Below Are Our IQ 2019 Inspiring Speakers! Check back often for updates!

IQ Conference Emcee

Seanna Collins

Seanna celebrates 37 years in Broadcasting this year! She was born in Edmonton and is currently a freelance broadcaster and ambassador for Global Edmonton where she hosts the program Trending and keeps active as an MC for hundreds of events every years. Sienna lends her name and expertise to many charity organizations such as Children's Autism Services of Edmonton, WINGS - Women in Need Growing Stronger, Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society, Big Sisters/Big Brothers of Edmonton and Area, plus many others. She is thrilled to add another dimension to her career - in July 2017, she was appointed a Marriage Commissioner for the Government of Alberta.

Her genuine warmth and interest in Continuing Care are sure to be felt by all guests at IQ 2018!

Day 1 Pre-Conference Workshop

Sienna caspar

Sienna has worked in long-term care facilities in both Canada and the United States for over 20 years as both a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) and a consultant. She is the author of the MARRCC (Measurable Assessment in Recreation for Resident-Centred Care). From 2003 to 2007 she was a national trainer for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association's Dementia Practice Guideline for the non-pharmacological treatment of disturbing behaviours. In 2008, she received a MA in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University. Her thesis explored the relationship between care staff empowerment and the ability to provide person-centred care in long-term care settings. She continued to study this important topic at the University of British Columbia, where she completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program. As a postdoctoral fellow in a cross appointment at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute/University Health Network and the University of Victoria, she conducted an intervention study aimed at improving leadership and collaborative decision making in long-term care settings. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge in the Faculty of Health Sciences—Therapeutic Recreation program.

marlene raasok

Marlene has had a 30+ year career focused on advancing positive change for older adults - first with Hospitals and Medical Care as a planner, then as an operational leader with Extendicare and Carewest in Alberta and Calgary Health Region; followed by the second half of her career as a post-secondary education leader, first as a Dean of health programs at SAIT and then as Executive Dean of health and community programs at Conestoga College in Kitchener. Now retired and living back in Alberta, Marlene is the western link for Research Institute for Aging as Senior Advisor in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Collaboration. In that role, she has been privileged to support work of a collaborative of continuing care providers focused on developing and demonstrating promising practices for person-centred care and living.

Keynote #1 and Panelist 

greg shaw

Mr. Greg Shaw serves as Director of International and Corporate Relations for the International Federation on Ageing. Prior to joining the IFA, he held senior management positions within the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, working with residential and community aged care programs in Western Australia. Since joining the IFA, Mr. Shaw has been responsible for the development of Building Capacity in Health Care Programs in Africa, worked closely with the South African Human Rights Commission to establish an older person's forum in the country and collaborated with the government of Mauritius to establish an Observatory on Ageing. Mr. Shaw represents the IFA at the United Nations, works closely with governments and maintains the IFA's elder abuse initiatives.

We are delighted to have Mr. Shaw joining us in sharing global trends in ageing, examining what is working elsewhere and the concept of ageism and its impact. Mr. Shaw will also be part of our Day 1 Panel Discussion on Caring for Caregivers, speaking about different global perspectives including the Australian Model which is a highly regarded and thoughtful approach to caring for caregivers.

Keynote #2 (end of Day 1)


Ole Kassow is a change maker and a social entrepreneur who believes in challenging conventional thinking and in inspiring people and organizations to create a better world through focus on purpose, happiness and kindness. Ole is a keen cyclist, an experimental urban farmer and he lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He received the Danish Community Award 2014 from the Danish Ministry of Employment for his initiative Cycling Without Age, the subject of his September 2014 TED Talk, and in 2017 he was the second Dane to become Ashoka Fellow, the world’s leading NGO for change-making and social entrepreneurship. Since the first ride in 2012, Cycling Without Age has spread to 1,643 city chapters, 29,000 volunteer pilots in 40 countries (March 2019).

Keynote (#3) (Conference Close Day 2)

robb lucy

Robb Lucy is a writer, producer, story finder and storyteller, who began his career as a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation before forming his media production company. He spent 25 years on the local, national and international boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and helped develop non profits in literacy, sports history, his local search and rescue team, and prostate cancer awareness. For his nonprofit work he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

ACCA Awards of Excellence Gala Speaker

michael “pinball” clemons: canadian football hall-of-famer | founder, pinball clemons foundation

Few people exemplify the qualities of personal excellence, teamwork, community leadership, and overcoming the odds better than CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons. With boundless energy, Pinball’s talks centre on the potential for each of us to achieve anything we set our minds to. Unabashedly emotional and impactful, he shows audiences how to put heart into everything they do.

Pinball joined the National Football League in 1987, and the Toronto Argonauts (and the CFL) in 1989. He was nicknamed “Pinball” because of his running style: his diminutive size and extraordinary balance allowed him to “bounce” between defensive players, drawing comparisons to a pinball machine. In 1990, he was honoured with the CFL’s “most outstanding player” award, after setting the single-season record for all-purpose yards. He played his last game as an Argonaut in 2000, before becoming head coach of the team. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2016, Pinball was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2007, Pinball stepped down as head coach to become the Chief Executive Officer; in 2009, he was appointed to Vice-Chair of the team (he has since left the position). That same year, he founded the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth. He is also currently working with Marc and Craig Kielburger, founders of Free the Children, in an initiative to build schools and clean water systems in Africa.

Pinball is a member of The Order of Ontario and a Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient.

Standing 5’6 and 170 pounds, Pinball doesn’t let his diminutive size hold him back, just as people shouldn’t be limited by their age!

stay and dance the night away to don berner’s motown mayhem!

Concurrent Presenters

david greb

David Greb is Director, Continuing Care at Canopy Growth Corporation, with 10 years’ experience working within various capacities supporting the long-term care sector. David has a comprehensive background in Biomedical Toxicology which is complemented by a focus on innovation and creating solutions that meet the needs of the long-term care sector. David has a deep-rooted passion for seniors care and always finding better ways to care for and support residents within the sector to improve quality of life and care.

Prior to joining Canopy Growth Corporation, David spent several years working in Medical Diagnostics supporting the long-term care sector where he managed accounts, led pilot studies in Point-of-Care testing and created new service models to support the long-term care sector. Furthermore, David worked within the Long-term care pharmacy sector as the National Director, Account Management and Onboarding where he was focused on improving overall service and creating education to support residents.

At Canopy Growth - David's role focuses on advocating for access among seniors, supporting staff with education and policy as well as working with the industry to build evidence based best practice and to better understand the potential application of medical cannabis in long-term care.

christopher brockington

Chris Brockington is a recognized expert in managing large scale health care and systems projects in senior living. He has over 30 years’ experience in communication, systems integration, process development and culture change. He is the lead associate at In Initiative Inc. for long term care and retirement community project planning, development and infrastructure mobilization.

He has presented at conferences throughout the world including the World Diabetes Congress, the Canadian Association of Gerontology Conference, the Canadian Quality Council and the Ontario Long Term Care Association Conference. He works closely with a multidisciplinary team of clinical and systems change experts in the areas of big diseases and their impact on seniors and frail elderly.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. He currently is Chair of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association Commercial Partner Committee and is an advisor to the Ontario Long Term Care Association. Chris will be co-presenting with David Greb in sharing the results of the Cannabis in LTC Pilot Project.

Michelle Warkentin

Michelle is the Artistic Director of her new company Life Stages Theatre, whose mission is to showcase plays that look at the challenges as we age though the lens of puppets. Michelle is a professional puppeteer, playwright, professional speaker and workshop leader with years of experience, on stage, film and voice-over. Life Stages Theatre recently launched their new one woman puppet musical which tells the story of a woman struggling with dementia only to find herself through the magic of puppets. This fun, uplifting, interactive play with original music has had rave reviews from audience members:

Michelle Warkentin's play is a sensitive portrayal of a woman finding herself again in the midst of memory loss. Her puppet work is brilliant, and the play is complemented with beautifully done music and songs. I loved the way Michelle and her puppet involved the audience. One of our guests that evening was young man who had been struggling with memory loss and he was visibly touched by the play. The ending is pure poetry and well worth seeing again. It left me feeling hopeful and deeply touched.

pat spadafora

Pat Spadafora, of Kaleidoscope Consulting, is the founder and former Director of the Centre for Elder Research, an applied research Centre of Excellence at Sheridan College in Oakville. The Centre, founded by Pat in 2003, enables researchers to go from “lab to life”® with its consumer driven focus and its emphasis on knowledge translation. With many years of experience in post-secondary education, social work and applied research, Pat has a proven track record of bringing innovative projects to fruition. Under her leadership, the Centre amassed an impressive body of work and developed a reputation for innovative research and community engagement.

Pat’s expertise and interests include promoting positive images of aging, creative aging, social prescribing for social inclusion, designing multigenerational environments, the human cost of social isolation and loneliness, the needs and interests of older entrepreneurs and the health and well-being benefits of engagement in the creative and performing arts.

Through Kaleidoscope Consulting, Pat’s mission is to change the way we view aging.

David j. phipps, Ph.D., MBA

Dr. Phipps is the Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services at York University. David manages all research grants and agreements including knowledge and technology transfer for York University. He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization and the EU based Knowledge Economy Network. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization and was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. He sits on knowledge mobilization committees around the world and is Network Director for Research Impact Canada.

Day 2 Workshop Presenter and Panelist

Dr. Sheree T. Kwong See, phd

Sheree Kwong See is a Canadian expert on the psychology of aging and professor of psychology at the University of Alberta. She conducts research on cognitive aging and the development and impact of age stereotyping and ageism in real world contexts. She is also an award-winning instructor and administrator. In her work, Dr. Kwong See has been a passionate advocate for aging issues for over 20 years. She has been seconded by the Alberta Government to serve as the Alberta Seniors Advocate from September 2016 to December 2019. As the Advocate, Dr. Kwong See is a voice for seniors and senior issues. The role of the Alberta Office of the Seniors Advocate is to provide resolution support to senior Albertans and their families; and through this work to identify issues and make recommendations to government for improvement to programs and services.

Dr. Kwong See will be joining us as part of our Day 2 Plenary Panel on Combating Ageism as well.

lara pinchbeck

Lara is a researcher, designer, certified project manager, professional human ecologist, and public participation practitioner. Her work focuses on making indoor and outdoor spaces accessible for everyone. She is a Rick Hansen Foundation Professional Accessibility Assessor, holds a public relations diploma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design as well as a Master of Arts in Human Ecology (Material Culture + Design Studies). Her current PhD research examines how spaces can be optimally designed for people with disabilities, particularly those with invisible disabilities, people with dementia, and our aging population.

As an industry expert, Lara provides Universal Design solutions to help her clients make their spaces more accessible for those who use them, including customers, residents, patients, employees, and the public. Whether it be an existing indoor or outdoor space, or the beginning of a project, Lara can help ensure the built environment is as accessible and inclusive as possible.

eric storey

Throughout his professional career, Eric volunteered with non-profit and social development programs. Following his 2007 retirement from the manufacturing sector, he was able to increase his community involvement and obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree as one of his retirement projects. He combines social work skills with his previous management, governance, and volunteer experience to be engaged in the community. He is focused on social justice issues, primarily around those experienced by seniors, at-risk and in-care youth, and sexual and gender minority populations.


Mollie is an advanced practice nurse with more than 25 years’ experience in care of older patients. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in both Long Term Care and Acute Care in Calgary Alberta. In her role as Manager for the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, she led the implementation of a provincial project aimed at reducing potentially inappropriate use of antipsychotics in LTC and Assisted Living sites. Currently she is leading a quality improvement project in Acute Care aimed at improving the care outcomes of older adults in that sector.