About Us

The GRC serves as a focal point for research, education, and information on individual and population aging and maintains an active publications program to promote utilization of existing knowledge in the following areas: Aging and the Built Environment, Changing Demography and Lifestyle, Health Promotion/Population Health and Aging, Prevention of Victimization, Exploitation of Older Persons, Technology and Aging, and Culture and Aging.

Director's Welcome

As Director of the Gerontology Research Centre (GRC), I welcome the gerontological community to join the GRC in embracing the challenges and opportunities ahead of us in the face of rapid population aging and social change in Canada and globally. There is little doubt that we require new research knowledge and innovative translation into practice at an accelerated pace. 

The GRC will continue to support and expand several significant research networks, collaborative research grants, conferences and lecture series nested in the GRC, fund raising, and post-doctoral training fellowships, all of which lay a strong foundation for the GRC. I am committed to enhancing the well-established community engagement activities that have defined the GRC since its inception. My roles on a variety of boards, committees, and organizations, especially my recent one as Chair of the National Seniors Council of Canada, will be instrumental in achieving these goals. 

The GRC has a strong team of individuals with interdisciplinary expertise, training and skills devoted to improving the lives of older adults through research and its translation into knowledge through outreach and substantive changes to the policy and practice arenas. We look forward to continuing our collaborations and seeing you at our knowledge-sharing events. 

History and Vision

The Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre (GRC) was established in 1982 under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Population Aging Strategic Initiative. The Gerontology Programs followed in 1983 and the two units create strong research, training and knowledge translation synergies.

The vision of the GRC is to enhance the well-being of older adults through research, training and outreach in the policy and practice arenas, including government, NGOs, the private sector, and other service organizations. The GRC promotes and conducts innovative interdisciplinary research on topics relating to individual and population aging and provides research and consultation services to the academic community, government, NGOs, public and private organizations. The GRC supports several post-doctoral and researchers in residence; a Communication Officer; has a highly active publications program (including our two newsletters, “GRC News” and “Seniors’ Housing Update”); hosts workshops and conferences (John K. Friesen Conference in Gerontology, Ellen M. Gee Memorial Lecture); and provides Free Public Lectures. The GRC also houses two SFU Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging data collection sites that will continue to bring in substantial funding to SFU and the GRC over the course of this 20 year longitudinal study of over 51,000 Canadians aged 45-85 at baseline (2012), and supports researchers in mining this research resource.

The GRC is committed to strengthening research capacity in aging by fostering strong mutually supportive relationships with faculty and research hubs across SFU and beyond, including future provincial, national and international network development. The GRC maintains an exceptional national and international reputation as a top-tier research centre, and supports strong community linkages to further enhance the well-being of older adults.