In anticipation of 1000+ delegates in the field of ageing from 75+ countries around the globe, the IFA is pleased to host pre-conference events in addition to the main program.

Emerging Leaders Forum

On 7 August 2018 Dr John Beard, Director, WHO Department of Ageing and Life Course will be hosting a unique breakfast forum that focuses on the varied qualities that make a leader; exploring the distinct capabilities of attendees, understanding the dynamic processes and relationships associated with leadership and considering how individuals can use their diverse capacities in a range of settings.

The deadline has been extended to 1 June 2018 and spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  In addition to applying, please consider sharing this invitation with colleagues who you believe to be emerging leaders in the field of ageing right away.  All applications will be considered, and if selected to attend there is a fee of $50 USD.



Master Classes

Once in Toronto, the Emerging Leaders Forum is only the beginning. Also on 7 August 2018, there is an extraordinary opportunity for delegates to learn and engage with experts in one of seven highly specialized workshops, which focus on some of the key challenges in the field of ageing today.

  • Ageism: Presenting Arguments for Protection
  • Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People
  • Elder Friendly Care – 50% Sold
  • Implementing Integrated Care – 50% Sold
  • Innovations in the Care of Dementia Carers – 50% Sold
  • Knowledge Mobilization – 50% Sold
  • Ageism: Negative Attitudes and Discrimination on the Basis of Age – SOLD OUT

Spaces are limited so you are encouraged to register for your preferred Master Class early. Please note that you do not have to be a registered as full conference delegate to participate in the Master Classes. Classes are day long sessions and run concurrently, so you can only register for one class.



If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Tarah McMaster, Conference Manager at

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