It was not that long ago, when everyday tasks that many Canadians take for granted such as reading your own mail, reading a menu, or getting off the bus at the correct stop were not so "everyday" for people living with visual impairments. Fortunately, as our world has evolved over the years, so has awareness, which means significant improvements in accessibility as related to the half a million Canadians who live with vision loss.
Steve Ditko, the famously reclusive artist of the original Spider-Man comic books, recently was asked by an 8-year-old-boy if there was a teacher who made him think about drawing comics. Ditko, who also has a legend for candor, replied, "A teacher comes after one thinks or would like to draw comic book stories."
And I think it's true: we ultimately make our own decisions about what we want out of life. Then, if we are fortunate, someone is there for us, encouraging and assisting us in attaining our goals. If we’re really lucky they remain a consistent presence in our lives, helping navigate the pitfalls and peaks that come with pursuing those goals.
Dominique, you recently attended the 3rd International Open Data Conference here in Ottawa. Why? What did you want to get out of it?
Dominique Morin: Attending the conference was all about learning and reconnecting with friends and colleagues working in the field of open data: I wanted to move away from my screen and be part of the human to human discussion on open data. I’ve worked directly and indirectly in the field for some time, and with Public Works’ recent focus on providing greater access to procurement-related data, and its recent adoption of the Open Contracting Data Standard, I thought the timing was perfect.
Listen to Alicia Puritt, Marketing Lead at Askari Solutions Inc., explain the process involved in determining appropriate swag for suitability and greater brand recognition. Making use of independent research, focus groups, and style trials, Alicia outlines how she determined a roller ball ink pen should be part of the Askari corporate branding effort.
Bruce Levis, co-founder/partner of Askari Solutions Inc. outlines how each of the three partners at Askari are thought leaders in their spheres. Bruce himself is an expert in contracting and sales. Edan Puritt is a thought leader on all things records and document management and is highly respected when it comes to large, enterprise-style project management. The third partner, Gregory Natran, is a thought leader on matters related to service transformation, currently a significant trend in federal government projects.