Michelle Buckland is the Founder of EMBRACE© as a Learning and Development Consultant, Accessibility Advisor, and Keynote Speaker. As a seasoned Learning and Development Consultant, she achieves measurable and sustainable results by linking learning solutions to business objectives. This demonstrated her ability to build collaboration, foster learning communities, communicate with diverse groups, manage projects, and demonstrate the value of training investment/s. She has worked for and/or with companies such as DMR/Fujitsu Consulting, CELESTICA, Ministry of Solicitor General and Correctional Services, Royal Bank of Canada, Environment Canada, and Varanor International.
Throughout her career she has been recognized as a committed partner who assesses the needs of her audiences and designs and develops training programs via a variety of training methods such as: interactive, hands-on, on-the-job, real-time, (rapid) e-Learning, digital learning, s-Learning, one-on-one coaching, microlearning, peer-based, action plan, self-paced learning, virtual and/or online with collaboration and learning tools. This has led to successful training implementation and $3M+ cost-savings.
Michelle Buckland’s background in Adult Education reflects over 15 years including the methodologies, theory and principles. Some examples are the:
- ADDIE Model
- Needs Analysis and Assessment
- Instructional Design
- Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Experiential Learning Cycle
- Kirkpatrick Four-Level Training Evaluation Model
- Kolb’s Learning Styles
- Knowles’ Andragogy Model
As a key stakeholder, she has helped organizations implement training initiatives which has led to support/buy-in, cost-savings, compliance, product efficiency, customer service excellence, a fostered learning community, and corporate change across multiple lines of business, job functions and disciplines.
AMBASSADOR FOR ACCESSIBILITY and INCLUSION
As an Accessibility Advisor, her key goals are to help build full access for all people who identify themselves with a disability, help organizations drive measurable business results and attract top talent while integrating accessibility legislation, and drive change for an inclusive community, workplace, and society. Michelle is a dedicated recipient of increasing support and opening doors for individuals with disabilities with organizations and partners to promote an inclusive workplace, culture and/or environment. This has led to recognition through the media, the HOPE Award presented by the City Mayor in 2003, a Board Member of Barrier-free Canada, Special Mentions in articles, recipient of the Michele Edwards Memorial Award, and partnerships with non-profit organizations which provide services for people with disabilities.
Success stories encompass building awareness with workshops and keynotes, assess infrastructures, incorporating assistive technology to maximize participation of people with disabilities, and integrate accessibility legislation and employment best practices. This includes the:
- Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81),
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA, 2005),
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), and
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL 2.0).
Her passion for accessibility and inclusion is to help individuals embrace their full potential, change mindsets, as well as teach businesses how to become more accessible for a larger target market — people with disabilities. She states: “What I find so enjoyable is the positive impact of building community, inclusion, diversity, and acceptance.”
AWARD-WINNING MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
Michelle has excelled as a member of Toastmasters International by winning 1st Place of a Toastmasters Area Speech Contest. Also, Michelle has been a Keynote Speaker for special events, distinguished as a Motivational Speaker of the United Way Speakers Bureau, a judge for English Lab Toronto at Presentation Festivals, as well as within the community to help motivate high school and university students excel for their future endeavours. Her speeches include groups such as banks, community and non-profit organizations, law offices, and government offices.
Michelle is a Board Member of Barrier-free Canada which helps advocate for the Canadian Parliament to enact a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA) to achieve a barrier-free Canada for all persons with disabilities. Barrier-free Canada successfully and collaboratively with other service-based organizations for people with disabilities helped make history in the establishment of the Accessible Canada Act, 2019. She represents the Board in different capacities (i.e. Rick Hansen Foundation, most recently the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group, et. al.) to help create an accessible Canada, add input to legislation, support the community of people with disabilities, and build awareness for accessibility, inclusion, and diversity.
Her additional skill sets include mentorship; educating organizations and the public of removing stigma, misconceptions, and myths of people with disabilities; relationship building; and learning support. She has been devoted many years as a volunteer for United Way, Epilepsy Toronto, and Junior Achievement and still committed to help make a difference within a variety of communities. With lifelong learning and community, people will feel a sense of belonging, remain energized, motivated and thrive!
Michelle Buckland holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree specializing in Information Technology, a Training and Development Certificate with honors – both from Ryerson University – and a Certificate of Completion of a Management Consulting Professional Development Program. She is a 10-year member of the Canadian Society of Training and Development and a Toastmasters International Competent Leader.