Margaret Gillis is the founding President of the International Longevity Centre Canada, part of a global alliance of 17 Centres dedicated to the needs and rights of older people. An award winning executive and innovative leader, Margaret played a key role in establishing the Age-friendly Community program in Canada and internationally, this program is now in over 900 Canadian communities and 26 countries worldwide. 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 UN General Assembly on behalf of older people and as Canadian Delegate to the Organization of American States, Institute for Children. With a background in health promotion, protection and programming for the aged, women and children, Margaret is committed to improving the rights of older people.
Dr. Gutman is well known in the field of gerontology as an educator, author, and consultant. Dr. Gutman developed the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was its director from 1982-2005. She also developed the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University and served as its Director from 1983–2003. She is currently a Research Associate in Gerontology and Professor Emerita at SFU.
Gutman is the author/editor of 22 books and monographs, over 150 scholarly articles, reports, and chapters, and over 275 conference presentations. She has been a consultant to the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing in B.C., the Continuing Care Division of the B.C. Ministry of Health and to Health Canada. She has served on a number of federal-provincial task forces, including one which established guidelines for comprehensive services for the psychiatrically impaired elderly, and one which developed design guidelines for housing and care facilities for the elderly.
Dr. Gutman’s research interests are wide-ranging; they include seniors’ housing, long term care, health promotion, seniors and emergency preparedness and prevention of elder abuse and neglect. Projects recently completed include a comprehensive literature review of the impact of biological, chemical and radiological hazards as well as climate change on seniors’ health, a study of emergency preparedness among seniors, a study of migrant live-in caregivers providing elder-care and a study of the service needs of Vancouver Punjabi and Mandarin-speaking older immigrants.
Louise Plouffe brings extensive experience in aging policy and knowledge translation within Canada and internationally to her current role as Director of Research, International Longevity Centre Canada. She conducted and guided policy research and analyses related to healthy, active aging for the Public Health Agency of Canada and the National Advisory Council on Aging for over twenty years. On assignment to the World Health Organization, Louise led the development of WHO Age Friendly Cities initiative, which has since become a global movement, as well as the seminal report Older Persons and Emergencies: An Active Ageing Perspective. Has also published scholarly articles on the evolution of age-friendly communities internationally and in Canada. Most recently, Louise directed the program of research at the International Longevity Centre Brazil, where she authored comparative aging policy analyses and fostered Canada-Brazil exchanges on aging and health. She has served on several boards and committees, including the Advisory Board of the Institute of Aging (Canadian Institutes for Health Research) and the Canadian Association on Gerontology. In recognition of her distinguished contributions, Louise has received a Knowledge Translation Award from the Public Health Agency of Canada; the Contributions to Gerontology Award from the Canadian Association on Gerontology and the Margaret Griffiths Volunteer Award from the Ottawa Council on Aging. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Frank J. Molnar MSc, MDCM, FRCPC is a Canadian Royal College certified specialist in Geriatric Medicine who currently serves as Vice-President of the National Specialty Society of Geriatric Medicine – the Canadian Geriatrics Society (CGS) and as one of the CGS representatives at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) as well as serving as a member of the North American Regional Committee of the IAGG. Dr. Molnar is also the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Geriatrics Society Continuing Medical Education Journal.
As an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa with research training his academic interests lie in the areas of dementia and driving (he serves as a member of the scientific editorial team of the Canadian Medical Association national medical fitness-to-drive guidelines), Primary Care – Specialist collaborative models of community-based dementia care and screening for cognitive impairment. His clinical practice at the Ottawa Hospital is focused on the 4MS – Mind, Mobility, Medications and Multiple Interacting chronic diseases.
Dr. Molnar continues to search for approaches to better care for high risk vulnerable seniors who are living with multiple interacting diseases – a common situation not well managed by specialties that focus on single organs or single systems in a “siloed” manner.
Tim Hutchinson, MSW., MPA has a longstanding interest in gerontology and services for senior adults. Formally educated in Social Work and Public Administration. He brings a wealth of program and policy experience that encompasses the health, social service and not for profit sectors. Having an appreciation for complex systems thinking, his career has included clinical program development, implementation and evaluation as well as senior administrative positions within government and the health care delivery system spanning ambulatory care, long term care, oncology, geriatric rehabilitation and acute/tertiary care settings. In the pursuit of supporting healthy communities and advancing population level interventions building community capacity and resiliency, he lead a Regional Task Force on Elder Abuse and has continued to be affiliated with a number of community organizations in both board member and voluntary roles. These have included Ottawa Public Health, the Alzheimer Society, Ottawa Senior Pride Network, Ottawa Gay Men’s Health Initiative, and the Canadian Public Health Association.
Dr. Stinchcombe holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. He maintains expertise in health and aging with a particular focus on community mobility and quality of life issues. Dr. Arne Stinchcombe has extensive experience as both an academic researcher and as an evidence user and excels as an interface between knowledge development initiatives and strategic implementation of the resulting findings. In addition to his work with ILC (Canada), Dr. Stinchcombe maintains an Adjunct appointment with the University of Ottawa’s School of Psychology and is a Fellow with Lakehead University’s Department of Health Sciences.