Closing Keynote

Date: Friday, September 27

Time: 10:40am – 11:55am

Closing Keynote: Maya Roy

Maya Roy

Closing Keynote Presenter: Maya Roy, CEO, YWCA Canada

Maya Roy is a diversity specialist with 20 years of experience in a variety of sectors in public policy development, public health, adult education and social work. She has extensive experience working in marginalized and disadvantaged communities, and is skilled in human resources, financial management, grant writing and project planning as well as in strategic communications and marketing. 

Maya ran a successful Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programme, from 2009 to 2017. As well, she has completed literacy training with Frontier College, and JUMP Math to support local volunteers to implement literacy and numeracy programming for marginalized children and youth in priority neighborhoods.

Topic: Addressing diversity in grassroots literacy organizations  


Maya Roy will take a deeper dive to explore the interconnections between literacy programming and diversity. Her talk will focus on concrete ways grassroots organizations can support diversity for learners with minimal resources. Drawing on her 22 years as a social worker and running front-line literacy and ESL programs, she will share success stories and failures to shed light on ways we can make a difference in our day-to-day practice.