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Call for Presentations are Now Closed

Abstract Submissions are now closed for the 2020 AdvantAge Ontario AGM & Convention.
Should you have any questions about your abstracts, please contact Valerie Di Bratto, Project Lead - Education at 905.851.8821 x 228, or by email at

AdvantAge Ontario is inviting proposals to present at our 2020 Annual General Meeting & Convention, being held April 22-24, 2020 in Toronto. This event is an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with senior staff from the long term care, seniors' housing and community service sectors. We welcome and encourage all AdvantAge Ontario members, as well as speakers in the academic community, consultants and others providing services in the seniors' care, housing and community service sectors to share innovative and practical ideas and programs, research or other relevant content. 

Important Dates

  • Call for Presentations closing date has been extended to Friday, October 25, 2019.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission in November 2019 (subject to change, pending application close date extension). 
  • Convention registration opens January 2020. 

Your Audience 
Senior staff in long term care, seniors' housing and supportive housing, and community services including: 

Administrators/CEO                                  Environmental Service Managers
Board Members                                           Financial Managers
Senior Managers                                         Community Service Managers
Food Services/Dietary Managers            Nurse Managers
Program Managers                                     Business Managers
Housing Managers

Opportunities to Present

(1) Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions are the core of the education program at the Convention and typically focus on emerging sector issues, successful practices and programs, research and other relevant content. They will take place on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24. Sessions are 60-90 minutes in length, may include multiple presenters, and are intended for 25-100 participants. Presenters are expected to engage participants in interactive learning activities, provide electronic handouts, and allow 15-20 minutes for discussion. Concurrents are organized into the following six streams:

Care and Services 

  • Best practices, innovations and care advancements
  • Improving care and services initiatives
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Innovative food and nutrition programs
  • Models of care
  • Medication management best practices

Collaboration and Capacity Building

  • Building partnerships
  • Community engagement
  • Multi-sector collaboration
  • Ontario health teams 
  • Engaging families and residents

Management and Operations

  • Health human resources solutions 
  • Staff recruitment and retention strategies
  • Employee relations
  • Organization and operational issues 
  • Risk/financial management
  • Health and safety 
  • Best practices in complying with LTC act regulations

Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness

  • Working with boards and councils
  • Health care transformation
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Legislative and legal obligations
  • Funding and reporting
  • Leadership development
  • Public relations and reputation management 
  • Licensing

Technology & Innovation

  • Ontario Health Teams - technology integration
  • Creating efficiencies/workflow processes
  • IT strategy/planning/investing in new technologies
  • Funding technology initiatives
  • Emerging technology in senior's care
  • Virtual reality/artificial intelligence 

Capital Development & Redevelopment

  • Fundraising and capital campaigns
  • Project management
  • New development/redevelopment projects
  • Planning/site plan approvals
  • Innovative design 
  • Housing models 

    (2) Lightning Talks Session - NEW

    Lightning Talks are short, high-impact presentations that are no more than eight minutes per presenter. Speakers are required to make their points clear and concise and deliver them in a conversational presentation style. The focus of the 2020 lightning talk session is  the critical issues of health human resources. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following: 

    • Partnerships with high schools and colleges to educate PSWs and nurses
    • Innovative recruitment and retention initiatives (e.g. marketing campaigns, targeting non-traditional groups, initiatives to provide full time employment to new hires, preceptorships for PSWs, career laddering, etc.)
    • Unique hiring strategies (e.g. job sharing, secondments, etc.) 
    • Building staff morale 

    All submissions should focus on:

    • Case studies with member providers that provide lessons learned;
    • “How-to” information that stimulates and provides attendees with new skills, processes or technology, and efficiency gains;
    • Best practices that have been implemented; or 
    • Practical and forward-thinking content that promotes the exchange of ideas with attendees.

    ​​​​​​​Consideration will be given to the presentation format and style to support an interactive discussion. Keep in mind that long term care refers to the full continuum - long term care homes, seniors' housing and supportive housing and community-based services. It should be clear whether your presentation is intended for a specific sector or is broad enough to be applicable to the entire continuum. 

    Commercial Content Prohibited

    Sessions are intended to educate and support learning. Submissions promoting a product, service or company will not be accepted. 

    Presenter Benefits*​​​​​​​

    •    Complimentary day pass for the day you are presenting or a discounted full Convention pass at the rate of $375. 
    •    Gain visibility and recognition as a leader in the field. 
    •    Amazing professional development opportunity.
    •    Collaborate with experts in the field, researchers, policy makers and stakeholders.

    *Note: AdvantAge Ontario does not generally provide any honorariums for speakers or cover travel or other costs. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Association.


    Submission Process

    • All submissions must be submitted through the online electronic submission form. 
    • You may submit more than one proposal for consideration, either as an individual, co-presenter or as part of a panel. 
    • All presenters are required to provide AdvantAge Ontario with an electronic copy of any handout materials in advance for review and posting. These handouts will be included on our Convention app that all conference delegates can download and/or print. 

    For instructions to begin the submission process, click on "Instructions" at the top of the page.