[community] Accessing our Heritage conference

Lisa Liskovoi lliskovoi at ocadu.ca
Mon Oct 18 15:53:49 UTC 2021


To follow up, here’s a direct link to the registration page:  https://bit.ly/3ii6ol1

And here is the content of the attachment in case that’s easier:
Ontario BIA Association
 Accessing our Heritage Conference
October 20, 2021, 12:00-5:00pm
REGISTRATION: https://bit.ly/3ii6ol1

12:00
Welcome - OBIAA
12:05
Conference Host - Alf Spencer
12:10
Welcome - Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho
12:20
Keynote Speaker - Lesley Collins<https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesley-collins-7994a915a/> - Evolving the Meaning of Heritage
1:00
Break
1:10
Panel Discussion - Deep Dive and Discussion

Moderator: Jill Taylor<https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-taylor-b91b438/>

Speakers: Ann Sawyer<https://www.linkedin.com/in/ann-sawyer-14102319/?trk=people-guest_people_search-card&originalSubdomain=uk>, Thea Kurdi<https://www.linkedin.com/in/theakurdi/> and David Lepofsky<https://ca.linkedin.com/in/david-lepofsky-8a4ba364?trk=people-guest_people_search-card>

How can, and do, ‘accessibility’ and ‘heritage’ work together? What opportunities exist for making our heritage buildings more welcoming and inclusive of all? How have other countries, such as the UK, successfully tackled this challenge?

This panel of experts has many years of experience and in a range of disciplines - architecture, heritage conservation, planning, advocacy, the law, and accessible design.  This group of experts will explore how our built environment legislations has restricted the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings, what legislative changes could be made to allow for the de-standardization of heritage buildings, what has been done so far and what obstacles prevent us from doing more.

The UK has been able to not only make their heritage buildings accessible, but they have created a regular funding stream to support that work. What can Ontario learn from how other countries have kept their heritage buildings relevant and welcoming of all?
2:10
Break
2:20
Breakout Sessions

1.  The Business Case for Accessibility
Moderator: Alfred Spencer
Speakers:  Rich Donovan<https://www.rod-group.com/meet-team> and Michael Seaman<https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-seaman-43898233/?originalSubdomain=ca>
Main streets in Ontario have many older and heritage buildings, however, property owners do not always see the value in making them accessible. Business tenants would like to bring in more customers through enhanced access but they may not be inclined to invest infrastructure funds into a building they do not own.
The session explores the reasons why it makes sense economically, socially and sustainably to invest in accessibility whenever, and wherever, possible. Learn more about the incredible consumer spending power of people with disabilities and how an investment in accessibility serves to strengthen the vitality of Ontario’s main streets.



2.      The Next Generation: Training Gaps and Opportunities
Moderator: Jim Mountain<https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-mountain-6474bb208/>
Speakers: Hayley Nabuurs<https://www.linkedin.com/in/hayley-devitt-nabuurs-b2473a118/>, Claudine Déom<https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi6ocmBs7nzAhUpKFkFHYA6BXwQFnoECAMQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Famenagement.umontreal.ca%2Fprofesseurs%2Ffiche%2Fin%2Fin14949%2Fsg%2FClaudine%2520D%25C3%25A9om%2F&usg=AOvVaw38__fnNQstfpQoL0Is9-Ut> and Michael McLelland<https://www.eraarch.ca/person/michael-mcclelland/>
In order for change to happen, today’s students must be included in the conversation about how heritage buildings can be made more inclusive. How is the topic accessibility included in the curriculum of students studying architecture, conservation, planning, engineering, etc.?
Employers are looking for graduates with a wide variety of knowledge and skills. An understanding of accessibility is no longer optional but rather a core competency as we move forward in our work to making Ontario inclusive of everyone.
3:00
Break
3:10
Breakout Sessions

3.     Getting to Yes with the Right Communication
Moderator: Lesley Collins<https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesley-collins-7994a915a/>
Speakers: Tatiana Dafoe<https://www.linkedin.com/in/tatiana-dafoe-a4245198/>, Stephanie Potter<https://ca.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-potter-61656b5a> and Lindsay Reid<https://ca.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-reid-67526724>
It is standard practice for municipalities to consult with their Heritage Committee when heritage building renovation proposals are submitted. But how many municipalities also consult with their internal Accessibility Advisory Committee on such proposals?
Presenters in this session will explore how staff and committees can work collaboratively on heritage renovation proposals and the role that built environment specialists, such as architects, can play in facilitating such communication.


4.     Accessibility Solutions for Heritage Buildings
Moderator: John Lane<https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-w-lane-0a899423/>
Speakers: Thea Kurdi<https://www.linkedin.com/in/theakurdi/>,  Lindsey Wallace and Amy Pothier<https://ca.linkedin.com/in/amy-pothier-b9b12724>
So, what can be done to make heritage buildings more accessible for everyone - within the parameters of existing legislations? Come and see examples of heritage adaptive re-use in Ontario and the US. Learn about practical solutions, including low cost/no cost ideas, for removing, reducing and preventing access barriers. Get your questions answered by leading accessibility experts.
4:00
Break
4:10
Presentation: Crosby Cromwell, The Valuable 500<https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjjjvWPqY7zAhVpGFkFHXs2Dq4QFnoECBQQAw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thevaluable500.com%2F&usg=AOvVaw3qPp4F0BnToxXLt_iUlFif>
4:20
Reflections on the Conference by hosts Alfred and Lesley
4:40
Next Steps, Wrap Up and Thank You


ASL and closed captions will be provided. Other needs requests can be made to Kennishia Duffus: events at obiaa.com<mailto:mailto:events at obiaa.com?subject=Accommodation%20request%20for%20Accessing%20Our%20Heritage%20Conference>

Best,
Lisa
________________________________

LISA LISKOVOI
SENIOR INCLUSIVE DESIGNER AND ACCESSIBILITY SPECIALIST
INCLUSIVE DESIGN RESEARCH CENTRE

T 416 977 6000 x3961
E lliskovoi at ocadu.ca<mailto:lliskovoi at ocadu.ca>

OCAD UNIVERSITY
100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada M5T 1W1
www.ocadu.ca<http://www.ocadu.ca>

On Oct 18, 2021, at 11:39 AM, Lisa Liskovoi <lliskovoi at ocadu.ca<mailto:lliskovoi at ocadu.ca>> wrote:

Hi everyone,

I’ve information about a conference happening this Wednesday, October 20th on the topic of accessibility in heritage buildings in case it might be of interest.

Best,
Lisa
<Accessibility and Heritage Conference Program.docx>

________________________________

LISA LISKOVOI
SENIOR INCLUSIVE DESIGNER AND ACCESSIBILITY SPECIALIST
INCLUSIVE DESIGN RESEARCH CENTRE

T 416 977 6000 x3961
E lliskovoi at ocadu.ca<mailto:lliskovoi at ocadu.ca>

OCAD UNIVERSITY
100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada M5T 1W1
www.ocadu.ca<http://www.ocadu.ca/>




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