21st John K. Friesen Conference

Graham Fox


On behalf of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and our partners, the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre and Gerontology Department, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 21st John K. Friesen Conference.

For the last forty years, the IRPP has helped shape Canada’s most important conversations. Since our founding in April 1972, we have led national debates on federalism, health care renewal, economic growth and social progress. Today, as we mark our 40th anniversary, we continue to provide thought leadership on crucial issues of the day, including the challenges associated with the aging of Canada’s population for public policy and society at large.

In light of our ongoing work in this area through our Faces of Aging research program, we believe this conference is a valuable opportunity to convene decision-makers, health care professionals and academics, as well as representatives from the community and for-profit sectors, for discussion and debate on the provision of care for seniors and other vulnerable members of society.

In addition to the IRPP’s 40th Anniversary Lunch to be held at the Segal Centre, SFU Vancouver Campus on May 16, we are pleased to open the two-day conference by hosting the two morning sessions: a panel discussion on “Pan Canadian Policy Perspectives on Home Care” with experts Marcus Hollander, Hollander Analytical Services, Dr. Donald Shiner, Mount St. Vincent University, and Dr. Donna Wilson, University of Alberta; and a keynote address by IRPP author Dr. Neena Chappell, University of Victoria.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre and Gerontology Department for their collaboration on this meaningful initiative.

Together with our partners, we aim to bring a pan-Canadian perspective to the policy debate on home care issues in Canada. We hope you will join us.


Graham Fox
President and CEO
Institute for Research on Public Policy