Thursday, 2 July 2020

17 ways technology could change the world - Preeceville's Main Street with the Mayor Garth Harris for July 2nd, 2020 8:35 am

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This week we focus on:  17 ways technology could change the world 

17 ways technology could change the world by 2025  23 Jun 2020
Saemoon Yoon Community Lead, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum Geneva

  • We asked our 2020 intake of Technology Pioneers for their views on how technology will change the world in the next five years.
  • From quantum computers and 5G in action to managing cancer chronically, here are their predictions for our near-term future.

1. AI-optimized manufacturing

Paper and pencil tracking, luck, significant global travel and opaque supply chains are part of today’s status quo, resulting in large amounts of wasted energy, materials and time. Accelerated in part by the long-term shutdown of international and regional travel by COVID-19, companies that design and build products will rapidly adopt cloud-based technologies to aggregate, intelligently transform, and contextually present product and process data from manufacturing lines throughout their supply chains. By 2025, this ubiquitous stream of data and the intelligent algorithms crunching it will enable manufacturing lines to continuously optimize towards higher levels of output and product quality – reducing overall waste in manufacturing by up to 50%. As a result, we will enjoy higher quality products, produced faster, at lower cost to our pocketbooks and the environment.

Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, CEO and Founder of Instrumental

2. A far-reaching energy transformation

In 2025, carbon footprints will be viewed as socially unacceptable, much like drink driving is today. The COVID-19 pandemic will have focused the public’s attention on the need to take action to deal with threats to our way of life, our health and our future. Public attention will drive government policy and behavioural changes, with carbon footprints becoming a subject of worldwide scrutiny. Individuals, companies and countries will seek the quickest and most affordable ways to achieve net-zero – the elimination of their carbon footprint. The creation of a sustainable, net-zero future will be built through a far-reaching energy transformation that significantly reduces the world’s carbon emissions, and through the emergence of a massive carbon management industry that captures, utilizes and eliminates carbon dioxide. We’ll see a diversity of new technologies aimed at both reducing and removing the world’s emissions – unleashing a wave of innovation to compare with the industrial and digital Revolutions of the past.

Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering

3. A new era of computing

By 2025, quantum computing will have outgrown its infancy, and a first generation of commercial devices will be able tackle meaningful, real-world problems. One major application of this new kind of computer will be the simulation of complex chemical reactions, a powerful tool that opens up new avenues in drug development. Quantum chemistry calculations will also aid the design of novel materials with desired properties, for instance better catalysts for the automotive industry that curb emissions and help fight climate change. Right now, the development of pharmaceuticals and performance materials relies massively on trial and error, which means it is an iterative, time-consuming and terribly expensive process. Quantum computers may soon be able to change this. They will significantly shorten product development cycles and reduce the costs for R&D.

Thomas Monz, Co-Founder and CEO of Alpine Quantum Technologies

4. Healthcare paradigm shift to prevention through diet

By 2025, healthcare systems will adopt more preventative health approaches based on the developing science behind the health benefits of plant-rich, nutrient-dense diets. This trend will be enabled by AI-powered and systems biology-based technology that exponentially grows our knowledge of the role of specific dietary phytonutrients in specific human health and functional outcomes. After the pandemic of 2020, consumers will be more aware of the importance of their underlying health and will increasingly demand healthier food to help support their natural defences. Armed with a much deeper understanding of nutrition, the global food industry can respond by offering a broader range of product options to support optimal health outcomes. The healthcare industry can respond by promoting earth’s plant intelligence for more resilient lives and to incentivize people to take care of themselves in an effort to reduce unsustainable costs.

Jim Flatt, Co-Founder and CEO of Brightseed

5. 5G will enhance the global economy and save lives

Overnight, we’ve experienced a sharp increase in delivery services with a need for “day-of” goods from providers like Amazon and Instacart - but it has been limited. With 5G networks in place, tied directly into autonomous bots, goods would be delivered safely within hours.

Wifi can’t scale to meet higher capacity demands. Sheltering-in-place has moved businesses and classrooms to video conferencing, highlighting poor-quality networks. Low latency 5G networks would resolve this lack of network reliability and even allow for more high-capacity services like telehealth, telesurgery and ER services. Businesses can offset the high cost of mobility with economy-boosting activities including smart factories, real-time monitoring, and content-intensive, real-time edge-compute services. 5G private networks make this possible and changes the mobile services economy.

The roll-out of 5G creates markets that we only imagine - like self-driving bots, along with a mobility-as-a-service economy - and others we can’t imagine, enabling next generations to invent thriving markets and prosperous causes.

6. A new normal in managing cancer

Technology drives data, data catalyzes knowledge, and knowledge enables empowerment. In tomorrow’s world, cancer will be managed like any chronic health condition —we will be able to precisely identify what we may be facing and be empowered to overcome it.

In other words, a new normal will emerge in how we can manage cancer. We will see more early and proactive screening with improved diagnostics innovation, such as in better genome sequencing technology or in liquid biopsy, that promises higher ease of testing, higher accuracy and ideally at an affordable cost. Early detection and intervention in common cancer types will not only save lives but reduce the financial and emotional burden of late discovery.

We will also see a revolution in treatment propelled by technology. Gene editing and immunotherapy that bring fewer side effects will have made greater headway. With advances in early screening and treatment going hand in hand, cancer will no longer be the cursed 'C' word that inspires such fear among people.

Sizhen Wang, CEO of Genetron Health

7. Robotic retail

Historically, robotics has turned around many industries, while a few select sectors - such as grocery retail - have remained largely untouched . With the use of a new robotics application called 'microfulfillment', Grocery retailing will no longer look the same. The use of robotics downstream at a 'hyper local' level (as opposed to the traditional upstream application in the supply chain) will disrupt this 100-year-old, $5 trillion industry and all its stakeholders will experience significant change. Retailers will operate at a higher order of magnitude on productivity, which will in turn result in positive and enticing returns in the online grocery business (unheard of at the moment). This technology also unlocks broader access to food and a better customer proposition to consumers at large: speed, product availability and cost. Microfulfillment centers are located in existing (and typically less productive) real estate at the store level and can operate 5-10% more cheaply than a brick and mortar store. We predict that value will be equally captured by retailers and consumers as online.

Jose Aguerrevere, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Takeoff Technologies

8. A blurring of physical and virtual spaces

One thing the current pandemic has shown us is how important technology is for maintaining and facilitating communication - not simply for work purposes, but for building real emotional connections. In the next few years we can expect to see this progress accelerate, with AI technology built to connect people at a human level and drive them closer to each other, even when physically they’re apart. The line between physical space and virtual will forever be blurred. We’ll start to see capabilities for global events - from SXSW to the Glastonbury Festival - to provide fully digitalized alternatives, beyond simple live streaming into full experiences. However, it’s not as simple as just providing these services - data privacy will have to be prioritised in order to create confidence among consumers. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we saw a lot in the news about concerns over the security of video conferencing companies. These concerns aren’t going anywhere and as digital connectivity increases, brands simply can’t afford to give users anything less than full transparency and control over their data.

Tugce Bulut, CEO of Streetbees

9. Putting individuals - not institutions - at the heart of healthcare

By 2025, the lines separating culture, information technology and health will be blurred. Engineering biology, machine learning and the sharing economy will establish a framework for decentralising the healthcare continuum, moving it from institutions to the individual. Propelling this forward are advances in artificial intelligence and new supply chain delivery mechanisms, which require the real-time biological data that engineering biology will deliver as simple, low-cost diagnostic tests to individuals in every corner of the globe. As a result, morbidity, mortality and costs will decrease in acute conditions, such as infectious diseases, because only the most severe cases will need additional care. Fewer infected people will leave their homes, dramatically altering disease epidemiology while decreasing the burden on healthcare systems. A corresponding decrease in costs and increase in the quality of care follows, as inexpensive diagnostics move expenses and power to the individual, simultaneously increasing the cost-efficiency of care. Inextricable links between health, socio-economic status and quality of life will begin to loosen, and tensions that exist by equating health with access to healthcare institutions will dissipate. From daily care to pandemics, these converging technologies will alter economic and social factors to relieve many pressures on the global human condition.

Rahul Dhanda, Co-Founder and CEO of Sherlock Biosciences

10. The future of construction has already begun

Construction will become a synchronized sequence of manufacturing processes, delivering control, change and production at scale. It will be a safer, faster and more cost-effective way to build the homes, offices, factories and other structures we need to thrive in cities and beyond. As rich datasets are created across the construction industry through the internet of things, AI and image capture, to name a few, this vision is already coming to life. Using data to deeply understand industry processes is profoundly enhancing the ability of field professionals to trust their instincts in real-time decision making, enabling learning and progress while gaining trust and adoption.

Actionable data sheds light where we could not see before, empowering leaders to manage projects proactively rather than reactively. Precision in planning and execution enables construction professionals to control the environment, instead of it controlling them, and creates repeatable processes that are easier to control, automate, and teach.

That’s the future of construction. And it’s already begun.

Meirav Oren, CEO and Co-Founder of Versatile

11. Gigaton-scale CO2 removal will help to reverse climate change

A scale up of negative emission technologies, such as carbon dioxide removal, will remove climate-relevant amounts of CO2 from the air. This will be necessary in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C. While humanity will do everything possible to stop emitting more carbon into the atmosphere, it will also do everything it can in order to remove historic CO2 from the air permanently. By becoming widely accessible, the demand for CO2 removal will increase and costs will fall. CO2 removal will be scaled up to the gigaton-level, and will become the responsible option for removing unavoidable emissions from the air. It will empower individuals to have a direct and climate-positive impact on the level of CO2 in the atmosphere. It will ultimately help to prevent global warming from reaching dangerous levels and give humanity the potential to reverse climate change.

Jan Wurzbacher, Co-Founder and co-CEO of Climeworks

12. A new era in medicine

Medicine has always been on a quest to gather more knowledge and understanding of human biology for better clinical decision-making. AI is that new tool that will enable us to extract more insights at an unprecedented level from all the medical 'big data' that has never really been fully taken advantage of in the past. It will shift the world of medicine and how it is practiced.

Brandon Suh, CEO of Lunit

13. Closing the wealth gap

Improvements in AI will finally put access to wealth creation within reach of the masses. Financial advisors, who are knowledge workers, have been the mainstay of wealth management: using customized strategies to grow a small nest egg into a larger one. Since knowledge workers are expensive, access to wealth management has often meant you already need to be wealthy to preserve and grow your wealth. As a result, historically, wealth management has been out of reach of those who needed it most. Artificial intelligence is improving at such a speed that the strategies employed by these financial advisors will be accessible via technology, and therefore affordable for the masses. Just like you don’t need to know how near-field communication works to use ApplePay, tens of millions of people won’t have to know modern portfolio theory to be able to have their money work for them.

Atish Davda, Co-Founder and CEO of Equityzen

14. A clean energy revolution supported by digital twins

Over the next five years, the energy transition will reach a tipping point. The cost of new-build renewable energy will be lower than the marginal cost of fossil fuels. A global innovation ecosystem will have provided an environment in which problems can be addressed collectively, and allowed for the deployment of innovation to be scaled rapidly. As a result, we will have seen an astounding increase in offshore wind capacity. We will have achieved this through an unwavering commitment to digitalization, which will have gathered a pace that aligns with Moore’s law to mirror solar’s innovation curve. The rapid development of digital twins - virtual replicas of physical devices - will support a systems-level transformation of the energy sector. The scientific machine learning that combines physics-based models with big data will lead to leaner designs, lower operating costs and ultimately clean, affordable energy for all. The ability to monitor structural health in real-time and fix things before they break will result in safer, more resilient infrastructure and everything from wind farms to bridges and unmanned aerial vehicles being protected by a real-time digital twin.

Thomas Laurent, CEO of Akselos

15. Understanding the microscopic secrets hidden on surfaces

Every surface on Earth carries hidden information that will prove essential for avoiding pandemic-related crises, both now and in the future. The built environment, where humans spend 90% of their lives, is laden with naturally occurring microbiomes comprised of bacterial, fungal and viral ecosystems. Technology that accelerates our ability to rapidly sample, digitalize and interpret microbiome data will transform our understanding of how pathogens spread. Exposing this invisible microbiome data layer will identify genetic signatures that can predict when and where people and groups are shedding pathogens, which surfaces and environments present the highest transmission risk, and how these risks are impacted by our actions and change over time. We are just scratching the surface of what microbiome data insights offer and will see this accelerate over the next five years. These insights will not only help us avoid and respond to pandemics, but will influence how we design, operate and clean environments like buildings, cars, subways and planes, in addition to how we support economic activity without sacrificing public health.

Jessica Green, Co-Founder and CEO of Phylagen

16. Machine learning and AI expedite decarbonization in carbon-heavy industries

Over the next five years, carbon-heavy industries will use machine learning and AI technology to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint. Traditionally, industries like manufacturing and oil and gas have been slow to implement decarbonization efforts as they struggle to maintain productivity and profitability while doing so. However, climate change, as well as regulatory pressure and market volatility, are pushing these industries to adjust. For example, oil and gas and industrial manufacturing organizations are feeling the pinch of regulators, who want them to significantly reduce CO2 emissions within the next few years. Technology-enabled initiatives were vital to boosting decarbonizing efforts in sectors like transportation and buildings - and heavy industries will follow a similar approach. Indeed, as a result of increasing digital transformation, carbon-heavy sectors will be able to utilize advanced technologies, like AI and machine learning, using real-time, high-fidelity data from billions of connected devices to efficiently and proactively reduce harmful emissions and decrease carbon footprints.

David King, CEO of FogHorn Systems

17. Privacy is pervasive – and prioritized

Despite the accelerating regulatory environments we’ve seen surface in recent years, we are now just seeing the tip of the privacy iceberg, both from a regulatory and consumer standpoint. Five years from now, privacy and data-centric security will have reached commodity status – and the ability for consumers to protect and control sensitive data assets will be viewed as the rule rather than the exception. As awareness and understanding continue to build, so will the prevalence of privacy preserving and enhancing capabilities, namely privacy-enhancing technologies (PET). By 2025, PET as a technology category will become mainstream. They will be a foundational element of enterprise privacy and security strategies rather than an added-on component integrated only meet a minimum compliance threshold. While the world will still lack a global privacy standard, organizations will embrace a data-centric approach to security that provides the flexibility necessary to adapt to regional regulations and consumer expectations. These efforts will be led by cross-functional teams representing the data, privacy and security interests within an organization.

Ellison Anne Williams, Founder and CEO of Enveil

How will technology change the world in the next five years?

It is very exciting to see the pace and transformative potential of today’s innovative technologies being applied to solve the world’s most pressing problems, such as feeding a global and growing population; improving access to and quality of healthcare; and significantly reducing carbon emissions to arrest the negative effects of climate change. The next five years will see profound improvements in addressing these challenges as entrepreneurs, the investment community and the world’s largest enterprise R&D organizations focus on developing and deploying solutions that will deliver tangible results.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a difficult lesson in just how susceptible our world is today to human and economic turmoil, it has also - perhaps for the first time in history - necessitated global collaboration, data transparency and speed at the highest levels of government in order to minimize an immediate threat to human life. History will be our judge, but despite the heroic resolve and resiliency on a country by country basis, as a world we have underperformed. As a global community and through platforms like the World Economic Forum, we must continue to bring visibility to these issues while recognizing and supporting the opportunities for technology and innovation that can best and most rapidly address them.

Robert Piconi, CEO of Energy Vault "

"As much in the next 5 years as we have seen in the last 20" Mayor Harris


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Thursday, 25 June 2020

Longest Study Conducted on Aging - Preeceville's Main Street with the Mayor Garth Harris for June 25th, 2020 8:35 am

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This week we focus on:   Longest Study Conducted on Aging

What You Can Learn from the Longest Study Conducted on Aging

The surprising answers to aging well

"The study of aging is a relatively new field of science. It wasn’t until the last century that we started to see both lifespan and quality of life extend exponentially. And it wasn’t until the last 50 years that researchers started to take a serious look at aging.

And as a physical therapist who works with older adults, aging is a topic I research often. A simple Google search provides a plethora of information on solutions that hold the supposed “cure” to aging. How should anyone know where to start to sort this information out? And what really does work?

“Aging is not a disease, otherwise living would be a disease, but you can’t make money off satisfaction.” -Ashton Applewhite

First of all, aging isn’t a disease that needs to be “cured”. As author Ashton Applewhite would say, aging is living. And it doesn’t have to be a state of decline to be dreaded and avoided.

If any solution is touting itself as the ultimate “anti-aging” remedy, it’s likely not the answer. And if it sounds too easy or passive, it’s also likely not the answer.

Which brings me back to research on aging. Because that’s where the real answers lie.

Stop Trying to Defy Aging. Embrace It Instead.

After all, we’re all just older adults in training.

The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging

The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA) is one of the world’s longest-running studies on aging. It began in 1958 and continues to date. For this study, researchers enroll participants age 20 or older and monitor them for life.

Participants undergo an extensive battery of health tests and measures every 3 years throughout their lifespan. These tests include blood work, physical tests for mobility, cognitive testing, and body composition among others.

This is one of the largest and most comprehensive data sets we have available. And after 60+ years of study, researchers have learned a lot but have also been left with questions.

What Can We Learn From the Study?

The study was set up to discover markers of aging but found there are none. One of the key findings of the study has been that aging is highly varied. And understandably this frustrated researchers at first.

They’ve realized aging is different for each individual and data predicted that. And most interesting was a huge variation among individuals observed by researchers. One thing that can be agreed on is that we all age differently and the older we get the more variation there is.

So does that mean aging is completely beyond our control? No, and below I’ll explain how this study demonstrates that aging is more within our control than we realize.

There may not have been one single marker for aging, but there were several strong predictors of how individuals would age. And researchers found these differences could be detected in middle age. For any disease, research supports that one’s aging trajectory is largely determined by our health and attitudes during middle age. The good news is that the markers for many of these diseases are malleable and depend mostly on behavior and choices.

The two strongest predictors researchers found that correlated with healthy aging were attitudes toward aging and mobility during middle age. Meaning the more positive the participant’s attitudes toward aging while in their 40’s and 50’s the better they aged. And the better their walking speed and balance in their 40’s and 50’s the better they age as well.

The great news here is that both of those factors are within our control. And better yet, it’s never too early or too late to start to improve these. Both are accessible and don’t require any financial investment.

You can use this information to check your own attitudes on aging and make adjustments as you need to. There is a balance between being positive and realistic that can be difficult to navigate. Just know your health is more in control than you believe.

The study is still ongoing. And still finding that much of aging is variable and changeable. And as Dr. Ferrucci, the director of the study, notes “That’s a wonderful thing: it’s a window of opportunity. If everyone was on the same deterministic biological trajectory, there would be no hope that we could change it. But the incredible variability shows that the potential to age well is there for everyone. A few people are showing us the way.”

Take Control Of Your Aging

Start taking control of your aging today by implementing simple solutions to improve your attitudes and beliefs about aging. Surround yourself with others in the right frame of mind to age well.

Then, get up and go for a walk. Try a balance challenge. Just keep moving in small ways every day. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Don’t overthink it, just move.

And finally, bypass flashy and expensive “anti-aging” solutions for inexpensive, accessible and simple approaches instead. The best things in life really are free."

Written by

Brittany Denis, DPT

Physical therapist navigating life on a farm. With coffee in hand. Enhancing health through movement at


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Thursday, 18 June 2020

Lowest number of impaired driving fatalities and injuries on record - Preeceville's Main Street with the Mayor Garth Harris for June 18th, 2020 8:35 am

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This week we focus on:  Lowest number of impaired driving fatalities and injuries on record

Culture change: Lowest number of impaired driving fatalities and injuries on record

Jun 17, 2020

Awareness, enforcement, legislation pushing drivers to make better choices

"A significant drop in the number of impaired driving fatalities last year suggests most people in Saskatchewan have decided it is simply not okay to drive impaired.

Preliminary numbers indicate 211 people lost their lives last year as a result of impaired driving collisions, compared to an annual average of 54 between 2009-2018. Injuries resulting from impaired driving continued to trend downward, with 332 reported in 2019, compared to the annual average of 595 over the previous decade. The 2019 impaired driving fatality and the injury numbers are the lowest SGI has on record.2

“Our government has worked with victims’ families, law enforcement, advocacy groups and other stakeholders on a number of fronts to improve safety on our roads and fight Saskatchewan’s impaired driving problem,” Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said. “The 2019 numbers are further evidence that Saskatchewan is making major progress on the province’s historically high impaired driving rates. The result is more lives saved and fewer families having to experience the unspeakable tragedy of seeing someone they love killed or severely injured due to impaired driving.”

Minister Hargrave credited the downward trend in impaired driving casualties to several factors, giving particular credit to families of impaired driving victims who share their stories and their heartbreak in the hopes of convincing others to make better choices.

“I truly believe the work those families do – whether it’s in an SGI campaign, working as MADD ambassadors or simply by sharing their experience in conversations – has saved lives,” Hargrave said. “It’s impossible to hear their stories and not be touched by what they’ve gone through.”

“No one should ever have to experience the pain of losing a loved one to something as senseless and unnecessary as impaired driving,” said Linda Van de Vorst, whose son, daughter-in-law and two young grandchildren were killed by an impaired driver in 2016 (read the story about Jordan, Chanda, Kamryn and Miguire Van de Vorst here). “It’s encouraging to see progress on Saskatchewan’s impaired driving rates. We have the power – and the responsibility – to keep impaired driving from destroying anyone else’s life.”

“Through strong laws and sanctions, consistent enforcement and hard-hitting awareness initiatives, Saskatchewan is making great strides in the fight to stop impaired driving, to save lives and to prevent injuries,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “The progress being made is truly inspirational, and we thank Minister Hargrave, the Government of Saskatchewan and law enforcement for their leadership.”

Minister Hargrave highlighted a number of efforts and initiatives that have helped change impaired driving attitudes and behaviours in Saskatchewan:

  • Increased enforcement – An additional 120 traffic enforcement positions funded by government and SGI since 2014 via the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative.
  • Stronger legislation – New provincial impaired driving laws put in place in 2014, 2017 and 2018, which brought in tougher consequences for impaired drivers including vehicle seizures, licence suspensions and steep financial penalties.
  • More awareness – Public education efforts by SGI, law enforcement, MADD, SADD and other organizations that consistently reinforce the importance of driving sober, or getting a safe ride from a sober friend, a taxi, a bus, or a designated driving service.
  • More options – The introduction of ridesharing, providing an additional safe ride option in some communities.
  • Hospitality industry focus – Diligent efforts by owners, management and staff of many licensed establishments throughout Saskatchewan who help their patrons find a safe ride home.

“I want to thank everyone who has made the decision to never drive impaired, and everyone who has stopped someone they cared about from getting behind the wheel in no condition to drive,” Hargrave said. “We need to not just sustain these numbers; we need to improve upon them. We will continue to work hard to change the culture around impaired driving in Saskatchewan.” "

  2019 Impaired Driving Injuries (pdf)

  2019 Impaired Driving Fatalities  (pdf)


  1. Impaired driving fatality data is considered preliminary, based on information available from police forces in Saskatchewan, and may be adjusted based on additional information from the Coroner’s office or other sources
  2. SGI has what it considers to be reliable data on impaired driving deaths dating back to 1988. The previous lowest number of impaired driving fatalities in a single year was 39 in 2017. The previous lowest number of impaired driving injuries was 360 in 2018.


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Thursday, 11 June 2020

Deafblind Awareness Week - Preeceville's Main Street with the Mayor Garth Harris for June 11th, 2020 8:35 am

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This week we focus on: Deafblind Awareness Week  

Saskatchewan Proclaims Deafblind Awareness Week

Released on June 8, 2020

"The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed June 7-13, as Deafblind Awareness Week.  Individuals are considered deafblind if they have a combined loss of both hearing and vision to the point that neither can be used as a primary source of information gathering and communication.

In this year’s budget, the Ministry of Social Services will be providing $350,000 to the CNIB’s Deaf Blind Community Services and Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services to increase American Sign Language interpreter services and Deafblind community intervenor services in the province.  This funding will significantly increase access to communication supports so people who have communication disabilities have more opportunities for inclusion.

“I am pleased to proclaim Deafblind Awareness Week to raise our understanding and awareness of deafblindness within Saskatchewan,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said.  “Our government thanks the Saskatchewan chapter of the Canadian Deaf Blind Association for the valuable services and advocacy they provide to those who are deafblind.”

Canadian Deaf Blind Association (CDBA) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1975 to promote and enhance the well-being of people who are deafblind through service provision, awareness, public education and research.  There are various CDBA chapters across Canada, including one in Saskatchewan that was established in 1985.

“At CDBA Saskatchewan, the focus of our programs is on the individuals we support who experience deafblindness and rely on the talents of our Intervention Team,” CDBA Saskatchewan Chapter Executive Director Dana Heinrichs said.  “The emphasis is on empowering the individuals to be active and engaged in their homes, workplaces and communities.  We continue to strive for the best in providing person-centred supports and the support of the Saskatchewan government, makes achieving this goal possible.”

This proclamation supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by helping to create awareness and understanding of the rights of people with disabilities.  Saskatchewan residents and communities that have done work which aligns with the Disability Strategy are encouraged to share their accomplishments using the hashtag #SKDisability."

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For more information, contact:

Rikkeal Bohmann, Social Services, Regina
Phone: 306-787-5283   Email:

Mission Statement

To promote and enhance the well-being of people who are deafblind through awareness, education and the provision of support to our chapters, members and community partners.

Vision Statement

All people who are deafblind will live rich meaningful lives.


  1. Individualized lifelong Intervention is a right for every person who is deafblind. Intervention will provide the best possible opportunity to:

    • Communicate- Access information
    • Make choices (Regarding: education, recreation, vocations, accommodation, medical, physical, spiritual, and emotional care)
    • Be included in the community
  1. All persons who are deafblind should live in a safe, healthy environment and have the self respect and dignity due every Canadian.
  2. People who are deafblind should have access to continuous appropriate education and training from the time of identification.
  3. Partnership is important and must include: the individual who is deafblind, the family, the community and the professionals involved.


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Becoming a member is very easy; you may either download a copy of our 2018-19 membership form below or complete the membership form online.

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Why should I become a member of CDBA?

There are many benefits to becoming a member of CDBA including…

  • Share the Mission
    Join with families, consumers, professionals, advocates and Intervenors to assist all persons who are deafblind to achieve, with Intervention, the best quality of life.
  • Advocacy
    Participate in a wide range of activities on behalf of individuals with deafblindness, including political action, public awareness, communications, and fundraising.
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    Receive every edition of the acclaimed publication Intervention. Each edition is packed full of articles from Chapters and facilities across Canada, personal profiles, professional information, and news from the international scene.
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    Share knowledge and ideas with fellow family members, advocates, professionals, peers, and Intervenors at meetings and conferences and through the Internet via Facebook, Twitter and the CDBA website.

  • Conferences 
    Participate in Canadian conferences on deafblindness through attendance, participating, organizing, volunteering, sponsoring and fundraising.
  • Information
    Receive the quarterly President’s Message electronic newsletter, CDBA fact sheets on a variety of topics related to deafblindness including Congenital Rubella/CHARGE Syndrome/Usher Syndrome, and up-to-the-minute “Deafblind News” announcements delivered directly to your inbox. Membership also gives you complete access to CDBA archived presentations, articles, reports and more.
  • Chapters
    Benefit from automatic membership in the provincial Chapter where you reside. Through a Chapter you can be involved in ‘grass roots’ activities and service programs, participating hands-on in improving the lives of individuals who are deafblind. Provincial Chapters of CDBA currently include British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.
  • International Connection
    Opportunities to meet and learn from professionals, consumers and family members from around the world and discover similarity of goals through CDBA’s international connection with Deafblind International (DbI).
  • Research Discover the latest research on causes of deafblindness, including Congenital Rubella, CHARGE and Usher Syndrome. Submit your suggestions for needed research, and even explore opportunities to participate in research.

Did you know?

What is Deafblindness?

  • Persons are considered deafblind if they have a combined loss of both vision and hearing, such that neither of the distance senses of vision and hearing can be used as a primary source of gathering accurate information.”
  • The combination of these sensory losses results in significant difficulties in accessing information, learning, communicating and participating.
  • Congenital deafblindness occurs when a baby is born with severe losses of both vision and hearing.
  • Acquired deafblindness occurs later in life through accidents, disease or – the leading cause of deafblindness – aging.

Deafblindness in Canada:

  • Deafblindness is a relatively low incidence disability in Canada but needs to be appropriately recognized.
  • Some estimates say deafblindness can be found in approximately one of every 3,000 Canadians.
  • Many of Canada’s congenitally deafblind individuals were born during the Rubella outbreak of the 1960s and early 1970s. Those individuals are now adults and require specific services to meet their needs.

Did You Know:

  • Deafblindness is a unique disability but is not recognized as distinct by the Federal Government.
  • There are 2 types of deafblindness: congenital and acquired. Those with congenital deafblindness are born with significant losses of both vision and hearing. Those who become deafblind during the first two years of their life, prior to the development of language, are considered to have early acquired deafblindness. Those with acquired deafblindness develop or acquire this disability after the development of language through accidents, disease, genetic conditions or aging.

  • Currently about 1 in 3,000 people in Canada are deafblind. This is expected to grow as the Canadian population ages, as deafblindness is a major condition of the ageing process. This is expected to contribute significantly to the health care concerns of our country.
  • The combination of the loss of these two sensory modalities results in significant difficulties in accessing information, learning, communicating and participating in everyday life.
  • Individuals who are deafblind remain quite isolated in their communities. They are in desperate need of greater means of accessing information in order to lead more inclusive lives in the Canadian main stream.
  • Canada was a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007. To date it has not ratified this convention. Ratification by the Canadian Government would ensure that proper legislation would be developed by all levels of government to ensure that the full rights of the disabled described in the Convention would be recognized in Canada. For people who are deafblind in Canada, this would mean increased accessibility through better information technology, widespread provision of Intervention services and Intervenors. Furthermore ratifying the convention should ensure better living conditions for those who are deafblind and more inclusive opportunities for early and lifelong education.
  • These are but a few aspects where fully ‘ratifying’ rather than simply ‘signing’ the UN convention will lead to giant steps being taken to ensure that those people with deafblindness in Canada will have every opportunity to lead more inclusive and meaningful lives within mainstream Canadian society
  • The concept of “Intervention” for persons who are deafblind now recognized internationally was in fact developed in Canada and we are the only country in the world with college programs to train Intervenors.
  • The Canadian Deafblind Association employs over 200 Intervenors across the country to try to meet the needs of individuals who are deafblind.

Principles of the Canadian Concept of “Intervention”

  1. Total and unconditional belief in and respect for an individual who is  deafblind.
  2. Total and unconditional belief in the value of intervention for all individuals who are deafblind. 
  3. The amount of intervention and the form it will take must be individualized to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual who is deafblind. 
  4. Individuals who are deafblind have a right to access information in their modes of communication. 
  5. Intervention is “Doing With, Not For.” 
  6. No assumptions should be made regarding the abilities of an individual with  deafblindness.
  7. Never underestimate the importance of the relationship between the  intervenor and the individual who is deafblind. 
  8. The process of intervention must always provide the individual who is deafblind with the information required for anticipation, motivation, communication, and confirmation.
  9. Every experience is an opportunity to provide information and encourage  interaction. 
  10. The focus of intervention should always be on the needs of the individual who is deafblind
  11. Intervention is recognized as a process that requires intervenors to have specific skills, knowledge and experiences in order to be effective in providing the best possible opportunity for people who are deafblind to gather information, process it and develop communication, concepts and skills
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