Biennial Global Ageing Conference

Breakout Speakers

Mary Lou Ackerman

Mary Lou Ackerman

Vice President Innovation, SE Health

Oral Session 17 –  HOME- & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
Dementia, A Complex Problem Requiring Comprehensive Solutions
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Mary Lou Ackerman is Vice President of Innovation with Saint Elizabeth. Her background is extensive, as a nurse, Mary Lou has augmented her clinical background with a graduate business degree and significant experience with health informatics. Mary Lou has a passion for community health care, using innovative solutions to shape the future of aging well and support both formal and informal caregivers.

Ana Paula Anjos

Ana Paula Anjos

Manager of Quality, Kensington Health

POSTER PRESENTATION
Poster #8 – Building a Culture of Quality – Quality Day at Kensington Health
Thursday, September 19, 2019
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Ana Paula Anjos is the Manager of Quality at Kensington Health. She is a Masters prepared ER and trauma nurse with research and teaching experience. She is passionate about building capabilities to facilitate data driven decision making to improve clinical quality, patient safety, and daily workflows; as well as, developing practical near term solutions to the healthcare challenges of adopting and meeting quality improvement strategies and recommendations.

Mel Barsky

Mel Barsky

Director, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

Workshop 10 – Global Innovative Solutions for Canadian Long Term CareDementia, A Complex Problem Requiring Comprehensive Solutions
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Mel Barsky is a Director at the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI).  CABHI, led by Baycrest Health Sciences, helps innovators develop, disseminate, scale, and promote adoption of promising innovations in the aging and brain health sector. CABHI was formed as a unique private / public collaboration that raised over $124M and has levered an additional $70M+ for investing in validation testing in the brain health and longevity sector. Mel is leading the continued Canadian and international growth of CABHI.

Prior to CABHI, Mel was Co-Founder, President & COO of INTERVENT Canada.  INTERVENT has served over 2.5 million patients globally; over 200 corporations; and has been published in more than 100 peer reviewed major medical journals demonstrating the efficacy of its programs and improvement in health outcomes.

Previously, Mel was a Founding Partner and Executive Director of Scotiabank Private Equity Investments, where, he invested private and public ventures, primarily in financial services and information technology sectors.

Mel was also Director of Business Development & Sales Strategy for corporate card and travel products at American Express.

In his spare time, Mel enjoys playing basketball, guitar and travelling with his wife, 5 kids and Australian Labradoodle.

Kelly Batson

Kelly Batson

Director, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

Oral Session 14  – The Evolution of Cannabis Use in Seniors CareDementia, A Complex Problem Requiring Comprehensive Solutions
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Kelly Batson, RN, BSN, earned her BScN Honours degree from the University of Windsor. She has 11 years of nursing experience and 5 years of experience as a clinical nurse educator. For the past five years, she’s overseen nursing operations in varying roles within the long term care sector and currently holds the role of Manager Resident Care, Education and Operations at Trillium Villa Nursing Home in Sarnia, Ontario.

Sophiya Benjamin

Sophiya Benjamin

Physician, McMaster University/GeriMedRisk

Oral Session 7 – IMPROVING ACCESS TO SPECIALISTS
Forging Collaboration and Improving Access to Geriatrics With eConsult: A Workshop for Clinicians Who Are “All Alone”
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dr. Sophiya Benjamin is a Geriatric Psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences McMaster University. She completed her residency and fellowship in adult and geriatric psychiatry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. She is Co-Medical Director at the Provincial Geriatric Leadership Office and Postgraduate Research lead in Psychiatry at the Waterloo Regional Campus of McMaster University. She cofounded GeriMedRisk and continues her clinical practice in the Kitchener Waterloo region. She is a medical educator whose interest in teaching has been recognized nationally by the Ginsberg Fellowship for excellence in teaching, and locally by the Excellence in Teaching awards from undergraduate and postgraduate programs at McMaster University.

Susan Blackbourn

Director Quality and Safety Residential Aged Care, Mercy Health, Australia

POSTER PRESENTATION
Poster #1 – Mercy Health’s Residential Aged Care Quality System Framework
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Susan is an experienced Quality Manager with her main focus being on aged care. Her primary objective is the development and implementation of innovative quality systems that have the resident as the focus of the monitoring and measuring. Susan is passionate about creating systems whereby residential aged care recipients receive the best care in the best settings, and ensuring that care and management systems exceed industry standards and legislative requirements.

Diane Boyer

Project Lead OPUS-AP, CIUSSS Estrie-CHUS

Oral Session 22: QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Accelerating the Spread and Scale of Innovations in Health in Diverse Contexts: Appropriate Use of Antipsyschotics in Long-Term Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane Boyer holds a master’s in public administration and has extensive experience in leadership positions within the healthcare system in Quebec. She also has extensive experience leading large scale implementation projects within the healthcare system in Quebec.

Judy Braun

Judy Braun

Faculty Leader for Leading Age’s Leadership Academy

Global Aging Leadership Retreat
Monday, September 16, 2019
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
and
Tuesday, September17,2019
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Judy Brown is an educator, speaker, facilitator, poet and writer, whose work in organizations revolves around themes of renewal, change, learning, creativity and, dialogue. For the past 15 years she has been the faculty leader for Leading Age’s Leadership Academy.
Her books include A Leader’s Guide to Reflective Practice, four collections of her poetry, The Sea Accepts All Rivers, Simple Gifts, Steppingstones, No One Swims alone. Her most recent leadership book is The Art and Spirit of Leadership.

Dr. Brown has taught leadership at the University of Maryland, served as a White House Fellow, and has worked in a range of sectors including manufacturing, arts, aging services, and the intelligence community. She has a passion for practices that simultaneously connect us with the world of ideas and the world of practice.

A native of a small fishing village in northern Michigan, her heritage is that of agriculture and cooperative extension, which has given her a commitment to the practical use of ideas, frameworks, rich language and reflection as a way to transform our lives and our work. She lives in the USA, on a tidal creek off the Chesapeake Bay. She can be reached at: www.judysorumbrown.com or judybrown@aol.com

Matthew Braun

Matthew Braun

Regional Manager of Education & Resident Services, Revera Long Term Care

Workshop 8 – The Person Centredness Journey: Our Story of Success
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Matthew Braun is an Occupational Therapist who has had a long standing passion for cultural transformation away from an institutional model toward a person centred model of care. He is a dynamic presenter for many years and is proud to engage audiences with practical knowledge and empowerment. During the last 5 years he has been championing the cause of person centredness as it relates to organizational practices.

Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Director of Research Coordination and Research-Practice Integration, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Workshop 12 – Developing a Practical Framework for Measuring Culture Change in Ontario Long-term Care Homes – A Pilot Project
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

As Director of Research Coordination and Research-Practice Integration, Susan works with researchers, older adults, and care partners to look for answers to questions that are meaningful for individuals, relevant to the senior living sector, and have high potential to impact practice and/or policy. Susan explores opportunities to enhance quality of life and quality of care for older adults by searching for the innovation that lies at the intersection of research, education, practice, and lived experience.

Andrea Burns

Andrea Burns

Director of the Age-Friendly Boston initiative, City of Boston

Oral Session 17: HOME- & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
Age Friendly, Accessible Cities and Towns: Improving Our Lives While Increasing Senior Living Development Opportunities
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Andrea has directed the Age-Friendly Boston initiative for the City of Boston since November of 2014.

Prior to her work at the City of Boston, Andrea worked as an independent journalist and photographer.

Elected as an at-large city councilor in Easthampton, MA in 2009, Andrea worked to enhance quality of life for residents, supporting affordable housing, business development for the agricultural sector, and city planning that embraced the “complete streets” principles.

Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell

Principal Investigator, Western University

Workshop 1 – The Albert Project™: Can Virtual Reality Simulation Reduce Depression and Agitation in Long Term Care Residents with Moderate to Severe Dementia?
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Karen is an RN PhD is the adjunct faculty for the Master’s of Clinical Science in Wound Healing at Western University in Canada. As well she is the President of ISTAP. She has functioned as an advanced practice nurse in Geriatrics and Wound Care. Karen was the co-chair of the RNAO BPG on Pressure Injuries. She has been a panel member on the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel and IAD International Best Practice Principles.

Joe Carella

Joe Carella

Executive Director, Scandinavian Living Center

Oral Session 18 – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Creating Unlimited Options For Aging: The Impact of Community-Centered Living
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Joe Carella is the Executive Director of the Scandinavian Living Center. The design and development of the Scandinavian Living Center was based on the research and principles from his first book, “Unlimited Options for Aging”. His second book, “Creating Unlimited Options for Aging, The Path Forward” was recently released and introduces the critical concept of community centered living.

Joe has an MBA from Babson College and an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.

Elena Ceban

Elena Ceban

Supported Living Manager, Lasell Village

Oral Session 20 – THE EMERGING WORKFORCE
Living and Learning with Dementia
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm

I am Elena Ceban. I have been working as Supported Living Unit Manager at Lasell Village, a Life Plan Community in Auburndale, MA, for almost 2 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in English language philology and a Master’s degree in Educational Management currently pursuing my MBA as well.

Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan

Founder, Project We Forgot

Oral Session 3 – TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
The Power Of Shared Experiences in a Community for Dementia Caregivers
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Melissa Chan is the Founder of Project We Forgot (PWF), a community for caregivers to persons with dementia that provides peer support, knowledge resources, and access to relevant services. Her experience spans social innovation, community growth, and building brand strategies for the finance, hospitality, travel and technology sectors. Melissa also serves on the steering committee for the World Young Leaders in Dementia (WYLD) Network, driving the development of innovative dementia solutions across disciplines and borders.

Paula Chidwick

Paula Chidwick

Director Research & Corporate Ethics, William Osler Health System

Oral Session 10 – DEMENTIA AND SEXUALITY
Sexual Activity & Ethics in Long-Term Care: When Is it Your Business?
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Dr. Paula Chidwick is the Director Research & Corporate Ethics at William Osler Health System and the founding member of the Osler’s Ethics Quality Improvement Lab. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Guelph and a Fellowship in Clinical Ethics from the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queen’s University School of Nursing and holds a certificate from the Rotman School of Management on Integrative Thinking. Paula is a Health Quality Ontario IDEAS Advanced Learning Program Graduate and faculty at Osgoode’s Certificate in Clinical Risk, Negligence, & Claims Management. In 2015, Paula was awarded the Health Quality Ontario IDEAS Alumni Award for her work on ethics quality improvement on transfers in long term care. She has served on the CBS Executive, Health Canada’s Scientific and Expert Advisory Panels, MOHLTC Critical Care Coaching Teams and Critical Care Services Ontario.

Im Ja Choi

Im Ja Choi

Founder & CEO, Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi)

Oral Session 21 – UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY
Innovative Solutions to Serving a Culturally Diverse Aging Population: Penn Asian Senior Services’ Excellence in Ageing Services Model
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ms. Choi is a Korean American innovator who founded PASSi, Global Ageing Network’s 2017 Excellence in Ageing Services awardee. After 14 years of her compelling leadership and personal experience overcoming challenges in caring for her English-limited mother, PASSi became the largest home care and adult day care provider in Pennsylvania for Asian Americans. Her entrepreneurial impulse paired with genuine compassion for Asian seniors are the driving forces behind PASSi’s success and quality-driven services.

Rhonda Collins

Rhonda Collins

Chief Medical Officer, Revera Inc.

Oral Session 15 – LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES
Chief Medical Officer: A 
Novel Model of Service Toward Clinical Excellence
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Chief Medical Officer for a leading owner and operator of Long Term Care and Retirement Residences in Canada.

Family physician with a Certificate of Added competence in Care of the Elderly.

Clinical Consultant for Senior’s Mental Health Outreach.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University.

Member of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association Dementia Task Force.

Member of the Health Quality Ontario Quality Improvement Committee.

 David Conn

David Conn

VP Education, Baycrest Health Sciences

POSTER PRESENTATION
POSTER #2 – Project ECHO Care of the Elderly-Long-Term Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Dr. David Conn is VP Education and Director of the Centre for Education & Knowledge Exchange at Baycrest and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health and Past President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. His academic interests include nursing home psychiatry, telepsychiatry, guideline development and knowledge translation.

Andrew Costa

Andrew Costa

Assistant Professor and Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology, McMaster University

Workshop 12 – Developing a Practical Framework for Measuring Culture Change in Ontario Long-term Care Homes – A Pilot Project
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Dr. Costa is an Assistant Professor and Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology & Aging at McMaster University. He is also the Research Lead at the DeGroote School of Medicine (Waterloo Regional Campus), is an interRAI Fellow, and has received CIHR awards for his research in health services and policy. One of Andrew’s research interests involves using large health care data repositories and pragmatic trial methods to evaluate elder care services and policy across settings.

Steven Crawford

Steven Crawford

Chief Executive Officer, McCormick Care Group

Poster Presentation
Poster #10 – Engaging College Student to Improve Design for Human Centric Experience
Thursday, September 19, 2019
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Steven joined the McCormick Care Group as CEO in the spring of 2000.  Prior to this position, Steven was Vice President, Finance for Cuddy Food Products.  He served in various capacities, including as Director of Tax and Treasury, Cuddy International and as General Manager, Cuddy Food Products.  Prior to joining Cuddy, Steven worked as a Senior Manager, Tax at KPMG in Waterloo, and after articling with KPMG in Ottawa, he received his CA designation in 1985. Steven completed his MBA in 1998 from Wilfrid Laurier University and his Bachelor of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1984.

Steven is currently a member of the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Long-Term Care Homes Network Council and a member of the OLTCA’s Financial Liaison Committee.

Tammy Cumming

Tammy Cumming

Manager, UW-Schlegel Research Institute for Aging

Oral Session 20 – THE EMERGING WORKFORCE
Engaging Tomorrow’s Long-Term Care Workforce Today
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tammy manages the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at the UW-Schlegel Research Institute for Aging where she leads a dynamic team that supports the development and identification of resources for long-term care homes. Tammy’s career includes 15-years with the University of Waterloo executing large national and provincial programs that inform policy change. Tammy has expertise in research and program methodology, team leadership and stakeholder engagement.

Tamara Daly

Tamara Daly

Professor, York University

Workshop 16 – Seniors – Adding Life to Years (SALTY): Pan Canadian Research Informing Quality of Life for Older Adults Living in Residential Long Term Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 am – 3:00 pm

Professor Tamara Daly is Director of the SSHRC Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities within Communities, Director of the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education, and a Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. She engages in innovative, multi-site international research focused on gender and health, access and outcomes, as well as promising practices for long-term care, aging and health equity for older adults and for those who provide their care. She is the recipient of research and teaching awards and competitive Tri-Council fellowships including a recently completed 5-year CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health.

Diana Delgado

Diana Delgado

Chief Operating Officer, Eaton Senior Communities

Workshop 18 – Social Connectivity: Enhancing Wellness Through Technology
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diana Delgado holds a graduate degree in Health Services Administration from Regis University and an undergraduate degree in Gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado. Diana is certified as an Aging Services Professional (CASP) and has additional credentials in housing management. Diana is a Fellow of the 2010 LeadingAge Leadership Academy and is a past presenter at LeadingAge Annual Meetings. One of Diana’s primary responsibilities is to spearhead the organization’s culture of wellness.

Amy Dore

Amy Dore

Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Oral Session 20 – THE EMERGING WORKFORCE
It Takes a Village! Transforming Perspectives to Boost Workforce Opportunities
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Amy Dore, DHA, MHS is a Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. For over 16 years, she has taught courses in aging services, health disparities, human resources, organizational behavior, and research. In 2015, Dr. Dore was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the MSU Denver Golden Key International Honour Society. She has authored and co-authored several book chapters, original case studies, and regularly presents on her many teaching and research endeavors.

Malcolm Doupe

Malcolm Doupe

Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

Oral Session 22: QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Determinants of Pain During End-of-life Care for Nursing Home Residents
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Malcolm Doupe is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, and a Senior Research Scientist with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. He conducts research in the area of health services utilization and the aging population, investigating risk factors of home care and nursing home use, factors that influence quality care and changes in functional status in nursing homes, and issues related to care continuity for older adult.

Kate Ducak

Kate Ducak

Project Officer, Schelgel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Oral Session 16 – SERVING DIVERSE
Diversity Practices to Enhance Life in Long-Term Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 – 4:15 pm

Kate Ducak is a gerontologist and Project Officer at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) where she applies her expertise to the Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) program. She enjoys exchanging ideas and sharing best practices regarding supporting diversity, health equity, and person-centred, relational and dementia care, and culture change to enhance life in LTC homes. Kate has 15+ years of professional and personal experiences in LTC homes.

Derek Dunham

Derek Dunham

Vice President Client Services, Varsity

Oral Session 12 – TRENDS IN RETIREMENT LIVING
When your story meets their story: A Powerful Collaboration
and
Going Beyond Age and Income: Understanding Your Community’s Psychographic Profile
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Derek brings 25+ years of experience in branding, marketing and communication and 10+ years in senior living. He has led research studies and strategic development initiatives — and tactical plan implementation — for dozens of communities and other major brands targeting the mature market. Derek is an adjunct professor at Penn State and has presented at LeadingAge state associations across the United States, and on the IGNITE Stage at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO.

Wendy Ellis

Wendy Ellis

Chair, Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing, George Brown College, Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing

Oral Session 2 – ONTARIO CLRI: INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Virtual Learning Environments to Transform Workforce Supply and Expertise in Seniors Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wendy Ellis, RN, MSc., PhD (c) is the Chair of the Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing within the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at George Brown College – located in Toronto, Canada. Wendy’s background spans clinical practice, research, and academia. Research interests include interprofessional collaborative practice models, integrated learning strategies, simulation- based clinical education models, and student success initiatives.

Helen Emmerson

Helen Emmerson

CE, Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT)

Oral Session 18 – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Broadening the Narrative to Consider What Makes Us Well in Aged Care: The 10K Project: A Comminity Well-Being Approach
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Helen has more than 20 years’ experience in Aged Care and Disability Services in Australia and the UK. She has a comprehensive background in clinical care, operations and leadership that drives her to implement innovative ageing services. Her enthusiasm and fresh approach to supporting older people is leading Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) into the future of Aged Care.

Sara English

Sara English

PhD Candidate, University of South Carolina

Oral Session 5 – MODELS OF CARE AND PROGRAMS FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Leonard’s Life – An Examination of a Life Lived in Long-Term Care: The Social World of Young Residents
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sara J. English is a doctoral candidate in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina, USA. She is an AGE-SW Fellow and a recent Fulbright semi-finalist. She is studying the power of social connections and non-familial relationships of younger persons living in Long-Term Care.

Alicia Eugene

Alicia Eugene

Project Manager, McLean Care

Oral Session 23 – CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY
Steering Seniors in the Right Direction – Learn How our Hector-VR Driving Simulator is on the Road to Success
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Alicia Eugene is a passionate human services leader. She has over 18 years experience in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors in fields as diverse as corrections, homelessness, mental health, Indigenous services, disability and aged care. Alicia holds a B Justice with Distinction, Hons 1st class, GradBEducation and project management qualifications and has won a number of sector awards. She is passionate about innovation and applied research and is enjoying managing the Hector-VR project.

Rheta Fanizza

Rheta Fanizza

Executive Vice President, Residential & Community Programs, Baycrest Health Sciences

Oral Session 9 – LTC DESIGN
Baycrest’s LTC Smart Suites©
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Rheta oversees operations and growth of residential and community-based initiatives. She has over 20 years of senior executive experience within acute care, long-term care and community health sectors. Rheta has consulted for the MOHLTC and is an accreditation surveyor with Accreditation Canada. Rheta holds a B.Com and MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Her passion for innovation and people-powered healthcare fuels her pursuit of creative solutions to complex challenges.

Sid Feldman

Sid Feldman

Executive Medical Director, Residential and LTC Program and Chief, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baycrest Health Sciences

POSTER PRESENTATION
POSTER #2 – Project ECHO Care of the Elderly-Long-Term Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

  • Family physician – community-based practice affiliated with North York FHT
  • Attending physician – Toronto Central LHIN Transitional BSU at Baycrest
  • Certificate of Added Competence in Care of the Elderly – College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Certified Medical Director – American Board of Post-Acute and Long-term Care Medicine
  • Baycrest: Executive Medical Director, Residential and LTC Program and Chief, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Michelle Fleming

Michelle Fleming

Knowledge Broker, Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

Workshop 2 – “I don’t feel so alone anymore”: Innovative Programs to Enhance Resident Quality of Life and Increase VolunteerEngagement
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 – 12:00 pm

Oral Session 16 – SERVING DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Diversity Practices to Enhance Life in Long-Term Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 – 4:15 pm

Workshop 19 – Collaborative Leadership Innovations: The Primacy of Relationship for Bringing Out the Best in Teams to Transform Aging Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Michelle is a Knowledge Broker at the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at Bruyère. Before joining the Ontario CLRI, Michelle spent twelve years in LTC as Manager of Social Services. As a Certified Eden Associate, Michelle lead the implementation of the Eden Alternative philosophy at a home in Vancouver, BC. Michelle has a BA (psychology), Social Service Worker Gerontology diploma, Certificate in LTC Management and a Lean Green Belt.

Nicoda Foster

Nicoda Foster

Project Manager, Sinai Health System

Oral Session 1 – ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE CHANGE
The Maximizing Ageing Using Volunteer Engagement Plus (MAUVE+) Program – Delivering Enhanced Patient Care and Improving Quality of Life through the Structured Use of Volunteer Services
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oral Session 11 – Emergency Preparedness and Response
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Nicoda is the Project Manager for the Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program at Sinai Health System, in Toronto Canada. She received her Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University and a Masters of Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Health Studies at McMaster University.

John Franklin

Managing Director and Head, BB&T Capital Markets Healthcare Finance Group

Oral Session 3 – TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
Social Isolation is Dangerous: Can New Technology Engage and Entertain in an Affordable Way?
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

John Franklin leads the Municipal Investment Banking Group at BB&T Capital Markets and for the past 15 years has been directly responsible for the firm’s healthcare and senior living practice nationwide. Prior to BB&T, John was the Group Head of Healthcare and Senior Living at what is now Wells Fargo Advisors and was the Group Head of Senior Living at what is now UBS Financial Services.

Celeste Fung

Medical Director, St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa

Oral Session 7 – IMPROVING ACCESS TO SPECIALISTS
Building on a BASE™ of Success: An Exploration of The Five Factors Influencing the Success of An eConsult Service in Long-Term Care

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dr. Celeste Fung is a primary care physician and the Medical Director for St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa. She attended McGill University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Medical Degree (MD, CM) prior to completing her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa. Her practice has been primarily focused on care of the elderly, including experience in community geriatrics, geriatric rehab, convalescent/transitional care, respite care and long-term care.

Daniel Galessiere

Daniel Galessiere

Interprofessional Educator, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care at Baycrest

Oral Session 2 – ONTARIO CLRI: INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Significant Learning Through Geriatric Internships – A Retrospective Analysis
and
Family Fortune: A Serious Educational Game to Foster Family Engagement in Care Planning and Effective Team Resource Allocation
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Daniel Galessiere, MScPT, BScKin is an interprofessional educator for the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care, at Baycrest. Daniel is currently involved in instructional design and facilitation of education to long term care staff, healthcare simulation and knowledge dissemination via workshop, seminar and conference presentations. Daniel has 12 years of physiotherapy experience as a clinician and preceptor in both the private clinic and geriatric hospital settings.

Linda Garcia

Linda Garcia

Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and Founding Director, Life Research Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Workshop 13 – Best Practices Using the Five Senses
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Dr. Garcia’s research interests focus on the impact of these environments on the functioning of individuals with neurological disorders, especially dementia. Working with colleagues from other professions and her students, she strives to offer solutions for facilitating the social integration of individuals with functional limitations.

She is interested in developing interventions that include approaches based on human interactions. She is keenly interested in improving quality of life in long-term care.

Josie-Lee Gibson

Josie-Lee Gibson

Education and Community Engagement Manager

Oral Session 23 – Enhancing Quality of Life Through Person-Centred Approaches
Person-Centred Approach to Care through the Eyes of a Resident
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Josie-Lee Gibson is the Education and Community Engagement Manager of the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils – supporting Residents’ Councils from long-term care homes across the province of Ontario. Josie-Lee brings with her a strong education background obtained from McMaster University and has professional experience in various areas within the health care industry including community outreach, clinical research and most recently within retirement and long-term care.

Gwendolyn Graddy

Medical Director, PACE Southeast Michigan

Oral Session 5 – MODELS OF CARE AND PROGRAMS FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
The Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly – Model of Care in Michigan and Ontario
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Graddy joined the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in 1987. She is Chair of the National PACE Association’s Primary Care Subcommittee and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. She joined PACE Southeast Michigan in 2001. Special interests include Alzheimer’s disease and Aging and Wellness. Dr. Graddy completed her medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1984.

Debbie Green

Debbie Green

Registered Nurse, In Initiative.

POSTER PRESENTATION
POSTER #3 – Benefits of Implementing the OLTCA Spasticity Management Program in Ontario Long Term Care Homes – A Pilot Study

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Debbie is a Registered Nurse with 45 years of experience in Long Term Care sector. Previously Debbie has held the positions of Administrator, Director of Care and Nurse Clinician for various long term care home operators. Prior to joining In Initiative, she worked as an Application Specialist for computerized programs for Orders and Documentation in both United States as well as Canada. She has teaching experience with both Conestoga and Georgian Colleges and has received awards for the LINKS Conference in 2013 for Quality Outcome work and was a Delegates Choice Award winner at the OLTCA Applied Research Day in 2013.

Todd Hanson

Todd Hanson

Principal, JSA l Architects Interiors Planners

Oral Session 17 – HOME- & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
Age Friendly, Accessible Cities and Towns: Improving Our Lives While Increasing Senior Living Development Opportunities
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

As principal at JSA Inc, Todd focused his career on tailoring environments to the emotional and physical needs of disparate users. “It wasn’t until I became disabled that I could truly appreciate all that I didn’t comprehend in regards to barriers and accessibility.” With the onset of a neuromuscular disease, he discovered the realities of mobility impairments. Today, using an iPad to speak, Todd has become a passionate presenter on creating a more inclusive society.

Shoshana Helfenbaum

Shoshana Helfenbaum

Interprofessional Educator, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care, Baycrest

Oral Session 2 – ONTARIO CLRI: INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Significant Learning Through Geriatric Internships – A Retrospective Analysis
and
Family Fortune: A Serious Educational Game to Foster Family Engagement in Care Planning and Effective Team Resource Allocation
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop 19 – Collaborative Leadership Innovations: The Primacy of Relationship for Bringing out the Best in Teams to Transform Aging Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm

As an Interprofessional Educator in the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care at Baycrest, Shoshana designs curriculum and educational methodology in support of relational-centred care. Recent work focuses on mindfulness, simulation and Appreciative Inquiry for knowledge mobilization and sustainable practice change on interprofessional teams. Shoshana`s career spans 20+ years in community, hospital and long-term care settings as a geriatric social worker, psychotherapist, gerontologist, clinical simulationist, instructional designer and eLearning strategist.

Anne-Marie Hill

Associate Professor, Research, Curtin University, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

Oral Session 17: HOME- & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
A Peer-Led Model in A Novel Falls Prevention Education Program for Community-Dwelling Seniors: Perth Australia Together with Detroit Michigan, USA
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 – 4:15 pm

Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill (PhD, MSc, Graduate Diploma University Teaching, Post Grad Dip PT, B App PT,) is a full time research academic in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University. She is an APA titled Gerontological physiotherapist (Australian Physiotherapy Association) and previous NHMRC early career fellow. She has already obtained over $6.9+M in research funding and has published widely in the field of falls prevention and physical activity for older people.

Loretta Hillier

Program Manager, Osteoporosis Strategy in Long-Term Care and Research, Geriatric Education and Research In Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre

POSTER PRESENTATION Poster #9 – Fracture Prevention: A New Tool for Fracture Risk Assessment and Management in Long-Term Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Loretta Hillier’s biography coming soon.

Reginald Hislop III

Reginald Hislop III

Managing Parter/CEO, H2 Healthcare, LLC

Oral Session 13 – DATA SOLUTIONS
Data Driven Organizational Improvement
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Dr. Hislop co-founded H2 Healthcare in June of 2011 and is its Managing Partner. Mr. Hislop also serves as the CEO of Larksfield Place Retirement Communities. Dr. Hislop’s practice focus is strategy, health and economic policy, and business and corporate development. In total, Dr. Hislop has over 30 years of experience as an executive and consultant in the development, operations, and financing of all aspects of health care with particular concentrated experience in post-acute care.

Shionne Hitchman

Shionne Hitchman

Research Assistant, Sinai Health System

Oral Session 11 – EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
Managing in the Face of Disasters: What Can We Do to Support Vulnerable Older Adults Before, During and After Disaster Strikes
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Shionne is currently a research assistant for the Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program at Sinai Health System, in Toronto Canada. She received her Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences at Queen’s University. Her research is primarily focused on measuring levels of preparedness among older adults and the evaluation of programs that facilitate disaster preparedness among caregivers and health professionals.

Joanne Ho

Joanne Ho

Physician, McMaster University/GeriMedRisk/Schlegel Research Institute for Aging

Oral Session 7: IMPROVING ACCESS TO SPECIALISTS
Forging Collaboration and Improving Access To Geriatrics with eConsult: A Workshop for Clinicians Who Are “All Alone.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dr. Joanne Ho is an internist, geriatrician and clinical pharmacologist who researches adverse drug events in the older individual using observational research and systematic review methodologies. She attended the University of British Columbia for her medical undergraduate degree and then completed residencies in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto. Her Masters of Science was completed at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation during which time she participated in the Department of Medicine Eliot Phillipson Clinician Scientist Training Program at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ho recently completed a research fellowship with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute through the University Of Toronto Division Of Geriatric Medicine and she is also an examiner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr. Ho is an adjunct scientist with ICES, and a Schlegel Clinical Research Scientist. Dr. Ho is an active medical staff member of Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, ON where she provides inpatient geriatric medicine, internal medicine and clinical pharmacology consultation services. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Ho is the founder of GeriMedRisk, a geriatric pharmacology consultation and education service for clinicians in the Waterloo-Wellington Region.

Matthias Hoben

Matthias Hoben

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

Oral Session 13 – DATA SOLUTIONS
Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) – How longitudinal data can improve the long-term care system
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Workshop 16 – Seniors – Adding Life to Years (SALTY): Pan Canadian Research Informing Quality of Life for Older Adults Living in Residential Long Term Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Dr. Matthias Hoben has been trained as a Registered Nurse in Germany and holds a MSc and PhD in Health and Nursing. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. His major research focus is quality improvement and knowledge translation in long-term care (LTC). Specifically, his research has encompassed topics like oral health assessment and practice in LTC, and quality of end of life care.

Paul Holyoke

Director, SE Research Centre

POSTER PRESENTATION
Poster #6 – Towards a Life Course Approach to the Organization & Delivery of Dementia Care: The Preferences, Strengths, and Need-based (PSN) Model of Dementia Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Dr. Paul Holyoke is Director of the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre in Markham, Ontario, which has an applied research and evaluation portfolio focused on Aging in Society, Experiences of Health and Care, Models of Care Delivery, and Dying, Death and Grief. Paul has a Ph.D. in Health Policy from University of Toronto, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from the London School of Economics and a law degree from University of Toronto.

Ben Horan

Ben Horan

Associate Professor, Deakin University

Oral Session 23 – CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY
Steering Seniors in The Right Direction – Learn How Our Hector-VR Driving Simulator is on The Road to Success
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A/Prof Ben Horan is Director of the Deakin University Virtual Reality Research and Development Laboratory, which is a cutting-edge facility with a team of Virtual Reality experts. The Laboratory is fast gaining a strong reputation in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Research and Development and working with a number of research collaborators including the University of Malaya, Seoul National University, and industry partners McLean Care and the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP).

Bella Iomdina

Regional Manager Clinical Services, Revera LTC Inc.

POSTER PRESENTATION
Poster #5 – Wellness in Long Term Care: using Resident Assessment Instrument to Support and Evaluate Reduction of Use of Antipsychotic Medications
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Bella is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Nursing degree. Bella has 17 years of experience in nursing, including teaching, administration, education, and research. Bella is a Regional Manager of Clinical Services in Revera Manitoba Long Term Care, with the focus on utilization of the Resident Assessment Instrument to support wellness and healthy aging.

Suman Iqbal

Suman Iqbal

Senior Manager, LTC Best Practices Program, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)

Oral Session 23 – Enhancing Quality of Life Through Person-Centred Approaches
Person-Centred Approach to Care through the Eyes of a Resident
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Suman is the Senior Manager, LTC Best Practices Program at RNAO. The primary functions of the role are to provide province-wide implementation of best practice guidelines in LTC sector. An RN with a combined Masters of Science in Nursing and Health Administration and Gerontological Nursing Certification, she has over 30 years of experience in delivering person-centred care and successfully sustained positive change through best practice implementation and quality improvement initiatives in LTC and acute care.

Anna Izoutcheev

Anna Izoutcheev

Content Developer and Researcher, Effectivate

Oral Session 23 – CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY
Effectivate – A New Training Protocol for Cognitive Wellness in Older Adults
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

I obtained my B.A. in communication and psychology, and my M.A. in cognitive neuroscience, from Tel Aviv University (both magna cum laude). I worked as a research assistant in Prof. Nurit Gronau’s visual attention lab, who was my thesis instructor together with Prof. Galit Yovel. My thesis focused on statistical summation of visual stimuli, and was presented in various conferences.

Melanie James

Melanie James

Recreation Consultant, Schlegel Villages

Workshop 11 – The Futures So Bright – The Intersection of Technology and Aging
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 – 4:15 pm

Recreation Consultant at Schlegel Villages, she supports the Directors of Recreation and the village recreation teams along with some of the contract team members (i.e.; Horticulture Therapist, Music Therapist, Volunteer Co-ordinators, Social Service Co-ordinators and Chaplains). To help support the recreation team, she facilitates key education and training, leads the development and updating of organizational policies and procedures, introduces and supports new recreation and leisure opportunities.

Andrew Jamieson

Andrew Jamieson

Learning and Organisational Development Manager, Benetas, Australia

Oral Session 1 – ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE CHANGE
From Training to Learning at Benetas – Our Journey
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 pm – 12:00 pm

Andrew Jamieson is a learning and organisational development professional with over 20 years’ experience in a diverse range of industries. In 2014 Andrew joined Benetas to establish an organisation wide, contemporary learning and development function. His role now includes organisational development initiatives such as diversity and inclusion, succession planning, recognition and reward, employee engagement, clinical capability, and the Pastoral Care function. Andrew’s interests and expertise include learning technology, learning on demand, coaching, and change leadership.

Thomas Jelley

Thomas Jelley

Vice President, Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life

Workshop 13 – Best Practices Using the Five Senses
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Leads Sodexo’s think-tank on quality of life. Frequent speaker with businesses and academics in the UK, US, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Belgium, France, India and Singapore.

Related research:

  • Intergenerational learning in the workplace
  • Loneliness in healthcare and elderly care o dementia and quality of life
  • Working in proximity to those close to the end of life; euthanasia and physician-assisted dying
  • Key lessons from the OECD Better Life Index
Pamela Kaufmann

Pamela Kaufmann

Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP

Oral Session 11 – EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
Anticipating and Managing Violence in Senior Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Pam Kaufmann is a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Hanson, Bridgett LLP. For 30 years, she has devoted her practice to advising senior care and health care providers on issues ranging from tax-exempt law and corporate structuring to discrimination, end-of-life issues, dementia, legal capacity, mental health issues, and guns in senior care. Pam is a member and past Chair of the LeadingAge Legal Committee and a past director of LeadingAge California.

Janice Keefe

Janice Keefe

Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University

Workshop 16 – Seniors – Adding Life to Years (SALTY): Pan Canadian Research Informing Quality of Life for Older Adults Living in Residential Long Term Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Janice Keefe, PhD is Professor/Chair of Family Studies and Gerontology and Director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University and an adjunct Professor in Medicine, Dalhousie. She is Scientific Director of Seniors: Adding Life to Years (SALTY) a national team to improve the quality of life for residents in long term care in Canada (2016-20) and Lead Investigator on How approaches to care shape the pathways of older adult home care clients (2018-22) – both funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). She recently chaired the Ministerial Expert Panel on Long Term Care for Nova Scotia. Dr. Keefe teaches in the MA and BA Programs in Family Studies and Gerontology and provides mentorship and supervision to many graduate students and post–doctoral fellows.

Heather Keller

Heather Keller

Schlegel Research Chair, Nutrition & Aging, Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging

POSTER PRESENTATION
Poster #4 – Enhancing Food in Long Term Care: Phase 1 Identifying Enrichment Opportunities
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Heather Keller RD PhD is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the University of Waterloo. Research programs cross the continuum of care and are focused on improving the nutritional status and food intake of older adults. Research in residential and long term care is focused on improving the nutritional and sensory quality of food, as well as enhancing the mealtime experience for residents, family members and staff.

Bilal Khan

Research Associate, SE Health Research Centre

Workshop 9 – Co-Designing Tools to Support Partnerships in The Dementia Care Triad with Care Providers, Caregivers and Persons with Dementia
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Bilal Khan’s biography coming soon.

Linda Khong

Linda Khong

Adjunct Research Fellow, Institute for Health Research, The University of Notre Dame Australia

Oral Session 17 –  HOME- & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
A Peer-Led Model in A Novel Falls Prevention Education Program for Community-Dwelling Seniors: Perth Australia Together with Detroit Michigan, USA

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Dr Linda Khong is a Gerontological and Musculoskeletal-titled physical therapist and an Adjunct Research Fellow with a focus on translational research. Linda was awarded an Australian government scholarship for her doctoral research. Her PhD peer education program and research publications in falls prevention have drawn interest globally and she works closely with clinicians to translate her program into practice.  She was recently awarded a hospital grant looking into patient engagement.

Jaimie Killingbeck

Jaimie Killingbeck

Director of Quality and Innovation, Schlegel Villages

Workshop 12 – Developing a Practical Framework for Measuring Culture Change in Ontario Long-term Care Homes – A Pilot Project
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Jaimie Killingbeck began her journey with Schlegel Villages in 2003 as a Kinesiologist at the Village of Riverside Glen, and became the Program for Active Living Coordinator for the organization in 2011. In her role as Director of Quality & Innovation, she supports the villages with quality improvement and quality assurance initiatives. Jaimie is passionate about enhancing the experience of residents and teams and sharing her knowledge through clinical and educational support.

Emi Kiyota

Emi Kiyota

Founder and President, IBASHO

Workshop 4 – Are Secure Neighbourhoods in Long Term Care Helping or Harming?
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Panel – That’s Debatable – Challenges for Aged Care Providers of the Future
Thursday, September 19, 2019
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Emi Kiyota, Ph.D.
Dr. Emi Kiyota is the founder of Ibasho, socially-integrated, sustainable communities that value their elders. She is an environmental gerontologist and a consultant who implements person-centered care in long-term care facilities and hospitals globally. Her current interest is to create socially-integrated and resilient cities where elders are able to live in their communities and be engaged. She has published journal articles and book chapters and serves on the board of directors of Global Aging Network. She has been awarded fellowships to investigate this topic including the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship, and Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF.

Jill Knowlton

Jill Knowlton

Chief Operating Officer, Primacare Living Solutions Inc.

Workshop 1 – The Albert Project™: Can Virtual Reality Simulation Reduce Depression and Agitation in Long Term Care Residents with Moderate to Severe Dementia?
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jill Knowlton’s impeccable reputation as an experienced visionary leader and highly effective executor in Ontario’s LTC sector is built on 35 years of dedication and commitment to high quality compassionate care and service. As Chief Operating Officer for primacare™, Jill is responsible for daily operations and transformational change across the organization. A member of the OLTCA Board of Directors, Jill is frequently called upon to engage in collaborative projects with government, university and health-sector partners.

Anthony Laflen

Anthony Laflen

Director of Data Analytics, Consonus Healthcare / Marquis Companies

Oral Session 13: DATA SOLUTIONS
Disrupting the Status Quo While Creating a Culture of Innovation. Transform Your Organization Data into Quality Outcomes and Operational Success
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

As the Director of Data Analytics, Anthony applies his statistical background skills to helping facilities capture market share and demonstrate an ability to meet pay-for-performance measures. He has a knack for analyzing and transforming it into something accessible and indispensable, a vital tool for making timely corporate decisions and improving quality and service. An accomplished presenter, his topics include reducing readmissions, measuring market share, increasing census and revenues, visualizing complex data and understanding values-based marketing.

Susan LaGrange

Susan LaGrange

Director of Education, Pathway Health Services

Oral Session 4 – DATA TO DRIVE QUALITY
A Leader’s Guide: How to Successfully Incorporate the INTERACT™ 4.0 Quality Improvement Program to Reduce Unnecessary Hospitalizations
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ms. LaGrange’s 25+ years of experience includes a diverse range of positions such as Director of Nursing, Administrator, and Consultant. Her successful career includes extensive leadership roles in which her knowledge and expertise have assisted organizations in regulatory, clinical and operational turn-a-rounds. She is a national speaker on health care and is a clinical thought leader. Ms. LaGrange is also a Certified INTERACT Champion Master Trainer.

Jim LaPlante

Jim LaPlante

Caregiver Advisor, Bruyère Research Institute

Oral Session 7 – IMPROVING ACCESS TO SPECIALISTS
Building on a BASE™ of Success: An Exploration of the Five Factors Influencing the Success of an eConsult Service in Long-Term Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Jim is a retired federal civil servant. He and his wife have been caregivers for their parents (14 years). He has been on the Executive, Family and Friends Council at the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre and the Champlain Region Family Council Network and is a member of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition Council and contributor to the Champlain Base eConsult Service. He is working on patient engagement and quality transformation projects with Health Quality Ontario.

Vicki Lau

Vicki Lau

Elder Life Specialist, Sinai Health System

Oral Session 1 – ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE CHANGE
Building on a BASE™ of Success: An Exploration of the Five Factors Influencing the Success of an eConsult Service in Long-Term Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Vicki is the Elder Life Specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital where she is responsible for the MAUVE (Maximizing Aging Using Volunteer Engagement) program. Vicki is a Recreation Therapist and has worked with older adults in various settings including long-term care, geriatric psychiatry, palliative care, and in the community. She has previously presented about the MAUVE program at the annual NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Conference and the annual TRO (Therapeutic Recreation Ontario) Conference.

Dan Levitt

Dan Levitt

Executive Director, Adjunct Professor, Tabor Village, UBC, SFU

Workshop 14 – Disrupt Aging: Five Innovative Lessons Learned from the Global Aging Network
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Dan Levitt is a world-renowned advocate and educator for advancing senior care and wellness in old age. He is a gerontologist; TEDx Speaker; Executive Director, Tabor Village; Adjunct Professor at UBC and SFU; and a board member of the Global Aging Network As n acclaimed professional speaker, he has delivered inspiring keynote speeches impacting thousands of people on four continents inspiring the transformation of the way seniors experience the aging journey.

Clare Liddy

Clare Liddy

Clinical Scientist, Co-Executive Director, Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence

Oral Session 7 – IMPROVING ACCESS TO SPECIALISTS
Building on a BASE™ of Success: An Exploration of the Five Factors Influencing the Success of an eConsult Service in Long-Term Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dr. Clare Liddy is a University of Ottawa Tier 2 Chair and Associate Professor, Clinical Investigator at the C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, senior researcher at the Bruyère Research Institute, and practicing family physician. Her achievements have been recognized by numerous awards, including the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Career Scientist Award (2007-2011). She is the Champlain BASE™ eConsult service Primary Care Lead and Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence Co-Executive Director.

Jessica Luh Kin

Jessica Luh Kin

Director of the Resident Experience, Schlegel Villages

Workshop 11 – The Futures So Bright – The Intersection of Technology and Aging
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Jessica is a key component of Schlegel Villages’ ongoing efforts to change the culture of aging.  She is the lead designer of the organization’s education events and conferences and co-chairs the organization’s Culture Change Support Advisory Committee. She also is the lead for LIVING In My Today, a Schlegel Villages signature program developed in collaboration with people living with dementia, family members, team members, leaders, and with community partners (e.g., MAREP and Schlegel-UW RIA) and Connect the Dots, a unique customer experience training program developed to provide team members with the service skills and knowledge required to create an exceptional and meaningful experience. Currently she sits on the ORCA Dementia Task Force and is a Pioneer Network Executive Board Member.

Heather Luth

Heather Luth

Director of the Resident Experience, Schlegel Villages

Workshop 4 – Are Secure Neighbourhoods in Long Term Care Helping or Harming?
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

As the Dementia Program Coordinator for Schlegel Villages, Heather focuses on working collaboratively to explore and develop practices to honour and support the well-being of persons living with dementia. Years of leadership in Recreation and Volunteer management have influenced her commitment to a relational approach that values each person’s story and strengths. Heather enjoys facilitating learning opportunities that empower care partners with relational skills designed to foster moments of meaningful connection and purpose.

Jan Luursema

Jan Luursema

Management Consultant, MaPaLaNa

Oral Session 18 – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Future-Oriented Building Design for Citizens With Dementia, Based on Inclusion in the Built Environment
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Managing professionals and managing organizations in healthcare and public housing are my specializations. My themes are: the future, strategy and cooperation and the associated development of people. In short ‘Entrepreneurship with people’. I have ideas about that, which I set out in plans and strategies. “Inspire, motivate and challenge people to get more out of themselves. I’m good at that. And in the meantime I know a lot about healthcare real estate!

Tanya Mac Donald

Senior Improvement Lead, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Oral Session 21 – QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Accelerating the Spread and Scale of Innovations in Health in Diverse Contexts: Appropriate use of Antipsyschotics in Long-Term Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tanya Mac Donald is a physiotherapist by training with a Master’s in Epidemiology and Community Medicine. She has extensive clinical experience in large teaching facilities and has been working in quality improvement in healthcare for the past 7 years.

Mohammad Mahoor

Mohammad Mahoor

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Denver

Workshop 18 – Social Connectivity: Enhancing Wellness Through Technology
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dr. Mohammad Mahoor graduated with a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Miami, with undergraduate and master’s degrees from Iran. Dr. Mahoor is co-founder and president of DreamFace Tech, LLC, an organization that is committed to fully develop the “Ryan CompanionBot”, helping people with dementia. Dr. Mahoor has had his work published in numerous scholarly publications and has been interviewed by multimedia organizations such as Forbes online.

Jennifer Major

Senior Improvement Lead, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Oral Session 21QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Accelerating the Spread and Scale of Innovations in Health in Diverse Contexts: Appropriate use of Antipsyschotics in Long-Term Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Jennifer Major is a Senior Improvement Lead with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. She has extensive experience in spread, scaling, and sustaining innovations in many provinces across Canada.

Gem Maravilla

Gem Maravilla

Quality Coordinator, Kensington Health

POSTER PRESENTATION
Poster #8 – Building a Culture of Quality – Quality Day at Kensington Health
Thursday, September 19, 2019
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Gem is a member of the Quality Team at Kensington Health. She has previous experience in customer service, office administration and standardized clinical documentation in health care. She has supported multiple healthcare organizations in implementing standard workflows through quality control of evidence-based checklists. Gem is currently the project lead for organizing Kensington Health’s annual Quality Day.

Darla Matheson

Darla Matheson

Director of Quality and Risk, Kensington Health

POSTER PRESENTATION
Poster #8 – Building a Culture of Quality – Quality Day at Kensington Health
Thursday, September 19, 2019
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Darla Matheson is an RN who has worked in Long Term Care for 22 years. She currently is the Director of Quality & Risk at Kensington Health in Toronto. She and her team work with the eight Kensington entities to improve care and services in the areas of community social support, long-term care, residential hospice, ambulatory health, eye tissue banking and diagnostic imaging. Building capacity for a quality culture is a goal of this team.

Kate McCormack

Kate McCormack

Executive Director People, Learning & Culture, Mercy Health

Oral Session 9 – LTC DESIGN
The Mercy Way – Small Household Living
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Oral Session 15 – LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES
Leadership Capability Framework – Supporting Leadership Potential
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Having over 20 years’ experience in HR across retail, logistics and health, Kate holds a Graduate Diploma, Masters of Business in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from RMIT University/Grenoble Ecole de Management France, and has also undertaken Executive study at London and Harvard Business Schools. Kate is responsible for the People strategy at Mercy Health. She is passionate about workplace Diversity and Equity and is the recipient of many business awards.

Heather McNeil

Senior Research Associate, SE Health

Workshop 9 – Co-Designing Tools to Support Partnerships in the Dementia Care Triad with Care Providers, Caregivers and Persons with Dementia
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

POSTER PRESENTATION
POSTER #6 – Towards a Life Course Approach to the Organization & Delivery of Dementia Care: The Preferences, Strengths, and Need-based (PSN) Model of Dementia Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Heather is passionate about partnering with older adults and caregivers to improve their quality of life through innovations in the systems that support them. As a Senior Research Associate, Heather’s role with the SE Research Centre is to lead the development and implementation of health services research projects within our priority research fields. Prior to joining SE Health, Heather completed her PhD in the University of Waterloo’s Health, Aging, and Well-being program. During this time, as a research associate with the Geriatric Health Systems (GHS) Group Heather co-created the Seniors Helping as Research Partners (SHARP) Group to build meaningful partnerships with older adults and caregivers in the community. She has expertise in patient and community engagement, health innovation for older adults, patient experience, qualitative and mixed methods, and knowledge translation and exchange.  Her dissertation, The ECOTECH project, funded through the AGE-WELL Canadian Network Centre of Excellence focused on the engagement of older adults and their caregivers in regional health innovation ecosystems.

To create balance in her life, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking and practicing yoga. Follow Heather on Twitter @h_mcneilUW

Eric McRoberts

Eric McRoberts

Partner, RLPS Architects

Oral Session 12 – TRENDS IN RETIREMENT LIVING
Live Small to Live Big: Design Strategies for Big Living in Small Spaces
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Eric has spent his entire career designing environments for seniors in the United States that are both residential and have strong connections to the outdoors. He understands the impact that thoughtful design can have on quality of life and wellness. He has served as a speaker and panel member at state, national and international conferences, and in 2010 was the national chairperson of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design for Aging Knowledge Community.

Jennifer Mendez

Jennifer Mendez

Associate Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Oral Session 5 – MODELS OF CARE AND PROGRAMS FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
The Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly – Model of Care in Michigan and Ontario
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oral Session 17-  HOME- & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
A Peer-Led Model in A Novel Falls Prevention Education Program for Community-Dwelling Seniors: Perth Australia Together with Detroit Michigan, USA
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Jennifer C. Mendez, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Director, Community Engagement Program at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Mendez received her doctorate in Educational Administration at Marquette University, Wisconsin and a Masters in Educational Administration from Philippine Christian University in Manila. Bachelors in Arts and Education are from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. Dr. Mendez focuses on aging, health and social issues in the Metro Detroit area.

Raquel Meyer

Raquel Meyer

Manager, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care at Baycrest

Oral Session 2 – ONTARIO CLRI: INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Virtual Learning Environments to Transform Workforce Supply and Expertise in Seniors Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oral Session 2 – ONTARIO CLRI: INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Significant Learning Through Geriatric Internships – A Retrospective Analysis
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oral Session 2 – ONTARIO CLRI: INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Family Fortune: A Serious Educational Game to Foster Family Engagement in Care Planning and Effective Team Resource Allocation
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop 19 – Collaborative Leadership Innovations: The Primacy of Relationship for Bringing Best out in your Teams and Transforming Aging Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Raquel Meyer RN PhD manages the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Baycrest with a focus on design and evaluation of educational innovations to enhance interprofessional care. Her nursing career includes 15 years with University of Toronto’s Nursing Health Services Research Unit where she completed her doctorate and an early career research award. Her expertise integrates the areas of educational innovation, human resources, leadership, health policy and care delivery models.

Jennifer Moles

Manager, Innovation Procurement, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Oral Session 3 – TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
Supporting Aging Through Technology
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jennifer Moles’ biography coming soon.

Michael Mortimer

Michael Mortimer

Industry Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University

Oral Session 22 – CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY
Steering Seniors in The Right Direction – Learn How Our Hector-VR Driving Simulator Is on The Road to Success

Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Michael Mortimer received his Electronics Engineering Honours Degree from Deakin University in 2013. In 2018 Michael completed his PhD at Deakin University in the field of Virtual Reality and Robotics. His PhD work undertook research into providing robot teleoperators with a dynamic user interface for heterogeneous robot teams. He previously worked as a Telecommunication Technician for 10 years and now undertakes research and development at the Deakin University Virtual Reality Lab.

Andrea Moser

Andrea Moser

Associate Medical Director, Apotex Nursing Home and Chief Medical Information Officer, Baycrest Health Sciences

POSTER PRESENTATION
POSTER #2 – Project ECHO Care of the Elderly-Long-Term Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Dr. Andrea Moser is a family physician with a focus practice in care of the elderly, Associate Medical Director, Apotex Nursing Home and Chief Medical Information Officer at Baycrest. She is an Assistant Professor DFCM, University of Toronto, Toronto Central LHIN Regional Clinical Quality Lead and past president of OLTCP.

Jane Mosley

Nursing Professor, George Brown College, Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing

Oral Session 2 – ONTARIO CLRI: INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Virtual Learning Environments to Transform Workforce Supply and Expertise in Seniors Care

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jane Mosley RN, MScN is Faculty at Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing George Brown College and Adjunct Lecturer at University of Toronto Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Jane has extensive experience as a healthcare executive most recently as Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive at Women’s College Hospital, a role she held for over 7 years. She has a passion for seniors’ care and supporting long-term care staff with innovative educational experiences.

Alfiya Mukharyamova

Alfiya Mukharyamova

Research Assistant, Sinai Health System

Oral Session 1 – ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE CHANGE
The Maximizing Ageing Using Volunteer Engagement Plus (MAUVE+) Program – Delivering Enhanced Patient Care and Improving Quality of Life through the Structured Use of Volunteer Services

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Alfiya is a second-year medical student at McGill University in Montréal, Quebec. She enjoys volunteering and working with older adults and is interested in pursuing a career in Geriatrics. She started her involvement with the MAUVE+ program as the Savlov/Schmidt Summer Scholar in 2018.

Cyrelle Muskat

Cyrelle Muskat

Director, Quality Transformation & Performance Improvement, Seniors Quality Leap Initiative

Oral Session 4 – DATA TO DRIVE QUALITY
Taking a collaborative, Resident-Centred Approach to Social Engagement in Long Term Care

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cyrelle Muskat is the Director of Quality Transformation at Baycrest. She is also the Manager of the Seniors Quality Leap Initiative, a quality improvement consortium comprised of 15 long-term care facilities across Canada and the United States. In this capacity, she leads SQLI’s strategy execution, including the design and implementation of a novel improvement approach for long-term care. Cyrelle has a MHA from Dalhousie University, a Certificate of Quality Improvement and is Lean certified.

Roger Myers

Director, Quality Transformation & Performance Improvement, Seniors Quality Leap Initiative

Oral Session 5 – MODELS OF CARE AND PROGRAMS FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
The Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly – Model of Care in Michigan and Ontario

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Roger Myers joined PVM in 1992 as CEO, a non-profit founded in 1945, serving over 5,500 seniors in 33 communities. His responsibilities include strategic leadership, governance, advocacy and collaborations. Past Executive Director of Masonic Pathways (1984-1992). Other positions: CEO at Brent General Hospital, Administrator-Boulevard Temple United Methodist Retirement Community etc., Mr. Myers serves on national, state and local boards. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Western Michigan University.

Ric Myers

Ric Myers

Director of Sales, Willow Valley Communities

Oral Session 12 – TRENDS IN RETIREMENT LIVING
Live Small to Live Big: Design Strategies for Big Living in Small Spaces

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ric is the Director of Sales at Willow Valley, a life plan community located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has over 25 years of operational, sales, hospitality and real estate experience from communities in the west and across the eastern United States seaboard. Ric is passionate about exemplary customer service. Ric regularly speaks to living big in small spaces to his residents and prospects, using his home as a case study.

Francis Njuakom Nchi

Francis Njuakom Nchi

Director, Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA) Cameroon

Workshop 15 – Empowering Elders Through Home Based Care in Cameroon
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Francis Njuakom Nchi’s biography coming soon.

Ruth Neeman

Ruth Neeman

Principal, LWDA Design INBc.

Oral Session 17 – HOME- & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
Age Friendly, Accessible Cities and Towns: Improving Our Lives While Increasing Senior Living Development Opportunities
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Principal and director of the Senior Environments Design Studio at LWDA, with over 35 years of experience focusing exclusively on environments that enable elders and support aging with dignity.

Ruth’s interest in the impact of appropriate environments on well-being of elders, has led her to serve as the Co-Chair of the Design for Aging committee of the Boston Society of Architects, contributing to education and exchange of ideas among architects, designers, scientists, regulators and owners.

Katharina Oleksiw

Katharina Oleksiw

FH-Prof. Dr, Senior Lecture of Nursing Science, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Oral Session 20 – UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

• since 2012 professor for care sciences at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Kärnten
• 2009-2012 professor for nursing and classification at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences of Zwickau
• 2002 PhD of Philosophy at the University of Oldenburg
• 1989 Diploma of Adult Education at the University of Oldenburg
• 1978 Nurse

Jill Oliver

Jill Oliver

Community Ethicist, William Osler Health System

Oral Session 10 – DEMENTIA AND SEXUALITY
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dr. Jill Oliver is a Health Care Ethicist whose expertise focuses on consent, capacity, substitute decision making, and end-of-life issues as they arise in long-term care settings. Jill has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo, an Academic Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics from the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and has also completed internships in Clinical Ethics at both Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, and William Osler Health System. Jill is currently leading the PoET (Prevention of Error-based Transfers) Project, an Ethics Quality Improvement Project for William Osler Health System.

Martin Pacino

Martin Pacino

Senior Director of Research & Insights, The MSR Group

Oral Session 12 – TRENDS IN RETIREMENT LIVING
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Marty has 19 years of experience in project/survey design, sample management, operations, analysis/reporting, qualitative research, consulting and business intelligence. He has experience in most verticals, particularly healthcare, retail, tech, automotive and agency partnership. He began his career as a researcher for The Gallup Organization before moving onto Opinion Research Corporation and, most recently, expanding his expertise to include areas of big data and business intelligence as an industry analyst for The Data Warehouse Institute.

Tracy Paine

Tracy Paine

Deputy Chief Executive/ Development Director, Belong

Oral Session 9 – LTC DESIGN
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tracy has been at the forefront of the creation of Belong villages – an award-winning community village model that aims to provide the very best in accommodation, services, support and community facilities, designed around the needs of people living with dementia.

Tracy was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship in 2016 enabling her to visit aged care facilities in Australia, Europe and the USA, .She ensures that all learning is put into practice.

David Parker

David Parker

Founder, Wishplay Inc

Oral Session 22 – CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

David Parker uses virtual reality to grant last wishes for palliative patients. After volunteering with this solution at Mount Sinai, Bridgepoint, and SickKids Hospital for over a year granting last wishes to dying patients, David founded Wishplay. Seeing first hand the massive benefits immersive technology had on patients he and the advising health team took on a broader approach using VR for physiotherapy and to generally improve the quality of life.  With a unique background of bleeding edge technologically, creative production, and strategic problem solving, David can quickly bring tangible and spirit lifting solutions to his patients. David and Wishplay’s mission is to allow anyone anywhere, no matter their condition or circumstance, to enjoy the benefits of immersive technology.

Blake Pearson

Blake Pearson

Director, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

Oral Session 14  – The Evolution of Cannabis Use in Seniors CareDementia, A Complex Problem Requiring Comprehensive Solutions
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Blake Pearson, M.D. is a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and a board-certified family physician in the U.S. He is a practicing family physician who has focused his practice on cannabinoid medicine and has treated thousands of patients with range of complex conditions. Most recently, he has been specializing in cannabinoid therapies in long-term care settings, with a focus on improved end-of-life and palliative care.

Dr. Pearson is also a passionate educator and spends much of his free time training and educating policymakers, organizations and fellow medical professionals around the world, through his educational company, Greenly Medical Consulting (GreenlyMed.com), where he serves as President and Chief Medical Advisor.

Freda Poirier

Freda Poirier

LTC Best Practice Coordinator, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)

Oral Session 23 – Enhancing Quality of Life Through Person-Centred Approaches
Person-Centred Approach to Care through the Eyes of a Resident
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Freda is the LTC Best Practice Coordinator working with the LTC homes in the North East LHIN. Freda has fulfilled the role of RAI Coordinator, Charge Nurse and most recently DOC for a non-profit LTC home. Freda holds Canadian Nurses’ Association specialty certification in gerontological nursing, certification in Teaching and Training Adults from Georgian College and the Advanced Palliative Care Education Program. She also volunteers as a nurse on transcultural expeditions to the Dominican Republic.

Allen Power

Allen Power

Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Workshop 4 – Are Secure Neighbourhoods in Long Term Care Helping or Harming?
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Al Power is a Geriatrician and Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Research Institute for Aging. Al is an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with dementia. He has published two books, Dementia Beyond Drugs and Dementia Beyond Disease. He has advised the US government in their antipsychotic reduction initiatives, and was named one of “Five Leaders of Tomorrow” by Long-Term Living Magazine, 2013.

Jennifer Reguindin

Jennifer Reguindin

Interprofessional Educator, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Baycrest

Oral Session 2 – ONTARIO CLRI: INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Virtual Learning Environments to Transform Workforce Supply and Expertise in Seniors Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oral Session 2 – ONTARIO CLRI: INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Significant Learning Through Geriatric Internships – A Retrospective Analysis
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jennifer Reguindin MScN RN GNC(c) is an interprofessional educator certified in healthcare simulation and gerontological nursing. At the Baycrest site of the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, she leads Team Essentials for Preventing Acute Deterioration and for Responding to Acute Emergencies. Jennifer has worked on a variety of projects such as the SOS Gaming and Checklist apps, Virtual Learning Environment, Trigger Match game, Frail Aging and Dementia Simulations, and Internships.

Daniel Reingold

Daniel Reingold

President & CEO, The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale

Oral Session 5 – MODELS OF CARE AND PROGRAMS FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Creating An Elder Abuse Shelter: A Global Model For Local Intervention
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Daniel Reingold is a nationally recognized leader and visionary in the field of aging. As President and CEO of RiverSpring Health since 1990, he has created revolutionary programs in elder care, won numerous honors, spoken about and advocated for innovations in and quality of healthcare for the elderly, and major conferences worldwide.

RiverSpring Health is a leading non-profit senior care organization with a century of history and leadership which serves 18,000 older adults every day.

Latonya Riddle-Jones

Assistant Professor and Medical Director, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Oral Session 17 – HOME- & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
A Peer-Led Model in A Novel Falls Prevention Education Program for Community-Dwelling Seniors: Perth Australia Together with Detroit Michigan, USA
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Latonya Riddle-Jones’ biography coming soon.

Latonya Riddle-Jones

Assistant Professor and Medical Director, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Oral Session 17 – HOME- & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES
A Peer-Led Model in A Novel Falls Prevention Education Program for Community-Dwelling Seniors: Perth Australia Together with Detroit Michigan, USA
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Latonya Riddle-Jones’ biography coming soon.

Debby Riepert

Debby Riepert

Chief Operating Officer, Trinity Village Care Centre

Workshop 7 – Mobilizing Long-Term Care Frontline Staff for Better Outcomes
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Debby, COO at Trinity Village (TV). Employed at TV since 1984, dedicated career to health and wellness of health care workers and seniors with a specialty in the caring for seniors living with dementia.

2015 TV won OLTCA’s Workplace of the Year, 2017 Awarded Waterloo Region Top Employer and MaRS Innovation Partnership Procurement by Co-Design program.

2015 Awarded KW Oktoberfest Rogers Woman of the Year Award “Health and Wellness” through the KW Chamber of Commerce.

Ron Riesenbach

Ron Riesenbach

Vice President, Innovation & Chief Technology Officer, Baycrest Health Sciences

Oral Session 9 – LTC DESIGN
Baycrest’s LTC Smart Suites©
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ron is responsible for innovation and new technologies and was a founder of CABHI (Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation). Previously, Ron held executive leadership positions at OTN (Ontario Telemedicine Network). Ron is active in the Global eHealth community and co-chairs the telemedicine technology special Interest group at COACH (Canada’s Health Informatics Association). Ron holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Natalie Rowe

Natalie Rowe

Professor, Fanshawe College

Poster Presentation
Poster #10 – Engaging College Student to Improve Design for Human Centric Experience
Thursday, September 19, 2019
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Natalie is an Interior Design Educator at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Her area of specialty is healthcare design, with a research focus on the future of Alzheimer’s care facilities, participatory programming, human centric design, the design process and the future of the built environment. Her research examines non-family caregiver perspectives about current and future Alzheimer’s care facilities in London, Ontario. Additionally she works with other researchers, interior designers and architects exploring alternative methodologies to approaching design for the future.

Gabriela Sanchez

Gabriela Sanchez

Shareholder, Lane Powell PC

Oral Session 11 – EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
Anticipating and Managing Violence in Senior Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gabi Sanchez is a shareholder at the Portland, Oregon law firm of Lane Powell PC. She has devoted her career to understanding the challenges faced by long term care, senior housing, and home health and hospice providers. Gabi takes great pride in offering integrated services to her clients, providing compliance, regulatory, and risk management advice. Gabi is a director of the Oregon Health Care Association and serves on the Oregon Health Care Association Legal Committee.

Laurie Scherrer

Laurie Scherrer

Dementia Advocate, Dementia Action Alliance; Founder, Dementiadaze.com

Oral Session 15 – LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES
Re-framing Dementia; A Leadership Call To Action
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

At the age of 55, Laurie was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s and FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia). On her website, www. Dementiadaze.com, Laurie shares symptoms and strategies in hopes of encouraging other Persons With Dementia. Her blogs and Telephone Tips For Calling People With Dementia” have been used internationally. She is a public speaker and advocate serving on the Advisory Board for Dementia Action Alliance, dementiamentors.org and often appears on Alzheimer’s Speak Radio.

Lori Schindel Martin

Lori Schindel Martin

Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Oral Session 10 – DEMENTIA AND SEXUALITY
Dementia, Intimacy and Sexuality
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dr. Lori Schindel Martin, RN, PhD is a mixed methods researcher, educator and advanced practice nurse. Lori joined the school of nursing at Ryerson University as an Associate Professor in August 2006. Lori’s program of scholarship focuses on the development of humanistic and person-centered health care practices and policies aimed at helping staff support older persons with dementia during episodes of responsive behavior.

Wilfried Schlueter

Wilfried Schlueter

Professor, Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, University of Applied Sciences

Oral Session 20 – UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY
Dementia, Intimacy and Sexuality
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

• since 1998 professor for Management and Organization Techniques in Healthcare Management at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences of Zwickau

Experience:
• 30 years as consultant and trainer for non-profit organisations (change management; concept development; personal development; quality management)
• 2001-2012 as director of the European Association for Directors of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (E.D.E.)
• Research in different fields: dignity, quality, training, personal development

Sarah Schoeder

Sarah Schoeder

Director of Wellness, Eaton Senior Communities, Inc.

Workshop 18 – Social Connectivity: Enhancing Wellness Through Technology
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sarah Schoeder graduated from North Dakota State College of Science’s nursing program. Sarah has over 35 years of experience in geriatric health care working, including her work with nonprofit organizations, such as PACE, to improve outcomes for older adults. One of Sarah’s main roles at Eaton is creating and maintaining the wide array of community wellness partnerships, such as the Colorado Geronotological Society’s iPad program, by bringing services on-site for the benefit of residents.

Mary Schulz

Mary Schulz

Director, Information, Support Services and Education, Alzheimer Society of Canada

Oral Session 10 – DEMENTIA AND SEXUALITY
Dementia, Intimacy and Sexuality
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Mary Schulz has been the Director, Information, Support Services and Education at the Alzheimer Society of Canada since 2006. She has spent her career in health care, working primarily with older adults and their families as well as helping to plan and implement programs and services throughout the health care continuum. Mary obtained her Bachelor degree in Social Work from Ryerson University and holds a Masters degree in Social Work from York University.

Rich Schutt

Rich Schutt

Board Chair, Global Ageing Network & Chief Executive Officer of Providence Life Services, Illinois, USA

Workshop 6 – CEO Roundtable
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Richard C. Schutt is the Board Chair of the Global Ageing Network and the Chief Executive Officer of Providence Life Services, headquartered in Tinley Park, Illinois, USA. Mr. Schutt has been with Providence Life Services over 35 years, where he has the responsibility for overseeing operations, finance, marketing, development, and administrative divisions. Mr. Schutt was a past Board of Directors Chair of the national association, LeadingAge, formerly known as AAHSA.  He has served on his local church and school boards. He is also the past-chair of the State LeadingAge affiliate in Illinois. He is President of Providence Management, which owns a Technology Company and Development Company. In addition, Mr. Schutt is the past-chair of an alliance of long term care agencies in Chicago, known as Symbria. Mr. Schutt has a Master’s in Health Administration from Governors State University where he has taught courses in Nursing Home Administration and Concepts of Long-Term Care. During his tenure as Chair of LeadingAge the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) was established. Mr. Schutt and Providence Life Services have continued to participate in the leadership of the CAST Commission. Mr. Schutt has been involved with the Global Ageing Network, formerly the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, since its inception.

Robin Scully

Robin Scully

Director of Wellness Center, Lasell Village

Oral Session 19 – THE EMERGING WORKFORCE
Living and Learning with Dementia
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Robin Scully is a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree in Elder Care Management from Lasell College. For the last nineteen years, she has been the Wellness Center Director at Lasell Village, a Life Plan Community in Auburndale, Ma. where she directs care for the Independent community and supervises the operations of the Studios, the communities supported living housing. In October of 2016, Robin received the National Leading Age award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. She enjoys counseling residents and families, working on the employee fun committee and various other committees.

Femada Shamam

Femada Shamam

CEO, The Association For The Aged (TAFTA)

Workshop 3 – Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration in Long-Term Care: A South African Perspective
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 am

Femada Shamam has been working in the field of elder care and support for 18 years. She has a background in social work and commerce and this combination keeps helps her understand the needs of older people while at the same time ensuring that service delivery is effecient, effective and sustainable. She is currently the CEO of the The Association for the Aged, an NPO that caters to the needs of approximately 5500 older people.

Vasuki Shanmuganathan

Vasuki Shanmuganathan

Postdoctoral Fellow, York University

Oral Session 16 – SERVING DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Cultural Care & Work Innovations in LTC Settings
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Dr. Shanmuganathan is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research examines how colonialism, race, gender, labour, globalization, visual culture, and sexuality shape narratives of aging and health. Drawing on nearly two decades of work experience in long-term care, she is currently investigating care work and practices in the Canadian context as part of the multi-year study Seniors Adding Life to Years (SALTY). She is affiliated with the Centre for Feminist Research and Centre for Asian Research.

Jennifer Sharman

Project Consultant, PACE Burlington ON

Oral Session 16 – SERVING DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Cultural Care & Work Innovations in LTC Settings
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Dr. Sharman is a biological anthropologist whose research examined variability in human skeletal rates of aging. After working for local government in the UK, she became keenly interested in the challenges associated with an aging population, particularly in light of social inequality, health and disease. With the Compassionate Community Burlington project, Dr. Sharman was working to build community capacity and education around end-of-life care and is currently working on the PACE Burlington project.

Stuart Shaw

Stuart Shaw

General Manager, Village Baxter

Oral Session 11 – EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
Rebuilding a Reputation After Disaster Strikes
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

• Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)
• Member Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
• IAHSA (now Global Ageing Network) Foundation Member

Previously employed in public and private Hospitals and Commonwealth and State Government administration.
Presenter at international, state and local conferences and advisor to a number of not for profit Boards for strategic and business planning. Presenter on weekly radio station on seniors topics.
Past President of many industry associations.

Tasha Shields

Tasha Shields

Project Coordinator, Ontario CLRI

Oral Session 16 – SERVING DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Indigenous Residents in Long-Term Care

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Tasha Shields is a Project Coordinator for the Ontario CLRI’s Supporting Indigenous Culture in Long Term Care initiative, where she supports the Ontario Caring Advisory Committee and contributes to Indigenous resource development. Tasha has worked on several health and Indigenous projects, including Healthy Weights Connection where she was able to support the development of the London Indigenous Culture Card, alongside other key organizations. As a consultant and coach, Tasha uses her background and experience in Indigenous health, workplace wellness, heath promotion, public health and project management to contribute to special projects and to help businesses create a workplace culture of productivity and excellence.

Samir Sinha

Samir Sinha

Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System

Oral Session 1 – Organizational Culture Change
The Maximizing Ageing Using Volunteer Engagement Plus (MAUVE+) Program – Delivering Enhanced Patient Care and Improving Quality of Life through the Structured Use of Volunteer Services
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oral Session 11 – Emergency Preparedness and Response
Managing in the Face of Disasters: What Can We Do to Support Vulnerable Older Adults Before, During and After Disaster Strikes
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Panel – Aged Care for the Future: Optimizing Models of Care
Thursday, September 19, 2019
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto and the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Lisa Sokoloff

Lisa Sokoloff

Manager, Training & Simulation, Baycrest Health Sciences

POSTER PRESENTATION
POSTER #2 – Project ECHO Care of the Elderly-Long-Term Care
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Manager, Training & Simulation at Baycrest’s Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging. A registered Speech-Language Pathologist with CASLPO she has worked with adults and geriatrics since 1989. She has published and presented internationally in the areas of speech pathology, swallowing disorders and education. Lisa has Lecturer status in the Department of Speech Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and also teaches at Humber College in the OTA/PTA program.

Joy Solomon

Joy Solomon

Director and Managing Attorney, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at The Home at Riverdale

Oral Session 5 – MODELS OF CARE AND PROGRAMS FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Creating An Elder Abuse Shelter: A Global Model For Local Intervention
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Joy Solomon, Esq, is Director and Managing Attorney of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, the nation’s first shelter for elder abuse victims. Joy co-founded The Weinberg Center in 2004, and has since provided expert strategic planning, consultation and ongoing support in the replication of the shelter model. Joy spearheaded the formation of the SPRiNG Alliance, a national network working collaboratively to advance the shelter movement.

Brent Stebbins

Brent Stebbins

Partner, RLPS Architects

Oral Session 12 – TRENDS IN RETIREMENT LIVING
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

With over 25 years’ experience as an Architectural Designer, Brent works with clients to transform their objectives into innovative design solutions. Brent has compiled a diverse portfolio including award-winning designs. An NCARB Registered Architect and a member of the AIA, Brent serves as an Advisor and guest critic to the School of Construction and Design Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Brent’s passion for studying architecture continually refines his skillset and design vision.

Kim Stelmacovich

DIrector of Quality Transformation, Revera Inc

Oral Session 21 – QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Kim Stelmacovich is the Director of Quality Transformation at Revera, where she provides leadership, strategic guidance and operational support to advance Revera’s quality agenda across the enterprise. Kim brings extensive experience to this role; building successful local, National and International partnerships, aligning with stakeholders, modernizing services, facilitating the culture change and promoting the learning systems required to implement and sustain evidence-based improvements to care and service.

She is a contributing author to Dr. G. Ross Baker’s research: High Performing Healthcare Systems: delivering Quality by Design (2008) and hascompleted a multitude of courses in quality improvement through organizations such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Kim holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, where she is Adjunct Faculty. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from Western University. She is Chair of the Quality Committee for Safehaven Project for Community Living, Toronto.

Jackie Stone

Jackie Stone

Vice President Sales Consulting, Varsity

Oral Session 12 – TRENDS IN RETIREMENT LIVING
When Your Story Meets Their Story: A Powerful Collaboration
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Jackie has more than 28 years of experience as a senior living sales and marketing professional. She has performed sales, marketing and operations roles within several communities, and as a consultant has worked with nearly 100 senior living communities of all shapes, sizes and levels of care across the United States. Jackie has pre-sold greenfield projects and expansions, performed sales and marketing audits, spearheaded research projects and been a vital contributor in strategic planning initiatives.

Peter Tanuseputro

Peter Tanuseputro

Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Oral Session 7 –  IMPROVING ACCESS TO SPECIALISTS
Building on a BASE™ of Success: An Exploration of The Five Factors Influencing the Success of An Econsult Service in Long-Term Care

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Peter completed training as a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician and as a Family Physician. He is an Investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute, an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa. His research mainly uses linked routinely-collected data at ICES to develop population perspectives on aging and end of life in Ontario.

Lisa Thomson

Lisa Thomson

Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Pathway Health Services, Inc.

Oral Session 4 – DATA TO DRIVE QUALITY
A Leader’s Guide: How to Successfully Incorporate the INTERACT™ 4.0 Quality Improvement Program to Reduce Unnecessary Hospitalizations

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oral Session 13 – DATA SOLUTIONS
Disrupting the Status Quo While Creating a Culture of Innovation. Transform Your Organization Data into Quality Outcomes and Operational Success

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Lisa Thomson is the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Pathway Health. She has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare settings. She has extensive experience in leadership and oversight of daily operations. Lisa is a sought-after national thought leader in the health care arena. As a Keynote speaker and has presented globally, nationally and regionally. She has written numerous articles and has been published in national communications across the health care provider continuum.

Sue Thomson

Sue Thomson

Chief Executive Officer, McLean Care Ltd

Oral Session 22 – CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY
Steering Seniors in The Right Direction – Learn How Our Hector-VR Driving Simulator Is on The Road to Success

Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sue Thomson (RN,BHealthManagement) has over 20 years’ experience in the health and aged care sectors. Sue is the CEO of McLean Care, an award winning not-for-profit organisation that delivers residential and community-based aged care services to over 1200 people in an area of more than 185,000 km2. Sue chairs a number of industry and business groups and is passionate about innovation in the sector and equity of services for people living away from major metropolitan cities.

J. Benjamin Unkle, Jr.

CEO & President, Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay

Oral Session 3 – TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
Social Isolation is Dangerous: Can New Technology Engage and Entertain in an Affordable Way?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In 2009, Ben Unkle became the CEO of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay (“WCCB”). Under his leadership, WCCB has grown to serve over 8,500 people through its expanded Home and Community-Based services. Through its Senior Options LLC subsidiary, WCCB provides long-term advisory and billing services to 12 other Life Plan communities for their own Home and Community-Based services. Prior to joining WCCB, Mr. Unkle was Senior VP of operations for the western region of Erickson Living.

Andre Vandenberk

Andre Vandenberk

Chief Innovation Officer, VitalHub Corp.

Workshop 7 – Mobilizing Long-Term Care Frontline Staff for Better Outcomes
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Andre brings that rare combination of proficiency in both strategic and tactical sides of IT and healthcare to his role as Chief Innovation Officer at VitalHub. Andre is responsible for driving the innovation and progressive design of the VitalHub product platform with 35+ years of knowledge and leadership experience. In the 1980s, Andre studied business at the University of Western Ontario and computer science at the University of Alberta.

Jonas Vanderzwan

Jonas Vanderzwan

Medical Director, WeedMD

Oral Session 14 – THE EVOLUTION OF CANNABIS USE IN SENIORS CARE
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Dr. Vanderzwan is a physician with over 15 years of primary care experience and recently served as lead physician of a London, Ontario medical cannabis patient assessment clinic. In his time at the clinic, Dr. Vanderzwan has treated well over 1000 patients with medical cannabis. Recognized in Canada as a medical cannabis educator and specialist, he has been actively providing medical staff with guidance on cannabis prescribing protocols, cannabis pharmacology, physiological effects and assessment tools.

Susan Veenstra

Lead - Clinical Operatons, In Intiative Inc.

POSTER PRESENTATION
Poster #7 – Benefits of a Stroke Prevention Program in Ontario Based Long-Term Care Homes – A Pilot Study
Thursday, September 19, 2019
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Susan Veenstra is currently a member of In Initiative Inc. She holds the position of Lead – Clinical Operations and her area of expertise is in the Seniors Housing Industry. Susan holds a Nursing Diploma from George Brown College, Toronto General Hospital. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies at York University and a Master of Health Science Management at Charles Stuart University. She is a member of CNO, RNAO & GNA.

Robbie Voloshin

Robbie Voloshin

Corporate Director of Marketing, United Methodist Communities of New Jersey

Oral Session 12 – TRENDS IN RETIREMENT LIVING
Going Beyond Age and Income: Understanding Your Community’s Psychographic Profile

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Robbie has over 25 years of experience with achievements in marketing, sales management, strategic planning and market analysis. Her team is responsible for communication, branding, media relations, and all marketing initiatives for UMC. Robbie has proven to create high-impact marketing programs to maximize leads and build brand recognition.

Robbie holds a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing from Montclair State University. She is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and an active member of Rotary International.

Adrian Wagg

Adrian Wagg

Capital Health Professor of Healthy Ageing, University of Alberta

Oral Session 1 – ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE CHANGE
Safer Care for Older People in residential Environments: SCOPE

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Adrian Wagg was appointed to the University of Alberta in 2010. He leads a continence research program and is a senior investigator within the Transforming Research in Elder Care program led by Dr. Carole Estabrooks. He is responsible for intervention trials which aim to improve the quality of care for nursing home residents and also, to improve the quality of work life for those staff who provide direct care to residents.

Lindsay Webber

Director of Life Enrichment, Osgoode Care Centre

Workshop 2 – “I Don’t Feel So Alone Anymore”: Innovative Programs to Enhance Resident Quality of Life and Increase Volunteer Engagement
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lindsay is Director of Life Enrichment at Osgoode Care Centre. She is a seasoned recreation therapy professional and leader with 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Osgoode Care Centre, Lindsay was Chief of Professional Practice for Recreation Therapy at the Royal Ottawa. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree in Recreology, has completed the OANHSS Administrator Leadership program and has a Lean Yellow Belt.

Julie Weir

Julie Weir

Assistant Director, Clinical Care and Innovation, New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes

Oral Session 21: QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Accelerating the Spread and Scale of Innovations in Health in Diverse Contexts: Appropriate Use of Antipsyschotics in Long-Term Care

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Julie graduated with her BN from University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2003 and worked for 10 years as a Medical Surgical Intensive Care Nurse. She later graduated from UNB with her Masters of Nursing, Nurse Educator Stream in 2013.

Julie worked for 2 years as the Director of Nursing in one of our NB Nursing Homes before moving into her current role as Assistant Director, Responsible for Clinical and Care Innovation with the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes. In this role, she is the provincial lead for the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotic Initiative in New Brunswick.

Helen Wei-Randall

Helen Wei-Randall

Program Lead, Canadian Institute for Health Information

Oral Session 4 – DATA TO DRIVE QUALITY
Step-by-Step Guide to Using Indicators: Support Critical Thinking to Improve Health Care Performance in Your Organization

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Helen Wei-Randall, Program Lead, Home and Continuing Care Data Management, Canadian Institute for Health Information
With over a decade in healthcare information, Helen Wei-Randal has worked in the areas of pharmaceutical economics research, health work force information, population health analysis, and currently home and continuing care data management. Her work interests include interpreting data into narrative for publication and educational purposes to support the best use of data at all levels.

Jenna Weiss

Jenna Weiss

Director of Learning, LiveWell

Oral Session 15 – LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES
Re-framing Dementia; A Leadership Call To Action

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Jenna’s is focused advocacy and promoting well-being for individuals living with dementia. Invited to speak nationally, she consults for organizations about care practices, organizational change and leadership. She is an Eden Alternative Associate, degree in Education from the University of Maine, a Masters from Goucher College, and a LNHA from The University of Connecticut. As a movement psychotherapist, she is currently LiveWell’s Director of Learning. She is also a graduate of the LeadingAge Leadership Academy.

Tara-Lee Yakielashek

Tara-Lee Yakielashek

Executive Director, Beacon Hill Lodge, Revera Long Term Care

Workshop 8 – The Person Centredness Journey: Our Story of Success
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tara-Lee Yakielashek was appointed Executive Director, Beacon Hill Lodge in July 2013. In this capacity, she leads her team of care providers to work with individuals and families to personalize services, that consider the Residents’ desires & preferences for care-to live life to the fullest. Tara-Lee joined Revera in 2012 as Executive Director, Home Health in Winnipeg and prior to her role at Revera, was Director of Sales at Tourism Winnipeg.

Jack York

Jack York

President/Co-Founder, It's Never 2 Late

Workshop 11 – The Futures So Bright – The Intersection of Technology and Aging
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Jack York is president and co-founder of It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L). In 1999, after spending 14 years in the Silicon Valley, Jack started what has become a successful gerontechnology company dedicated to helping older adults realize the full benefits of adaptive technology. He is a sought after speaker on technology as a means to create personalized experiences that engage, connect and inspire.