Annual Public Meeting 2024

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You're invited to our 2024 Annual Public Meeting! Register below to join us online on May 22, 2024. During the event, you will:

  • hear from our Board of Directors
  • get inspired during a panel discussion with members of our technical committees
  • find out how to get involved in our work

As we continue to move together for a Canada without barriers, your participation, expertise and lived experience continue to be essential!

This year's theme is Leading change to make Canada accessible and include all people. Leading change: these words highlight a proactive and influential role in driving positive transformations. It shows that we, as an organization, are taking action to bring meaningful change for accessibility in Canada.

We're working to achieve nothing less than a cultural transformation on a national level. We're fully committed to contributing to a more accessible and inclusive country. We believe we're getting closer every day.

Agenda

Time (EDT)Activity
1 p.m.Opening remarks and land acknowledgment 
1:05 p.m.Leading change: Our work and how to get involved 
1:20 p.m.Question period: Accessibility Standards Canada will respond to questions sent in advance 
1:35 p.m.

Panel discussion: How we are developing standards differently to include more perspectives

Participants:

2:10 p.m.Closing remarks 
2:15 p.m.Meeting ends

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Guest speakers

This year’s meeting will feature a panel discussion with 3 members from our technical committees. They will speak about how we are developing standards differently to include more perspectives. Learn more about our guest speakers below.

Mahadeo A. Sukhai
Chairperson, Technical committee on employment

Mahadeo is Canada's first blind biomedical research scientist, with more than 20 years' experience as an academic researcher and educator. He leads the research program for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and two affiliate organizations, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada and CNIB Deafblind Community Services. He is also the principal investigator for research projects to understand the lived experience of persons who are blind, Deafblind, and partially sighted in Canada. Mahadeo also leads CNIB's international affairs work. As CNIB's Chief Accessibility Officer, he oversees all three organizations' cultural change efforts on accessibility and inclusion for persons with disabilities and intersecting social identities.

Jutta Treviranus
Chairperson, Technical committee on Accessible and equitable artificial intelligence systems

Jutta is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto.  Jutta established the IDRC in 1993 as the nexus of a growing global community that proactively works to ensure that our digitally transformed and globally connected society is designed inclusively.  Dr. Treviranus also founded an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University.  Jutta is credited with developing an inclusive co-design methodology that has been adopted by large enterprise companies such as Microsoft, as well as public sector organizations internationally.  Jutta has coordinated many research networks focused on the future of work and employment, with and by people with disabilities. Jutta was recognized for her work in AI by Women in AI with the AI for Good - DEI AI Leader of the Year award as well as by Women in AI Ethics.

Maayan Ziv
Chairperson, Technical committee on Accessible travel journey

Maayan is an accomplished entrepreneur, acclaimed photographer, and a passionate disability activist. She’s the founder and CEO of AccessNow, an award-winning tech company that has revolutionized the way people share and access information about accessibility worldwide. Under Maayan’s leadership, the company has become a powerful force for change. AccessNow is driving a shift in global thinking about the importance of accessibility across all industries, from accessible technologies to infrastructure, public policy, media, and more.

Maayan is a globally recognized thought leader and advocate for disability rights. She has earned numerous accolades, including MIT Tech Review’s Top 35 Innovators and Canada’s Top 40 under 40. Recently, Condé Nast Traveler also named Maayan as 1 of 14 people making the world more accessible.

Documents

The event will feature a presentation from staff and Board members on Leading change: Our work and how to get involved. The content of this presentation is available in several accessible formats below.

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