Join us at the Transportation Forum, a full day of learning and sharing hosted by the City of New Westminster and sponsored by TransLink. This forum is hosted at Anvil Centre, which is right across the street from New Westminster SkyTrain Station! Leave your car at home and take transit! Get your tickets here. The IW19 iteration of the transportation forum comes with a focus on inclusivity. The workshops and speakers will focus on planning transportation for all ages and abilities, and for all modes. The hope is that participants will come away better equipped to have a regional conversation. This year, there will also be a display/information area in the atrium where regional municipalities, educational institutions, or organizations can display their challenges, learnings and what they are working on.
9:00am to 9:30am – Registration and Networking
9:30am to 9:45am – Opening Remarks from Mayor Jonathan Cote
9:45am to 11:30am – Session 1: Discovery Panel: How Accessible Is Accessible?
This session will focus on uncovering the challenges with transportation planning for accessibility is not a check box to be ticked, but rather has very real implications for residents of all ages and abilities and that by planning for people with disabilities, we actually plan for everyone. The topic will touch on: admitting when we didn’t get it right, and how to learn from that, planning for meaningful changes, and how do we ensure we are actually planning changes that are desired by residents.
Moderated by: Stan Leyenhorst, UADI
- Councillor Patrick Johnstone, City of New Westminster
- Asifa Lalji, Member, Access Ability Committee, City of New Westminster
- Heather McCain, Executive Director, Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods (C.A.N)
- Gary Steeves, Board Member, CNIB & Blind Athlete
11:30am to 12:30pm – Lunch and Networking and Municipal Showcase
12:30pm to 1:45pm – Awareness Experience and Display boards
1:45pm to 2:00pm – Coffee
2:00pm to 3:00pm – Strategies for Planning, Design, and Implementation
3:00pm to 4:00pm – Keynote: Elise Roy
Elise Roy is a deaf human centered designer, former lawyer, and motivational speaker who works in the vanguard of the disruptive innovation movement. She is a passionate proponent of the notion that when we design for disability, we often develop solutions that are better than when we design for the norm. A highly skilled public speaker, she has given talks at Microsoft, the U.S. Institute for Peace, the United Nations, and the World Bank. Her TEDx talk, “When we Design for Disability, We All Benefit,” has over 1.1 million views. Have a watch:
4:00pm to 4:30pm – Closing Remarks