2015 Annual Conference Delegate Registration Set to Open

Michael Marchbank, CEO, Fraser Health speaks about funding at the 2014 Annual Conference
Michael Marchbank, CEO, Fraser Health speaks about funding at the 2014 Annual Conference

In the coming days, the online system which will allow service provider delegates to register for the 2015 Annual Conference to be held in Whistler on May 24-26 is set to go live. Last year the conference was sold out with just over 400 attendees descending upon Whistler in late May.

“The Annual Conference Committee has done a great job of incorporating the feedback we received from delegates last year to develop a great program,” says Daniel Fontaine, CEO for the BCCPA. “Our theme is sustainability through innovation and delegates will see that reflected in a number of the plenaries and workshops we have planned. It’s a very exciting time to be working in BC’s continuing care sector and this conference has clearly become the premiere event to attend.”

Feedback Results in Change to Conference Program and Activities

What follows are a few of the NEW components we’re introducing for the 2015 Annual Conference:

  • cchl-300x96Delegates are eligible for MOCI credits from the Canadian College of Health Leaders
  • We have incorporated three open plenary discussions
  • Interactive Pigeonhole technology will be used to increase delegate/panelist interaction
  • A free personalized conference app will include the workshops you registered for online – no more need for paper!
  • One complimentary golf pass [for use by a service provider only] has been provided to each commercial exhibitor to distribute
  • Chance to win up to $25,000 in the “hole-in-one” Par 3 challenge during our Sunday golf tournament
  • Special on-site programming designed specifically for spouses (or guests) of the delegates
  • Printed delegate list will be provided to attendees in advance to help facilitate on-site networking and discussion

The Innovation Paradigm: Delivering Excellence and Sustainability in Continuing Care

The opening plenary on Monday morning is titled “The Innovation Paradigm: Delivering Excellence and Sustainability in Continuing Care”. The panelists who have tentatively confirmed include:

  • Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Director of the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care at Women’s College Hospital, Evaluation Lead for Choosing Wisely Canada
  • Dr. Janice M. Keefe, Professor Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University, Co-Investigator with the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network (CDKTN) and the Double Duty Nurses study
  • Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the UHN hospitals, Provincial Lead, Ontario’s Seniors Strategy
  • Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, Neuroscientist, Chair, Innovation Boulevard

Revisiting End-of-Life in Canada

The closing plenary on Tuesday is titled “Revisiting End-of-Life in Canada” and is sure to generate some interesting dialogue. The tentative panelists include:


  • Sharon Baxter, Executive Director for the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • Mary Lou Kelley, Professor of Social Work and Gerontology at Lakehead University
  • Dr. Romayne Gallagher, Physician Program Director of Providence Health Care Palliative Care
  • Lorraine Gerard, Executive Director BC Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • Dr. Pippa Hawley, Division Health of Palliative Care, BC Cancer Agency

Care to Chat

The final Care to Chat this season will also take place on the Tuesday, May 26th. Moderated by Daniel Fontaine, it will feature a discussion with:

  • Michael Marchbank, CEO, Fraser Health Authority
  • Dianne Doyle, CEO, Providence Health

A total of 24 workshops are being organized and will take place on Monday and Tuesday. The sessions generally focus on four key areas including residential care, home care, safety in the workplace and faith-based care. Some of the topic sessions include:

  • Embedding Technology Innovation in Long Term Care
  • Reawakening the Connection: A Presentation on technology and person-centered care
  • Supporting heart patients at home (Alberta’s MyHome Health pilot project)
  • Incorporating faith in a non faith-based care home
  • How the Smartphone and mHealth Technologies will Transform Healthcare
  • Using innovative techniques to make a $6 per day food allowance into nutritional and tasty meals
  • Safety in our DNA: How Organizational Culture is Harnessed to Create Safer Work Environments
  • Spiritual Care of People with Dementia: A Creative Approach

Earlybird Registration Coming Soon

peak-2-peakIn addition to the Sunday golf tournament, we are also planning a special “Peak2Peak” optional excursion this year which should bring our conference to even new heights

Special early bird rates will be open until March 30th. BCCPA service provider members will be able to attend the conference for the same $525 early bird rate as last year. The delegate fee includes all of your sessions, meals and Sunday-Monday evening entertainment. A special government rate as well as reduced student admission fee (for anyone currently registered in full-time post-secondary studies in Canada) will also be made available.

Our expanded commercial exhibit hall will also be a great place to network and meet well over 70 commercial members who provide vital supplies and services to BC’s continuing care sector. The exhibit hall will also become the venue for this year’s Monday evening reception.

Sponsors and Sponsorship Opportunities

Most of our key corporate sponsor opportunities have now been purchased but there remain a few great opportunities to expose your product or services to the 400+ attendees. A few of these opportunities include:

  • Purchase a window advertisement between the plenary ballroom and the commercial exhibit hall
  • Place your marketing materials in the delegate bags
  • Sponsor a golf hole for our Sunday tournament
  • Advertise in our printed program
  • Sponsor a breakfast session or coffee break
  • More…

To learn more about how you can raise your profile at our conference, please contact Hart Dashevsky, Director of Membership Services and Sponsorships at 604-736-4233 ext 231 or hart@bccare.ca.

2015 Annual Conference Sponsors:








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                                                   Joint sponsors

sgp and extendicare

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Golf Tournament Sponsor

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Monday Dinner





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Monday Lunch


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Lanyard & Bag Sponsors

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Opportunities Still Available:

  • Monday Breakfast
  • Monday Coffee Break
  • Tuesday Breakfast
  • Tuesday Coffee Break

For more information, click here.


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