Susan Ruptash
Susan is an accessibility specialist, principal at Quadrangle and the co-director of A+. She has over 20 years of consulting and project management experience in the areas of barrier-free and universal design. Susan has sat on various accessibility committees including the AODA Built Environment Standards Development Committee and the Ontario Building Code Technical Advisory Committee. Throughout her 27 years as an architect Susan has led countless projects that have helped create a built environment everyone can navigate independently.
Gail Mores
Gail is the co-director of A+, and a leader in the field of accessibility training. Her current position as Director of National and Provincial Programs at the March of Dimes is a result of over 15 years of dedication. Gail has broadened her skill set by obtaining degrees and diplomas in Recreation Administration, Human Resources and Adult Education. Her commitment to accessibility advocacy has contributed to Ontario’s shift to focusing on the rights of people with disabilities.
Marcey Leggett
Consultant, Business Development
Marcey’s Business Development portfolio at the March of Dimes includes A+, other related businesses and the Non-Profit Housing Corporation. She provides leadership to the A+ team in establishing and executing strategic plans, drawing on her executive experience with Rogers Communications, MTS Allstream, Bell Canada and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Marcey has also provided her expertise to multiple volunteer boards including Junior Achievement of Central Ontario and the Toronto Book and Magazine Fair.
Lorene Casiez
Team Leader
Lorene is an accessibility consultant whose passion for universal design derived from her background in public health and nursing. She has been instrumental in growing A+ into a leader in Public-Private Partnership (P3) Healthcare Projects and also has experience with accessibility audits, guideline development, drawings reviews, user evaluations and group facilitation. She strongly believes that the principles of universal design provide the basic foundation of good design for all.
Jennifer Hiseler
Accessibility Specialist
Jennifer started with A+ as a built environment auditor before moving into business development and project management roles. Her expertise in the field of accessibility stems from over 150 facility audits and her background in prosthetics, orthotics and customized wheelchair seating. Her work with high-technology wheelchairs has given her keen insight into how the built environment can have impact on the lives of people using mobility equipment.
Kasia Pazik
Accessibility Specialist
Kasia is an accessibility consultant with a unique blend of experience as an architectural technologist, building auditor and accessibility specialist. At A+ she is the project manager on multiple complex universal design and auditing projects. Kasia is also skilled at conducting drawing reviews, participating in accessible guideline development, coordinating group training workshops and facilitating internal and external presentations. Kasia’s multi-disciplinary experience and adaptive nature ensure she produces consistently exceptional work.
Mary Neilans
Business Development Manager
Mary started with A+ as an accessibility documentation and training specialist in 2015. She moved into the Business Development Manager role in January 2017 and continues to provide documentation and training support. With over 20 years of experience in a range of sectors, Mary’s work focuses on raising awareness of accessibility issues and helping organizations to meet or exceed AODA compliance standards, remove barriers, and create a culture of inclusion. Mary also serves as Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Resource Centre and is an active member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.
Luke Anderson
Accessibility Consultant
Luke is a professional structural engineer and notable universal design advocate. The spinal cord injury he sustained in his adulthood heightened his awareness of the physical barriers that exist in our built environment. He is the founder of StopGap Foundation, a charitable organization that designs and distributes brightly coloured ramps to stepped storefronts. The awareness Luke has raised and innovative solutions he has developed for people with disabilities led to his selection as Toronto’s Torchbearer for the 2015 ParaPan Am Games.
Vien Nguyen
Vien has recently joined A+ with a blend of experience as an architectural designer and construction project coordinator. At A+, she is assisting with a municipal accessibility audit, both as an auditor and in the development of document/data templates. With her education and background in architecture, Vien is also capable of reviewing and interpreting drawings against design guidelines, with the empathy for the end user in mind.
Clinton Barretto
Accessibility Data Specialist
After immigrating to Canada from Dubai for his post-secondary education, Clinton attended Western University and obtained a Business Management degree. Clinton joined Quadrangle in 2016 in a contract position and felt encouraged to stay with the A+ team on a fulltime basis due to the inspiring work he found with them. Being able to help people more fully participate in all the activities of their day to day lives gives him a sense of purpose and drive in all the work that he does at the studio.
Daniel Luong
Accessibility Specialist
Daniel is an accessibility specialist and data specialist with a comprehensive knowledge concerning the barriers to access. His passion for inclusive design began with policy research as it pertains to Toronto’s food economy. His experience working as a surveyor, researcher and analyst provided exposure to the visible and invisible barriers of access within the urban landscape. Daniel’s curiosity to explore the city and local neighbourhoods allows him to further understand the intricacies of policy and how it shapes the environment. His background in urban planning provides an alternative perspective to understanding the manner in which the built environment affect how people of varying ability, perception and culture have access to and navigate their surroundings.