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Optimizing Technology and Innovation in the Future Delivery of Seniors’ Services
Technology is a potential game changer for improving the quality of life of older adults and the delivery of seniors’ services. However, there are barriers to innovation, implementation, and equitable access to technologies in most countries. In this webinar you will learn about:

- Denmark’s approach to increase the use of technology in the delivery of seniors’ care services.

- Challenges and opportunities to better support aging-in-place for older Albertans through technology and innovation.

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Feb 22, 2023 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Christian Harsløf
Chief Executive Officer @Local Government Denmark
Dr. Alex Mihailidis
Scientific Director @AGE-WELL
Professor Mihailidis is the Associate Vice-President for International Partnerships at the University of Toronto (U of T), and the Scientific Director of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence, which focuses on the development of new technologies and services for older adults. He is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and in Biomedical Engineering, with a cross appointment in the Department of Computer Science (U of T). In 2022, Dr. Mihailidis was recognized by the UN as one of the Healthy Ageing 50-50 leaders working to transform the world to be a better place in which to grow older. Professor Mihailidis received a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1996, a M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Bioengineering (Rehabilitation Engineering) in 2002 from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland).
Tim Murphy
Vice-President of Health @Alberta Innovates
Tim Murphy has more than 30 years of senior executive leadership experience in the health care sector. Currently, he is the Vice-President, Health at Alberta Innovates and prior to this role, he was the Vice-President, Provincial Platforms and SPOR. Prior to joining Alberta Innovates, Tim established an independent consulting practice and worked with clients such as: the CHILD Foundation, the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, and the Movember Foundation. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Life Sciences from Queen's University (1989), a Master of Health Administration from the University of Toronto (1992), and a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University (2006). In 2007, he received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.
Dr. Haidong Liang
Executive Director @Westend Seniors Activity Centre
Dr. Haidong Liang is a gerontologist with three degrees in Canada focusing on Gerontology and Community Development. Currently the Executive Director of the Westend Seniors Activity Centre and the WESeniors Strathcona County Community Hub, Dr. Liang was named Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2019, the recipient of the 2021 Minister’s Seniors Service Award, and the recipient of the 2022 Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee Medal. He is a Member of the Minister's Advisory Committee for Seniors, a Member of the Interim Collective Leadership Group for the City of Edmonton, a Member of the Strathcona County Social Framework Leadership Table and the Strathcona County Community Safety and Wellbeing Steering Committee.
Barbara Gibson
President, Board of Directors @Westend Seniors Activity Centre
Barbara feels honored to be the Westend Seniors Activity Centre’s President. She has been a member of the centre for nine years and joined the Board seven years ago. Barbara has chaired several Board Committees and has been a member of others. While a Board Member she also served a three year term as Secretary on the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council. Barbara is proud of the outstanding programming that the Westend Seniors Activity Centre offers its members and the community. She looks forward to working with her fellow Board Members to provide the governance needed for the centre to thrive and flourish in the future.
Conny Avila
Chief Innovation Officer @Covenant Health
As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Conny leads the strategy for the Covenant Family (Covenant Health, Covenant Care and Covenant Living) to enhance Covenant’s position as a key leader in supporting the Government of Alberta’s vision for health care transformation and enhance the organization’s ability to provide the highest quality, most effective and efficient care and services to Albertans. Conny immigrated to Canada from Germany in 2008 and is the proud mother of two children. Motivated by helping those in need, Conny loves to make a difference through strong advocacy for system change at community, point of service, system design and government policy levels. Conny enjoys challenging the status quo through building teams and coalitions, creative thinking, strategic action and a focus on innovation to support Covenant’s rich legacy of service.