2024 Angela Hildyard Leadership Symposium – The Future of Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education 

2023 Angela Hildyard Symposium

The 2024 Angela Hildyard Leadership Symposium
The Future of Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

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The Angela Hildyard Leadership Symposium is an opportunity for the University’s established and emerging senior leaders to learn from and interact with expert speakers in the fields of leadership, equity, diversity and inclusion.

This year’s symposium will explore the future of accessibility, featuring a keynote and a moderated panel discussion.

We are hosting the event in person on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in the Great Hall at Hart House. We will also be offering a livestream of the event for guests unable to join in person.

The symposium is occurring during National AccessAbility Week (NAAW). Celebrated since 2017, NAAW can trace its origins to National Access Awareness Week, launched more than 35 years ago in the wake of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour. Today NAAW both celebrates the contributions of Canadians with evident and non-evident disabilities and recognizes those who work to make public and private spaces more inclusive for everyone. NAAW is being observed from May 25 to June 1, 2024.


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Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement

Ben Poynton, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Officer


Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture

Keynote Address:
The Future is Accessible: Learning from Disability Cultures of Access and Justice

Anne McGuire, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, New College

Audience Q & A with Anne McGuire

Panel Discussion: Fostering a Culture of Access at U of T

A moderated panel discussion reflecting on the cultural and systems shifts needed to create an atmosphere of belonging and inclusion for current and future students, staff, faculty members and librarians with disabilities.

Information on the panelists is coming soon.

Audience Q & A with Panelists

Speaker’s Biographies

Anne McGuire

Anne McGuire

Anne McGuire (she/her) is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and Critical Disability Studies scholar. She is the director of the program for Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity and affiliate faculty with the Center for Global Disability Studies. Drawing on interpretive perspectives in critical disability studies, crip theory, cultural studies, and anti-racist and de/anticolonial thought, Prof. McGuire’s research holds disability as a meaningful category that provides the grounds for cultural analysis, and transformative social critique. She is the author of War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence (University of Michigan Press, 2016), which received the 2016 Tobin Siebers prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities.

Her forthcoming book, A Broken Politics for a Disabled World (University of Minnesota Press) considers disability cultural knowledge practices of repair, maintenance, and care. Committed to public pedagogies and creative knowledge mobilization, Prof. McGuire is also the co-author of the award-winning disability justice children’s book, We Move Together (AK Press, 2021), as well as the book’s accompanying K-12 curriculum which introduces school-aged children to disability culture and community and accessibility. Prof. McGuire was awarded New College’s June Larkin Award for Pedagogical Development and the University of Toronto’s Early Career Teaching Award for her efforts in promoting and enhancing accessibility in the university classroom.

Kelly Hannah-Moffat

Kelly Hannah-Moffat

Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat was appointed as Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture effective July 1, 2021. A former Vice-Dean Undergraduate at University of Toronto Mississauga, she is a full Professor in Criminology at the department of Sociology and cross-appointed to the Centre of Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Professor Hannah-Moffat’s research has made important contributions to social and criminal justice policy and solitary confinement and institutional risk management practices.

In her role as the Vice-President she is responsible for employment and labour relations with 28 employee groups, including 23 bargaining units, four non-union groups, and the Faculty Association. Her portfolio also oversees recruitment, organizational and staff leadership and development, compensation, benefits, pension, HR technology and innovation.

A key priority of Professor Hannah-Moffat’s mandate is to promote a teaching, learning, and working environment that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive for all U of T employees. She also has shared responsibility for the Personal Safety, High Risk, Sexual Violence Prevention and Support team, as well as for Campus Police and Crisis Management.

We will be publishing additional biographies soon.


In-Person Event

We will provide captioning on a monitor in the Great Hall. Captioning will also be accessible through a personal mobile device.

Hart House has also published details on accessing the space.


We will be providing captioning on the livestream.

If you require any additional accessibility accommodation(s), please email people.events@utoronto.ca, or call 416.978.8587, and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

About Angela Hildyard

Angela Hildyard is the Special Advisor to the President and the Provost at the University of Toronto. Prior to this she was Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity; Principal of Woodsworth College; and Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is a Professor of Leadership and Diversity in Higher Education at OISE. During her administrative career, Professor Hildyard was responsible for salary and benefits negotiations for 20,000 employees and was accountable to the University Community and the Board of Governors for policies and programs pertaining to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Hildyard continues to teach and supervise graduate students and serves as a mentor to many members of the U of T community.

The Angela Hildyard Leadership Fund

The Angela Hildyard Leadership Fund was created by the University in 2016 to recognize Angela’s significant contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion at U of T during her tenure as Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity.

Donations to the fund support the annual Angela Hildyard Leadership Symposium, an event focusing on leadership and equity.

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Further Information

Please contact the People Strategy, Equity & Culture Events Team for additional information.