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AODA Workshop: What Building Owners and Facility Managers must know in order to comply
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When: 7:30 Registration & Breakfast | 8:00 Session Begins
7:30 Registration AM
Where: Toronto Region Board of Trade
77 Adelaide St. W
Toronto M5X 1C1
Contact: Rachel Beckett
416-596-8065 x 221

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Thursday, April 11th , 2019 | 7:30 am Breakfast | 8:00 am  Workshop 

Toronto Region Board of Trade - First Canadian Place (Suite 250) - 77 Adelaide Street West


The compelling and measurable Financial Case for Becoming an Accessible Building Owner/Manager:

Are your doors open to ensure mature & disabled customers and employees can access your buildings?


Background & why this will help you with your challenges in your workplace

Is your business lagging in developing architectural, physical, technological and human resources based accessibility? Do you know the impact this has on your business’ ability to be truly competitive globally against companies who have been accessible for several years?


Since 2005, in the Province of Ontario there exists the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act). Since that time, Former Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley, released his ground-breaking report mid-March, blasting both the government and businesses for not implementing accessibility into the built environment, business’ inclusion programs and strategic planning and implementation.

There are over 1.9 million Ontarian’s with Disabilities. This cohort are wealthy potential customers, clients, and highly qualified employees. Doug Ford has since appointed a Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. Nationally there is accessibility legislation tabled in June of 2018. The Government has called for an appointed Chief Accessibility Officer.


There is now clear evidence for Building Owners/Managers/PM’s/Leasors who have prioritized access to buildings and FM process, are business leaders by all measures when compared to their counterparts.


Jane Sleeth – President and Senior OPC Consultant

Hon. B.P. & H.E., B. Sc.PT, C.P.T.

Jane Sleeth is the president and senior consultant of OPC. Over the past 29 years Jane has been involved in the management and prevention of disability as a physiotherapist; rehabilitation department manager in a large hospital in Toronto and as an ergonomic/Human Factors Design consultant with OPC, which Jane founded in 1991. 

Jane  and her consulting team provide innovative and effective approaches to E/HFD/Accessible design as well as in her work with interior designers, architects and engineers in the development of universal design approaches to built environments, technology, and strategic program development. This has resulted in solid long-term results for clients in Canada and the United States.


Cynthia Henderson 

Culver & Henderson Building Design Inc. 


Cynthia Henderson is co-founder and partner at Toronto-based Culver & Henderson Building Design Inc., which is an architecture and interior design firm that advocates for accessible and universal design.

The firm’s projects are a mix of commercial, hospitality, places of worship, institutional and residential multi-unit and single family dwellings.  


Should I attend?

  • If you are an HR Director or Manager who has been developing programs but want to move towards a strategic, mature and more effective accessibility process
  • If you are an architect or interior designer tasked with ensuring new designs, renovations and new build projects meet and perhaps exceed basic Ontario Building Code Barrier Free Designs.
  • If you are a PM, FM or Corporate Leasing agent charged with enhancing the value of a building(s) by enhancing accessibility features and designs


What will I learn:

  • Where each province and Canada are relative to mandatory accessibility laws
  • Why building code’s Barrier Free Designs do not create accessible environments
  • What are excellent companies doing?
  • What are the ROI’s for accessible business?  The evidence.
  • What should accessibility & human factors design look like with architecture and design; technology; way finding in our business


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