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Space is limited for this great networking event.

A must-attend event for professionals working in the field of aging:  The critical issues affecting older people and the laws that support their needs.

NEW! Attendees of the Canadian Association on Gerentology conference pay only $475 + HST (select Not-For-Profit rate when registering)


Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, 2012

This year’s conference, “Advocacy and Aging: From Storytelling to Systemic Change”, will focus on issues of capacity, capability, support, public/private guardianship, monitoring, accreditation, inter-jurisdictional recognition, mobility, standards and law reform.

Who Should Attend: 

  • Lawyers and students practicing in estates or with older adults as clients
  • Professors and other academics with an interest in aging issues
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Change advocates
  • Financial planners
  • Social workers
  • Government and regulatory officials

What You Will Learn: Participants will learn about legislation and caselaw relevant to guardianship, property and IP law, housing law and ethics.  Participants will also learn about issues related to human rights, elder abuse and emerging legal issues related to the rapidly aging population.

Keynote Address: Madam Justice Marion Allan (Supreme Court of B.C., Retired)

Distinguished Lecture: Candace Heisler (Professor and Elder Abuse Consultant, U.S.A.)

Select Experts include: Kim Carter, Ombudsperson of B.C. Jay Chalke, Q.C., Assistant Deputy Minister (Canada), Catherine Romanko, PGT BC (Canada), Jan Goddard (Canada), Sue Field (Australia), Rebecca Morgan (U.S.A.), Kim Whaley (Canada), Douglas Melville, Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (Canada)

The cost for the 2-day conference is $525 + HST

Tickets to the Crystal Gala: 15 Years of BCLI are $75 + HST for conference attendees or $145 + HST for members of the public.

Download the 2012 CCEL Conference Agenda

Closing Keynote: Moving Equality Down the Lifecourse:  From Feminism to Ageism – the Role of Rights

Prof. Mary Eberts (Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan, School of Law)

An important new study stream, Women and Aging, funded partly by the United Way Lower Mainland, will bring together leading thinkers from the areas of gender equality and elder law, to explore the legal issues impacting older women.

The foremost international academic elder law forum, the World Study Group on Elder Law, will hold a pre-conference symposium on Thursday, November 15, 2012, featuring current research by the world’s leading experts. Registration for the World Study Group is $95 + HST.

The conference will also feature “The Crystal Gala: 15 Years of BCLI” showcasing Awards recognizing outstanding contributions to the advancement of elder law both in Canada and internationally as well as a reflection on the many contributions BCLI has made in the field of law reform.