OLTCA CEO Promotes 2019 Biennial Conference

Join the conversation in Toronto – September 2019

The Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) is thrilled to be partnering with the renowned Global Ageing Network for 2019, bringing the biennial conference back to Canada for the first time in 20 years.

We’ve combined the association’s annual research and innovation conference, This is Long Term Care, with the Global Ageing Network event for maximum impact. The ultimate goal of this year’s hybrid event is to leverage international expertise to equip attendees with a wider spectrum of perspectives, best practices, and insights from around the world.

In 2019, we’ll be discussing the rise of dementia, the push for industry innovation, the latest thinking on physical design, and how to attract and retain the talent required to support this burgeoning sector. These are inter-related issues and the conference sessions will be multi-faceted as well.

Workforce planning is one of the biggest issues facing senior care organizations, and it’s a topic that the conference will cover from multiple angles. More of our workforce is entering the older demographic and fewer young people are taking their place. Why not? How do we keep our workforce strong, and how do we innovate what we’re doing to do the best we can for our seniors’ population? These are some of the questions we’ll be answering together.

Other highlights for the conference will include a series of sub-plenary sessions such as That’s Debatable, a forum on international hot topics with 4 global aged care leaders; the latest research examining the future of LTC home models; and the popular Innovators Den, which gives entrepreneurs the stage to pitch new products and services to a panel of industry experts.

There is tremendous value in having aged care representatives from all over the globe in the same venue. When we only focus on our own jurisdiction, we end up perpetuating the status quo and evolving at a slower pace. As the population ages, we all need to be paying closer attention to how other jurisdictions are dealing with today’s challenges, and the new ideas they’re incorporating to provide the best possible care to people who can no longer live independently.

Finally, we are excited to show off our beautiful city, Toronto, to the world. September in Toronto is a glorious time of year. Delegates will be staying in Toronto’s newest premium hotel, a stunning location right by the waterfront and walking distance to both Lake Ontario and parkland, as well as trendy shops and dining. Please join us to be inspired and engaged both by the conference and by your host city.

Candace Chartier is CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association