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Conference Agenda

All times in this agenda are in Eastern Daylight Time. Please note that unless otherwise indicated, all presentations are in English with live interpretation in French, ASL and LSQ. Closed captions in both English and French are also provided. 

Tuesday, Aug 23 
What is accessibility? What does it mean to you?

12:00 - 12:05 PM

  • Land Acknowledgement by the conference team

12:05 - 12:25 PM

  • Opening Address by Tilak Dutta, Scientist, KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

  • Title: A Framework for Park Accessibility

12:25 - 12:45 PM

  • Keynote Address by Maayan Ziv, CEO of AccessNow

12:45 - 1:00 PM

  • Break

1:00 - 1:15 PM

  • Lawrence Gunther, President of Blue Fish Canada

  • Title: Blind Outdoor Orienting on Trails and Water

1:15 - 1:30 PM

  • Julie Sawchuk and Megan Deal, Sawchuk Accessible Solutions

  • Title: If You Can't Pee, You Can't Stay

1:30 - 1:45 PM

  • Julie Williams​, PhD

  • Title: Considering Accessibility in Nature Writing and Environmental Literature Classes

1:45 - 2:00 PM

  • Break​

2:00 - 2:15 PM

  • Matthew Corkum, PhD

  • Title: The Park for All – An Inclusive Space

2:15 - 2:30 PM

  • Leah Riddell, CEO of SignAble Vi5ion Inc.

  • Title: Inclusive Communication Barcode 

  • Presenter language: ASL

2:30 - 2:45 PM

  • Meenu Sikand, CEO and Founder of Accessibility For All

  • Naz Husain, Advisor for Accessibility for All 

  • Title: Inclusion of Diverse Visitors ​in ​Canada’s National Parks

2:45 - 3:00 PM

  • Break

3:00 - 3:15 PM

  • Rizwana Kadernani

  • Barriers I Experienced at the Grand Canyon National Park

3:15 - 3:30 PM

  • Janis Neufeld, CEO of Inclusive by Design Inc.

  • Title: What does Access and Inclusion ​on Trails Look Like?

3:30 - 3:45 PM

  • Kari Krogh, EcoWisdom Forest Preserve Co-Founder

  • Paul Gauthier, Individualized Funding Resource Centre Executive Director

  • Ean Price, Technology for Living Innovation Strategist

  • Kim Dunlop, EcoWisdom Nature Guide and Trainer

  • Title: Designing Accessible Park Spaces and Programs to Foster Inclusive Communities

Wednesday Aug 24 
Major barriers that impact national park accessibility for people with disabilities.

12:00 - 12:05 PM

  • Land Acknowledgement by the conference team

12:05 - 12:25 PM

  • Marie-Hélène Brisson, Acting Director of Visitor Experience, Parks Canada

  • Title: Introducing Parks Canada

  • Presenter language: English and French

12:25 - 12:45 PM

  • Keynote Address by Bonnie Lewkowicz, Program Manager and Lori Gray, Outings and Adventure manager at Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program

  • Title: Turning Barriers into Opportunities

 

12:45 - 1:00 PM

  • Break

1:00 - 1:15 PM

  • Noah Papatsie, Director - Nunavut, Inclusion Canada

  • Title: National Parks in Iqaluit, Nunavut: A Northern Indigenous Perspective

1:15 - 1:30 PM

  • Maria-José Aguilar-Carrasco, PhD

  • Title: Evaluation of Communicative Efficiency Through an Index Focused on People with Mobility/Motor Disabilities Requirements to Equal National Parks Enjoyment

1:30 - 1:45 PM

  • Isabelle Ducharme, President of the Board of Directors of Kéroul

  • Title: Three Main Obstacles to the Accessibility of National Parks According to Kéroul

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Break

2:00 - 2:15 PM

  • Mary Salvani

  • Title: Accessibility in National Parks

2:15 - 2:30 PM

  • Trisha Kaplan, National Manager, Programs and Inclusion Initiatives, Trans Canada Trail

  • Title: Trans Canada Trail Accessibility Initiatives

2:30 - 2:45 PM

  • Cybèle Sack

  • Title: The Many Paths to Accessibility: Hacking the Future

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Break​

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

  • Panel Discussion

Panelists:

  • Cedra Eichanauer, Inclusive by Design Executive Assistant

  • Ashley Olson, Founder of wheelchairtraveling.com

  • Kristen Habermehl, Principal of Atlantic Accessibility Consulting

  • Denise Vasquez, Founder of The Disabled Photographer Project and the How Accessible is Accessible series

Moderator: 

  • Alison Whiting, Research Analyst on the Engineering Health Team

Thursday Aug 25 
Innovative solutions to improve park accessibility for people with disabilities.

12:00 - 12:05 PM

  • Land Acknowledgement by the conference team

12:05 - 12:25 PM

  • Keynote Address by Mahadeo Sukhai, Vice-President Research and International Affairs & Chief Accessibility Officer at CNIB

  • Title: A Tale of Three Coffee Shops

12:25 - 12:45 PM

  • Mike Prescott, Project Manager, Accessible Organizations Project, Disability Alliance BC

  • Title: Accessible Parks Through the Journey Experience Mapping Model for Accessibility (JEMMA)

12:45 - 1:00 PM

  • Break​

1:00 - 1:45 PM

  • Panel Discussion

Panelists:

  • Carinna Kenigsberg, Director of Programs and Impact at Power To Be

  • Tanelle Bolt, Founder of RAD, Recreation Adapted Society

  • Patrick Lord, Team Lead for the Outdoor Pursuits program at Prospect Human Services

  • Noah Papatsie, Director - Nunavut, Inclusion Canada

  • Jamie McCulloch, Executive Director at Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre

Moderator:

  • Alison Whiting, Research Analyst at Engineering Health Team

1:45 - 2:00 PM

  • Break

2:00 - 2:15 PM

  • Lucy Diaz, Advocate for Accessibility

  • Title: Are Washrooms in Canada's National Parks Actually Accessible?

2:15 - 2:30 PM

  • Tracey Dickson, Associate Professor of Event and Tourism Management in the Canberra Business School, University of Canberra 

  • Simon Darcy, Professor of Social Inclusion in the Management Department of the UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney.

  • Title: Inclusive Accessibility Policy Development: ​
    An Example from an Australian Protected Area Organisation

2:30 - 2:45 PM

  • Julie Nowak, Founder of the Seasonal Body Project

  • Title: Virtual Park Accessibility

2:45 - 3:00 PM

  • Break

3:00 - 3:15 PM

  • David Ostro, Disability Foundation and British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society

  • Title: Exploring New Frontiers of Accessibility

3:15 - 3:30 PM

  • Mark Groulx, Associate Professor at UNBC School of Planning and Sustainability

  • Title: Accessible Nature Beyond City Limits

3:30 - 3:45 PM

  • Closing Remarks by Tilak Dutta, Scientist, KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

  • Title: What is Next for Park Accessibility?