Jayne Culbert – Age-Friendly Coordinator, City of Peterborough

Jayne’s background is in recreation, community development, healthy aging, and adult education.  She has worked with seniors since 1989 and is passionate about helping older adults maintain safe and healthy lives. She has worked as Older Adult Coordinator with the City of Mississauga, Manager of Recreation with the City of Kingston, and Associate Director of Recreation and Sport Clubs with Queen’s University.

Heather Thompson – Director of Age-Friendly Initiatives, Community Development Halton

Heather Thompson is the Director of Age-Friendly Initiatives with Community Development Halton. Within the World Health Organization’s framework of an Age-Friendly practice, Heather has been actively steering the activities and projects of the Burlington Age-Friendly Council since 2013 and serves as the current Chair of the Halton Age-Friendly Network and the Co-Chair of the Southern Ontario Age-Friendly Network.

Linda Garcia, PhD – Full Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences & Founding Director, the Life Research Institute (LRI) at the University of Ottawa

Linda Garcia, PhD. is Full Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and Founding Director of the Life Research Institute (LRI) at the University of Ottawa. The LIFE Research Institute (LRI) is an action-oriented research hub that takes a comprehensive approach to aging by advancing knowledge and training on the physical, mental and social issues that impact quality of life throughout the life trajectory.