Below Are Our IQ 2018 Inspiring Speakers! Check back for 2019 updates soon!

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 Workshops


Sidney works with organizations and teams as a facilitator and coach helping people to become more engaged, productive and inclusive. She uses a strengths-based approach on the sturdy foundation of people’s natural strengths to inspire better communication, deeper understanding of differences, and supportive team relationships. Sidney has a Master’s degree in Workplace Learning and Leadership and is certified to facilitate several strengths-based programs, including Gallup’s StrengthsFinder, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Intercultural Development, and Emotional Intelligence. She has worked in many organizations as a consultant and sometimes as an employee, most recently as Manager of Community Development for Carya (formerly Calgary Family Services) where she and her team developed multi-generational community development programs centered on meaningful engagement, service to the community, and ongoing learning and development. 

She is also a Professional Certified Coach and a Mentor Coach specializing in team and leadership coaching. 

Carol Anaka

Carol Anaka is a RAI Quality Consultant in Continuing Care at Alberta Health Services. Her extensive career in Nursing, Management, Education and Quality extends across all levels of Continuing Care. Carol is very involved in quality monitoring and translating RAI data to information to support quality initiatives.

Monica Whitridge

Monica Whitridge is the Director RAI Initiatives for Continuing Care at Alberta Health Services (AHS). She worked for a number of years as a physiotherapist in hospitals, community clinics, home care and long term care organizations. After graduate school at McGill, Monica taught at the University of Alberta and worked in Clinical Research at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton. After several years as part of the management team of Calgary Home Care Monica worked as a Team Lead for the Home and Continuing Care at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) in Ottawa. Monica rejoined AHS in January 2015 as Provincial Director RAI Initiatives. She strives to support quality initiatives by liberating data and transforming it into meaningful information for decision-making at many levels in organizations.

Day 1 Opening Keynote

billie jordan, new zealand, founder of hip op-eration dance crew!

The Hip-Operation Crew is the world’s oldest dance group (Guinness World Records). Consisting of seven senior citizens aged 73 to 97, the average age is 81. They are all neighbours and live on a small island off the East coast of Auckland, New Zealand and are managed by 48 year old Billie Jordan who founded the group after being injured in New Zealand’s worst natural disaster – the Christchurch Earthquake in 2011.

The dance crew use hip hop dance as a vehicle to promote attitudinal change in our society towards aged persons and also to form stronger connections with young people. Ageism is a real issue in Western Society. A lot of people automatically presume just because you’re a senior citizen, you must be old-fashioned, feeble, aren’t engaged in technology, and don’t like any activity that is supposedly outside their comfort zone. Hip-Operation Dance Crew addresses those mis-perceptions in a very fun and heart-warming way.

You won’t want to miss hearing Billie speak in what promises to be a truly Inspiring kickoff to IQ 2018!

Day 1 Plenary Panel: Continuing Care in Alberta: Working Together to Change the Conversation and Support Policy

Andrew Neuner

Andrew, CEO of the Health Quality Council of Alberta, is an accomplished and visionary executive with more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience. He has held executive leadership positions in both rural and urban settings with responsibility for acute, community and long-term care; mental health and addiction services; health prevention and promotion; Indigenous health; and laboratory services. In addition, he has led strategic planning and managed a broad range of healthcare administrative services. With a distinctly people-focused approach to leadership, Andrew develops meaningful relationships with stakeholders and communities locally, nationally and internationally that help him identify and recommend quality and safety improvement initiatives suited for Alberta.

Corinne Schalm

Corinne Schalm is the Executive Director of Continuing Care with Alberta Health where she leads policy development for the province's continuing care system. She has a Master of Science in Gerontology degree and a Masters in Public Administration. Corinne is passionate about improving quality of life for seniors. She has over 25 years of experience working in seniors leadership roles in the field of gerontology at the provincial policy level and with seniors' service provider organizations.

Dr. James Silvius, ba(oxon), md, frcp

Dr. Silvius is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary; Provincial Medical Director, Seniors Health at Alberta Health Services (AHS); and Senior Medical Director, Seniors Strategic Clinical Network at AHS. His responsibilities at AHS have included oversight of the development and implementation of the Palliative and End of life Care Framework (2014) and, more recently, he has led the development of medical assistance in dying as a service on behalf of AHS. For this work he received the Canadian Medical Association’s Dr. William Marsden Award for Medical Ethics in 2017. He maintains a clinical practice in geriatrics at Rockyview General Hospital.

Sienna Casper

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.    

ACCA Awards of Excellence Gala Speaker

Ernestine "Ernie" Shepherd

At age 82, Ernie is a personal trainer, a professional model, a competitive bodybuilder and happier and more fulfilled than she’s ever been in her life. How did Ernestine transform herself from an average middle-aged woman to bodybuilding diva? She has a lot to teach us about thriving at any age — if we are but ready and open to learn.

Day 2 Plenary Panel: Technology and Healthy Aging


Ms. Barbato is Senior VP, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships for Revera Inc. Ms. Barbato is responsible for driving a culture of innovation across Revera and for establishing Revera’s global presence as a preeminent, industry-leading senior’s innovation partner and investor. She has also held the roles of SVP, Retirement and SVP, Home Health within Revera. Previously, she was President and CEO of COTA Health, a leading therapy and mental health services organization, Vice President, Corporate Services and CFO of Providence Healthcare and Managing Director of Bayshore Healthcare.

Ms. Barbato is a Design Thinking Facilitator, a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association, a Certified Coach, author of Inspire Your Career and a frequent speaker. Ms. Barbato is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. 

Jack York

Jack is President & Co-Founder of It's Never 2 Late (iN2L), a company dedicated to helping older adults realize the full benefits of adaptive technology. Jack is an engaging and sought after speaker on technology as a means to create personalized experiences that engage and connect senior living community residents to their loved ones and the world at large. 

Denise Rabidoux

After  joining  EHM  Senior  Solutions  (formerly  Evangelical  Homes  of  Michigan)  “EHM”,in  1992,  Ms.  Denise  Rabidoux  became  the President  and  CEO  of  the  Organization  in  1999. She  previously  served  as  Chief  Executive  Officer(Executive  Director)of  the  Jewish Homes  and  Services  for  Aging  in  Metro  Detroit  and  was  Regional  Vice  President/Director  for  one  of  the  largest  for  profit  skilled nursing  providers  in  Michigan. Ms.  Rabidoux  is  also  a former  President  of  the  Board  of  Directors  of  the  Michigan  Association  of Homes  and  Services  for  the  Aging  (MAHSA),  now  referred  to  as  LeadingAge  Michigan.  She  is  a  Past  Chair  of  the  Michigan  Chapter  of American  College  of  Health  Care  Administrators  and  the  former  Co-Chair  of  Michigan’s Council  for  Continuing  Care  Policy. She  was appointed  previously  (2007)  by  Governor  Jennifer  M.  Granholm and  then  by  Governor  Rick  Snyder to  the  Michigan  Long  Term  Care Supports  and  Services  Advisory  Commission  and  in  2010  was named  the  Woman  of  the  Year  by  United  Way  of  Washtenaw  County. In 2014,  Crain’s  Detroit  Business  named  Ms.  Rabidoux  one  of  its  Health  Care  Heroes for  her  leadership  and  innovation  throughout  her career and  under  her executive  leadership  at  EHM,  the  company  has  received  recognition  as  an  employer  of  choice  in  Metro  Detroit being  named  as  the  “101  Best  and  Brightest  Companies  to  Work  For”two  years  in  a  row. Finally,  over  the  past  15 years  Ms. Rabidoux  has  transformed  EHM from  a  nursing  home  provider  serving  660  seniors  to  a  provider  offering  an  array  of  older  adult programs  and  products  serving  over  5500 individuals  annually,  wherever  they  call  home.  That  transformation  has  caused  EHM  to  be recognized  as  a  leading  edge  provider  of  services  and  technology  solutions  for  seniors  in  Michigan. 

Paul Godsmark

Paul is Chief Technology Offer and Co-Founder of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE). He has 26 years of experience as a road designer, project manager, road safety and ITS specialist in 9 countries on four different continents. Since 2011, Paul has become a self-taught specialist in emerging technologies in transportation and particularly automated vehicles and their socio-economic impacts. He has written numerous papers, articles and blogs on automated vehicles and has been interviewed for Canadian TV, radio and various syndicated articles. He founded the ITS Canada Autonomous Vehicle Task Force in 2012. When he retires he muses that he is going to buy a pimped-out fully self-driving RV and tour North America along with a large community of like-minded itinerant snowbirds. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) and a Professional Engineer in Alberta (APEGA).

Concurrent Sessions

helen dennis

Helen Dennis is a nationally recognized leader on issues on aging, employment and the new retirement with academic, corporate and nonprofit experience. She has received awards for her university teaching at USC's Davis School of Gerontology and for her contributions to the field of aging, the community and literary arts. Editor of two books, author of over 100 articles, frequent speaker and weekly syndicated columnist on Successful Aging for the Southern California News Group reaching 1.6 million readers, she has assisted over 20,000 employees to prepare for the non-economic aspects of their retirement. In her volunteer life, Helen has served as president of five nonprofit organizations. She is co-author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, "Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women." In 2016, Helen was recognized by PBS Next Avenue as one of the 50 influencers in aging.

Bev Foster

Bev Foster is the Executive Director of the Room 217 Foundation, an organization dedicated to music and care. She is an experienced performer, songwriter and music educator. Bev has taught music in elementary and secondary panels in the Durham District School Board as well as in her private studio. Compelled by their own caregiving situation, Bev and her husband Rob founded the Room 217 Foundation in 2009. Bev speaks and writes extensively on the power of music, especially in complex care or life limiting situations.


Ms. Barbato will be facilitating our Day 2 Opening Technology Panel as well as being a Concurrent presenter. Please see bio above.

Closing Panel: Super Seniors!

Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson

Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson is a Distinguished Scientist at the Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at SFU, as well as a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at UBC. Her current work focuses on the genetics of healthy aging and the genetics of susceptibility to cancer, particularly lymphoid cancers, in families and populations. She leads the Healthy Aging Study in which exceptionally healthy elderly individuals ('Super-Seniors') are helping to determine the genetic influences that contribute to healthy aging and protect against age-related diseases.

HELEN dennis

Helen Dennis is also one of our Concurrent Presenters (bio above), and will be providing additional insights to this exciting Super Seniors panel as well.

Billie Jordan

Remarkable Billie Jordan, our Conference Opening Keynote Speaker, will be sure to have us all on our feet in joy, ready to joyously proclaim our own "Numbers"!

Closing Keynote: Journey to the top of Mount Everest!

John Oldring

John may not be a "Super Senior" but he IS one of the oldest Canadians ever to have climbed Mount Everest at age 64, having achieved the feat on his second attempt after the first attempt was thwarted by an earthquake that resulted in the loss of many lives. John served as a member of Red Deer City Council from 1974 to 1986 before becoming a Member of the Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 1993 and is currently based in Calgary.

You won't want to miss this exciting story which is remarkable for so many reasons!