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Lorin MacDonald
Our Founder & CEO

“HearVue is my bold vision to create real and long overdue change in live event communication accessibility. When we lift people out of isolation and into full participation at diverse live events, powerful change is sure to happen!”

HearVue Founder Lorin MacDonald enrolled in law school believing a deeper appreciation of the law would enable her to more effectively advocate for people living with disabilities. As a woman born with a profound hearing loss, Lorin has experienced a myriad of barriers throughout her life. As a human rights lawyer focusing specifically on discrimination as experienced by people with disabilities, she has been frustrated by the glacial culture change that occurs on a case-by-case basis. Due to her overriding desire and impatience to effect change that will benefit everyone, HearVue was conceived as an innovative business model for live event captioning.

Lorin’s commitment to accessibility spans nearly 30 years. She has demonstrated her leadership, passion, and commitment to accessibility and inclusion in her volunteer and professional activities, all informed by her lived experience as a woman with a profound hearing loss.

Lorin has often been the pioneer that forged a path to make it easier for others to follow. In every community in which she has lived, she has left behind a powerful legacy of accessibility. A proven change agent, she has implemented real change within churches, entertainment facilities, and educational institutions in various communities to increase hearing accessibility, as well as a member of many committees and boards to share broader-based accessibility recommendations.

Following a diverse career in business, government, and the non-profit sectors, Lorin’s next goal was to obtain her law degree. She was the first student with a profound hearing loss to attend law school at Western University in London, Ontario, successfully advocating for on-campus captioning across all disciplines for the first time that continues today.

This familiar theme of effective advocacy would be repeated in the years to follow. As an articling student, Lorin was the first person with a hearing loss to work with the Hamilton Courts, so she set out to ensure accessibility for all persons with a hearing loss attending court regardless of their role. As a lawyer in London and Toronto, her commitment to accessibility continued. Upon graduating with her Juris Doctor (law) degree and her Ontario Call to the Bar, she set up her own Human Rights law practice in Toronto, focusing exclusively on supporting people living with disabilities who have experienced discrimination.

Lorin is widely respected for her advocacy work because of her cross-disability approach, not focusing exclusively on accessibility for people living with a hearing loss. She has appeared in three Government of Ontario videos about accessibility. The popular 2012 YouTube videos, Day in the Life of Lorin (English) and Un jour dans la vie de Lorin (French) highlight the importance of accessibility in the personal and professional lives of people living with disabilities. With a combined viewership of nearly 7,000, the videos are praised as a positive message for all. 

A recognized champion in building awareness of accessibility and disability issues locally, provincially, and nationally, Lorin’s approach is grounded in evidence-based research and a desire to raise the bar in communities with respect to inclusion and accessibility. She uses her past work experience in advertising, public relations, and special event planning, her legal education, and her perseverance in the face of frequently adverse conditions to ensure people living with disabilities have an accessible community in which to live and contribute. She arms those who may be unaware or unconscious of the barriers experienced by individuals with disabilities with the tools necessary to create accessible and inclusive communities for all.

Lorin has been honoured for her contributions to a barrier-free Canada by her alma mater Western University, the City of London, various non-profit and community organizations, the Province of Ontario, and the legal profession.