Pre-Convention Education

Our pre-Convention education sessions provide a powerful opportunity to go deeper into the issues that matter most to you. Join us on Monday, May 6 to hear from leading industry practitioners and experts in full-day sessions.

A separate fee is required to attend either of these sessions.

Long Term Care Governance and Leadership*

(*Separate fee required) 

Pre-Convention Education – *Full/Provider Members Only.  Fee includes Opening Celebration and Tradeshow Reception

9:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Boards and committees of management have unique and vital roles as stewards
in long term care. In this era of transformation and heightened accountability, it
is critical that governing bodies understand their legislative obligations, have the
information they need for strategic decision-making and have the capacity to shape
and drive the vision for the organization.

Attend this unique session designed specifically to help not-for-profit long term
care board and committee of management members in their leadership and oversight
roles. Gain insights into the current long term care environment and understand the
government’s expectations for the sector. Using panel presentations, case studies and
interactive opportunities, we will look at key components of long term care through
a governance lens, including legislative and legal obligations, risk management,
service agreements, as well as funding and reporting. Provincial quality initiatives;
working with LHINs; public relations and reputation management; and the value
of building community partnerships as well as other external relationships will be
covered. Come prepared to share your own experiences and learn from others’.


Robert Morton, Senior Advisor
Lisa Levin, CEO, AdvantAge Ontario
Marco Deiana, DDO Health Law
Annette Down, Senior Healthcare Risk Management Specialist, HIROC
Julie Horne, CFO and Privacy Officer, New Unionville Home Society
Brian Swainson, Director, Long Term Care Services, The Regional Municipality of York, Community & Health Services Department
Warren Weeks, Principal, Weeks Media


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Tackling the HHR Crisis*

(*Separate fee required) 

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Training more students to work in seniors’ care is just one part of the solution to chronic staff shortages. Once workers are recruited, additional strategies are needed to ensure they remain engaged and supported throughout their tenure, with the right tools to respond to the high demand and complexity of this work. This full-day workshop will take you through a range of creative strategies used to recruit, train and retain staff, from leveraging experiential student learning opportunities, to providing valued professional development and non-monetary supports for working PSWs. You will be shown how to adapt these strategies to meet the human resources challenges in your organization and have an opportunity to share your own experiences and approaches through small group problem-solving exercises.

In this session you will hear: 
• How to better address core problems of PSW retention through non-monetary solutions
• How to apply novel approaches to engaging and training students from high school through post-secondary using experiential education such as The Living Classroom model.
• How to effectively use Behavioural Supports Ontario’s inventory of tools for educators to train staff and enhance their skill and capacity.
• How to better support staff health and wellness to improve job satisfaction and staff retention.
• How to create a coaching culture in your organization.


Shilpi Majumder, Director of Public Policy, AdvantAge Ontario


Lisa Levin, CEO, AdvantAge Ontario
Mary Kate Saragosa, Manager of Financial Policy, AdvantAge Ontario
Danielle Pineda, Policy Analyst, AdvantAge Ontario
Christal Huang, Policy Analyst, AdvantAge Ontario

Guest Speaker:

Michelle Acorn, Provincial Chief Nursing Officer, Strategic Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care


Dan McPherson, Consultant, Bass Associates
Mary Claire Bass, Professional Team, Bass Associates
Tammy Cumming, Manager, Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Waterloo
Jamie Lowery, CEO, Cassellholme East Nipissing District Home for the Aged, North Bay
Raquel Meyer, Manager, Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto
Scott Mitchell, Knowledge Broker, Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Schlegel-UW Research Institute for aging, Waterloo
Zsofia Orosz, Manager, Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Bruyère, Ottawa
Jen Plant, Director of Clinical Practice, Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, Ottawa
Kim Slade, Director, Emerging Markets and Commercialization, Public Services Health and Safety Association
Katelynn Viau, Project Coordinator, Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Coordinating Office, North Bay Regional Health Centre
Craig Weaver, Partner, Assessment Practice Lead, MarchFifteen Consulting


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