Jaimie Borisoff doesn’t just solve problems, he does it with panache. When he and his wife had their first child, he added a gas spring and pivot to the front wall of the crib. The wall would then smoothly open up and out “like the door of a Lamborghini” to provide Borisoff with easy access to his son.
The husband and father of two is also a Paralympic wheelchair basketball champion, and he plays ball hockey on his off time. But Borisoff doesn’t want to talk about any of that. Instead, he prefers to speak about innovation and how technology can enhance his own quality of life, and that of others with SCI.
And he has the credentials to do just that. Borisoff is the Research Director and the Canadian Research Chair of Rehabilitation Engineering Design at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He’s also a Principal Investigator at ICORD, and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia. This is a man who has a wealth of big ideas to talk about.
Recently, Borisoff completed the sale of his revolutionary Elevation wheelchair to PDG Mobility Technologies, which is now marketing and selling it. Borisoff sat down with The Spin to discuss the Elevation, his current work, and the exciting developments in his field of rehabilitation engineering.