The Rick Hansen Foundation has named Stanis Smith as the chair of the Foundation¹s Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Advisory Committee.
Smith, executive vice president of Stantec, has been a board member of the RHFAC Advisory Committee since early 2017. Having worked in the industry for 30 years, Smith is known for his leadership on issues relating to building design, the built environment, and corporate governance. He has lent his vision and expertise to building projects around the world in the educational, entertainment and transportation sectors.
“Improving the lives of people with disabilities means breaking down barriers and creating an accessible environment with the same opportunities for everyone. I am proud to work with the Rick Hansen Foundation on creating an inclusive world. As an architect, I have long been committed to designing accessible spaces that can be enjoyed, appreciated, and utilized by everyone,” said Smith.
Brad McCannell, vice president, Access and Inclusion, at the Rick Hansen Foundation, said: “Smith brings a wealth of industry knowledge, experience and passion to our Advisory Committee. With his leadership, we look forward to certifying more buildings, improving the accessibility of the built environment, and positively impacting the lives of more people.”
The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification is the first-of-its-kind rating system developed to help property owners and managers measure the accessibility of their buildings and sites, and promote increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles. The RHFAC Committee is tasked with advising staff on the design, scope, development, and distribution of the RHFAC program.
The RHFAC Advisory Committee continues to focus on developing and expanding the program to increase accessibility in Canada’s built environment.