Co-Founder and CEO: Tova Sherman

Tova Sherman is CEO and, along with Dr. BL Mills, is co-founder of reachAbility (2000-present, Halifax, Nova Scotia).  In this role, Ms. Sherman manages a team of 20+ professionals, a board of directors and a budget of about $2m annually. Tova is responsible for all aspects of the agency, ranging from human resources and training to strategic / business development and project development and management.

In an equal but differentiated role, Ms. Sherman delivers internationally recognized education and awareness programs to governments and throughout the corporate and charitable sectors. Her Diversity Awareness Training (DAT) provides state-of-the-art resources about diversity and inclusion, usually in the context of workplace and practice.

Tova’s problem-based approach to achieving learner potential has been featured in the media, and notably in a 2013 TEDX Talk presentation.

Tova Sherman is credentialed by Cornell University (Executive Management) and her success has been recognized across Canada (The 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honor, YWCA Woman Entrepreneur, CBA: Canada Law Day Award, Mel Hebb Award and more.)

She is frequently consulted by government and media and she sits on several boards including Nova Scotia Judiciary Advisory Council and the QEII Redevelopment Patient, Family and Public Advisory Committee. Ms. Sherman has provided expert testimony to the joint parliamentary committee on disability, as well as to the Nova Scotia Legislature on Bill 59 in 2017.

Her most recent contribution is the creation of BAFF: Bluenose-Ability Film Festival; Canada’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing the disability arts community—both first-time filmmakers and professionals.

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2018 Member of the National Council for Youth Prosperity a group that champions evidence-based initiatives that will strengthen and evolve the youth workforce development system across the country. Presently engaged in a review of YES in an effort to better equip young Canadians with the skills and experience they need to find and keep good jobs

2018 Chair the East Coast Planning committee for National Accessibility Week

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