EAPO 2022 Provincial Conference

EAPO Virtual Provincial Conference

Amplifying our Collective Voices: Rights Don’t Get Old

Tuesday, March 29th 2022
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

EAPO’s Annual Provincial conference is coming!

EAPO’s conference is focused on raising awareness and uniting stakeholders to strengthen our messages on the prevention of elder abuse, combating ageism and promoting the rights of older persons, through taking collective action to create change attitudes and behaviours towards aging. The conference program and speakers are framed on building on the momentum of current global, national and provincial campaigns/initiatives that engage individuals, communities and government to become part of the solution and the active role they can play.

Be sure to join us for our FREE virtual conference.


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EAPO will be hosting FREE Post-Conference Master Classes.  

REGISTRATION IS FULL for both Master Classes!

If you would like to join future Master Classes, please email: [email protected]

Master Class 1
Reframing Aging & Abuse

March 30th, 2022
9:30 am – 12:30 pm



Master Class 2
Engagement Interventions and Promising Practices

March 31st, 2022
9:30 am – 12:30 pm



9:00 amWelcome and Land Acknowledgement
9:10 am - 9:30amOpening Remarks

Marta Hajek, Executive Director, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario
Adam Jones, Chair, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario
9:30 am - 9:50 am Opening Keynote Presentation : "Let’s End Ageism —and Elder Abuse"

Ashton Applewhite, Author, Journalist & Anti-Ageism Activist
9:50 am - 10:15 amFireside Chat with Ashton Applewhite

Featured Guest: Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO and Founder, CanAge
10:15 am - 10:30 amQuestion Forum with Ashton Applewhite
10:30 am - 11:15 amElder abuse as a global priority: looking at some WHO and UN contemporary activities

Marie Beaulieu, Ph. D., MSRC/FRSC Co-directrice, Centre collaborateur OMS, Communautés amies des aînés/ Maltraitance des aînés Co-Director, WHO Collaborative Centre, Age Friendly Communities/Elder Abuse

Both at the UN and WHO, there is a series of ongoing activities (research, programs, etc.): Sustainable Development Goals, Decade of Healthy Ageing, Actions to Counter Ageism, Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, Elder abuse as a global political priority, Evidence and gap map (Mega-map) from systematic reviews on elder abuse, … Our talk aims to share our experience and reflections on what are the international possibilities to push forward the knowledge and actions to counter elder abuse. We also want to discuss about the role Canada and Canadians is those activities.
11:15 am - 11: 45 amHuman Rights Denied: The Need for a United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Older Persons in the 2020’s

Margaret Gillis, Founding President of the International Longevity Centre Canada

The last two years has shown that the human rights of older persons have been disregarded as evidenced by the huge impact of the pandemic, climate change and social change. This discussion will look at the last two years and show how a legally binding instrument (a Convention) could address the erosion of human rights by addressing ageism.

Canadians Against Ageism

Kiran Rabheru MD, CCFP, FRCP, DABPN
Geriatric Psychiatrist, TOH, Professor of Psychiatry, U of Ottawa
Chair, Steering Group, GAROP and Chair of the Board, ILC-Canada

Canadians Against Ageism is a comprehensive Canada-wide project to combat ageism against older people, while strengthening, protecting, and promoting their human rights. The International Longevity Centre of Canada (ILC-Canada) will lead this project in partnership with the International Federation on Aging (IFA), working in close collaboration with several Canadian and international organizations and involving multiple stakeholders. The interventions targeting ageism in Canada will be based on three evidence-based strategies outlined in the World Health Organization Global Report on Ageism, namely imparting education across the lifespan, enhancing intergenerational relations, and influencing policy and laws.
11:45 am - 12:30 pmFuture Us: A Road Map to the Prevention of Elder Abuse Pan-Canadian Engagement Strategy

Bénédicte Schoepflin
Executive Director, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Margaret MacPherson, Research Associate,
Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children

On March 24, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is launching Future Us, a roadmap to elder abuse prevention. This community engagement strategy examines where we are now and where we need to go to strengthen prevention across the country. It provides clear goals and recommendations so that we can all participate at the individual, community, and government levels to build an integrated approach for elder abuse prevention across communities and across Canada. This presentation will provide an overview of Future Us with ideas for how you can help in making a large social change with concrete practical actions.
12:30 pmClosing Remarks

Raeann Rideout, Director, Partnerships & Outreach, EAPO




Ashton is a leading international voice for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.

Several publications recognize her work as an expert on ageism, including the American Society of Aging. Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. In addition, she has presented a TED Talk on ending ageism.

Laura Tamblyn Watts, President & CEO, CanAge

Laura Tamblyn Watts is the Founder and CEO of CanAge, Canada’s national seniors’ advocacy organization. Laura is a passionate advocate on a variety of urgent issues affecting older Canadians, including long-term care and home care, financial security, elder abuse, health care, ageism and inclusion of marginalized communities.

Laura previously served as Chief Public Policy Officer at the Canadian Association of Retired Persons before establishing CanAge at the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic. Since then, CanAge has emerged as a go-to media commentator and trusted voice for Canadian seniors, underscored by Laura’s more than 20 years’ experience defending the rights and dignity of older people as a lawyer and thought-leader.

She is a member of the CSA National Long-Term Care Standards Advisory and Technical committees, and an expert in long-term care and residents’ rights.

After being called to the bar in 1999, Laura gained extensive legal experience in matters surrounding aging. She currently teaches the Law and Aging course at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, where she is also a Fellow of the Institute for Life Course and Aging. She is also a board member of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE network), and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario.

Marie Beaulieu, Ph. D., MSRC/FRSC

Professor, School of Social Work, University of Sherbrooke and researcher at the Research Center on Aging of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS (Integrated University Health & Social Services Network of the Eastern Townships Region)
Chairholder, Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults in Quebec
Co-Director, WHO Collaborative Centre at the Research Centre on Aging, Age Friendly Communities/Elder Abuse

Marie is a full professor at the School of Social Work of the University of Sherbrooke and a researcher at the Research Centre on Aging (Integrated to the Public Health and Social Services of Québec). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Since November 2010, she has held the position of Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults financed by the Québec Government. Since July 2017, she is co-directing a World Health Organization Collaborative Centre at the Research Centre on Aging specialized on Age-friendly communities and countering mistreatment. The principal focus of her 30-year + career has been countering mistreatment of older adults (and related issues such as criminal victimization, insecurity, bullying), promoting a wellness care approach and ethics. She is involved in several national and international associations and networks; for example, she is a board member of the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse.

Margaret Gillis

President, International Longevity Centre Canada
Chair of the National Advocacy Working Group at the Global Alliance on the Rights of Older Persons

Based in Ottawa Canada, Margaret is the founding President of the International Longevity Centre Canada, a human rights-based organization and Co-President of the 16 country International Longevity Centre – Global Alliance, dedicated to the needs of older people.

Margaret also serves as Chair of the National Advocacy Working Group at the Global Alliance on the Rights of Older Persons, and is working to establish a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. With a background in health promotion, protection and programming, Margaret is committed to improving the rights of older people.

Dr. Kiran Rabheru

Full Professor of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa
Geriatric Psychiatrist, The Ottawa Hospital
Co-leads the Canadian Coalition of Seniors Mental Health
Board Chair, International Longevity Centre of Canada

Dr. Kiran Rabheru is Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Geriatric Psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). He obtained his MD from University of Western Ontario and practiced in rural and urban settings as a family physician for several years. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP, FCFP). He went on to a subspecialize in geriatric psychiatry in Canada (FRCP) and the United States (DABPN) and is honoured to be a Founding member of the subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievements in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada award by the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Rabheru is passionate and committed to serving the older persons, and is active in promoting healthy aging, brain resilience and vitality for which he is recognized nationally and internationally.

Dr. Rabheru is past president and a long time member of the CAGP board (www.cagp.ca ). He co-leads the Canadian Coalition of Seniors Mental Health (www.ccsmh.ca), Chairs the Board of the International Longevity Centre of Canada ( www.ilccanada.org), and serves as a Board member and Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the International Psychogeriatric Association (www.ipa-online.org) and as well as Chair of the Section of Positive Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).

Margaret MacPherson

Research Associate, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC), Western University

Margaret is a Research Associate with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC) at Western University in London Ontario. Margaret designs and develops curriculum and related materials on a number of initiatives including the Make It Our Business, workplace domestic violence program, and It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults. Margaret is passionate in her belief that everyone has an important contribution to make in creating safe and supportive environments at work and in our communities.

Benedicte Schoepflin

Executive Director, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA)

Bénédicte has been with CNPEA since 2015 and became its Executive Director in 2018. Prior to her involvement with CNPEA, Bénédicte worked in talent acquisition and non-profit management in the arts and culture sector. She is a Board member of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) and of Tara Cheyenne Performance. Originally from Avignon, France, Bénédicte now lives and works on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (known today as Vancouver).
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