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Futures Policy Forum Webinar #5

Topic: Enhancing Community Capacity and Transforming Home Care and Community Seniors’ Services

The fifth FREE webinar of the AAG Futures Policy Forum took place on Thursday, October 13th, 2022. View the recording, Webinar #5 Speaker Slides and other resources below.

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The webinar will focus on home care and community services for older adults – what are current services provided to older Albertans and how can we transform and create innovative service delivery models to better meet the needs of older adults. Speakers will share information on current services in Alberta and Canada and compare these services to those offered in other countries. Speakers will also discuss how Alberta and Canada can look at transforming its current service delivery model into one that better meets the needs of older adults. A question and answer session following the speaker presentations will provide opportunities for the public, older Albertans, families and care providers to offer advice and ideas on how to optimize home care and community services.

Goals of this Webinar

    • To learn about the best care practices in seniors’ care from other countries in the world, including features of their programs, funding priorities and innovative service delivery methods.
    • To learn about Denmark’s method of delivery of seniors’ care using combined integrated housing and home care services model.
    • To discuss priority steps needed to transform the seniors’ care system in Alberta.
    • To learn about Alberta Health’s strategy in enhancing and transforming community/home care services and new delivery methods such as self-directed care, and new ways of contracting home care.
    • To provide opportunities for participants to express their views and priorities on the role of community services in the transformation of seniors’ services.

Webinar #5 Speakers

  • Rosalie Wyonch, Senior Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute

Topic: “International Policy Insights: Continuing Care in Canada”

  • Mads Biering La Cour, Director for Elderly and Dementia, Danish Health Authority

Topic: “Denmark’s Seniors’ Care System and the Role Played by the Home Care Program.”

  • Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Health Policy Research at Toronto Metropolitan University’s National Institute of Ageing, Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System and the University Health Network

Topic: “Enabling a Promising Future for Continuing Care in Alberta.”

  • Corinne Schalm, Assistant Deputy Minister, Continuing Care, Alberta Health

Topic: “Alberta’s Strategy in Integrating Continuing Care Services and Enhancing Home Care Capacity and Innovation.”

  • Lisa Stebbins, Chief Program Officer, Carya, Alberta

Topic: “Community-Based Senior Serving Organizations: Part of the Solution.”

Speaker Bios


Rosalie Wyonch is a Senior Policy Analyst at the C.D. Howe Institute. She leads the Institute’s Health Policy Council and Research Initiative. Rosalie’s research focuses on policy issues affecting healthcare in Canada. She also researches the implications of technology and innovation on all parts of the economy and has written on the topic from an international, human capital, fiscal and tax perspective.

Rosalie also participates in numerous advisory groups and committees. She is a member of the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s National Health Expenditure Advisory Group and the Healthcare Excellence Canada Policy Circle (2020-21). She also volunteers as a Board Member for University Settlements Toronto, a charity providing settlement services and programming for youth and seniors.

Prior to joining the C.D. Howe Institute in 2016, Rosalie worked as a Research Analyst at the Ontario Ministry of Finance in the Office of Economic Policy. There, her research focused on industrial sector policy and particularly on climate change and the sharing economy. She has a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Mathematical Economics from the University of Waterloo.

Mads Biering La Cour has been the Director of the Elderly and Dementia unit at The Danish Health Authority since September 2015. Mads has previously worked at The National Board of Social Services as Head of the Office regarding elderly affairs. Mads is a Master of Arts in European Ethnology from University of Copenhagen.

Dr. Samir Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Director of Health Policy Research at Toronto Metropolitan University’s National Institute on Ageing.

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sinha is a highly regarded clinician and international expert in the care of older adults. He is the Architect of the Government of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy and in 2014, Maclean’s proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly.  Dr. Sinha is a member of the Government of Canada’s National Seniors Council, and is also currently leading the development of new National Long-Term Care Standards for Canada.

Beyond Canada, Dr. Sinha is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council.  Dr. Sinha has further consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, China, Iceland, Singapore, St. Kitts and Nevis, Taiwan and the United States on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.

Corinne Schalm is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Continuing Care with Alberta Health where she leads policy development and performance monitoring for the province’s continuing care system. She has a Master of Science in Gerontology degree and a Masters in Public Administration, and in 2008 was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (FCCHL). Corinne is passionate about improving the quality of life for seniors.  She has over thirty years of experience working in senior leadership roles in the field of gerontology in Alberta at the provincial policy level and with seniors’ service provider organizations.

Lisa Stebbins is currently a Chief Program Officer with Carya Society of Calgary. In 1994 she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at York University in Toronto, Ontario. She then completed two post-graduate certificates, one in Public Relations from Humber College in 1995 and the second in Human Resources Management from Seneca College in 1996. Lisa also holds a Masters degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University completed in 2013. Lisa achieved her designation as a Certified Human Resources Professional with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta in 2004 and continues to hold the Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation in Alberta. Since beginning her work with Carya (formerly Calgary Family Services) in 2000, Lisa has held the positions of Human Resources Manager and Director of Homecare Operations. From 2013 – 2015, Lisa worked as an independent consultant providing expertise in human resource management, policy development and organizational effectiveness to diverse clients ranging from start-up oil and gas service companies to First Nations communities. In 2015, Lisa returned to Carya to provide operational leadership in the growing area of older adult programs and services.

With a keen interest in policy development, community initiatives and non-profit leadership, Lisa is passionate about social services and ensuring that the sector can adapt to the emerging needs of Albertans. For this reason, Lisa serves on many steering committees including the Healthy Aging Alberta Community Leadership Council and projects related to the sector and advancing the delivery of innovative social services. Lisa is a Reviewer for the Canadian Centre for Accreditation and has also been appointed as a Public Member to the Council of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta since 2017. 

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