Keynote Speakers

Laugh & Learn at Convention 2023

Permission to Laugh: Talking to Canadians

With Rick Mercer

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

After the last three years, it's time to take a break and enjoy some laugh-out-loud funny! Rick Mercer, one of Canada's best political satirists, brings his keen eye and biting wit to share what he's learned about living our best life, through all its highs and lows. Drawing from his bestselling memoir, Talking to Canadians, he'll share heartfelt and unabashed tales from his youth, his days as an aspiring actor and his years on air in such iconic shows as The Rick Mercer Report and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. If it's been a long time since your funny bone was truly tickled, join this beloved comic as he chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates life's lessons and all that is great and irreverent about this country.

Rick Mercer has won more than 25 Gemini Awards over his decades-long career for shows like The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada, and This Hour has 22 Minutes. His one-hour show, Talking to Americans, was watched by millions, and remains the highest-rated comedy special in Canadian history. In 2022, he won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his bestselling memoir, Talking to Canadians. He holds a Governor General's Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award and is the author of four other national bestsellers: Rick Mercer Final Report, Streeters, The Rick Mercer Report: The Book, and A Nation Worth Ranting About. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Ontario Seniors Care in Focus: A Conversation with Health System Leaders

With Dr. Karima Velji and Matthew Anderson 

Thursday, April 20, 2023
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Ontario’s health care sector is under transformation. Health and seniors’ care systems have faced historic challenges and demands over the last three years in the areas of health human resources and system capacity for our aging population.  Join AdvantAge Ontario CEO Lisa Levin as she sits down and has one on one fireside-style chats with two high-level system leaders about their insights into seniors’ care in Ontario and their vision for where this fundamental public resource is headed. 

Karima Velji, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief of Nursing and Practice at Ontario’s Ministry of Health, will share her ideas about key health and human resources challenges facing the long-term care sector, and potential solutions. Matthew Anderson, President and CEO of Ontario Health, will talk about health system transformation in the province including its impact on senior’s care, home care, the growing role of Ontario Health Teams, and the importance of supportive housing for senior’s. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from executive leaders who are tasked with navigating the current headwinds impacting our sector. 

Dr. Karima Velji is Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief of Nursing and Practice within the Office of the Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice at the Ontario Ministry of Health. Her expertise encompasses the development and implementation of innovative models of care, inter-professional practice, as well as quality and safety systems to foster patient-centred outcomes. She has served in a number of senior executive positions at academic health science centres and holds a PhD in nursing science from the University of Toronto. 

Matthew Anderson is the President and CEO of Ontario Health, charged with connecting, coordinating and modernizing the province’s health care system. He is an experienced health care leader, team-builder and change advocate, serving as CEO at Lakeridge Health, William Osler Health System, and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. 

Lisa Levin is CEO of AdvantAge Ontario.


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Humanizing Care for Older Adults

With Aimée Foreman

Friday, April 21, 2023
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The most renowned model of care for older adults can be found in the dementia village developed in The Netherlands called Hogeweyk. The village moves away from principles of institutional care towards a humanizing approach. The model has inspired developments around the world including in France, Italy and Australia. It is informing inclusive care initiatives in British Columbia currently.

Aimée Foreman, Founder & CEO of Silvermark, will provide insight on how leading models of care and design are informing innovation in Canada through her vast experience visiting homes around the world and her cross-Canada tour with the founders of the original dementia village.

She will give voice to what matters to us as we age and how we should use this knowledge to inform our decision-making to deliver, fund, and enable transformational change in our sector. 

Aimée Foreman is the Founder & CEO of Silvermark, an advisory firm for the silver economy. As an accomplished entrepreneur, and award-winning thought leader, she is committed to bringing equity to aging through her writing, speaking, and collaborations by placing older adults at the centre of decision-making. She and her team design solutions that provide aging care leaders with strategic clarity.

AdvantAge Ontario 2023 Convention

April 19-21, 2023
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

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