Intelligent Senior Independent Living Spaces (iSILS)
Mr. Shawky J. Fahel,
CEO, The JG Group
Senior Partner, Innovative Management Services Group
Dr. Robert G. Rosehart,
Past President and Vice-Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
12:00 - 1:00pm
Davis Centre 1304, University of Waterloo
View Video of Presentation in HI Alive Archive: Research Seminars Archive 2009-2010
iSILS is an innovative project that integrates technological innovation with architectural design and the latest in senior-friendly building materials to create alternative, functional and safe environments for seniors. The goal of iSILS is to reduce the care of seniors by caregivers and family members, and to ease the load on the health care system as a whole. The use of integrated systems (the iSILS Brain) is central to iSILS in order to integrate four main areas to create a successful environment for independent living: Family and Community, Human Factors, Physical environment, and Health Care System. Recently, iSILS received a grant from the Industrial Research Assistance Program in support of the construction phase of this project. A second phase will look at integrated systems (iSILS Brain) and smart technologies related to self care and life skills. This seminar will describe the project, what has been accomplished to date and future plans.
About the Speakers
Shawky J. Fahel is a Waterloo-based entrepreneur who owns and operates the JG Group of Companies providing services that involve: general contracting, heritage restoration projects, architectural woodworking, logistics solutions, property management, and startup ventures. Mr. Fahel has been honoured numerous times for his outstanding community involvement, philanthropy, and business success. Most recently, Mr. Fahel was named one of the “Waterloo 150” which profiles 150 of the most influential Waterloo citizens past and present.
Bob Kalbfleisch established his own consulting company in 1999 after a 30 year career in the Ontario Public Service. He is also a Senior Partner in the Innovative Management Services Group and an associate of eBiz Professionals Inc. As a consultant, he has delivered on several business management projects including senior communications advisor to the Innovation Institute of Ontario, the Ontario Innovation Trust and the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, CEO and Executive Director, Business Development for Agricorp, and senior marketing and communications advisor for the University of Guelph’s Laboratory Services. He has also assisted in the start-up of the Innovation Institute of Ontario and On-Trace Agri-Food Traceability Inc. During his career as a civil servant, Bob Kalbfleisch was Director of Policy Coordination for OMAFRA, Executive Director for the Ontario Government’s relocation programs and Executive Officer of the Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario. He was also the Chair and member of several Federal Provincial committees addressing food safety, food quality and food inspection matters.
Robert G. Rosehart is the Interim Principal of Renison College at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Rosehart holds B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo. During his academic career, he was professor of chemical engineering and dean at Lakehead University. Dr. Rosehart is past president and vice-chancellor at both Lakehead University and Wilfrid Laurier University. His interests are in economic development, science and technology policy, and government policy.