Buildex Vancouver 2019: Inclusive Design

Enhancing Accessibility One Building at a Time

What is Buildex?

BUILDEX is the voice of the building industry today, and the vision of its future. This exciting event – the largest in Western Canada – brings together talent from across industry to interact, learn and discover the newest innovations of a market in constant transformation.

BUILDEX Vancouver is an event that enables Architecture & Design, Construction, and Property Management professionals to immerse themselves in dialogue and build community, providing a meaningful platform for industry advancement.


Jim Taggart FRAIC, Editor, SABMag; Director, Gateway Navigation


Albert A. Ruel, Canadian Council of the Blind, Coordinator, Get Together with Technology Program; Advisor, Gateway Navigation;


David Brun, Founder & Director, Gateway Navigation


Seminar Summary:

A decade after the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the proposed 'Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81) had its first reading in the House of Commons in June 2018. Bill C-81 marks a paradigm shift in our understanding of, and attitude towards disability. No longer do we view disability as a medical condition, or a circumstance to be alleviated through acts of charity or welfare programs, rather it is now seen as a social phenomenon that results from the interaction of a person with an environment that, through its design, denies that person the opportunity of full participation in society.

However, technology is emerging that will give low and no vision building users access to site specific information for interior navigation using their smart phone. Unlike GPS for which the satellite infrastructure had been previously developed by various space agencies and national governments, interior navigation networks must be developed one building at a time, using either low energy beacons or wireless 'fingerprinting.'

This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of this technology and the protocols being developed to ensure a seamless interface and consistent experience for users, whatever building they may be trying to access anywhere in Canada. Authorities having jurisdiction, building owners and designers will learn what role they can play in advancing this technology and hence improving accessibility in their buildings. Attendees will have the opportunity to try the technology for themselves.

Seminar Information:

Seminar Name / Codes:

T40 – Enhancing Accessibility One Building at a Time

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Health & Wellness, Leadership & Business Improvement, Project Management & Process Improvement]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LU • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Barrier Free Hours IDCEC Approved ]


Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Room 208/09

Cost:  Buildex fee to attend seminar $60.00 – register and payment via Buildex Vancouver webpage: Limited number of free passes are available: contact to enquire on availability.

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