Our Team

Meet our Founder

Laura Tamblyn Watts

President & CEO

As the CEO of CanAge, Laura Tamblyn Watts embodies a commitment to the betterment of elder care and seniors’ rights. Her multifaceted career spans law, academia, and policy development, reflecting a dedication to impactful advocacy and education.

With a legal background as a member of the BC Bar since 1999, Laura has leveraged her expertise to advance the interests of seniors, serving as National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and as Chief Public Policy Officer at CARP. Her academic role as an Assistant Professor (status) at the University of Toronto’s Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work underscores her commitment to shaping future professionals in the field.

Recognized for her leadership with a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship by the Law Foundation of Ontario, Laura’s influence is felt both nationally and internationally through her affiliations with global universities. Her governance experience is extensive, including positions as a Board Director with the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO), and past roles with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

Laura’s compassionate service is evident through her board memberships with Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, PACE Independent Living, and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO). Her consumer advocacy is further demonstrated in her role as Chair of the Consumer Advisory Panel of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) and membership on the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) Consumer Advisory Panel.

Her instrumental role in the Canadian Standards Association’s development of National Standards for Long Term Care, and ongoing work for Home and Community Care standards, showcases her commitment to systemic improvement.

As an in-demand speaker, Laura has shared her insights at numerous global forums and has been a prominent media figure, participating in over 4000 interviews since 2020. Her forthcoming book, “Let’s Talk About Aging Parents,” anticipated for release in April 2024, reflects her engaging approach to discussing the complexities of aging.

Laura Tamblyn Watts’ professional journey is not just defined by her achievements but by her unwavering dedication to enhancing the lives of seniors across Canada and beyond.

Meet our People

Our team is made up of a diverse mix of highly skilled and experienced professionals who are passionately committed to creating a brighter future of aging.

They bring their unique perspectives and lived experiences to the job, fuelling our mission to advance the rights and wellbeing of Canadians and creating real change on a daily basis.

Some of them have years of experience in the public sector. Some are trained academics and researchers. Some have dived head first into the world of advocacy having built their careers in the corporate world.

Despite all of these differences, we all have one thing in common—the desire to make a difference.

Our Philosophy

We believe in lifelong learning and creating a platform for people to grow at any level of their career.

CanAge is also home to a consistent flow of students who lend their deep knowledge to our work while gaining invaluable job skills and experience.

If you’re currently studying and want to get into the exciting world of advocacy, drop us a line! We’d love to meet you.

Meet our Fellows

CanAge is backed by a panel of industry experts leading the conversation about aging in Canada.

We work with them to ensure we stay on the cutting edge of emerging issues and research affecting seniors, and that we’re always representing every older Canadian and caregiver with a lens of representation and inclusivity.


Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
University of Toronto

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