Preparing for an Aging Population: Is Ontario's Healthcare System Ready?
Candace Chartier, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Long Term Care Association
Candace brings a wealth of sector experience to her role as Chief Executive Officer. She is a strong leader, effective communicator and practiced health care professional who leads and delivers results on wide ranging and complex projects. Previously, Candace held positions such as Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Project Director, Administrator and Director of Care in long-term care. She started her career as an RN and worked in the Acute Care Sector, Rehabilitation, Community Nursing and the Aeromedical Nursing fields. Candace is a strong advocate for long-term care both provincially and nationally as an executive with the Canadian Association of Long Term Care. Candace holds an MBA from Western University Richard Ivey School of Business and is a graduate of Queens University Executive Development Program and the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, Advanced Health Leadership Executive Program. Candace also holds the ICD.D designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Shirlee M. Sharkey, Chief Executive Officer, Saint Elizabeth, CHE, MHSc, BScN, BA, LLD (honoris causa)
Shirlee Sharkey is the President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth, a national social enterprise providing home care, health solutions and education to people where they are and when they need it. Under Shirlee’s leadership, the not-for-profit charitable organization has enjoyed exponential growth and expansion, and facilitated transformative solutions in areas such as Indigenous health, end of life care, and caregiver wellness and support. Today, Saint Elizabeth delivers 20,000 care exchanges daily through its team of 9,000 leaders and professionals.
Active in public service, Shirlee is the current Chair of Excellence Canada. Academically, Shirlee is cross-appointed to the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation as an adjunct professor. In 2017, she was presented with an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Dr. Samir Sinha, Provincial Lead, Government of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy; Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System and University Health Network
Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics of the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto and the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
A Rhodes Scholar, after completing his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Masters in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ageing. He has pursued his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and in Geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Sinha's breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults. In 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the expert lead of Ontario's Seniors Strategy and he is now working on the development of a National Seniors Strategy. In 2014, Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly.
Beyond Canada, Dr. Sinha is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Sinha has further consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, China, Iceland, Singapore, St. Kitts and Nevis and the United States on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.