Speakers – R3



R3 Talks

Tues April 10th , 2018
19:00-21:00 AST
Fredericton Playhouse

James Mullinger – Host of R3 Talks

James Mullinger has taken Canada by storm since moving to New Brunswick from London, England in 2014.  He has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live One Person Show and a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy Show.

James has headlined at numerous comedy festivals and clubs across Canada, appeared on CBC’s The Debaters, had his own stand up showcase on CBC’s Laugh Out Loud, produced three seasons of his own television series which documents his comedy performances while travelling around Canada, has twice sold out the Imperial Theatre in Saint John and in 2016 welcomed over 5,000 people to Saint John’s Harbour Station for a standing ovation show (beating Jerry Seinfeld’s attendance record in the process). 

In 2015, a big budget movie was made about his life (starring actors from Twilight, Downton Abbey and Notting Hill and headline comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Gilbert Gottfried and Mike Ward). James also works closely with many charities and in the past few years has raised over half a million dollars for children in need and women affected by violence. His first international stand up special Anything Is Possible debuted on Amazon Prime and Hulu in September 2017. He loves living here so much that he founded his own quarterly print magazine The Maritime Edit that celebrates life in Atlantic Canada and sells over 70,000 copies internationally.

Come and see why James is taking Canada by storm.

Erik Scheme

Dr. Erik Scheme is the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Medical Technologies. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, an Adjunct Professor in Medical Education at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, the Director of the Health Technologies Innovation Lab, and a member of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship. An expert in diagnostics and predictive analytics, human-machine interfaces, and machine learning, he is working to build the digital health and health technology sector in New Brunswick through strategic R&D partnerships with government, industry, longterm care, and clinical partners.

Kristi Allain

Kristi Allain an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB. Her work examines the intersections of Canadian national identity, gender, aging, and sport/physical activity, highlighting the ways that national identity projects, secure some forms of identity as central to the nation – specifically those associated with dominant expressions of gender, sexuality, and race – while often marginalizing those whose identities are considered peripheral.

Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard

Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard is the Research Chair in Health CNFS-Université de Moncton on the Aging of Populations, Associate Professor at the School of Nursing as well as Director of the Centre d’études du vieillissement at Université de Moncton. She holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta, a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Université de Moncton. Working as a nurse for 27 years, her research program examines the dimensions of home care, with a focus on seniors who reside in Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs).

She is President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) and was Co-President of the New Brunswick Council on Aging.


R3 Conference



R3 Gala

April 12th, 2018 (evening),
Fredericton Convention Centre

Ashton Applewhite, Ageism Expert and Author of This Chair Rocks – R3 Gala Keynote

People are living longer than ever before—and according to Ashton Applewhite, they’re also happier than ever before, too. How does this fit into our notions of aging as a negative thing? Acclaimed author of This Chair Rocks, Ashton is on a mission to solve the problems seniors face, combat ageism, and improve the well-being of people of all ages. In talks, she debunks common myths of aging—that growing older is “for the birds”—and challenges our preconceived notions of what “old age” actually means. While our lifespans have increased, so too has our quality of life—and Ashton’s hilarious talks share the latest research on how fun, fulfilling, and fantastic aging can be, as well as what it means for inter-generational workplaces.