Geriatric Services Conference

Building Excellence in Professional Practice

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 7, 2017 for the 14th annual Geriatric Services Conference. This year's theme Going Beyond: Explore. Engage. Evolve. takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

In 2017 we’ll explore new ideas, the latest research and strategies for going beyond the status quo in older adult mental health. Plenary sessions and workshop discussions will include clinical and ethical issues and innovative knowledge translation. Download the Conference Program and Registration Package here.


The Geriatric Services Conference offers high-caliber education for BC professionals to share and discuss research, best practices and health care ethics in the field of gerontology. Delegates include physicians, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other members of the interdisciplinary teams.

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2017 Keynote Speakers


David Conn, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCPC

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Vice President of Education 
Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System
Co-Chair, Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario

Read full bio here.

Harry Karlinsky, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
Founder & Director, Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series

Read full bio here.

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Tim Sakaluk, MD, CCFP

Medical Director Community Services
Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver, British Columbia

Read full bio here.

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Carol Ward, MD, FRCPC

Medical Director Geriatric Psychiatry
Interior Health
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia

Read full bio here. 

Read more about our workshop presenters:

Bethan EverettGerrit Clements, Dr. Alexandre Henri‐BhargavaDr. Martha Spencer, and
Dr. Michael Wilkins-Ho

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations support the 2017 conference theme Going Beyond: Explore. Engage. Evolve. They provide a great opportunity for delegates to share research and best practice initiatives in the field of aging, from health promotion to palliative care, with interdisciplinary colleagues from across the province. Do you have work to research to share? Download Poster Presentation information and an application form here.


Do you require accommodation to attend the Geriatric Services Conference? If so, read more about booking accommodation at the Listel Hotel


Tapestry Foundation’s annual Geriatric Services Conference and other education events are generously supported by sponsors. Visit our Sponsors Page to learn about opportunities to meet your organization's needs. Or download a 2017 Conference Sponsorship Package here. For further inquiries, contact Judy Finch at, 604.806.9485.

2016 Conference Video Highlights

Watch informative sessions by keynote presenters here.  

You can view video highlights from past Conference speakers on our YouTube Channel and read interesting articles in our Health Care Professionals Education Library.

2016 Conference Photos