Enable Ottawa 2018

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Richcraft Hall (Formerly River Building)

9376 University Drive

2nd Floor Atrium

Ottawa, ON K1S


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Partnerships in Action Promoting Accessibility

Enable Ottawa is a unique event that brings together the many organizations active in the development of innovative solutions to accessibility and inclusion for persons with varying abilities. It’s about connectivity, forming stronger bonds and having a greater voice. Organizations include non – profits, industry, academic institutions and professional engineering bodies.

Enable Ottawa 2018 is hosted by Carleton University’s Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) initiative, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) in cooperation with the Tetra Society of North America, March of Dimes Canada DesignAbility Program, and the Neil Squire Society .

Enable Ottawa 2018 will include prestigious keynote speakers, continuous professional development seminars (Design, Entrepreneurship, Biomedical Advances and Law/AODA), Carleton University an Enabling Technology plenary talk on accessibility and inclusion initiatives, an exhibition hall and several networking forums to establish working relationships.

Enable Ottawa 2018 will showcase how engineering advances, industrial design and technology can address and overcome the challenges persons with varying abilities face; a sector where Ottawa is emerging as a leader. All individuals interested in advancing accessibility and inclusion are welcome!

Lunch and Refreshments will be Served

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Alfred Spencer, Director of Outreach and Compliance, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
  • Geoff Fernie, Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilition Institute (TRI), University Health Network (UHN), Department of Surgery, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (UoT)
  • Victoria Lennox, CEO of StartUp Canada
  • Dean Mellway, Director of Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) Initiative, Carleton University
  • Ruby Ng, Executive Director of the Disability Foundation
  • Heidi Sveistrup, Interim CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of the Bruyère Research Institute
  • Adrian Chan, Assistant Vice President (Academic), Carleton University
  • Eric Molendyk, National Director of the Tetra Society of North America
  • Bjarki Hallgrimsson, Associate Professor, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University
  • Elaine Darling, March of Dimes Canada DesignAbility® Coordinator
  • Karen Byvelds, March of Dimes Canada DesignAbility® Program Ottawa Chapter Chair
  • Lois Frankel, Associate Professor and Past Director of Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design
  • Tony Bailetti, Director of Carleton University's Technology Innovation Management (TIM) Master’s Program
  • Tapan Das, Director of the Entrepreneur Committee of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Ottawa Chapter
  • Mojtaba Ahmadi, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Carleton University
  • Bocar Ndiaye, Assistive Technologist, Bruyère Continuing Care
  • Steve Crane, Job Coach/Facilitator, ComputerWise
  • Scott Pemberton, Head of Technology Department, Earl of March High School
  • John McKinlay-Key, Professor, Cabinet Making Department, Algonquin College
  • Stewart Russell, Central Region Organizer for Neil Squire Society's Makers Making Change initiative
  • Louis Goudreau, Rehabilitation Engineer, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Lynn Hunt, Senior Occupational Therapist, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Anna Valliant, Senior Engineer, Guidelines and Standards at the City of Ottawa
  • Alicia Gal, PhDc Biomedical Engineering
  • + More!!

Supported by the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario


9:00 to 10:00 AM – Refreshments/ Registration/Networking

10:00 to 11:00 AM – Keynote Address: Technology to Increase Safe Mobility

11:00 to 12:00 PM – Carleton University: Culture of Accessibility. Catalyst for Inclusion

12:00 to 1:00 PM – Lunch/Networking

1:00 to 2:00 PM – Concurrent Sessions:

  • Real Life Projects: Overcoming Barriers Through Volunteer Generated Solutions
  • Accessible and Inclusive Design Perspectives
  • Mobility, Balance, and Rehabilitation: Principles and Emerging Technologies

2:00 to 2:30 PM – Networking Break

2:30 to 3:30 PM – Concurrent Sessions:

  • Development of the City of Ottawa Accessibility Design Standards
  • Entrepreneurship in the Accessibility Space
  • Organization Projects: Creative Devices Meeting Needs

3:30 to 4:00 PM – Closing Talk – Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

4:00 to 5:00 PM – Networking


Design 1st Inc


Tetra Society of North America

March of Dimes DesignAbility

Bruyere Continueing Care

Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

The Ottawa Hospital

Eightfold Technologies

Abilities Centre Ottawa

Buildable - Accesible Design + Renovations

Neil Squire Society

+ More!!

Our venue is fully wheelchair accessible and we will be happy to address any other accessibility requirements that you identify. Just let us know if you have any requirements such as attendant services, sign language interpretation, or CART.

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