Katherine Hesson-Bolton, Manager, Talent Partnerships and Employer Relations was the inaugural Diversity Employment Coordinator providing foundational consultative support toward the creation of McMaster University’s, Career Access Professional Services (CAPS) supporting equity-deserving students and alumni and those with barriers to employment.
Working alongside faculties, campus, community, and employer partners, the CAPS team assists students, alumni, and employers in guiding their diversity, equity, and accessibility recruitment outreach and related workplace accommodation, inclusion, and funding conversations. Formally trained as an ASL Interpreter working at the Canadian Hearing Society Ottawa, Katherine volunteered in Deafblind Services. She later joined the DBS team as a Case Manager working both in Ottawa and Toronto. Additional roles included Manager, Lake Joseph Camp and District Manager, Halton/Peel Region.
Her experiences span 25+ years working in the educational and not-for-profit sectors within front-line and management roles, and having served on accessibility, employment, mental health, community, and educational committees.