Braze Mobility &

Enables Me Present:

Accessibility Idea-thon

Saturday, May 7, 2016

550 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

2nd Floor Auditorium

Creating a More Accessible World

There is a large market for assistive technologies that can enhance quality of life. By 2025, the number of individuals with accessibility needs will grow to 1 in 5 Canadians. Thus, it is crucial that we are ready to serve this market by bringing together key stakeholders to come up with ideas to meet the current demand and future needs.

On Saturday May 7, 2016, a group of end users, caregivers, researchers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers will come together in an idea-thon to brainstorm ways of improving the lives of individuals with accessibility needs. The special theme of Saturday’s event is “Solutions for Mobility”. To check out ideas and solutions from the idea-thon, join us for the public pitch session!

The event will be closed captioned, and attendant services will be available until 5PM.

Schedule for Invite-Only Ideation Event:

11:00-11:30PM – Registration
11:40 – Start of ideation
11:30-11:40AM – Welcome and Introductions
11:40AM – Start of ideation
12:30-1:30PM – Lunch (provided)
3:30 – End of ideation
3:30-4:00 – Break

Schedule for Open Pitch Event:

3:30-4:00PM – Registration and Booth Visits
4:00-4:10PM – Keynote by Dr. Stuart Howe & Pitch Event Introduction by Mitch Stark
4:10-5:20PM – Pitch Presentations
5:20-5:30PM – Mentors’ Feedback
5:30-5:50PM – Open Q&A
5:50-6:00PM – Closing Remarks
6:00PM-7:00PM – Networking

Join us!

Disclaimers: By registering for, or attending, this event, you are agreeing to the following:
1. Photographs may be taken at the event and appear on social media. You are authorizing the event organizers (Braze Mobility Inc. and Enables Me), to use your image, likeness and / or name on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, the organizers’ websites or other marketing materials in connection with the event.
2. The organizers of this event and any of their employees, volunteers, members and representatives are not responsible for any injury, loss or damage of any kind sustained by any person while participating in this event.

Speakers and Mentors

Dr. Stuart Howe
Chief Executive Officer, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Stuart Howe is a leader in the community sector with a proven track record in fostering innovation, building partnerships, growing revenues and running operations. By continuously challenging the established norms of not-for-profit business practices, Stuart has successfully translated innovations into commercial products and through his work built robust business partnerships. He has launched new technology companies and service businesses. In doing so, he has become skilled at securing research and development funding, implementing LEAN process improvements, and growing new, sustainable, revenue streams. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Essex and is a registered patent agent. He has worked for one of Canada’s largest national law firms and spent 16 years in various business roles at Canada’s premier children’s hospital. He has consulted on innovation and business development for a number of hospitals and community service providers, and has served as a director and officer of several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Stuart is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, an organization that assists persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.

Mitch Stark
Keswick High School Student, Creator & Host of CJRU’s Access Files Radio Show

Mitch is an energetic, determined and outgoing 17-year-old. He has cerebral palsy and gets around in a power wheelchair. Mitch is passionate about making the accessibility/disability space better for all. Last summer, he volunteered at CJRU The Scope at Ryerson radio station, where his fight for the accessibility community really came alive. He started hosting his own radio show called Access Files, focusing on accessibility and disability issues (airing every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 PM on 1280AM in Toronto at Inspired by his experiences at CJRU, Mitch will be attending Humber College for journalism next year.

Jennifer Chan
Founder, Exhibit Change

Jennifer Chan is a designer, facilitator and provocateur. Her work intersects community, education and asking bigger and bigger questions. She is curious about helping others understand problems, connect with others and find solutions that are accessible and effective. After taking her Bachelors of Architecture at Ryerson University, Jenn discovered that become an architect wasn’t for her, but that there were many other ways to use her design mindset. In 2009, Jenn founded Exhibit Change a design-driven community engagement firm to help schools, nonprofits and community groups tackle wicked problems. In her “spare” time, Jenn is finishing her Masters of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design University with a research focus on collaborative foresight in public policy.

Dr. Richard McAloney
Director of Technology and Entrepreneurship Management, Impact Centre

Richard has extensive experience working at the intersection of academia, government, and industry. As the Director of Technology Management & Entrepreneurship at U of T’s Impact Centre, he manages training and support programs that provide student entrepreneurs with the early-stage guidance to help move technology from the lab to the world. He is co-creator of Techno – an elite training program for scientists and engineers building technology-based companies. Techno has nucleated over 100 start-ups since 2010. Richard received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from U of T followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the NRC Steacie Institute. As a research scientist for a US technology development company, he was responsible for translating new technologies into commercial products. He was also the Principal Investigator on several Small Business Innovation Research grants through the US DoD, NIH, NASA, and the EPA. Richard has been directly involved in the creation and growth of start-ups. He co-founded Axela, a Toronto-based diagnostic company with tools for rapid, real-time immunoassays and biomolecule analysis. Richard currently serves as President or Director on the Board for several for-profit and not-for-profit companies. He has a strong passion for the development of technologies and the commercialization of scientific research.

Elaine Darling
AccessAbility Co-ordinator, March of Dimes

Elaine received her Diploma in Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto in 1983. After graduating Elaine went to work for the Hudson Bay Company developing display systems and retail shop designs in Calgary, Alberta. Elaine returned to Toronto in 1986 and continued to work as an industrial designer developing large blow molded and injection molded toys, competing with Little Tikes. She formed a partnership called Extensions Product Design and continued to develop products and display systems for leading American retailers specializing in metal and plastic. In 1996 with the support of March of Dimes she started the first DesignAbility chapter in Oakville, developing custom solutions for children and adults with physical disabilities. Elaine has also worked with Parks and Recreation departments developing an accessible picnic table, canoe dock, park bench and skating aid. As a senior auditor with Accessibility Advantage, a partnership between Quadrangle architects and March of Dimes Canada, Elaine advocates for the implementation and enforcement of accessible design standards and promotes universal design practices. She has audited educational, commercial, industrial, and residential spaces and works with engineering and design students raising their awareness about inclusive design practices. Today, DesignAbility volunteers produce over 120 custom products annually. These products remove barriers to mobility and assist in daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and cooking, increasing an individual’s independence and ability to participate in their community.