Day 1: September 26




Aging Danishly: Experiences and Lessons Learned in Denmark

This presentation will highlight the exceptional healthcare practices that the CFN-led delegation observed during their visit to Denmark in May 2018.

Chair John MuscedereMD, FRCPC, CFN Scientific Director & CEO

  • Karen Chan – Assistant Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services, Government of Yukon


  • Cynthia Martineau, RN, BScN, MSHS, CD -Vice President, Strategy, Planning and Integration, South East LHIN



Identifying Frailty: Who? When? Why?

Presenters will consider how frailty assessment and identification can have tremendous impact on treatment, services, and outcomes for older adults.

Chair: Greg Hirsch, MD, Professor of Surgery and Director of Research in the Department of Surgery, Dalhousie University


  • Sarah Tam Lee – Advanced Practice Leader- Rehab, SE Health & Elizz and Bethany Kwok, RN, BScN, MN- Advanced Practice Leader, SE Health for Seniors Living
    • SE Health Reactivation Care Model – Empowering clients to unlock their potential through an integrated, holistic approach to care
  • Danielle Sinden – Manager, Centre of Excellence and Applied Research, The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre and Ben Robert, MD – Medical Director, The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
    • The Sub-Acute Unit for Frail Elderly (SAFE Unit)


Special Presentation by Canada’s National Ballet School




It Takes a Village

Supportive communities can take on many forms. Presenters will describe how to best support older adults to live independently for as long as possible.

Chair: Wendy Duggleby, PhD, RN, AOCN- Associate Dean of Research & Endowed Nursing Research Chair in Aging and Quality of Life, University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing


  • Catherine Donnelly, B.Sc.(OT), MSc, PhD. – Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University
    • Oasis Senior Supportive Living
  •  Frances Morton-Chang, MHSc, PhD- Adjunct Faculty Member, Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
    •  Seniors’ Campuses – Local Solutions for Broad Spectrum Seniors Care
  • Eman Hassan, MD. MPH- Acting Executive Director & Director, Public Health Initiatives, BC Centre for Palliative Care
    • Compassionate Communities in British Columbia: An innovative social palliative care model


Special Presentation by Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod


Lunch and Networking

Don’t forget to visit the Top Innovators at the Storyboard Forum and vote for Conference Choice Storyboard


Hearing the Voices of People Living with Frailty and their Caregivers

The Realities and Practicalities of Engaging Older Adults Living with Frailty and/or Their Family Caregivers in Research

Chair: Joyce Resin, MSW, Canadian Frailty Network


  • Barb MacLean– CFN Citizen Engagement Committee Member/Executive Director Caregivers of British Columbia
  • Chelsia Gillis, PhD (c), CFN Citizen Engagement Committee Member/University of Calgary
  • Kelly Kay, PhD (c)., CFN Citizen Engagement Committee Member/Seniors Care Network
  • Marlyn Gill, MSW, Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER), University of Calgary
  • Olive Bryanton, PhD



Announcement of Conference Choice Storyboard Award


Networking Reception

All delegates are welcome to stay and connect with each other panelists and presenters. Light food and beverage will be served.

Day 2: September 27





Kenneth Rockwood , MD, FRCPC, FRCP– Professor, Geriatric Medicine and Neurology, Dalhousie University

Frailty at the front door: Assess or screen or in between?

Objectives of this presentation are:

  • To consider the differences between screening and assessment in relation to what clinicians need to know when (older) patients are acutely ill.
  • To distinguish between risk stratification and care planning in the evaluation of frailty in people who are acutely ill.
  • To discuss the role of clinical judgment (which is variable) from standardized testing (which purports not to be) in the evaluation of people who are frail and acutely ill.


Assessing Frailty Here, There, and Everywhere

Presenters will discuss the challenges and opportunities for identification of frailty in the home and within healthcare settings.

Chair John Muscedere, MD, FRCPC, Scientific Director & CEO, Canadian Frailty Network


  •  Joseph Emmanuel Amuah, MSc, PhD – Senior Researcher, Health System Performance Branch, Canadian Institute for Health Information
    • Defining frailty in acute care using administrative data: A Pan-Canadian frailty measure
  •  Darryl Rolfson, MD, FRCPC – Professor, Department of Medicine and Hartley Perlmutter, University of Alberta
    • Implementation of the Edmonton Frail Scale in Home Care
  • Olivier Beauchet, MD, PhD – Professor of Geriatrics, McGill University
    • Emergency Room Evaluation and Recommendations (ER2)
  • Kashtin Fitzsimons– Manager, Quality Improvement, Amica Senior Lifestyles
    • Applying Frailty Measurement and Interventions in Seniors Housing Operations


What’s Happening at CFN?

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Clinical Practice Guidelines for Older Adults Living with Frailty
  • Aging Veterans: Past, Present and Future
    •  Mary Beth MacLean, Veterans Affairs Canada Research Directorate
    • This presentation will explore the history of programs for aging Veterans and the potential of data sources on Veteran health and functioning to examine the care needs of Veterans.




Connection is a Choice

This interactive session introduces delegates to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to non-scientists, about what you do and why it matters.

The session consists of an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts to your audience. The plenary will address problems and solutions in public interactions as well as peer-to-peer communication.

Presenter: James Rea, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science



  • CFN 2019 Trainee Poster Winners Announced


Assessing Frailty in Primary Care

A Collaborative with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

  •  John Muscedere, Scientific Director & CEO, Canadian Frailty Network
  • Nicole Pollack, Senior Improvement Lead, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)

Read more about the collaborative