Special Geriatric Services (SGS) East
2021 Conference – Transforming Care: Supporting Older Adults Post-COVID in Ontario
Date: October 19-21, 2021
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm each day
Location: Online via Zoom and Slack
Audience: Ontario Health, Ontario Health Teams, Specialized Geriatric Service providers and planners.
Registration: Registration is free and live on Eventbrite!
Content: Prior to the pandemic, our health system was not effectively serving older adults with complex needs and their caregivers. We cannot simply return to the status quo; we must do better.
This three-day event is split into themed morning sessions:
- The Need: Older Adults with Complex & Chronic Health Conditions Including Frailty
- The Innovation: Integrated Care in Action
- The Transformation: Post-COVID Support and Recovery
The conference will include presentations and conversations about community paramedicine, GeriMed Risk, virtual care, collaborations with community support services, aging at home and how to leverage evaluations into post-recovery planning. It will offer participants actionable strategies, new connections, and a path toward transformative care for older adults and their care partners.
Tuesday, October 19
- 8:30 – 9:10 am: Welcome and Lived Experience
- 9:45 – 10:30 am: Evidence
- 10:30 – 11:15 am: Lessons Learned
- 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: What is needed to support this population?
Wednesday, October 20
- 8:30 – 9:20 am: Lived Experience and Collaboration with CSC Sector
- 9:20 – 10:30 am: Community Paramedicine, GeriMedRisk and GEM Fellowship
- 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Concurrent sessions A (Integrated Care), B (Behavioural Supports Ontario), C (Adult Day Programs) and D (Central Intake)
Thursday, October 21
- 8:30 – 9:00 am: Lived Experience
- 9:00 – 10:00 am: Evidence
- 10:15 – 11:00 am: Virtual Care
- 11:15 am- 12:15 pm: Aging at Home
- 12:15 – 12:30 pm: Final Remarks
Check back closer to the event to see the full listing of the agenda and speakers!
- Adam Morrison ~ Director, Policy and Planning – Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario - Adam Morrison (he/him) is a public policy professional with more than a dozen years of leadership experience in health care, social services, Indigenous relations, and post-secondary education administration.
- Anne-Marie Yaraskavitch ~ Older Adult/Caregiver Representative – Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Office (PGLO) Steering Committee - Anne-Marie, a resident of Whitby, has focused her volunteer efforts since her retirement in 2001 at system planning tables within health care, with a special interest in the health and social care and support needs of older adults living with complex and chronic health conditions and their care partners.
- AnnMarie DiMillo RN, BScN ~ Program Manager – Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario - AnnMarie has had a career in nursing and health care for over 35 years. She has worked as a nurse, an educator, and a manager in tertiary care hospitals and in the community. She is currently a program manager with the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario and oversees the Central Intake for Specialized Geriatric Services program based at The Ottawa Hospital.
- Art Seymore ~ Volunteer & Patient Advocate - Art spent over 35 yrs. in The Canadian Air Navigation System. Before retiring from Transport Canada, Art directed large 24/7 operations across Canada, consisting of over 800 staff at over 90 locations , keeping the “highways in the sky” safe for millions of the flying public.
- Benoît Robert ~ Chief Medical Officer – Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre - Dr. Benoît Robert is the President of the Ontario Long-Term Care Clinicians. He is also the Chief Medical Officer at the Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.
- Blayne Mackey ~ Caregiver - My name is Blayne Mackey. I am 73. I have a diploma in Civil Technology, a B.Sc. in Mathematics and completed half of a M. Ed.. I spent most of my career at St Lawrence College. I held a number of positions before retiring as a Vice President in 2011.
- Brandi Flowers ~ Regional Manager – Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN) and Community Behavioral Supports Ontario Clinicians - Brandi Flowers is the Regional Manager for Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN) and Community Behavioral Supports Ontario (BSO) Clinicians. She is a skilled leader with compassion and ambition who strives to provide optimal care for older adults living in the community with frailty.
- Charissa Levy ~ Executive Director – Rehab Care Alliance - Charissa Levy is Executive Director of the Rehabilitative Care Alliance, a provincial organization established by the 14 LHIN CEOs in 2013. She is an Occupational Therapist and has held clinical and leadership positions in healthcare for over twenty years.
- Dana Corsi ~ Geriatric Rehab Lead & Interprofessional Implementation Fellow, North East Specialized Geriatric Centre - Dana is an Occupational Therapist with nearly 20 years of frontline clinical experience and holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality from Queen’s University. As Regional Geriatric Rehab Lead with the North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, Health Sciences North, Dana provides leadership for the planning, development and implementation of best practice rehabilitative care for older adults across all levels of the health system
- Donald Drummond ~ Adjunct Professor & Stauffer-Dunning Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University - In 2011-12, Mr. Drummond served as Chair for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services. Mr. Drummond previously held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy during almost 23 years with Finance Canada.
- Duncan Sinclair ~ Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University - Professor emeritus of Physiology, Dr. Sinclair was Queen’s Dean of Arts and Science (1974-83), Director General of Program Operations of the Medical Research Council of Canada (1983-4), Queen’s Vice-Principal Institutional Relations (1984-6), Operations (1986-8), Health Sciences and Dean, Faculty of Medicine (1988-96).
- Frank Molnar ~ Medical Director, Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario – Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa - Dr. Molnar is Medical Director of the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has served on the Canadian Geriatric Society (CGS) Executive since 2000 in a variety of roles including Vice-President, President, first webmaster and several stints as Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. Molnar has served as CGS representative to the International Associations of Geriatrics and Gerontology and Canadian Medical Association.
- Gweneth Gowanlock – Caregiver - As a caregiver for nearly ten years, Gweneth cared for her husband diagnosed with frontotemporal lobe dementia. She retired early from a senior executive role in Health Canada after 25 years in policy and management
- Hyemi Lee ~ Nurse Practitioner – Scarborough Health Network, General Hospital – GAIN Clinic - Hyemi Lee is a Nurse Practitioner in the GAIN Clinic at the Scarborough Health Network since 2011. Her current position includes co-Nurse Practitioner Regional Lead for the GAIN Regional Program which includes 12 Central East sites. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.
- James Meloche ~ CEO – Community Care Durham - Having worked in Ontario’s Health System for nearly 20 years – from policy to practice to operations – James Moloche brings a unique perspective on the value of integrated primary health care.
- Jane McKinnon Wilson, BSc. Human Kinetics, MSc. Human Biology ~ Waterloo Wellington Geriatric Systems Coordinator & Waterloo Wellington Older Adult Strategy Lead – Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington - Jane McKinnon Wilson has had the opportunity to provide clinical service and leadership in partnership with older adults across the continuum of care including: Adult Day Programs, Acute Care, Palliative Care, Rehabilitation, Chronic Care, Retirement Living, Long Term Care, Mental Health Services and Geriatric Medicine Services.
- Jennifer Ingram ~ Founder – Medical Director & Principal Investigator – Kawartha Centre ~ Redefining Healthy Aging - Dr. Ingram is the Founder, Medical Director of the Kawartha Centre – Redefining Healthy Aging, a community-based geriatric clinic and clinical research site. Dr. Ingram was pivotal in implementing the Seniors Care Network and Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN) teams serving frail and rural seniors.
- Jenny Siemon ~ Director, Regional Geriatric Program – Central Regional Geriatric Program - Jenny Siemon is an Occupational Therapist and the Director of the Regional Geriatric Program central. She has experience working in General Internal Medicine, and also with the Behavioural Supports Ontario Strategy. Jenny is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, and has an interest in building health care providers’ capacity to provide effective, client-centered care to older adults.
- John Puxty ~ Geriatrician and Chair of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Queen’s University; Director of the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health - Dr. John Puxty is a Geriatrician, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Queen’s University, Director of the Southeastern Ontario Regional Geriatric Program and the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health and Chair of the Seniors Health Knowledge Network and Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health.
- Kaitlin Loudon ~ Project Manager – Behavioural Supports Ontario Home & Community Care Support Services Central East - With a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master’s of Health Studies, Kaitlin brings an extensive amount of experience in collaborative health care across many community based portfolios. Kaitlin recently celebrated 10 years of employment with Home and Community Care Support Services, having held many titles and supported many portfolios, such as Palliative Care, Medical Assistance in Dying, and Indigenous Health.
- Karen Hicks ~ Advanced Practice – Peterborough Regional Health Centre - Karen Hicks is an Advanced Practice Nurse at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre where she works as the Geriatric Emergency Management Nurse in the Emergency Department (ED). Karen developed a Geriatric Fellowship that supports ED Registered Nurses in better understanding the care and assessment of older adults. Pre-pandemic, Karen implemented a Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI) team that improved outcomes for older adults in the ED.
- Kelly Kay ~ Executive Director – Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario - Kelly Kay is an experienced health leader, with more than 30 years of health system experience. She is currently the Executive Director of Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario, an entity funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health focused on providing province-wide system infrastructure for clinical geriatric services.
- Kelly McIntyre Muddle ~ Coordinator, South West Frail Senior Strategy – Specialized Geriatric Services, St. Joseph’s Health Care London - With a clinical background in Geriatric rehabilitation, as a registered Occupational Therapist, Kelly has led a number of regional and provincial initiatives related to the care of older adults including the South West Assess and Restore project which won the South West LHIN large project Quality Award in 2018.
- Kevin Young ~ Medical Director of Integrated Care – Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care - Dr. Young completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. He subsequently completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto, and then a residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine.
- Krista Dineley ~ Nurse Practitioner – Lakeridge Health – Oshawa site – GAIN Clinic - Krista Dineley is a Nurse Practitioner in the GAIN Clinic at Lakeridge Health Oshawa since 2018 and prior practiced at the GAIN Clinic at Peterborough Regional Health Centre as well as in primary care.
- Mathieu Grenier ~ Deputy Chief of Quality Improvement and Professional Standards – County of Renfrew Paramedic Service - Mathieu Grenier is Deputy Chief of Quality Improvement and Professional Standards for the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service since January 2017. He has been working as a paramedic for the past 19 years in the County.
- Melanie Briscoe ~ Clinical Manager North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, Health Sciences North - Melanie Briscoe is the Clinical Manager for the Regional Geriatric Medicine Services, North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, Health Sciences North. She has a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Queens University. Melanie develops, implements and supports Geriatric Medicine Services across the North East.
- Nancy Lesiuk RN BScN ~ Regional Lead & Manager Geriatric Outreach – Behavioral Supports Ontario – Champlain - Nancy Lesiuk is the Regional Lead Behavioral Supports Ontario, Champlain, and Manager Geriatric Outreach. She is a dedicated professional providing strong leadership in nursing, project management, and educational roles. She has been successful in the development and implementation of Behavioral Support as well as the sustainability to further establish engagement and ownership of the BSO program in LTCH in the Champlain LHIN.
- Pam Howell ~ Pharmacist – Bruyère Continuing Care, Ottawa - Pam Howell is a pharmacist working for almost 20 years with older clients and clients with complex chronic conditions at Bruyère Continuing Care, Ottawa. From 2018 to 2020, her role with the Bruyère Deprescribing Guidelines team has focused on knowledge mobilization, community engagement and research efforts to highlight the role of deprescribing as part of good prescribing.
- Rhonda Schwartz ~ Executive Director – Seniors Care Network - As the Executive Director of the Seniors Care Network, a coordinating entity for all specialized geriatric services (SGS) in Central East Ontario, Rhonda provides leadership and oversight for the strategy, planning, design, implementation, evaluation and ongoing quality improvement of regional clinical SGS.
- Ronaye Gilsenan, MA – Program Evaluator, Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario - Ronaye Gilsenan is the Program Evaluator for the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario and is Co-Chair of the Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario’s Evaluation, Quality Improvement and Performance Measurement Committee.
- Sabeen Ehsan ~ Director of Quality & Planning – Seniors Care Network - Sabeen Ehsan is an internationally trained Medical Doctor with an Executive Master’s in Health Informatics from IHPME, University of Toronto. She has extensive experience in spearheading large-scale health quality and patient safety initiatives in various healthcare settings. Applying a lens of strategic thinking, Sabeen has led, co-led, and contributed to the design and evaluation of innovative solutions focused on the complex needs of older adults in Central East Ontario.
- Sandra Easson-Bruno ~ Director, North Simcoe Muskoka, Specialized Geriatric Services Program, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care - Sandra Easson-Bruno joined the North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services (NSM SGS) Program as its inaugural Director in 2016. She has a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Toronto and holds certification in gerontological nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association.
- Shirley Chien-Chieh Huang ~ Medical Director – Geriatric Medicine Clinics - Dr. Huang earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2007. She completed her Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine training at UBC, followed by Master of Science in Healthcare Quality at Queen’s University.
- Sophiya Benjamin MBBS, FRCP(C) ~ Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University - Dr. Benjamin is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University and the Postgraduate Research Lead for Psychiatry at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus.
- Taryn MacKenzie ~ Advanced Practice Nurse – Geriatric Medicine Clinics/Community Geriatrics – The Ottawa Hospital/Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario - Taryn has worked at The Ottawa Hospital for over 30 years in positions including Nurse Educator in the Emergency Department and a 2-year secondment as Pandemic Planning Coordinator after SARS.
RESOURCES AND RECORDINGS
Check back after the conference for resources and recordings of the conference presentations.
Background: Check out the recording and resources from the SGS East June 2021 webinar for more background on Special Geriatric Services and the Ontario East context.
Bookmark this page and check back throughout the summer for more information!
Hosted by: This conference is hosted by Specialized Geriatric Services East, a collaborative group of clinicians and administrators supporting older adults with complex health conditions (including frailty) across Ontario Health (East).
Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS) are those services focused on older adults living with complex health conditions including frailty, distinguished by greater specialization and the use of interprofessional teams and inter-organizational collaboration in service delivery.