The OGA, established in 1982, is a registered charitable organization committed to working with all stakeholders to improve the quality of life of older adults by advancing the teaching, learning and practice of gerontology, in the province of Ontario.

What’s New? Mark Your Calendar for the Ontario Gerontology Association’s 34th Annual Conference!
Aging 2015: Innovation in Care, Networks and Communities
April 21-22, 2015
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The OGA is very pleased to announce the addition of the following speakers to our conference lineup.

Greg Shaw

Mr. Greg Shaw, of the International Federation of Aging. Greg has a science and health administration background and until taking up the position of Director, International and Corporate Relations in June 2003, held senior management positions within the Australian Commonwealth Department Health and Ageing in Australia.  Since joining the IFA Greg Shaw has had responsibility for the development of the Building Capacity in Health Care Programs in Africa, worked closely with the South African Human Rights Commission to establish an older person’s forum in that country and in 2010 worked with the Government of Mauritius on the establishment of an Observatory on Ageing. He represents the IFA at the United Nations, works closely with government and has responsibility for IFA elder abuse initiatives.

Marla Shapiro

Dr. Marla Shapiro will be our opening speaker on April 22nd, with a presentation “Immunization and Older Adults”, a very timely subject. Dr. Shapiro is a prominent medical contributor, consultant and specialist and is renowned for her expertise in Toronto, Canada and across North America. She holds a Fellowship in Family Medicine and is a NAMS credentialed menopause specialist. In 2000 Dr. Shapiro became the Health and Medical Contributor for CTV’s Canada AM. 2003 saw the exciting addition of Balance: Television for Living Well, in which Dr. Shapiro appeared as host. This refreshing daily health and lifestyle show is seen across North American households and has sold internationally. Dr. Shapiro writes a health column for Canadian Health and Living as well as her weekly blog on the CTV website. She is Editor of ParentsCanada, for whom she writes a regular Ask Dr. Marla column for ParentsCanada.   She is a member of several committees and advisory boards including Cancer Care Ontario, the newly formed Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Baycrest Hospital, Research Canada and SIGMA Canadian Menopause Society.


Dr. Joshua Tepper will be presenting on “Patient Centred Care”. Dr. Tepper is a family physician and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario (HQO).  Prior to HQO, Dr. Tepper was the inaugural Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. As Vice President, he was responsible for Sunnybrook’s educational strategy and programming for learners, physicians and staff, patients and their families and the community.

In addition to his involvement in health policy and research at the provincial level, Dr. Tepper has also been active on a national scale as the senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has received several provincial and national awards for his leadership in these positions.

Dr. Tepper holds a degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a medical degree from McMaster University, a Master of Public Health from Harvard, and his executive Master of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He completed residency at the University of Toronto.


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