Ottawa and District: Neurodiversity l Harnessing the Gifts of All Human Potential

Date and Time

Starts:11/17/2021 6:00 PM

Ends:11/17/2021 8:00 PM

Registration Closes:11/16/2021 8:00 AM

Event Type: Webinar

2 CPD Hour(s)



FREE Members OR Donate $5 l $30 Non-members


Additional Information

Registration closes 8am November 16, 2021

Event Sponsor

Our world is calling for new perspectives and approaches to create a more sustainable and humane world. Future innovation requires tapping into all humans’ potential, particularly people of different neurotypes, those whose brains inherently think and interpret the world differently. We need to learn to harness and enhance the innate gifts of people with autism spectrum disorder and Asperger’s, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD, Tourette syndrome, or social processing disorder, to name a few.

Together we will explore how neurodiversity requires us to rethink HR practices, the work environment, culture and job design, and our notion of leadership, and how organizations can benefit from learning to leverage the gifts associated with various neurotypes.


  • Understand of the gifts that come with divergent neurotypes as well as the accommodations to consider to enable their success.
  • Explore practical measures organizations can take to accommodate neurodivergent employees, ultimately helping your employees be more successful at work. We will explore changes in talent acquisition, onboarding, development and culture shifts.
  • Challenge HR and leadership thinking of diversity leadership and how we can create systems to be more inclusive to various forms of neurotypes.


18h00 Welcome
18h00 Presentation
20h00 Event Concludes

Learning & Giving back! As suggested by HRPA members and as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, HRPA has identified Indspire and Black Youth Helpline as recommended charities. Should you wish to support please select the $5 donation option upon checkout. Thank you!

Registration Difficulties or Questions? Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator, Tammy Williams

Speaker bio(s)
Amanda  Matejicik

Dr Amanda Matejicek, PhD, ACC Amanda has over 15 years of consulting experience in the areas of leadership training and development, talent management, organizational development, and coaching. As an external consultant, she has facilitated hundreds of sessions with various audiences ranging from front-line retail managers to global CEOs and executives. Her work spans various industries including financial services, healthcare, education, manufacturing and production, and retail. In her role as Director of Leadership Effectiveness at Sears Canada, she led Sears’ leadership development strategy, succession management and leadership development programs, as well as serving as an advisor to senior leaders on engagement, team development and performance management. Amanda holds a PhD in Industrial/Organisational Psychology from the University of Guelph, Canada. She is also an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and is an active member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.