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Care to Chat

Care to Chat is a high-profile speaker series hosted by the BC Care Providers Association. We invite Canada’s opinion leaders and experts to share their ideas, thoughts, and insights; as well as engage in a dialogue about important and emerging issues facing British Columbia’s seniors living and care sector.

Thank you to our 2021-22 Care to Chat sponsors who made these conversations possible.

Title Sponsor – Arjo Canada Inc.

Arjo Canada Inc.


 Gold Sponsor – PointClickCare





Silver Sponsors – The Co-operators, Sobeys National Pharmacy Group, Acciona, Care2Talk and Surge Learning

The Co-operators                  Sobeys National Pharmacy Group                 Acciona

Care2Talk               Surge Learning

2021/22 Care to Chat Events

Family Ties: Meaningfully Engaging Family and Resident Councils

One of the most heartbreaking impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has been the separation of long-term care residents from their families and friends. While the initial response to the pandemic was to prioritize infection control in order to slow the spread of the virus, many advocates and health care experts are calling for a renewed committed to quality of life and social connection for residents living in care. One of the most powerful tools to promote quality of life and to amplify the voices of older adults living in care, are family and resident councils.

  • What are the benefits of resident and family councils? What best practices can care providers adopt to support effective councils?
  • How have family and resident councils adapted to the realities of the pandemic? Are they thriving or just surviving in this environment?
  • What systematic changes are needed to better facilitate these councils to advocate on the local, regional, and even national level of behalf of older adults living in care?

Jennifer Lyle, CEO, Alzheimer’s Society of BC, moderated the discussion with panelists Lisa Dawson, Chair, Vancouver Association of Family Councils, Derrick Bernardo CEO, Broadmead Care Society, and Jennifer Baumbusch, Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing | Program Director, Masters of Health Leadership program.

Nurses—Not Nannies: Can foreign-trained healthcare workers help solve Canada’s nursing shortage crisis?

On November 10thBC Care Providers Association hosted an online #CaretoChat panel, attracting over one hundred attendees, to explore the question of how Canada can best engage foreign-trained health care professionals to address our national nursing shortage and aging population.

BCCPA CEO Terry Lake moderated the lively debate, which included health experts Cynthia Johansen, CEO & Registrar of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), Michael Sandler, Executive Director of the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC), and Peter Rekai, BA, JD, Senior Partner at REKAI LLP and Board Chair of the Rekai Centres, a not-for-profit company that runs two long-term care homes in downtown Toronto.

In addition, several voices from the education and immigration community joined the discussion to pose thought-provoking questions to the panel, focused on how Canada can better utilize our international nursing talent. Representatives included Jeremy Sabell, President of Stenberg College; Thea Lopez, Immigrant Women Advisory Committee Member for Pacific Immigrant Resources Society; and Patrick Mackenzie, Executive Director for the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia.

Discussion revolved around Canada’s ability to create a streamlined pathway for international nurses into rewarding careers in healthcare, while also ensuring that clinicians are competent to practice at the bedside. Potential solutions that were identified included integrated training and education programs, immigration pathways that prioritize foreign healthcare workers, reducing red-tape, and focusing on function literacy for those with English as an additional language.

The event also marked the premiere of BCCPA’s  new video to promote improved pathways for internationally educated nurses in Canada.

Election Edition

With their parties’ campaign platforms now released, what do we know that lays ahead for Canada’s long-term care sector after September 20th? The popular Care to Chat speaker series of events kicks off its ninth season with a national expert panel to discuss the politics and the possibilities facing the seniors care sector in our country. In addition, several other national voices are anticipated to participate in this dialogue.


This session is available to view on-demand. Click Here to View