Ontario appoints Rich Donovan as the new chair to lead Accessibility Advisory Council
Ontario has appointed Rich Donovan as the new Chair of the province’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council (ASAC).
The Council is responsible for providing high-level strategic advice to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure on matters related to the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
“I’m excited at the prospect of working with Mr. Donovan to continue our important work in making Ontario accessible by 2025. His experience, leadership and passion will be huge assets to our government, and I welcome him as Chair of the advisory council”, said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.
Mr. Donovan is a globally renowned authority on disability and corporate profitability. He has helped provide clients and global governments with insights to frame disability as a global emerging market. He is also the publisher of The Global Economics of Disability Annual Report and his expertise on the scope and value of the disability market is sought by businesses, government and non-government organizations around the world.
Mr. Donovan holds a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business at York University.
A more accessible Ontario can result in new spending of $9.6 billion in our retail sector and $1.6 billion in our tourism sector.
One in seven Ontarians has a disability, a number that will increase to one in five by 2035. Over the next 20 years, people with disabilities will form 40 per cent of our province’s consumer base.