Mr Lam Woon Kwong, GBS,JP
Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission
Mr. Lam Woon Kwong was appointed as the Chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission in February 2010. Prior to joining the EOC, Mr. Lam has worked in various government policy bureaus and departments, including the Education and Manpower Branch, Department of Education, and Civil Service Bureau. He was Secretary for Home Affairs, Director of the Chief Executive’s Office, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Olympic Equestrian Events (Hong Kong).
Mr Calvin W Luk, Consultant Architect
Environmental Advisory Service (EAS), RehabAid Society
Calvin leads the professional team of Access Consultants / Architects in EAS. Bothe an Architect and an Acupuncture Therapist, he works closely with in-house Occupational Therapists & Physiotherapists in RehabAid Centre to provide specialist advice on Accessibility to the public and private sectors in Hong Kong and China, including Government departments, schools, hospitals, NGOs, private corporations and the general public. Calvin also leads the advocacy and research activities of EAS in local and international congress.
Ms Mabel Chan
Accredited Access Consultant ACAA, Registered Architect (ARBV)
Mabel is an Accredited Access Consultant originally from Australia and is now the leader of Access Consulting in AECOM Asia. With a background as a qualified Architect with focus on age care, she has more than 10 years experience in the Accessibility industry. As an Access Consultant, she has worked on projects from a small branch of a bank to US$300 million commercial facilities, across all sectors ranging from health care, residential, education, government, transport, commercial, art, tourism, sports, recreation and urban design.
While the recent effort of the HKSAR Government in improving Access to all public facilities is gathering momentum, the present objectives remain largely on compliance with current design standards. A much needed understanding among the building professionals is therefore required, to meet the realistic needs of the People with Disabilities (PwDs) and their rights as affirmed by the Disability Discrimination Ordinance.
The seminar is to reinforce this concept by introducing a proper Perspective of "Access to Premises" in the Hong Kong context, together with an outline of the specialist role of Building Surveyors and other building professionals in Access Consultancy both locally and internationally.