Call for Presenters - 2018 Grey Matters Conference

Download the  pdf 2018 Grey Matters Presenter Information Form

Download the  pdf Call for Presenters - General Information


Date: September 24-26, 2018

Coast Plaza Hotel
1316 33rd Street NE
Calgary, AB T2A 6B6

The 2018 Grey Matters Conference is a three-day event with two days of workshops and sessions, September 25-26. This conference offers provincial service providers opportunities to network, gain knowledge and increase awareness of issues, supports and services for seniors. In 2017, over 300 people attended from across Alberta, the Northwest Territories and British Columbia.

Grey Matters Planning Committee invites submissions from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the conference. The Committee’s vision for 2018 Grey Matters Conference is “OUR COMMUNITY GATHERS, Listening, Learning and Leading” and will focus on supporting seniors to age well. This vision should be reflected in your topic/presentation for the conference. See Presenter Guide for additional information to develop your presentation. During the selection process, preference will be given to presentations using one or more of the following topics:

• Pre-Conference Session

Should be a minimum of 3 hours in length and provide a learning opportunity through a workshop or interactive educational activity.

• Support for Senior Centres

May include board governance, board development, human resource management, business and succession planning, and fund development.

• Age Friendly Communities

People in age friendly communities are supported in maintaining their independence and have access to the community supports and services they require. Examples in this category may include transportation, housing, recreation, intergenerational programs, or municipal age-friendly initiatives.

• Diverse Populations

Working effectively to support the unique and diverse seniors population, including LGBTQ, Indigenous, cultural organizations, and seniors with disabilities.

• Active and Healthy Living

How to encourage and support both body and brain health through information and care clinics, recreation and exercise programs, and nutrition.

General Information

All presentations must be delivered in 70 minute blocks. This should include 60 minutes presentation time plus up to 10 minutes for question and answer.

Past participants have indicated a desire for in-depth, practical information that will enable them to go back to their communities with new information and new/different ways of working with senior populations.

On your application form please identify three learning objectives for your presentation.

All rooms will be equipped with a laptop, LCD projector, screen, podium and microphone. Please indicate your preference, hand held or lapel microphone.

Speakers are responsible to provide presentations in advance. These will be uploaded to Grey Matters 2018 website. Speakers must print workshop/session handouts. Grey Matters 2018 is not responsible to print or distribute workshop/session handouts or materials.

Please complete the Presenter Information Form and attach the following information:
Please limit your session to a maximum of three presenters

• Presentation Description: Submit a description of your presentation in sufficient detail to allow for evaluation of the content. Please ensure this information is grammar/spell checked as it will be used on the website and in print materials distributed for public use. Maximum 150 words.

• References: Provide a list of recent speaking engagements/video links and a minimum of 2 references. References may be contacted at the discretion of 2018 Grey Matters Conference committee members.

• Speaker Bio: Provide a short biography for each speaker. Maximum 150 words per speaker.

Selection of Speakers and Presentations

The Conference Planning Committee will determine the selection of speaker(s) and presentation(s). Successful applicants will be contacted by end of May 2018.

Submission deadline is April 20, 2018.

Send submissions to:
Marc Lemire

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marc Lemire – 403-589-4022

Notice to Reader: Speakers may not use sessions to sell a product or service; they must be educational in nature.

Download the  pdf 2018 Grey Matters Presenter Information Form

Download the  pdf Call for Presenters - General Information