We’ll be announcing talks, as well as more speakers in the coming weeks.

Chancey Fleet

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Chancey Fleet is a Brooklyn-based accessibility advocate. Fleet coordinates technology education programs at the New York Public Library's Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Her current library-based projects include group workshops highlighting mobile technologies for independent living and information literacy; programs introducing youth and adults to non-visual techniques for coding and making with Arduino; and the Dimensions project (a recipient of NYPL’s 2016 Innovation Grant for staff projects), which equips community members with the training and tools they need to create accessible tactile maps, diagrams, graphics and objects. Chancey was recognized as a 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In her Data & Society fellowship work in 2018-2019, Chancey hopes to deepen public understanding and spark widespread curiosity about how cloud-connected accessibility tools enhance or undermine digital equity, autonomy, security, and privacy.

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Alastair Somerville

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Alastair Somerville is a Sensory Design Consultant. He works with government agencies, museums and charities in the design of wayfinding systems and the design of public spaces for people with a range of physical and cognitive capacities. Working with new research in perception and new technologies, like VR and 3d printing, he works with people with lived experience to create practical solutions to make places welcoming and accessible to all.

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Thea Kurdi

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Vice President, DesignABLE Environments Inc.

Thea Kurdi is an accessibility specialist and dynamic speaker known for her enthusiasm for teaching. She has presented workshops, keynote addresses and lectures at local and international events for design professionals, building owners, and policymakers. From the human rights code to evidence-based design and increased marketability, Kurdi shares her passion for how accessibility is fundamental to successful architecture.

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Makoto Ueki

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Web Accessibility Consultant in Japan. Makoto has been contributing to the JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) Working Group and W3C AG (Accessibility Guidelines) Working Group (currently working on the Silver task force) as a web accessibility expert. And he was a chairman of the Web accessibility Committee in Japan (WAIC) from 2012 to 2019. He is the first Japanese who got cerrtified as the IAAP's Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA). He is also a watcher of the accessibility in the real life and is sharing the photos of the accessible design stuff on Twitter.

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Amy Pothier

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Associate - Inclusivity and Building Code Specialist at Gensler.

An interior designer by education, Amy has always been interested in the technical parameters of design, diving right in to become a building code consultant. Recognizing that the building code minimums were not acceptable to designing accessible spaces, she became an accessibility consultant working on projects on a more universal design approach. She has since combined her love of building codes with her passion for universal design as the practice area leader for health & wellness at Gensler’s Toronto office, imbuing her passion for code compliance and accessibility advocacy into projects across Canada.

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Maxwell Ng

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Maxwell Ng is an Architect with over fifteen years of experience designing university spaces, commercial workplaces and elder housing. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Boston University and an M.Arch from the Boston Architectural College. A recent transplant from the US, he previously served on the board of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA), and is a founding player of the TrailStormers, the Boston based softball team for trans and gender variant people. He currently works for the international design firm, Gensler where he co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for the Toronto office.

Sarah Manteuffel

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Sarah Manteuffel is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA). Sarah sat as Vice President of Little People of Manitoba (LPM) for 5 years, and continues to be a member of LPM, Little People of Ontario, Little People of America, and is a Board member on the Dwarf Athletic Association of Canada (DAAC). As a little person as well as having an education in Interior Design, Sarah has always viewed the world from from a unique perspective; focusing on how spaces physically and emotionally affect people beyond accessible design. Through working with the OALA she has learned more about advocating for accessible spaces both inside and out, and continues to increase her awareness and education on how to make the world more accepting for all human beings.

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Dan Seljak-Byrne

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Dan Seljak-Byrne is media professional working at the intersection of visual and written communications. At Gensler, he works primarily in the marketing and communications department while contributing to the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and other initiatives across the larger organization. He writes about mental health and runs a weekly newsletter about design and urbanism through an equity lens called Another Glass Box.

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Samantha Biglieri

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Samantha Biglieri is a practicing urban planner with The Biglieri Group Ltd., a PhD Candidate in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, and a Sessional Lecturer at the School of Urban & Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Samantha serves as Vice President of the Toronto Council on Aging, and does research at the intersection of planning and health - examining experiences of marginalized populations in sub/urban landscapes in order to build more accessible, inclusive places. Samantha’s published and ongoing work on dementia-inclusive urban planning/civic engagement and age-friendly policies has been featured in academic journals, international conferences, industry publications and on CBC radio.

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Karl van Es

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Associate, B.Arch.Sci., M.Arch., OAA

Karl brings his passion for sustainable design to Quadrangle and is well-versed in Net Zero and Passive House standards. A strong project manager, he has extensive experience in leading teams for multi-unit residential developments, with a particular emphasis on design, planning, municipal approvals and contract administration. Karl has worked on a wide range of architectural typologies both locally and internationally. His portfolio of work at Quadrangle includes Axess Condominiums, Maple Leaf Quay, 543 Richmond Street West, Indigo Condominiums Phases I, II, and III, Rosedale Village G&H, and 89-101 Roehampton Avenue. Karl is a dedicated member of our in-house Green Team and champions the development of green design strategies for multi-unit residential buildings. He also contributes to Quadrangle’s Studio as an organizer of the popular after-hours Food for Thought design discussion series.

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Lorene Casiez

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Associate, Accessibility and Wellness Practice Lead, RN, MN, BDes, WELL AP

Lorene strongly believes that the goals of inclusive design provide the basic framework of good design for all people. Lorene coordinates and manages the accessibility practice at Human Space, a division of Quadrangle, including team operations, project delivery and client relationships. Her goal is to maintain a high level of accessibility in all projects and steer the practice towards projects that will have a meaningful impact. She strategically analyzes the market and Human Space’s clients’ needs, while also contributing her technical expertise on accessibility requirements and inclusive design strategies to a range of projects. The first in Quadrangle’s Studio to become WELL certified, Lorene is also able to advise clients how to optimize their built environments for human health through the lens of inclusion.

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