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AGE-WELL’s 5th Annual Conference

October 22, 2019 - October 24, 2019

Join us this October in Moncton, NB for our fifth Annual Conference: Exploring the Future of Technology and Aging. AGE-WELL2019 will be held just prior to the Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting.

AGE-WELL2019 will look into the future to see where the technology and aging sector is headed in coming decades, and showcase how AGE-WELL is pushing the boundaries of research and innovation. Engaging demonstrations and presentations from across the AGE-WELL network will spotlight real-world solutions to support healthy aging. It’s a major opportunity for knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration among AGE-WELL stakeholders. Open to the public, AGE-WELL2019 is the place to be for anyone with an interest in technology and aging.


Delta Hotels by Marriott Beauséjour
750 Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick

Room Rate: Starting at $189 (Per room, per night, plus taxes, in single or double occupancy) [FULLY BOOKED]

*If rooms and/or the group room rate are not available for your preferred travel dates, please contact us for assistance!

Book Your Room Online! or call 1-844-496-8551. Be sure to ask for the AGE-WELL rate when making your reservation.
Note that as of September 10, the room block is now fully booked. Please find alternative accommodation at your convenience.


Registration is now open: online registration for AGEWELL2019. Conference rates are listed below.


Dr. Robert Thirsk was born and raised in western Canada. Bob received degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Bob has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He first flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996 with six international crewmates as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission. His second flight in 2009 was a six-month expedition aboard the International Space Station. Bob and his five international crewmates performed multidisciplinary research, robotic operations and maintenance of Station systems. Bob is a strong promoter of an economy based upon exploration and innovation. He encourages youth to build their dreams upon a foundation of advanced skills and lifelong learning.

Healthcare in Deep Space:
advancing our nation’s leadership in autonomous care

Dr. Robert Thirsk, O.C., O.B.C.

Canada and other space-faring nations are now planning missions to explore the inner solar system. Expeditions to Mars and other deep space locations will be unlike past astronaut missions in low earth orbit. Dr. Robert Thirsk will describe the daunting nature of the deep space environment and the operational profile of these future missions.

In particular, the onboard healthcare delivery systems must evolve. Since real-time assistance by ground-based flight surgeons will be impossible, medical operations in deep space will feature autonomous, intelligent and patient-centric delivery systems. Astronauts will be trained to manage their own health and become empowered with their own health information. Onboard clinical decision-support systems, crew-worn sensors and artificial intelligence will support the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.

Dr. Thirsk will then bring his thoughts down to Earth and consider whether the novel approaches to deep space healthcare could be adapted to serve the chronic care community as well as patients living in remote regions of our nation.

AGE-WELL 2019 Panel

Dr. Heather McNeil, Senior Research Associate, SE Health
McNeil Headshot Dr. Heather McNeil is passionate about partnering with older adults and caregivers to improve their quality of life through innovations in the systems that support them. As a Senior Research Associate, Heather’s role with the SE Research Centre is to lead the development and implementation of health services research projects within our priority research fields. Prior to joining SE Health, Heather completed her PhD in the University of Waterloo’s Health, Aging, and Well-being program. During this time, as a research associate with the Geriatric Health Systems (GHS) Group Heather co-created the Seniors Helping as Research Partners (SHARP) Group to build meaningful partnerships with older adults and caregivers in the community. She has expertise in patient and community engagement, health innovation for older adults, patient experience, qualitative and mixed methods, and knowledge translation and exchange.
Abishur Prakash, Geopolitical Futurist & Author
 Prakash Headshot Abishur Prakash is the world’s leading geopolitical futurist. He is focused on how new and emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, will transform geopolitics – and by extension political systems, societies, cultures, industries, business models and companies. He works with large multinationals, hyper growth startups and governments. He is the author of four books, including Next Geopolitics: Volume One and Two and Go.AI (Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence). Abishur works at Center for Innovating the Future, a Toronto-based strategy innovation lab helping companies and countries succeed in the New Algorithmic Age.
Shane Saunderson, Technology Consultant and PhD Candidate
Saunderson Headshot
After sneaking away from a small-town prairie farm, Shane spent his early career as an entrepreneur in North America and Europe focused on product design, robotics, and connected devices. He would later join Idea Couture, a Design Thinking and innovation consultancy, to combine his technical knowledge with a natural knack for business strategy. Shane is a prolific writer on technology and frequently gives talks on Design Thinking, robotics, AI, IoT, and the future of technology in society. He is a Vanier scholar pursuing a PhD in Robotics at the University of Toronto, holds an MBA in Technology and Innovation from Ryerson University and a B. Eng. from McGill University.


AGE-WELL 2019 will feature an exciting lineup of engaging speakers and sessions, including:

  • Drinks & Demos Opening Reception
  • Lunch ‘n’ Learn Workshops
  • Innovation Talks
  • HQP Science Slam Competition
  • HQP Short Talks
  • Poster Session

A draft Conference program is now available: AGE-WELL 2019 Conference Draft Program


AGE-WELL 2019 Conference brings together stakeholders who set the agenda for the future of technology and aging. Our conference will be attended by researchers, industry leaders, care providers and organizations, older adults, caregivers and government representatives to discuss current issues and innovations in the field of technology and aging. It is the flagship event of Canada’s only national network in technology and aging. A variety of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available.  View the prospectus below and reach out to us today: conference@agewell-nce.ca.

AGE-WELL 2019 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus


Full conference and one-day conference registrations are available. All conference fees are in Canadian dollars. Student registration is available only to full-time students. The seniors’ rate is available to persons aged 65 years or older who do not hold network research funds. You may be asked for proof of status when you check in to get your badge and conference materials in Moncton.

Full Conference Rates

Member Type Early Bird* Regular
Regular $275 $325
Student/Trainee $125 $150
Exhibitor Member $375 $500
Regular Non-Member $325 $375
Trainee Non-Member $150 $175
Exhibitor Non-Member $500 $625
Senior (65+)/Caregiver $20 $40

One Day Rates

Member Type Early Bird* Regular
Regular $150 $175
Student/Trainee $75 $95
Regular Non-Member $175 $200
Trainee Non-Member $85 $100
Senior (65+)/Caregiver $10 $15

*Early Bird registration fees for full and one-day registrations are available up to and including September 2, 2019.





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Please visit 2015 Annual Conference & AGM for information about our inaugural conference.

Please visit 2016 Annual Conference & AGM for information about the Montreal conference.

Please visit 2017 Annual Conference for information about the Winnipeg conference.

Please visit 2018 Annual Conference for information about last year’s conference.

Please contact conference@agewell-nce.ca for more information


October 22, 2019
October 24, 2019


Delta Hotels by Marriott Beauséjour
750 Main Street
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 1E6 Canada
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