About your hosts!

Photo by Larry Miller, Toronto


Kathryn Woodcock is Associate Professor in the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University, teaching and researching in the area of safety and ergonomics. She previously taught graduate and undergraduate courses in industrial engineering and ergonomics at Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the University of Waterloo. Outside the academic world, she managed the Performance Benchmarks and Analysis Section of the Best Practices Branch at the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario, and prior to PhD studies, she was a hospital vice-president and active in the Ontario health care sector (1980–1990).

Dr. Woodcock has received awards for community service, advocacy, and voluntarism, including the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, the Citizenship Award from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers and Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, and the Outstanding Alumni Medal from the University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering. She was has also been recognized by the Association of Late-Deafened Adults, the Ontario Association of the Deaf, and the International Alumnae of Delta Epsilon (Gallaudet University).

She became the first deaf woman to receive a doctorate in engineering in 1996. She earned her PhD from the University of Toronto; she previously received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.


Miguel Aguayo Photograph

Photo by AguayoImages, Toronto

Miguel is a Senior Program Advisor with the Ontario Disability Support Program Branch (ODSP), Ministry of Community and Social Services. He is responsible for leading projects that help create employment opportunities for people with disabilities, particularly ODSP clients, by building employers’ capacity to recruiting, retaining, and integrating people from this talent pool into their workforces.

Miguel’s experience with disabilities and career management is extensive. Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, he led diversity outreach and intake programs at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). During his tenure with the bank, Miguel designed and implemented the CIBC Career Access Program, which was an unprecedented multi-channel diversity outreach and intake program that was successful in helping CIBC become the first Canadian bank to achieve equitable workforce representation for people with disabilities, aboriginal people, visible minorities, and women.

Miguel earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters Certificate in Public Management from York University, and a Human Resources Management Certificate through Ryerson University.​

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