The panel members are all BC residents. There is always at least one Technology for Living member on the panel. All other judges have a technical background and can be from a company, non-profit etc.
Judges need to be familiar with the assistive technology field and are advocates and/or users of technology and home automation. Check back at a later date for the 2024 judges panel.
At Praxis, James works to strengthen partnerships between the community, research, and healthcare systems by engaging the peers and networking with Patient Partner Health initiatives and researchers. These are vital in achieving improved health outcomes and quality of life for persons living with spinal cord injury (SCI). He is currently working with the Emergency Services Network Committee as a patient partner, providing personal and community feedback to ultimately improve emergency care across the Interior Health emergency departments.
James serves as the President & Co-founder of Accessible Okanagan, a non-profit which encourages people with diverse-abilities to reach their full potential. The non-profit helps create and promote exciting inclusive opportunities such as camping, fishing, entertainment, and recreational events for the SCI community. James has instilled a commitment to help people living with SCI improve their quality of life and create an active and thriving community filled with opportunities to network, learn, and encourage in social participation.
His research interests include encouragement of peer support, innovation of mobility devices, physical activity such as hand cycling, waterskiing, traveling, network development, and sexual health. James aspires to support and fundraise for peer programs, SCI health, and rehabilitation development in low and middle-income countries.
Marie is an Occupational Therapist specializing in Assistive Technology. She currently works with SET-BC providing assistive tech to students across BC. She previously worked with the Assistive Technology Service at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. She is passionate about Inclusive Design and all things Assistive Tech. Marie is looking forward to seeing what solutions the teams produce this year for the Simon Cox Competition.
Generously Supported By