Agenda Announced for the R3 Innovations in Aging Conference
March 12 th , 2018
FREDERICTON (N.B.) – The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) has
announced the R3 Innovations in Aging conference agenda. With 2018 marking the
event’s 10-year anniversary, the NBIF recently revealed a new 3-day format and the
timely theme of innovations in aging. The two-day R3 Conference, which will be part of
the larger event, will be held April 11 th and 12 th at the Crowne Plaza in Fredericton, N.B.
The conference will include several speakers, a discussion panel, and a hands-on
workshop to foster a collaborative approach between the community, government,
industry, and researchers.
“Our intention with the new format is to reach different audience levels,” says the NBIF
Director of Research and R3 event champion Lindsay Bowman. “The conference is
really going to appeal to the industry side – like health workers, support workers, and
It’s also important that entrepreneurs looking to develop products and services in this
space attend. So often we have startups wanting to develop a new health app, for
example, but they haven’t connected with the right resources and advisors to
understand user needs. We also hope to draw members of the public with a passion for
healthy aging, including seniors, of course.”
Conference agenda highlights include:
NouLab is New Brunswick’s Social and Public Innovation Lab. This
workshop will gather multi-stakeholder groups together and guide them
through a lab process where they will explore root causes, user
experience and possible solutions to complex challenges and build
individual capacity to solve problems in a new way to increase the
likelihood of future breakthrough solutions related to aging.
The Future of Long Term Care panel discussion
Moderated panel featuring long term care industry professionals
discussing the future of long term care in NB. Themes will include those
identified in the Government of New Brunswick’s “An Aging Strategy for
New Brunswick”, and panelists will explore culture shifts, person centered
care & coordination, and recruitment needs to develop our long-term care
Panelists include: Jodi Hall, Executive Director, New Brunswick
Association of Nursing Homes; Cindy Donovan, CEO of Loch Lomond
Villa; Daphne Noonan, co-founder, Person Centered Universe; Amanda
Betts, Founder, eChart Healthcare.
Keynote from Gary Anaka, Brain and Wellness Expert
Gary Anaka is the top Brain-based Learning Facilitator in BC today. He is
a learning assistance specialist with over 34 years of teaching experience
and is a study skills expert, a brain gymnastics coach, and has been
presenting keynotes and workshops in the new field of Applied
Educational Neuroscience across Canada since 1997. Gary’s sessions
are well known for high-energy fun and engagement. Discover the best
foods, vitamins, and life style choices for maintaining brain health, as well
as learn about prevention of brain inflammation, plasticity, and
neurogenesis – how to literally grow new brain cells every day.
Full details of the agenda can be found on the R3 event site.
“We really wanted this conference to be different – for participants to be actively
engaged and leave with a plan for moving ahead. Sometimes we leave events like this
with information overload but no clear direction. Our agenda will ensure participants
leave equipped with the right tools and a path forward,” says Bowman.
The Conference is part of a 3-day R3 Innovations in Aging event that will take place in
Fredericton, New Brunswick from April 10 th – 12 th , 2018.
The R3 Innovations in Aging event has been developed in collaboration between the
New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF), the New Brunswick Social Policy
Network (NBSPRN), and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF).
The R3 mission is to spotlight innovative local research, unite researchers with the
public and business community, and demonstrate the tremendous impact research can
have on healthy aging in New Brunswick.
Tickets are currently available at www.R3event.ca with discounted senior and student
Sponsorship opportunities are still available and interested companies may contact
Vanessa Matthews at Vanessa.email@example.com.
About the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF)
The NBIF is an independent non-profit corporation that specializes in venture capital
and research investments. Dedicated to building innovation in our province, the NBIF
delivers the resources and expertise required to achieve new opportunities, growth, and
advancements that positively impact New Brunswick.
With over $85 million invested, plus $425 million more leveraged from other sources,
the NBIF has helped to create over 106 companies and fund 470 applied research
projects since its inception in 2003. All of the NBIF’s investment returns go back into
the Foundation to be re-invested in other startups and research initiatives.