Developmental Services Human Resources Strategy Forum

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2018 DS HR Strategy Forum - Call for Session Presenters

The Developmental Services (DS) Human Resource (HR) Strategy, a partnership between the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Developmental Services Sector, will be holding the annual two-day Forum in Toronto, at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, on February 6th and 7th, 2018.

The main goal of the Forum is to share information and examples of how the DS HR Strategy is being used across the sector to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities through the professionalization of the workforce. The information provided will assist organizations in implementing the recommendations and tools developed as part of the Strategy in their own agencies. As we are in the tenth year of the strategy, the theme for this year’s Forum is “A Celebration of Success”.


 Training: workplace learning practices, resources and examples that highlight excellent practices in training, including various modes of delivery, partnerships and integration of Core Competencies.

  • HR Practices: Examples of how the DS HR Strategy has influenced HR Practices in DS agencies. Areas of particular interest include: recruitment; retention; talent management and succession planning; and core competencies integration.
  • Marketing and Promotion: Leading practices in the promotion of DS agencies and a career in developmental services in Ontario.
  • Direct Support Employee Practices: Information and examples that provide direct support employees with knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in their role.

The DS HR Strategy embraces the diversity of the sector and encourages francophone agencies to consider submitting a proposal for French language presentations.

Important dates and timelines

  • Deadline for Session Proposals – October 2, 2017
  • Selected presenters will be notified by mid-October
  • December 4, 2017: Presentations must be e-mailed to Ann-Marie Binetti for review by the DS HR Strategy Steering Committee
  • February 6th and 7th, 2018: Forum


  • The registration fee for presenters is $135.00, up to the early bird cut-off date in December.
  • Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the presenter.
  • Presentations will be reviewed by the DS HR Strategy Steering Committee to ensure content is consistent and congruent with the DS HR Strategy messaging and branding.
  • Powerpoint presentations and other materials provided by presenters are due to Ann-Marie Binetti by December 4, 2017. Some presentations may be selected for more than one session.

Submit your proposal to Ann-Marie Binetti at


2018 Call for Nominations: Agency and Direct Support Professional Awards

Deadline to submit nominations is December 28, 2017. 

For eligibility and application information, click on the award you would like to make a nominations for:

Direct Support Professional Leadership Award
Agency Leadership Award




DSHR Strategy Forum Committee

Holly DuffChair, DSHR Strategy Forum CommitteeProfessor, Fanshawe
Ann BilodeauCo-chair, HR Strategy Steering CommitteeExecutive Director, KW Habilitation
Christine KuepferCo-chair, HR Strategy Steering CommitteeDirector Program Policy Implementation Branch,
Johah LunodMemberDirect Support Professional, CL
Lucia PinteaMemberSenior Policy Advisor,
Debbie BrayMemberDirector of Human Resources, CL
Ann-Marie BinettiDSHRS Project ManagerCL