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Accessibility & Inclusiveness in Calgary’s Commercial Real Estate Market
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Accessibility & Inclusiveness in Calgary’s Commercial Real Estate Market

When: Thursday, February 7th
12 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: 707 Fifth
707 5 St SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0Y3
Contact: Jessica McGlashing

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Join BOMA Calgary for a panel discussion on how Calgary is aiming to be one of the most inclusive, accessible cities around the world! We empower people by eliminating barriers to the built environment which by default promotes a sense of community, inclusion and the option to participate.


Through the forum discussion, attendee's should gain an understanding of how Alberta can go beyond the Code to strive to create more accessible, universal, and safe environments. 




Erin Shilliday, Architect / Managing Director – RK Access


Erin brings 25 years of experience from a variety of North American Regions. His apprenticeship with the New York studio of internationally renowned architect Aldo Rossi set the stage for his approach to architecture which is based upon the history and theory of architecture and the vernacular of the built environment in which he is working. Erin is a passionate advocate for accessible design, and in 2017 he created RK Access, a consulting division at RK which specializes in assessments and design of architecture for persons with disabilities. In this role, Erin oversees all interactions with the approving authorities during crucial, early stages of the design process and has continuous involvement during the construction documentation and construction phases.


Nabeel Ramji, Consultant – RK Access & Strategic Group


Nabeel Ramji represents an organization "Bricolage Calgary" that advocates for accessible design and Inclusion for All citizens in Calgary. He's consulted on the creation of RK Access, a service of Riddell Kurczaba focused on barrier-free design that aims to make architecture more accessible to all. As an Accessibility Infrastructure Specialist, Nabeel provides a user-based perspective on accessibility design reviews. He has been a citizen-at-large on the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility for the past four years, and has served as a member on the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities since September 2017. He received a Senate 150th Anniversary Medal at Parliament Hill for his efforts to heighten awareness for accessibility. For the last 8 years, Nabeel has also worked full time at Strategic Group as Manager of Strategic Atlantic and Real Estate Finance.


Darby Young, Founder, Principal Accessibility Strategist – Level Playing Field


Darby Lee Young is former para-alpine ski racer, who was born with mild cerebral palsy and a passion for removing barriers. She created Level Playing Field (LPF) in November 2015 to mitigate the barriers she and her team face every day. Darby has over a decade of experience working as an accessibility strategist.  She is an expert in universal design, has a deep understanding of building codes and drawings, and has contributed to the success of removing barriers at a municipal level, provincial level and across North America.


Darby sat on the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) from 2011-2015 and was the committee’s co-chair for two years. In June of 2017, Darby was appointed to a three-year term on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. For her work with LPF and in the community, creating a more inclusive and inviting built environment for everyone, Darby has received multiple accolades.  Darby has received the Calgary Stampede’s Western Legacy Award for Innovation in 2016, named one of her native city’s most Compelling Calgarians in 2016, and  most recently recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2018!


Samantha Proulx, C.E.T., RHFAC, Principal at ABE Factors Inc.


Samantha Proulx is an Accessible Built Environment (ABE) Specialist with over 7 years of experience in educating, and working with clients on the application of accessible, barrier-free and universal design principles to assist in developing built environments that can be entered, experienced, and exited safely by everyone.  Samantha’s skill set includes specialising in Canadian Accessibility Codes, Standards, and governing Legislation along with extensive knowledge in Part 3 Fire and Life Safety of the Building Code. Ms. Proulx has been recognised as an expert in her field, and was the first Albertan to obtain her Professional Accessibility Assessor designation through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Program.  Samantha strongly believes that together we can empower people through the built environment to maximise human performance.




Allison Clark Vice President, Development & Director, Centron Cares


Having been in residential and commercial real estate for over two decades now, Allison has had the opportunity to be involved in a full spectrum of developments from acquisitions through to disposition and beyond. With her education in Marketing Management through the University of Calgary, Allison’s foundation in real estate was built with one of the largest Alberta Homebuilders for over eight years, before moving into multifamily  and commercial developments with Centron Group of Companies. For the past 13 years with Centron, Allison has engaged in all aspects of development management, sales and leasing.


In her role as Director for Centron Cares – a philanthropic division of Centron, Allison gets to work with some of the communities most incredible people, helping not for profit organizations to build facilities needed to house their operations and or clientele requiring assistance in some capacity.




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