Luncheon: The Business Case for Inclusion

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Discover how your business can tap into a $26-billion market that is often overlooked. Keynote speaker Mark Wafer, a national disability advocate, will share how he boosted his bottom line by championing inclusive hiring. Wafer owns six Tim Hortons locations in Toronto. Over the past 20 years, he has hired 107 people with disabilities.

Tickets: $40, or $300/table of eight.

Workshop: The Approach to Business That Works

 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop offers strategies and best practices to employers interested in inclusive hiring. Facilitator Mark Wafer is on the federal government’s Panel on Labour Market Opportunities; is cofounder of national organization Canadian Business SenseAbility; and was recently inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.

Tickets: $40 each.

Are you a business that wants to be a leader in inclusive hiring?  Come to learn more at our annual St. Albert Mayor’s Luncheon, with special guest, Mayor Nolan Crouse.

  • Hear from local businesses and organization who already hire inclusively and learn about their experiences
  • Debunk common myths and preconceptions about intellectual disabilities and hiring inclusively
  • Find out where employers can go for support in inclusive hiring and hear about a different approach that focuses on empowering both the job-seeker and employer to work together


**Great for Human Resources employees and Management teams looking to diversify their labour force **

For alternative payment arrangements, or to notify us of any special dietary requirements, please call Gateway Association at 780-454-0701.


Download the FREE Gateway to Digital Inclusion mobile app and start your inclusive journey today!

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