Hamilton Conference 2014

The Hamilton Conference
McMaster University and Mohawk College
May 28 – 30, 2014


To see details of any session, click on the green session title.

Wednesday, May 28

Opening Reception

Thursday, May 29

9:00 – 9:20 am

Welcoming Remarks

Patrick Deane (President, McMaster University)

Marianne Walters (President, McMaster University Retirees Association)

Donna Dunlop (Chair, Retirees Association of Mohawk College)

Sandra Pyke (President, CURAC/ARUCC)

9:20 – 10:00

How Mac researchers developed a leading-edge hearing aid

Sue Becker, McMaster University

Moderator: Wayne Rouse

10:00 – 10:30

Nutrition Break

10:30 – 11:15

Shifting Gears: Changing Perceptions about Older Drivers in Canada

Brenda Vrkljan, McMaster University

Moderator: Wayne Rouse

11:15 – Noon

Fostering Resilient Aging Through Social Participation

Ellen Ryan, McMaster University

Moderator: Wayne Rouse

Noon – 1:00 pm

Buffet Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45

Population Aging in Canada: Implications for Our Standard of Living

Byron G. Spencer, McMaster University

Moderator: Robin Griffin

1:45 – 2:30

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative

Mark Oremus, McMaster University

Moderator: Robin Griffin

2:30 – 3:00

Nutrition Break


3:00 – 4:30

CURAC/ARUCC Annual General Meeting

6:30 – 9:30 pm

No-Host Reception and Conference Banquet

Friday, May 30

9:10 – 9:50 am

The Awesome Power of Humour

Sharron Johnston

Moderator: Mary Johnston

9:50 – 10:30

Interim Results from a Canvas of Member Associations

Sandra Pyke, President, CURAC/ARUCC

Moderator: Mary Johnston

10:30 – 11:00

Nutrition Break

11:00 – 12:00

Sharing Best Practices (1)

Joint Consultative Committee, a direct line of consultation for the Windsor University Retirees’ Association with the President of the University of Windsor

Datta Pillay, Windsor Uiniversity Retirees’ Association

The Departmental Representation System

Ken Craig, UBC Association of Professors Emeriti

New Developments in University & College Support for Research and Continuing Scholarly and Professional Activities of Retirees

Peter Russell, Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto

Hiromi Matsui, Simon Fraser University Retirees Association

Moderator: Mary Johnston

12:15 – 1:30

Luncheon at Celebration Hall, McMaster University

1:45 – 2:45

Sharing Best Practices (2)

Establishing What the Membership Wants

Loren Calder & Rose Blackmore, Wilfrid Laurier University Retirees Association

The Retiree Association as Facilitator for Volunteer Activities on Campus and in the Community

John Lennox, York University Retirees’ Association

Succession Planning: Identifying and Preparing Members for Executive Positions in the Association

Ihor Stebelsky, Windsor University Retirees’ Association

Moderator: Jack Freiburger

2:45 – 3:15

Nutrition Break

3:15 – 4:15

Sharing Best Practices (3)

Working Collaboratively: Humber, Mohawk & Niagara Retiree Associations

Liz Aldrey, Retirees Association of Humber College

Doug Willford, Humber College Retirees’ Association

John Clark, Niagara College Retirees’ Association

University of Guelph Retirees Association Forums: Opportunities for Engagement and Information Sharing

David Swayne, University of Guelph Retirees Association

Catching the Memories: Two Projects to Celebrate U Vic’s 50th Anniversary

Peter Liddell, University of Victoria Retirees Association

Moderator: Jack Freiburger

4:15 – 4:30

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

Sandra Pyke, CURAC/ARUCC President