Placemakers 11: Building accessible spaces & places - Community building for all

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Engage in an online conversation with thought leaders about the evolution of accessibility best practices, design integration and building awareness around this important topic.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

About This Event

Event Recording

  • What is Universal Design and why is it important?
  • How do we create and build spaces that cater to diverse needs?
  • How does Universal Design contribute to creating an accessible society?

Join CMLC and our special guests:

Brad McCannell, Rick Hansen Foundation: Vice-President, Access and Inclusion
As a leader in the field of accessibility for the past 27 years and a member of the Accessibility Standards Canada Board, Brad has extensive experience in the practical application of universal design across the whole built environment. Projects include the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, the International Paralympic Committee’s technical working group on accessibility, Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, Richmond Olympic Oval, the Vancouver Convention Centre(s), the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and more.

Leanne Squair, Accessibility and Disability Consultant
Leanne has recently retired from her role as Issue Strategist with the City of Calgary where she provided leadership for the 11 community members who make up The City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility. With her support, members worked with The City to make sure all City projects have universal design components for people with hearing, vision, cognitive and physical disabilities. For 30 years, Leanne has also worked with the Rick Hansen Foundation on the vision of an accessible society. Leanne also participates as an Advisor on the Accessible Renovations for Kids (ARK) Board and the YYC Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Amber Osadan-Ullman, CMLC: Moderator
Amber leads CMLC’s Development team as Director of Development and is passionate about bringing placemaking and great design to the city building projects in and outside the Rivers District. She has presented at several conferences including the Urban Land Institute, Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers, Calgary Commercial Real Estate, Canadian Institute of Planners, and more. Amber is a Registered Professional Planner and is a member of the National Executive Forum on Public Property, the Council for Canadian Urbanism, BILD, CIP, APA, ULI, and CREW.