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Education Sessions

Wednesday, September 20

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Creating Accessible Facilities: Designing for Inclusion

This presentation will explore the importance of designing accessible facilities that welcome and accommodate individuals of all abilities. Participants will learn about the key elements of an accessible facility, including considerations for mobility, vision, and hearing impairments. The session will also cover the legal requirements for accessibility in public spaces and the benefits of designing for inclusion. Through case studies and real-life examples, attendees will gain practical insights into the design considerations and best practices for accessible facilities. By the end of the session, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to create welcoming and inclusive spaces for all.

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Jonathan Marriott

Director of Accessibility Services, Rick Hansen Foundation

Jonathan is the Director of Accessible Advisory Services. Jonathan was previously the Content Lead for the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program, overseeing the development of the RHFAC program technical content and resources. Jonathan has a wealth of international experience in accessibility of the built environment, accessible transportation, and creating accessible policies and guidelines for the workplace. Jonathan is passionate about ensuring people remain part of their community for as long as possible by adopting a holistic approach towards meaningful access. Jonathan is a Neurodiversity & Mental Health Community Leader for North America at Open Inclusion, and he’s also a founding member of the Global Accessibility and Inclusion Leadership Summit, which is held in Israel annually. In 2022, Jonathan served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit for the Toronto Transit Commission. Jonathan holds a Master's Degree in Business Management, is an RHFAC Professional and a Professional Member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.

10:45 am - 11:45 am

 Future Proofing Facilities Management 

Join this session discussing the future of facilities management and technology integration. Discover how to overcome roadblocks such as executive support, budget constraints, and FM Service Provider outsourcing. Learn from real-life examples of integration challenges and how to avoid unexpected gaps and non-communicating systems. Discussion will include the importance of strategic long-term planning and establishing a robust technology roadmap. Explore emerging technologies like software and mechanical automation and gain insights on seamlessly blending technology into your operations. Don't miss this opportunity to align your organization with a future-oriented, comprehensive approach to facilities management.

Glass Security Film
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Clinton Fairbanks

Solution Sales Director, National Facilities Direct

Clinton is a solutions development expert with more than a decade of experience in the facilities industry. Throughout his career, Clinton has consulted for global enterprise organizations and Fortune 500 companies, designing analytical approaches for business growth and development. Prior affiliations include JLL and KPMG.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

DEMO Lab: Protecting Your Facilities – A Live Demonstration on Glass Security Film

This live demonstration will feature the benefits and discuss the installation process of glass security film. Participants will learn about the various types of glass security film available and the potential security risks of unprotected glass windows and doors. The session will also cover the cost-effectiveness of glass security film compared to other security measures. During the live demonstration, attendees will witness the durability and strength of the film in action. The session will conclude with a Q&A session where participants can ask questions and learn more about the benefits and applications of glass security film. By the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of how glass security film can enhance the security of their property and protect against potential threats.

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Tim Byrne

President, OD Byrne Ltd

I'm Timothy Byrne, a construction expert who specializes in building envelope science and egress, knowledge I gained over my 43-year journey with dyslexia and A.D.D. It starts at age 15, in 1982, failing at school, asking my mom to quit, promising to be rich before I’m 35 years old. She hesitantly said yes. A kid with a hard hat perched on my head and a tool belt strapped around my waist, I've spent my life mastering the art of Intellectual curiosity and verbally communicating. They say building walls requires precision but the ability to cultivate a team of problem solvers that communicate is the skill I’m constantly working on. In concert I've spent years perfecting my craft, in building envelope science, egress, egress automation and wall systems. From wielding a hammer like Thor to making my team rise to the occasion, to creating a drawing detail that's sturdier than steel doodled on a napkin. I've developed some unique skills that allowed me to go from poverty, to building a national team with feet on the street in several provinces in Canada. *Large scale boutique manufacturing of glass and metal walls, *Complimented by 40 truck service company, which forced me to open a software development company, and this led me to a full-service construction team, along with a call center, mixed with podcasting, an educator, a LinkedIn influencer, and some public speaking events. My first love though, is being on the job site and when I arrive you can expect an energizing mix of rude jokes and hilarious anecdotes to keep the site buzzing, while my A.D.D. takes on problem solving with an intensity that bugs most. Mix that with a get it done attitude... completing the crazy that you either love or hate.... I sleep less than 4 hours a night, I have perfected " life balance". I snowboard, do a lot of horseback riding, hele-hiking, kayaking and long boarding. Farming, wake boarding ... and a Harley for Sundays to decompress... mixed with a little dancing on a Saturday night with my wife. Inquisitiveness, intellectual curiosity, and an entrepreneurial intensity to obsessively figure out any problem, answering my phone 24 hours a day, being bluntly honest, today I don’t sell my business anymore, I offer my intelligence and creativity.

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