Canadian Centre for Activity and Agine

Research to Action Conference

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This conference is an annual learning and networking event for senior fitness instructors, volunteers, health promoters, students and other individuals who work with community-dwelling older adults. The event includes a mix of active and informative sessions including: practical applications of recent research, tips for safe exercise for older adults, and modifications for all levels of abilities.


Research to Action - London 2019

Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 
Mercato Hall and St. James Auditorium
Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London, ON 
Pre-conference workshops: Thursday, June 6, 2019

Full 2019 agenda, workshop descriptions and speaker biographies coming soon!


Friday, June 7, 2019

Time Presentation Presenter
8:00 - 8:50 Registration
9:00 - 9:10 Introduction and welcome Clara Fitzgerald
9:10 - 10:10 Keynote, Celebrating 30 Years!
10:10-10:30 Nutrition Break and Networking
10:30-11:05 Active Session Sarah Cartwright
11:10-11:40 Education Session: Physical Literacy for Older People Leslie McAdam
11:45-12:30 Yoga/Lunch A Carol LePage
12:30-1:15 Hike/Lunch B TVTA
1:20-1:50 Education Session Anita Christie
1:50-2:20 Active session/Workshop (group work activity) TBA
2:20-2:30 Nutrition Break and Networking
2:30-3:00 Education Session Susan Hunter
3:10-4:10 Active Session TBA
4:10-4:15 End of Day Remarks and Thank You Clara Fitzgerald
4:20-4:50 Trainer Chat (Current and Potential) Clara/Leslie

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time Presentation Presenter
8:30-8:55 Registration (Day 2 only delegates)
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome Clara Fitzgerald
9:10 - 10:10 Active Session Sarah Cartwright
10:10-10:25 Nutrition Break and Networking
10:25-11:05 Keynote Glen Belfry
11:10-11:40 Education Session Monica Maly
11:45-12:30 Mindfulness and Meditation/Lunch C
12:30-1:15 Hike/Lunch D
1:20-1:50 Education Session Kevin Shoemaker
1:50-2:20 Active session/Workshop (group work activity) TBA
2:20-2:30 Nutrition Break and Networking
2:30-3:00 Education Session JB Orange
3:05-4:05 Active Session TBA
4:05-4:10 End of Day Remarks and Thank You Clara Fitzgerald

Event Accommodations

New for 2019! Light continental breakfast included with overnight stays at Brescia. Food will be available from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Fri and Sat only) at reception lobby and will include muffins (Gluten-free included), yogurt (lactose-free included) and orange juice as well as Keurig coffee/tea pods. The Starbucks kiosk will be open Thursday and Friday (closed Saturday) 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for additional snacks or beverage purchases.

For more information about accommodation booking, visit Brescia's Booking page.

Bookings can be made by clicking on the “Guest Registration” link in the left sidebar of the Booking page. MAKE SURE TO mention “CCAA” or “R2A” in “Special Instructions” part of registration


The registration system is not compatible with tablets and other mobile devices. For the best registration experience use a laptop or desktop computer.

By completing this registration form you submit that you have read the Leadership Training Policies, Terms, and Agreement and that you agree to abide by these regulations.

NOTE: Confirm that you are registering for the desired conference length (1 or 2 days) and days (Friday or Saturday or both days)  before submitting the registration form.

Pre-Conference Workshops

CCAA Workshops

Functional Exercise for Dementia (FE4D)

In this evidence-based workshop developed in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, participants will learn to maximize functional outcomes in dementia and Alzheimer clients by leading effective exercise programs within a variety of settings. Length: 7 hours. Registration Fee: $200.00 + applicable provincial tax.  Learn more

Post Exercise Rehab for Stroke (PRES)

This workshop aims to provide senior fitness leaders with the tools to develop and instruct a community-based physical activity program for stroke survivors after discharge from rehabilitation.   PRES is based on the  Fitness and Mobility Exercise (FAME) Program , which has been shown to improve balance, endurance, and walking speed in stroke survivors.  Length: 6 hours, Prerequisite(s): training in one or more CCAA workshops FFOA, RCET, FF ADP or SFIC is recommended, Registration Fee: $200.00 + applicable provincial tax.  Learn more

Partner Workshops

Certified Hike Leader (CHL) Training

Enjoying a hike is increased by the presence of a leader. An effective leader is someone who knows the way, applies safety, best practices, fun, local knowledge, and the ability to work with his or her group to make a successful outing. Take the next step in your hiking progress and become a leader. Hike Ontario’s base certification program takes you from hiker to leader, ready to bring great outings to fellow hikers and inspiring them to join you. Length: 7.5 hours. Prerequisite(s): completed Safe Hiker Program or be a Certified Fitness Instructor or Instructor in training. Completed a minimum of five (5) day hikes in the past 2 years. Registration Fee: $125.00 + applicable provincial tax.  Learn more

HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Aging

This one-day training provides insight into the unique needs of older adults when participating in recreation or leisure activities in municipal centers or retirement communities. It provides evidence-based approaches to improve the experience of participants by implementing the HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Aging.  Length: 7 hours. Registration Fee: $125.00 + applicable provincial tax.  Learn more

Note: Lunch will NOT be provided on the day of the pre-conference workshops. Please bring your own lunch or lunch may be purchased at the Mercato, Brescia's state of the art Marché and dining pavilion.


Free parking will be available in the main parking lot off of Brescia Drive. See parking map for more details.

Past Speakers and Topics



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November 8, 2018

Speaker(s) Topics
Flemingdon Team FFL project/accomplishments, celebrating successes, funder recognition
Shilpa Dogra Facilitating movement in our communities
Ryan Wight Interventions targeting sedentary behaviour
Leslie McAdam Activity Burst! Ball cardio seated
Felicia White Brain Health – Minds in Motion®, physical activity and social recreation program of the Alzheimer Society
Beth Munro SFIC exercise class sample
Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East: Project Recognition Remarks
Maria Calvachi and Valerie Haboucha Lessons learned for supporting diverse communities
Sarah Gallsworthy HIGH FIVE Older Adult – Positive experiences never get old


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Friday, June 8

Speaker(s) Topics
Kirsten Bell Move over body builders
Kathy Meyer Lower Body Bands
Jenna Gibbs Too Fit to Fall or Fracture
Kevin Shoemaker Optimizing Brain Health Across the Lifespan
Clara Fitzgerald Minds in Motion
Kevin Shoemaker Expanding CCAA Research and Its Impact
Gabriella De Nino Urban Poling
Elaine Fletcher Full SFIC Class

Saturday, June 9

Speaker(s) Topics
Dr. Aric Sudicky Healthy aging myths and tips
Anne Cooke Choreography 2.0
Diane English Positive Experiences Never Get Old
Kathy Meyer Upper Body Bands
Leslie McAdam Standard Plus
Silvia Pogliaghi Determination of cardiorespiratory fitness
Lara Mylly Full SFIC Class


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Friday, June 9

Speaker(s) Topics
Dr. Stuart Phillips Successful aging: not in a pill or under a knife
Beth Munro Balance: Anywhere, Anytime
Narlon C Boa Sorte Silva Exercise, Aging and Cognition: Is it possible to mitigate cognitive decline in older adults?
Cassandra Ellis Active Session: Music and the Beat
Cori Hutton A Step in the Right Direction
Colleen McGrath Age-related vision loss: What do I need to know?
Lauren Crutchlow Show Up and Participate
Chris Moffett Full SFIC Class

Saturday, June 10

Speaker(s) Topics
Dr. Aric Sudicky Applying the Science: Creating a personalized recipe for healthy aging
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Anne Cooke Active Session: Building Fitness Choreography
Lauren Bechard Promoting Movement as Medicine for the Mind
Leslie McAdam Active Session:Lower Mobility Options
Shilpa Dogra Sedentary Time in Older Men and Women
Dylan Brennan Experiences of Masters Athletes
Sarah Merkel Full SFIC Class
YouTube video


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Friday, June 3

Speaker(s) Topics
Introduction and Welcome
Gillian Mandich Keynote: Getting Fitter with Age
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Harry Prapavessis Sedentary Behaviour
Debbie Devries, Kim Kamerman High/Low SFIC Class 1
Kathy Meyer, Leslie McAdam, Clara Fitzgerald Speed Learning 1 [Interval Training, Mat Core Training (YouTube), Evaluation]
Leslie McAdam Activity Burst: Balance
Katelyn Norton Brain Health - Exercise Your Heart!
Gillian Mandich Health and Social Media
Anne Cooke Choreography and Transitions
Clara Fitzgerald End of Day Remarks and Thank You

Saturday, June 4

Speaker(s) Topics
Clara Fitzgerald Welcome
Al Salmoni The Benefits of Green Space Physical Activity
Leslie McAdam, Sally Radisic Exercise Risk Management and Air Health Check
Toni Johnston, Chris Moffet High/Low SFIC Class 2
Kathy Meyer, Leslie McAdam, Clara Fitzgerald Speed Learning 2 [Playlists, Exercise Contraindications (YouTube), Chair Core Training]
Ros Banks Activity Burst: Minds in Motion
Anne Van Durmen, Elizabeth Dejaegher, Pat Ecclestone, Susan Haughton Instructor's Guide to Safe and Effective Exercise for Older Adults
Pat, Susan, Anne and Elizabeth
Cassie Ellis Music, Physical Activity and Enjoyment
Clara Fitzgerald Closing Remarks & Thank you



Friday, April 10

Speaker(s) Topics
Introduction and Welcome
Kaitlin McLay, Western University Practical Applications of Top Evidence-Based Research Articles
Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Master Trainer Small Balls Workshop (active)
Joseph Levy, MRU Motivation and Engaging Older Adult Participation in Exercise
Activity Burst: Chair Exercises
Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Master Trainer Benefits of Muscular Strength, Endurance and Power Training
Activity Burst: Balance Exercises
Tracy Rand, Fit 2 Age Contraindications and Exercising with Chronic Conditions
Sandra Gordon, MRU Collaborating with Community Partners and Stakeholders
Wrap-up and Thank you


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Friday, June 5

Speaker(s) Topics
Clara Fitzgerald Introduction and Welcome
Melanie Stuckey Top Research Articles – Practical Applications of Recent Research for Seniors’ Fitness Instructors
Denise Connelly Exercising for Chronic Conditions
Kathy Meyer Muscular Training – Strength, Resistance, and Power
Pat Ecclestone Thinking Outside the Exercise Class Format - SAGES
Erin Shellington Cognition and Exercise
Gillian Gorfine Activity Burst
Tobias Morat Sarcopenia, Mobility, and Exercise
Debbie Devries Exercise Class

Saturday, June 6

Speaker(s) Topics
Clara Fitzgerald Welcome
Clara Fitzgerald, Daphne Stevens Home-Based Exercising and Spotlight on CCAA Participant
Gillian Gorfine Activity Burst
Dr. Charles Rice The Aging Neuromuscular System and Physical Activity
Sarah Merkel Choreography and Cardio
Dr. Alan Salmoni Why is Physical Activity Such Good Medicine?
Jocelyn King Poling Demonstration and Workshop
Susan Hunter Balance, Gait, and Injury Prevention
Gillian Gorfine Closing Remarks & Thank you

Research to Action London 2015 sponsored by:

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For more information about CCAA conferences:

CCAA Conference Coordinator
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging 
1490 Richmond Street London, ON N6G 2M3
Phone: (519) 661-2059 Toll Free: 1(866) 661-1603 
Fax: (519) 661-1612