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Nearly 500 industry players gathered together for BC Care Providers Association’s 42nd Annual Conference from May 26th to 28th in Whistler.

“The Q Factor” had everything that makes a conference successful—captivating keynotes, engaging breakout sessions, a buzzing trade show and lively networking events.

With 87 booths showcasing their latest products and innovations, the 2019 trade show was the largest one yet.

“It was a pleasure to work with the many sponsors, speakers, delegates and exhibitors who made the conference a rousing success,” says Cathy Szmaus, VP of Operations and Corporate Partnerships. “We thank you for your participation in 2019, and look forward to seeing you in 2020. Our work has already begun!”



The 2019 Annual Conference received an overwhelming response from attendees.

“I wanted to thank the BCCPA team for organizing such an amazing conference. I can only image how much time and effort you all put in to have it run as seamlessly as it did and I hope you are all enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation. All the best and thank you again for all of your work!,” said Heather Cowie, Provincial Coordinator, Dementia-Friendly Communities at Alzheimer Society of B.C.

“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Michael Kary and BCCPA for organizing such an excellent conference. I am thrilled to join such a stellar panel in sharing practical and evidence-informed ways to improve the quality of life of seniors in the province and beyond,” said Dr. Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean (Education), UBC Faculty of Medicine.

The Program

Pre-conference events on Sunday included the Tom Frame Memorial Golf Tournament, a BC Wine Tasting Masterclass, and a welcome barbecue which offered an informal and intimate setting for networking.

BCCPA CEO Daniel Fontaine AKA Dan Jobs opened the conference Monday with an Apple-esque keynote, announcing the establishment of a new operating arm of the association named EngAge BC, as well as a series of three new programs that highlight the growing demand for seniors-oriented services.

The keynote was followed by “The Quest for Quality”, a plenary moderated by Langley Care Society CEO Debra Hauptman, which highlighted management, leaders and staff who are making an everyday difference in improving quality of life for seniors.

Concurrent sessions covered a range of issues such as future trends and promising approaches in supporting quality of life, creating dementia-friendly care homes, staff retention strategies, using music to improve quality of life for those living with dementia, assistive technology, and more.

Six contestants pitched their innovative ideas to reduce workplace injuries in the sector at the fourth-annual Safety Den. In this Dragon’s Den-style competition, a panel of four Safety Dragons judged the ideas based on criteria such as creativity, practicality, feasibility and a “wow” factor. Congratulations to Gemstone Care Centre (member category) and Jaide Products (commercial category) for winning first place.

The conference’s highlight was the Monday Night Mountaintop Experience—delegates made their way up to Whistler Mountain for a sunset cocktail reception and dinner.

The conference closed with an inspiring keynote by health and productivity expert Michelle Cederberg on the four cornerstones of her Success-Energy Equation.


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Presentations from the concurrent sessions are available to download below.

For feedback or questions about conference materials, please contact Digital Media & Communications Specialist Rumana D’Souza at rumana@bccare.ca.

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