Our Bloggers

The following people blog for us on a regular basis. If you are interested in becoming a blogger, contact gillianATsci-can.ca. You can provide a one-time submission or talk to us about being a regular contributor.

Bill Adair

Bill is presently the Executive Director of Spinal Cord Injury Canada. Bill has extensive professional and community leadership experience in the areas of healthcare and disability. Bill’s career in the non-profit and public sectors employs collaborative and principled leadership that inspires all involved to achieve extraordinary results. 

Most recently, Bill has devoted his leadership and expertise to the Government of Canada through the Canadian Access and Inclusion Project; the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance; the Working Group on Alternate Format Materials; the advisory group to the Canadian Human Rights Commission on compliance with the CRPD/Optional Protocol, and to the Parliamentary Precinct Accessibility Advisory Panel. Bill also led the committee that developed recommendations for the Government of Canada’s Accessibility Communications policy. He is a member of the Accessibility Standards Canada Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Disability Advisory Group to Canada’s Minister Responsible for Disability Inclusion. 

In his past work, Bill was the National Patient Services Director at the Canadian Cancer Society for 13 years where he created a strategic plan to coordinate cancer control efforts throughout Canada. He was the first Executive Director of Wellspring, a psycho-social support centre in Toronto for people living with cancer. He participated on an international panel to evaluate the first five years of Europe Against Cancer. He was the CEO of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario for 23 years, increasing its budget from $2 million to over $10 million during his tenure. Bill is also a founding member of the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Candlelighters Canada and the Dorothy Ley Hospice.

Bill has a Bachelor of Science (University of Minnesota) and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Course on the Management of Non-Profit Organizations (Harvard University). He received a Meritorious Service Medal from the Government of Canada in 2016.

Bill fell off a horse when he was 11, and has a paralyzed arm as a result.

Kevin Rempel

Kevin has surmounted incredible life-challenges to reach the Olympic podium and now to bring his powerful message of hope and resilience to audiences through his speaking, writing, and coaching.

A freestyle motocross accident left Kevin an incomplete paraplegic and was told by doctors he would likely never walk again. His father, Gerry, was also paralyzed just four years prior in a hunting accident and had no chance of recovery.

Kevin was fortunate. With a little bit of luck and an extreme amount of determination, he willed himself to move one toe, then another, and another until - eventually - he not only walked again but was able to become one of Canada’s best Paralympic athletes earning a Bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

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David Shannon

Dave is a barrister and solicitor in Thunder Bay, Ont. He sustained an SCI when he was 18, in first-year university. He was in a rugby scrum and broke his neck. Ever since his injury, he has lived with quadriplegia. Full with the purpose to live a rich, meaningful life, Dave has accomplished more than most people. He has crossed Canada by the power of his wheelchair — coast to coast. He's jumped out of an airplane at over 25,000 feet. He trekked to the North Pole and planted an accessible parking sign. He has written a book, performed in plays and on TV. He received his Master's degree from the London School of Economics. He has been a Human Rights Commissioner. And he is an Order of Ontario and Order of Canada recipient.