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Sean Wiltshire

Diversity Employment Advocate

Award-winning, international speaker Sean Wiltshire has been working in Community and Economic Development for over 21 years.  From the tender age of 9 (when Sean organized his first petition for a sports day in his neighborhood), Sean has made making a difference in his community his life focus.

Toronto, ON, Canada


Diversity & The Bottom Line
Diversify or die… sounds serious and it is. As a country Canada is committed to a more diverse workplace, reflective of the communities that we actually live in. How is your company or organization responding? Bringing new ideas to any company is always a goal; Sean will show audiences how diversity builds innovation, and how that innovation leads to increased profitability and productivity. Using real world examples and compelling, humorous stories Sean is able to break down complex and often misunderstood issues into easily digestible, actionable takeaways. Sean has been working with companies in Canada and several countries in South East Asia to build a valuable diverse workforce. In this presentation, audiences will learn how companies and organizations are meeting and exceeding their diversity goals by building a better understanding of what diversity really is.

I Can do It All, I’m a Professional
Join Sean on a journey for a better work life balance. He has been working around the world helping people understand how a more balanced approach to life can offer up some surprising results at work and home. Learn about strategies that help you manage your expectations and goals and learn how small changes can over time lead to a better understanding of how to get a work life balance that works for you. Celebrate yourselves and find a renewed passion for you!  

Platform Plus

Workshop | Diversity, Innovation and the Bottom Line of Business

Have you made enough money today? Want to increase your bottom line? Join Sean for an engaging and entertaining session on how diversity can build your bottom line. We all want to be more innovative, diversity can help with that. Learn how the changing demographics of Canada are changing the face of the Canadian workplace. Are you ready for Change? Sean uses real life examples from his career to demonstrate how you can build and create innovative processes that lead you to be a better decision maker for your business. It makes Good Business ¢ents!

  • Sean's powerful keynote presentation challenges listeners to examine barriers and inspires them to act for positive change. The tools he offers are useful and practical, and helps motivate people to do things a little differently. His messages are well suited to all audiences, whether they are well-seasoned or new to the issues he discusses.

    - Executive Director, British Columbia Association for Community Living
  • Sean's ability to offer real insight into changing demographics is second to none! If you are looking to motivate your employees, or conference participants, look no further than Sean Wiltshire

    - President, The Bristol Group of Companies

Summary Profile

For over 20 years Sean has been the Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Employment Inc (AEI)  – an employment agency for individuals with intellectual disabilities – assisting clients in finding over 65,000 hours of paid employment each year. From Sean’s humble start as a summer student, AEI has now developed into a powerhouse Social Enterprise, realizing $4.75 Million dollars of business each year. Sean is a member of the Federal Ministerial Advisory Committee on Social Enterprise and Social Innovation. He has represented Community Groups from across the country.

As a member of the National Voluntary Sector Advisory Committee for Service Canada, he’s provided policy direction on grants and contributions and the delivery of services in the community. Additionally, Sean is an Alumnus of The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, has served as the Regional Chairperson, and is currently a member of the National Board of Directors and is a Board Member of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.

Sean is a past President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Regional Economic Development Association and was a member of the Ministerial Committee on Regional Renewal for the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador. In an effort to broaden his commitment to supported employment beyond his own home shores, Sean was the Founding President of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment, and started the National Conference on Supported Employment.

Sean began a new chapter in his career several years ago when the consistent demand for his speaking talents resulted in his becoming a professional speaker, in considerable demand across the country and beyond.  Sean has spoken from the Czech Republic to Alaska and every province in Canada on Inclusive Communities, Community Economic and Social Development, Employment & Demographics, Corporate Diversity and the Bottom Line and Strategies for Success Making the Difference in Life and Work.

Sean’s commitment and vision has been celebrated with numerous awards and accolades, including being named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s by Atlantic Business Magazine, as well as being nominated for the Top 40 Under 40 in Canada. As well as being the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Association of Supported Employment’s “Wiltshire Award of Excellence in Supported Employment”; an award named in his honour.