Laurie started her career in autism as the Executive Director of Autism Canada Foundation (ACF); then continued in this position when ACF amalgamated with Autism Society Canada in 2015. She has participated in Senate and House of Commons Committee hearings, has sat on the National Autism Surveillance System (NAS) Advisory Committee since inception and spearheaded the Canadian ASD Alliance along with fellow autism leaders.
Today she leads the organization with renewed devotion and hope for individuals and families living with autism as she continues to advocate passionately for a National Autism Strategy.
Laurie is the proud mother of three boys one of which was diagnosed with autism in July 2000. She left the corporate world to oversee her son’s home-based behavioural and educational program for three years. Her son has achieved an optimal outcome and has recently graduated from high school.
Office Administration Support
Coordinator, Social Media and Communications
Prior to working for Autism Canada, Susan practiced for five years at the Autism Intervention Clinic of Guelph where she assisted families and ASD adults in understanding the importance of nutrition. She organized the “Autism Opportunities” Conference for three consecutive years in Guelph.
Motivated by a desire to understand autism, Susan has been taking courses and attending conferences since 2004. She is particularly interested in the gut-brain connection.
Susan is a graduate of Sick Children’s Hospital, Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
Family Support RepresentativeSusan@autismcanada.org
Karen has over 15 years experience developing, executing and championing large and small-scale programs and events within the charitable sector including healthcare, children’s charities, independent school and university foundations. Prior to joining Autism Canada, Karen provided her services as a consultant for a Toronto based software consulting company.
Karen is a graduate of Carleton University, Ottawa, has obtained her CFRE and is currently pursuing her MBA through North Park University, Chicago. She enjoys traveling, playing sports, spending time with her family and friends
Manager, National Fund DevelopmentKaren@autismcanada.org
In 2010, Tafari graduated from Cambrian College (Sudbury, ON) with a diploma in Graphic Design. Upon graduating, he started working with Autism Canada to develop and implement the visual language of the organization. Since then, he has worked on numerous projects including revamping the Autism Canada website, designing annual reports and creating the website for their national fundraiser Inside Out For Autism. He continues to freelance with various not-for-profit companies while also pursuing a career in music as a singer/songwriter.
Graphic & Web DesignerInfo@autismcanada.org