Founding President of ILC Canada
Margaret Gillis is the founding President of the International Longevity Centre of Canada, part of a global alliance of seventeen centres dedicated to the needs and rights of older people. An award winning executive and innovative leader, Margaret played a role in establishing the Age-friendly community program in Canada and internationally. Other career highlights include a joint government NGO project to protect seniors in disasters, which was recognized by her Majesty the Queen.
Margaret has strong credentials in regard to human rights, working with and speaking at the United Nations on behalf of older persons and as a delegate to the Organization of American States, Institute for Children. With a background in health promotion, policy and programming, Margaret is committed to improving the lives of older people.
Vice-President of ILC Canada
Dr. Gutman developed the Gerontology Research Centre and Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was director of both from 1982-2005. She is currently a Research Associate and Professor Emerita at SFU. Dr. Gutman is author/editor of 23 books, the most recent (with Andrew Sixsmith), Technologies for Active Aging (Springer, 2013). Her research interests are wide-ranging; including seniors’ housing, long term care, health promotion, seniors and emergency preparedness, gerontechnology, prevention of elder abuse and neglect and most recently, increasing access and uptick of advance care planning among LGBT seniors and ethnic minorities.
During her career Dr Gutman has held a number of high profile roles including two terms as President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, President of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and President of the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse. Currently, in addition to being the founding Vice-President of ILC-C, she is President of the North American chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology, a member of the Research Management Committee of the Canadian Frailty Network, and a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Community Response Network.
In 2007 she was awarded the Order of British Columbia, in 2010 an LLD (honoris causa) by the University of Western Ontario for her work “as an international authority in the field of gerontology” and was named one of Canada’s “best 45 over 45” by Zoomer magazine, in 2012 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and in December 2016, the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.
Founding Board Member since November 2014
Dr. Kiran Rabheru is Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Geriatric Psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). He serves as Medical Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry, Electroconvulsive (ECT), and the Behavioral Support Programs at TOH. He obtained his MD from University of Western Ontario and practiced as a family doctor for 5 years in rural and urban settings. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP, FCFP). Subsequently, he completed a residency in psychiatry, subspecialized in geriatric psychiatry, and became Board Certified as a geriatric psychiatrist in Canada (FRCP) and the United States (DABPN).
Dr. Rabheru has been passionate and fully committed to serving the elderly throughout his life, and is recognized nationally and internationally for his work. He is a Founder of the subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is recipient of the Outstanding Achievements in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada award by the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (www.cagp.ca ) and has served as the President of the CAGP and its Board for many years. At present, he co-leads the Canadian Coalition of Seniors Mental Health (www.ccsmh.ca ). He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Longevity Centre ( www.ilccanada.org ), Canada and a member of the Board of the International Psychogeriatric Association (www.ipa-online.org ). Recently, he has been elected as Chair of the Section of Positive Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). He serves on the national leadership team for the Fountain of Health (www.fountainofhealth.ca) initiative, where he has been active in promoting healthy aging, brain resilience and vitality.
J. Scott Fletcher
Founding Board Member since November 2014
Scott Fletcher is a senior partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in general corporate and commercial law with significant emphasis on telecommunications, technology, energy and government relations.
He is one of the firm’s authorities in providing corporate and commercial advice relating to commercial alliances, strategic and policy Board advice and privatizations, as well as in general corporate and commercial matters. Scott also provides advice on a number of regulatory matters in the telecommunications, energy and gaming/lotteries industries. In addition, he routinely provides strategic counsel to corporate clients on telecommunications industry-based matters, the divestiture of government departments and programs into the private sector, and other corporate and commercial issues.
Scott is the firm client team leader for several major firm clients in the telecommunications and energy sectors. He has served as a director of a number of federal Canadian corporations, and has represented numerous federal Crown corporations. Scott also serves as an executive team member for a number of firm clients.
Founding Board Member from November 2014 to October 2017
Dr. Mamta Gautam is a psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, and President and CEO of PEAK MD. She is a pioneer in the area of physician health and well-being, and has been hailed as “The Doctor’s Doctor”. She is the founding director of the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine Wellness Program; as well as the Canadian Medical Association Centre for Physician Health and Wellbeing, where she served as the Chair of the Expert Advisory Group. She created the Canadian Psychiatric Association Section on Physician Health; and in 2008, she founded the International Alliance on Physician Health, bringing together experts worldwide to collaborate on work in this area. She is a Past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.
Dr. Gautam is an internationally renowned consultant, speaker, researcher and author in the areas of Physician Health and Physician Leadership. She has a special interest in the health of her older colleagues, assists them as they transition to retirement or embark on an encore career, and advocates for their specific interests and needs. She has written two bestsellers – Irondoc: Practical Stress Management Tools for Physicians and The Tarzan Rule: Tips for a Healthy life in Medicine. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her innovative work in physician health, and has been awarded Distinguished Fellowships in both the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations