Design Exchange, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, announces the fifth annual Connect Post-Secondary Design Competition.


This provincial, post-secondary design competition seeks to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of their age or ability, across all design disciplines.


This year, students studying in all design disciplines are invited to submit proposals that demonstrate how existing public spaces in Ontario can be re-designed to be accessible to the greatest number of individuals.


Participation is open to all currently enrolled students studying design at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Ontario in a college or university program. All submitted projects must have been completed during the student’s 2016-17 course of study in an Ontario, undergraduate or graduate design program. Projects may be completed independently or as course work, and group and individual projects are eligible for entry.





March 31, 2017 at 5 P.M.

Late submissions will not be accepted



Meet the Jury

Janet Rosenberg
Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc.

Janet Rosenberg is a proud steward of the public realm and active proponent of cultural and ecological landscapes across North America. As founding principal of Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc., Janet has over thirty years of experience pushing the boundaries of what the domain of landscape architecture can be. In honour of her contributions to the field of landscape architecture, Janet has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA) and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Ryerson University. She has also received a prestigious Urban Leadership Award from the Canadian Urban Institute, the OALA’s Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence, and the Governor General of Canada Confederation Medal.

Luke Anderson
Founder, StopGap Foundation

In 2011, Luke founded the StopGap Foundation which has launched Community Ramp Projects across Canada. The volunteer run campaigns not only open up previously inaccessible spaces, but they also build awareness about how we don’t need to look far for examples of barriers to access – they are often right at your doorstep. StopGap is building brightly coloured single-step ramps to not only increase accessibility, but also to start a conversation about the importance of an inclusive society. The project has had early success in Toronto, and is building grassroots support in communities from coast to coast.

Naomi Schafler
Executive Director of Ontario Track 3 Ski Association.

Naomi Schafler is the Executive Director of Ontario Track 3 Ski Association, a non-profit charitable organization that teaches skiing and snowboarding to children and young adults with special needs. Naomi has a passion to build community and support individuals of all abilities to reach their full potential. Naomi has spent years developing recreational programming and consistently looks for ways to enable individuals of all abilities to build independence and self-worth. Naomi is a strong advocate for community engagement and will consistently find ways to embed herself in causes that serve the purpose to strengthen our neighbourhoods, our city and ultimately our citizens.


Michael Young
Web and Digital Media Developer, Government of Ontario

Barbara Anthony
Community Disability Steering Committee
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation


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