Our Members

Dr. Andrew Wister - Chair

Dr. Andrew Wister is currently Director of the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University and University Professor in the Department of Gerontology, where he spearheaded the development of the Masters in Gerontology and PhD in Gerontology programs.

Dr. Wister is currently the lead on the Simon Fraser University Data Collection Site and Computer Assisted Telephone Interview Site, part of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. He was also co-lead on the British Columbia Network for Aging Research.

His extensive research covers several overlapping themes. He has written over 75 highly cited peer-reviewed articles, 12 books and monographs, and numerous chapters, reports and other publications on: baby boomer health dynamics; population aging and population health; environmental adaptation among older adults; patterns of family and social support; health promotion; statistical methods; and life-course trends and transitions. Dr. Wister’s most recent book is entitled Aging as a Social Process: Canadian Perspectives, 6th Edition (with B. McPherson) published by Oxford University Press.

He and his wife, Prof. Barbara Mitchell, are proud parents of their daughter Kayzia and son-in-law Eric.

Dr. Marie Beaulieu

Marie Beaulieu, Ph. D. (Applied Humanities), M.Sc. and B.Sc.(Criminology), is a full professor at Université de Sherbrooke's school of social work and a researcher with the Research Centre on Aging of the CSSS-IUGS. Since November 2010, she has been the Research Chair on the Mistreatment of Older Adults, funded by the Secrétariat aux aînés of the Government of Quebec. In 2013, she received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her ongoing commitment to the cause of seniors in Canada.

A social gerontologist, her work for the past 25 years has focused on combating elder abuse, security issues among seniors, ethics and aging, and end-of-life intervention. She has edited or co-edited 2 books and written some 40 book chapters, more than 70 scientific articles, some 60 research reports and more than 25 knowledge transfer articles. Marie Beaulieu is the North American representative for the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA). She is involved at the bachelor's and master's levels in social work and the doctoral level in gerontology at Université de Sherbrooke and also provides training to practising professionals and various audiences in Quebec, Canada and internationally.

Leonie Napa Duffy

Leonie Napa Duffy - Mrs. Leonie Napa Duffy has been very active in Coral Harbour, Nunavut, working as a teaching assistant, a teacher and a nurse's aide. She is also a long-time hotel owner and manager, as well as a church pastor. Mrs. Duffy has been elected to office on numerous occasions, and is currently serving as a member of the Keewatin Business Development Centre. She holds many awards, including Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America (1999), a Governor General Commemorative Medal (1992), and an award from the Hamlet Council of Coral Harbour (1995).

Dr. C. Shanthi Johnson

Dr. Shanthi Johnson is a professor and former associate dean (research and graduate studies) at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina and the past president of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. As an internationally recognized researcher focusing on health promotion and fall prevention among seniors, she has been awarded fellow status with Dietitians of Canada and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Johnson has secured over $7.5 million in research grants by agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundations, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), delivered over 200 presentations including the Prof. P.V. Ramamurti Oration in 2014, published in prestigious journals such as The Lancet, appeared before the Senate Committee as an expert witness, and served on many grant adjudicating panels including the CIHR, CFI, and European Commission. In 2015, she served as a Fulbright scholar at the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, University of South Florida and a visiting scholar at Mae Fah Leung University in Thailand. She has been enriched by volunteering in various boards and community initiatives. In 2014, she was named the Professional Female of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC). Dr. Johnson is married to Dr. Ernest Johnson and is the proud mother of Joshua Johnson.

Hubert McGrath

Mr. McGrath holds a Master's degree in Educational Administration. He worked as a high school administrator for 31 years in Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia.

Mr. McGrath's extensive volunteer experience includes serving as a founding member of a committee focused on the establishment of affordable seniors' housing. He also acted as a trustee and executive member of the Newfoundland Avalon Health Care Institutions Board, and trustee of the Newfoundland Easter Regional Integrated Health Authority. His involvement with these organizations has increased his awareness of the needs of seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador, helping him plan and implement strategies that effectively address those needs.

Lisa M. Smith

Mrs. Lisa M. Smith has several years of management and leadership experience in the health and community services sector. Mrs. Smith has worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, both the district and provincial levels of the Department Heath, in Primary Health Care and Continuing Care and in November 2007, she joined the Senior Leadership Team at Glen Haven Manor, where she remains as a senior executive.

Mrs. Smith is a registered Social Worker, an active Rotarian (Rotary Club of New Glasgow) and an active volunteer with numerous charitable organizations that service a myriad of populations including seniors, children, persons with mental disabilities and individuals in crisis.

Mrs. Smith's diverse background allows her to bring a wealth of expertise to the Council on issues important to older Canadians. Mrs. Smith appreciates this appointment and looks forward to sharing her experience and helping Canadian seniors have the chance to be heard on the issues that impact their well-being.

William James (Jim) Emmerton, BA LLB

Mr. Emmerton has been the Executive Director of the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and its division, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, since 2007. Through his work with the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Mr. Emmerton continues to be a strong leader in addressing the increasing need for legal education and research in relation to legal issues which are of significance for older adults.

He is also a member of the board of directors of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments and the board of directors of Family Councils of Ontario. Both organizations are involved in services that support seniors.

In addition to his work with BCLI, Mr. Emmerton has worked with John Labatt Limited and Methanex Corporation to garner over 35 years of experience, both nationally and internationally, in business, finance, legal research, law reform and organizational and business development.

In 2011, he received the Western Canada ZSA/National Post Lifetime General Counsel award.

Tim W. Kwan

Tim W. Kwan, P.Eng., Dip.B.A. – Since 1996, Mr. Kwan has held various positions with the Mon Sheong Foundation, where he has been dedicated to helping address the needs of the aging population and alleviating the pressing issues regarding long-term care in the Greater Toronto Area. He is currently the Chairman and President of the Foundation, and also acts as Chair of the Foundation’s Executive Committee and its Senior Home Development Committee.

Mr. Kwan’s extensive experience as the former President of Sheppard Group, a Toronto based developer and builder, was pivotal in the expansion of Mon Sheong Long-Term Care Centres. He has overseen the remarkable evolution from the original 65 bed home to a 105 bed home and the development of two additional state-of-the-art Centres with 352 long-term care beds. His priority is to ensure quality care in a home-like setting for seniors, non-seniors with physical and neurological impairments, older couples and seniors affected by dementia.

Mr Kwan is an active member in the High Kickers Soccer Club, a Scarborough community recreational group and member of Governing Council at the Sunnybrook Hospital.

Patricia Spadafora

Patricia Spadafora brings to the Council over 35 years of experience in social work and education. In addition, she has a proven track record of bringing innovative projects to fruition. The Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, Sheridan College, originally conceived of and developed by Ms. Spadafora, was formally launched in 2003. The Centre is an interdisciplinary applied research facility that focuses on quality of life factors associated with aging and that enables researchers to go from “lab to life”™ with its consumer-driven focus and its emphasis on knowledge translation. Ms. Spadafora's research interests include health promotion, the psychosocial dimensions of aging, aging in a foreign land, social inclusion and interaction, and social innovation. In recognition of her work, in 2002 Ms. Spadafora received the national “Leadership Excellence” award, presented by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

Olivia Butti

Olivia Butti built a distinguished career improving lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and throughout Canada. A successful businesswoman, she was elected to City Council. Serving from 1974 to 1986, she was a leader and active participant in many initiatives, projects and major events. She was Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. Appointed as Police Commissioner, she served on the Federal Solicitor General Crime Prevention Advisory Board. Her outstanding contributions, including promoting Crime Stoppers across Canada, earned Solicitor General crime prevention awards federally (1984) and provincially (1985). As an active 39-year cancer survivor, her inspirational speeches have instilled hope in patients and their families. Her advocacy for cancer patients and her fundraising increased awareness and research. Her 20 years as trustee on numerous hospital boards resulted in her 2001 election to the Capital Health Authority. A member of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation Board since 2001, she has spearheaded various health projects and engaged communities in meaningful charitable activities. She brings extensive health and wellness experience to Council. She has often said: “Prevention is better than cure.” In 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to community and country. In 2013, she received the National Philanthropy Health Award.

Mr. James T. Evanchuk

Mr. Evanchuk has built a long-standing, successful career developing programs and resources to promote fitness, active living, recreation and healthy lifestyles. As the Executive Director of the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA-MB) in Manitoba, Mr. Evanchuk works extensively on programs that promote health and active aging for older Manitobans. He is committed to helping build supportive communities through public awareness and education campaigns that highlight the value and benefits of adopting and maintaining healthy, active lifestyle practices.

Mr. Evanchuk was previously a Policy Analyst with the Chronic Disease Branch, Primary Care and Healthy Living Division, of Manitoba Health and Healthy Living, and the Director of the Manitoba Fitness Directorate. He has been very involved in the community as a Council member of his local Christian Life Assembly Church, a member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Health Promotion Advisory Committee, a Special Olympics volunteer and former member of the Centre on Aging, Age-Friendly Advisory Committee.

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