Varun Chandak is the founder of Access to Success, a Toronto-based non-profit that supports the development of future leaders with disabilities and assistive tech. He started the organization as an MBA student at the Rotman School of Management, and has since grown it to launch $90,000 in annual scholarships as well as Canada’s first accelerator for accessibility startups. His work stems from his lived experience with Erb’s palsy and hearing loss.
Varun lives in Toronto with his wife and his hyperactive goldendoodle, Dash
Simone Lima (she/her), Senior Product Manager, Proposify; Rotman MBA 2022
Simone Lima graduated from her Rotman MBA in 2022, and was a CDL, Forté, and GATE fellow during that time. She held a Bachelor of International Relations and a Post-Graduate degree in Innovation and Strategic Design before starting her MBA journey. She started her career at the United Nations, working with UNAIDS, UN Women, and at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Later, her curiosity and passion for solving complex problems with technology led her into the product management path, where she works on building digital products that solve human challenges in an accessible way.
Simone is passionate about the potential we have for solving complex problems with technology, live music, comedy specials, politics, practicing yoga, and all things cats and dogs.
Tim Rose (he/him), Senior Consultant, Accessibility, Client Experience team, CIBC
Tim Rose is an activist, writer and business leader who is lucky enough to be born with cerebral palsy. Raised to push the envelope, Tim has had the privilege of living and working on three continents providing him with a global perspective on the importance of accessibility and a disability positive mindset.
Tim has been a proud member of team CIBC since 2017, holding a variety of roles at the bank including in compliance, inclusion and now client experience.
Maayan Ziv (she/her), Founder & CEO, AccessNow
Maayan Ziv is an activist, photographer and entrepreneur. In 2015, she launched AccessNow, a mobile app and website that collects and shares information about the accessibility status of places worldwide. What began as a response to her frustration when trying to navigate inaccessible places, AccessNow soon grew to become a mission-oriented social start-up. As CEO of AccessNow, Maayan has created a powerful shift in thinking about the importance of accessibility in our world, from accessible technologies to infrastructure, public policy, media and communications. To date, AccessNow has shared accessibility information in over 35 countries.
Maayan, and her work with AccessNow, have received numerous awards including: Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2021), the Governor General’s Innovation Award (2020), WXN Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women (2018), City of Toronto Access Award (2016), David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award (2016).
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