Gateway Navigation CCC Limited is a unique social enterprise bringing together social innovation and for-profit sustainability. Founded in 2017 by individuals and organizations including the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB). Sharing a lived experience in disability and a passion to make a difference in our communities. Our social and business objective is to create a more accessible and inclusive world through applying human centred design in the use of inclusive audio-based (digital) augmented reality networks. While promoting training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in this rapidly developing technology sector.
We apply a human centered approach in designing inclusive audio-based (digital) augmented reality network solutions for people with disabilities. Living the principle nothing about us, without us.
Corry Stuive, Advisor
Member and former Executive Director, Canadian Council of the Blind - CCB; member Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians - AEBC. An extensive media and audio production background, including being the proprietor of Majestic Sound Studio and former Bureau Manager with Accessible Media Inc. - AMI.
Albert Ruel, Advisor
Albert, facilitates and educates, organizations, groups and individuals. Regarding the independence tools available to people who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired.
In past roles, Albert has worked as Coordinator Canadian Council of the Blind CCB, Get Together with Technology GTT Program, District Manager with CNIB and served as National Equality Director with the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians.
Jim Taggart, Director
Editor Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine www.sabmagazine.com; instructor of the Bachelor of Architectural Science Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology, BCIT; award winning author of several books on architecture; and international speaker leading professional development seminars for architects and designers.
Sheila Evani, Advisor
Sheila is a business and real estate lawyer, who helps her clients make pragmatic legal decisions that align with their personal and organizational values. Her core practice areas include commercial transactions, real estate and secured lending, and corporate structuring. In addition, Sheila advises a broad range of social enterprises, non-profits, and registered charities in respect of their social ventures and community economic development projects.
Tammy Berry, Director
Director, Compliance & Training Armour Group Inc // Premium Services Group Ontario, Canada. Senior Leader with a wealth of experience in Financial Services Compliance and Risk Management. Including 10-years with JP Morgan Chase as Vice President Operational Risk Management in Canada and 21-years with Sears Canada Financial as Manager Call Centre Operations across Canada. Tammy has a long history of working with the blind including her brother-in-law, David Brun Founder Gateway Navigation.
David LePage, Advisor
Co-founder, Director and Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada www.buysocialcanada.com. Founding partner Social Enterprise Institute, SEI. www.socialenterpriseinstitute.ca; Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada; and on the board of the Social Enterprise World Forum. Program Adjunct and an Instructor for the Sandermoen School of Business MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership.
David Brun, Founder / Director
Founder Gateway Navigation CCC Ltd. Specialist designing indoor and outdoor audio based navigation networks. Drawing on my past experience as a small business owner, twenty-years with TD Canada Trust in the Branch Network and Pacific Regional Office and my authentic experience as a blind person both as an advocate and not-for-profit board member.. Provided me with the perspective, passion and resources to work with a dynamic team of like-minded colleagues and partners to enhance mobility, employment and social independence for blind and disabled persons. Join us in creating real change for all Canadians.
COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION REPORT British Columbia Business Corporations Act
Gateway Navigation CCC Ltd. (the “Company”)
The Company has the primary purposes beneficial to society to encourage, educate and support accessibility for people with disabilities by accelerating the adoption of accessible audio-based navigation ABN networks for interior and exterior spaces. While promoting training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in this rapidly developing technology sector of audio based augmented reality.
ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE COMPANY’S PURPOSES:
Incorporated in the Province of British Columbia as a Community Contribution Company with equal emphasis on financial sustainability and social objectives
The CCC incorporation structure requires:
minimum of 60% of profits to be reinvested in the company’s social objective or a CRA qualifying charity
minimum of three Directors on Board of Directors
disclosure in the annual CCC report of any employee receiving an income in excess of $75,000 annually
Activities Fiscal 2018 – 2019:
Development of a PowerPoint presentation and panel discussion seminar emphasising the importance and rationale for removing barriers to people with disabilities and the role accessible audio-based navigation networks play in this process.
Advocating for the inclusion of audio-based navigation ABN technology to be included in the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Accreditation checklist for venues
Presenting at Buildex Vancouver a trade show for builders, architects, and designers on the importance of accessible audio-based navigation
Exploration with University Research Team in creating greater accessibility of digital mapping for people who are blind, deaf blind or visually impaired. Supporting the conversion of internet information into accessible audio-based format.
Positioning the company to provide consultation services to government, businesses and stakeholders on the essential elements needed for well engineered and successful audio-based navigation network implementations for the blind, deaf blind or visually impaired
Redesign and focus of the company’s website www.gnc3.com to provide a platform and resource supporting the company’s consulting services.
Summary: The above efforts would not have been possible without the volunteerism, financial support and commitment of the advisors, directors, partners, and supporters of Gateway Navigation’s vision of accessibility, inclusion, and employment.
Submitted by the Company’s Board of Directors
Activities Fiscal 2017 – 2018:
A memorandum of understanding agreement put in place to define the relationship between Gateway Navigation CCC Ltd and its equity partner the Canadian Council of the Blind CCB
Two of the three Directors appointed are blind or visually impaired
Two advisors appointed to the Board of Directors from the CCB
Creation of a domain www.gnc3.com and website to act as a resource for accessible audio-based navigation technology and to provide information on the company’s social objectives
Hosting two Presentations and interactive experiences. Promoting understanding and discussion with stakeholders on the benefits and challenges related to accessible audio-based navigation networks.
Summary: The above activities would not have been possible without the volunteerism, financial support and commitment of the advisors, directors, partners, and supporters of Gateway Navigation’s vision of accessibility, inclusion, and employment.
Submitted by the Company’s Board of Directors