Technical committee for a model standard for the built environment - accessibility for federally regulated entities as defined in the Accessible Canada Act
The role of the technical committee is to:
- Identify barriers to accessibility in the built environment
- Take into account emerging trends in the area of accessibility of the built environment
- Develop a model standard for the built environment - accessibility that will apply best practices.
Compensation for individual members
We are adopting Canadian and international practices to develop accessibility standards. We will recruit experts from various backgrounds. These are volunteer roles as most members will represent organizations. If an individual with a disability is not paid by an organization, we will compensate them for their role as an expert on a technical committee.
If members need to travel, Accessibility Standards Canada covers expenditures, as per the Government of Canada travel directive.
Areas of focus
There are common areas where persons with disabilities may face barriers related to the built environment. These include, but are not limited to:
- building entrances;
- paths of travel;
- access to storeys;
- parking and loading zones;
- power door operators;
- assistive listening devices;
- washrooms and universal washrooms (including showers).
Find below our technical committee members, title, and organization, grouped by stakeholder category.
Academic and research bodies
1. Ms. Joyce Barlow, Workplace Accessibility Specialist, University of Waterloo
2. Dr. Sophia Li, Staff Scientist and Manager of Partnerships and Strategic Partnerships, KITE Research Institute of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network
Consumer and public interest
3. Ms. Carrie Anton, Coordinator, Accessibility Services, Athabasca University
4. Mr. Jacques Courteau, Accessibility Advocate and Retired Grievance Adjudicator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
5. Mr. Steve Foglia, Accessibility Advocate
6. Mrs. Betty Dion, President, Betty Dion Enterprises Ltd.
7. Mr. Andre Gordon, Principal Accessibility Strategist, FlashAbility Access
8. Ms. Judy Redmond, Director, J. Redmond Consulting
9. Mr. Matthew Shaw, Managing Partner, Disability Solutions
Government and authorities having jurisdiction
10. Ms. Sarah Eve De Lisle, Accessibility Coordinator, EXO (Réseau de transport métropolotain, Montréal)
11. Mrs. Tracy Kirkwood, Supervisor, Project Management Office, Regional Municipality of York
12. Ms. Anna Valliant, Senior Engineer, Guidelines and Standards, City of Ottawa
13. Mrs. Candice Young, Project Manager – Accessibility, Employment and Social Development Canada
Industry and commerce
14. Mr. Dominic Esposito, Senior Project Consultant, Jensen Hughes
15. Dr. Massimo Crimini, Principal and Lead Strategy Officer, Janus Construction Group of Companies and bphealth Accessibility Inc.
16. Mr. Sean Crump, CEO, Universal Access
17. Mr. Hans (Uli) Egger, Accessibility Certification Specialist/Adjudicator, Rick Hansen Foundation