Meet Our Host
Industry Resource, Organizer, Director of Trade Relations, Podcast Host
WELCOME To Our Global Community
Thank you for choosing to attend this event and be part of a global trade community that is influencing change in the residential built environment.
I first started talking to residential trade professionals about aging in place in early 2013, when I discovered a few heading to the US to become CAPS certified by the National Association of Home Builders. That same year I reached out to Master Trainer, Wanda Gozdz, and convinced her to come to Toronto, Canada to hold CAPS training for the trade. Unknown to us we were organically building a community that later become known as the living in place network. What started as a few individuals has grown to many.
The idea of creating the LivABLE Environment Conference came out of the need to bring trade professionals together to learn, connect, learn and inspire. Today, I am proud to be part of a growing interest to improve our residential spaces for livability, accessibility and wellness in the home. I want to thank all of you for being influencers and leading change!
“I firmly believe that the homes we live in have an impact on our physical and mental health. When designed properly our spaces will adapt to us over a lifespan and support our families. It’s essential that we start designing our spaces from a functional perspective and not merely from an aesthetic one. That way we can
truly live well and in place for a lifetime.”
– Linda Kafka, CLIPP, CAPS
Linda Kafka: Since 2006, Linda has been a valuable and trusted resource for the residential interior design industry. She is an advocate for Inclusive Design (also known as Universal Design) and is one of Canada’s leading experts on living in place and wellness in the home. As a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Linda offers an unparalleled understanding for creating “forever” homes for clients of all ages. Her passion is to support, educate and train those about the importance of creating beautiful and safe spaces that are tailored towards inclusion, accessibility and wellness.
Linda has been active within the North American/Canadian design community for over 10 years. She is a member of the Toronto Society of Architects, the Design and Decorators’ Association of Canada, the National Kitchen and Bath Association and works frequently with BILD, ARIDO and IDC. She also participates in and attends industry conferences and trade shows across Canada and the US.
As the founder of the Living in Place Network, an international community of professionals focus on living and aging in place, Linda is the driving force behind the LivABLE Environment Conference, an annual trade event designed to both inspire and educate design professionals. She is also the host of the LivABLE By Design podcast where she interviews global industry leaders from the built environment who share their insights and expertise with listeners. And as Director of Trade Relations for Caplan’s Appliances (a leading retailer in Toronto), she works directly with trade professionals and their clients to support their inclusive design projects.
For Linda, her vision is simple: that every home be designed for a lifespan, so our spaces adapt to our changing needs regardless of age, income, size or ability.
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