Mark Wafer is a former Tim Hortons restaurant owner from Toronto. During his 25 years as a business owner Mark and his wife Valarie hired almost 200 workers with disabilities in meaningful and competitively paid positions. On average The Wafers employed 45 workers with disabilities from a workforce of 250 or 17% of their workforce.
Mark believes there is a clear and compelling business case for real inclusion.
Mark is a member of the Federal governments panel on labour market initiatives for Canadians with disabilities and helped to create Canada’s national strategy on disability employment. He is the co founder of Canadian Business SenseAbility and was a member of Ontario’s Economic Development partnership council. Mark is an advisor to many levels of gov both nationally and around the world, he is a sought after keynote speaker.
Mark is a recipient of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship and was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2014
In his spare time Mark is a Motorsports enthusiast, race car driver and former amateur sports car champion.