Ellen Waxman


Ellen Waxman is Ontario’s leading expert on accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). From 2007 – 2013, Ellen was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario. She led the development of the 5 AODA standards as well the establishment of the compliance and enforcement system.   Since leaving the Ontario Public Service in 2013, Ellen designed and delivered the Human Resources Professionals Association’s (HRPA) extremely popular four day Accessibility Certificate Program which has been delivered to hundreds of Human Resources Managers across Ontario.  In addition, Ellen designed two 12-hour webinar series on Accessibility and the AODA, first for HRPA and then for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.  Ellen also consults with organizations on meeting their accessibility requirements.

Ellen has a long history in the field of disability.  She has been the Director of the Ontario Disability Support Program and the Director of the Developmental Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.  Ellen has decades of experience leading public consultations and group facilitations, and is an expert in bringing people together to find common ground.

Ellen is a collaborative and experienced strategic planner, coach, and mentor who partners with clients to achieve, and most often surpass, goals. Ellen provides customized consulting designed to support these leaders to operate strategically, authentically, and in a manner that achieves results. Ellen has consulted with leaders in government, the broader public sector and community agencies to meet organizational and personal goals.

Ellen is an Associated Certified Coach (ACC) of the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Toronto and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.