Healthy Aging Conversation Series: Alberta

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Healthy Aging Conversation Series: Alberta

April 25th, 9:00 AM MT
Online (Zoom)


Join us virtually on April 25th for an engaging conversation about staying healthy as you get older, hosted by Canada’s national seniors’ advocacy organization!

Starting in Alberta, we’re kicking off a cross-Canada virtual tour, bringing together government officials, experts in health care and aging, older adults and caregivers to explore important topics affecting your health and well-being.

This event will serve people living in Alberta, with information specific to your part of Canada.

Learn, make connections and share your ideas around healthy aging all from the comfort of your own home. Best of all, this event is free to attend!

Topics covered include:

  • Which vaccinations you should be getting (and why)
  • Tips and tricks to live your healthiest and best life from leading experts
  • How COVID-19 has changed the way older people live (and what the future holds)
  • The connection between your social life, mental health, dementia and other important factors in your overall well-being as you age
  • And more!

With special guests, including:

  • Dr. Jia Hu, CEO, 19 To Zero (www.19tozero.ca)
    Corporate Medical Director, CPPIB via Cleveland Clinic Canada
    Alberta Primary Care Vaccine Rollout Co-Lead
    Industry for Vaccination (Alberta) Co-Lead
    Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary


Minister Josephine Pon (Seniors and Housing, AB)

Alberta Minister of Seniors and Housing, Josephine Pon, is the MLA for Calgary-Beddington.
Prior to being elected as MLA and her appointment as Minister, she was the Vice President of the Taste of Asia Group in Calgary; this executive role provided her the opportunity to enhance her corporate business experience, providing her hands-on insight into the current economic downturn situation in Alberta and the challenges faced by people in this province, including business owners, restaurant employees and grassroots Albertans.
Pon has been active in volunteering with numerous non-profit organizations in Calgary and Edmonton throughout her life. She was a member of the working group on the Edmonton Mayor’s Task Force to Eliminate Poverty, the Board Chair of Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC), Chair of the ISC Immigrants of Distinction Awards Gala, Vice President of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association and Cultural Advisor for the Glenbow Museum.

Laura Tamblynn Watts

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO (CanAge)

Laura Tamblyn Watts is CEO of CanAge, Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization.
On top of being a leading media commentator on issues affecting older adults, a soon-to-be published author and international aging expert, Laura also sits on numerous advisory boards and committees working on a wide range of senior-focused challenges, including national standards of long-term care and retirement security.
With more than 20 years of experience defending the rights and dignity of older people as a lawyer and thought-leader, Laura is one of Canada’s foremost advocates for seniors and caregivers.

Dr. Jia Hu, CEO, 19 To Zero

Dr. Jia Hu, CEO (19 To Zero)

Dr. Hu is a public health physician and family doctor, and is the CEO of 19 to Zero, a not-for-profit aimed at improving public health and health outcomes with a focus on vaccination uptake.
The organization works with interdisciplinary partners including public health, marketing professionals, behavioral scientists, political scientists, data analysts, and researchers.
Through 19 to Zero, he has led large-scale behavior change interventions such as community outreach, large-scale data-driven marketing campaigns, and comprehensive social media analysis. As a co-lead of CONVINCE, Dr. Hu has extensive experience in leading global vaccine confidence work and has partnered with partners such as the WHO, UN, and a range of North American public health organizations.

Karen Sullivan

Karen Sullivan, Senior Director, Pharmacy Professional Affairs, Western Canada (Shoppers Drug Mart/Loblaw Companies Limited)

Karen Sullivan is Senior Director, Pharmacy Professional Affairs, Western Canada for Shoppers Drug Mart/Loblaw Companies Limited, with responsibilities for regulatory affairs, professional relations and advocacy in the four western provinces and the Territories. Karen is a licensed pharmacist in Alberta and British Columbia and completed a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University. She has practiced for several years in community, government, the pharmaceutical industry and most recently in corporate pharmacy. Throughout her career, Karen has and continues to serve on multiple pharmacy association committees at national, provincial, and local levels. Karen has been actively engaged in supporting the roll out of publicly funded vaccination programs in pharmacies and the operational needs of pharmacists, pharmacies and the patients they provide care for.


If you live in Alberta: Sign up below. You’ll receive more event information closer to the date.

If you DON’T live in Alberta: Sign up to be notified of upcoming events in this series by submitting the form below.

*Please note that you will be using the SAME FORM BELOW to register for the event if you are in Alberta or be notified of future events if you are outside of Alberta.


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