Together We Care Convention and Tradeshow 2017

Canada’s largest and most comprehensive learning and networking experience for professionals in long-term care and retirement living!

This enthusiastic and energetic event features top-notch speakers and an array of workshop sessions, which educate and entertain more than 1,200 delegates including site owners, senior managers and department heads from a cross-section of both Ontario’s long-term care and retirement residence sectors.


Call for Speakers

The Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) and Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) invite long-term care member homes and retirement communities, thought-leaders, researchers, innovators and stakeholders to submit abstracts for Together We Care (TWC) 2017.

Submissions are welcomed for sessions (interactive, roundtable, team building or workshop) that facilitate the sharing of best practices, effective business strategies improved efficiencies and practical tools and resources.

We are seeking sessions that will deliver a compelling, interactive experience for our delegates. Delegates should leave the session with new information and insight, which can then be applied to improve the daily operations of their homes, businesses and beyond. Sessions will be either 30, 60 or 90 minutes in length.

Delegates are from the long-term care and retirement communities’ sectors. They include owners and operators, senior managers, general managers and administrators, researchers, aging-care leaders, frontline care providers (i.e. nurses, physicians, personal support workers, food service workers, wellness, activation, environmental and rehabilitation professionals), long-term care and retirement residents, family caregivers, innovators, policy makers, sector stakeholders and more.

This year TWC is adding additional streams to maximize attendance and provide best operational practices to a broader representation of operators and staff in long-term care and retirement. While there will be some general sessions applicable to both sectors, there will also be concurrent sessions geared specifically to either long-term care or retirement. You will be asked within your application to specific which group your session is geared toward (long-term care, retirement or both).  

TWC 2017 Programming Streams

Abstracts may be submitted under the following categories:

  1. Operational Excellence and Workforce Development

Target Audience:

  • Owners and Operators
  • Senior management
  • Human resources management
  • Financial and business managers

Session topics may include: 

  • Enhancing operations through innovative technology and trends in senior living
  • Management and operations, including financial risk and financial management, implementing cost savings for utilities (electricity, cap and trade)
  • Governance best practices , including legislative and legal obligations
  • Sector leadership, ranging from provincial quality initiatives, leadership development, public relations and reputation management
  • Organizational change, such as transforming to a culture or person-centred care (i.e. what does this mean for your workforce?)
  • Growing a workforce of trained professionals who serve seniors and are able to meet the changing needs of future residents
  • Establishing and improving organizational hiring practices
  1. Quality of Life and Quality of Care

Target Audience:

  • Physicians
  • RNs, RPNs, PSWs
  • Directors of care and directors of wellness
  • Activity and recreation managers and staff
  • Program managers

Session topics may include:

  • Advancements, best practices and innovations that improve care or resident services
  • Integration models, including programs, services and care delivery initiatives or projects that cross sectoral agencies
  • How homes can or should be supporting a new resident population; exploring how to successfully change the type of care you provide
  • Innovative and effective programs that meet the needs of all residents and all levels of care
  • Enhancing awareness and best practices for the care of residents with dementia
  • Improving practice through the introduction of new programs that more effectively identify and meet residents’ needs; programs that more effectively enhance resident quality of life
  • Culture change
  • Time management 
  1. Environmental and Maintenance

 Target Audience:

  • Environmental service managers
  • Maintenance supervisors and staff

Session topics may include: 

  • Advancements, best practices and other innovations that provide a safe environment and enable high quality care for residents
  • Waste management and recycling programs
  • New effective/efficient environmental management practices
  • Regulatory and legislative requirements
  • Health and safety initiatives
  • Infection prevention and control initiatives or practices
  • An in-depth look at how environmental and maintenance are impacted through the capital renewal process (i.e. what do staff need to know and do?)
  1. Culinary and Nutrition Summit 

Seasons Care Dietitian Network, in conjunction with OLTCA and ORCA, are pleased to be presenting the 2nd Annual Senior Living Culinary and Nutrition Summit. Last year’s Summit was a great success and was both well attended and positively received. Many Nutrition and Food Service professionals in our industries have expressed a desire to attend this year and participate in the educational opportunities. This year, we expect an even greater attendance through great programming and current topics and speakers. As such, we invite you to join our 2nd Annual Senior Living Culinary and Nutrition Summit and encourage you to put forth your application. 

Target Audience:

  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Food Service Staff
  • Food Service Executives
  • Chefs
  • Culinary nutrition teachers and students
  • Health Care staff involved in the nutritional care of residents 

Session topics may include:

  • Food Stage Demos
  • Food Preparation
  • Meal Service / Dining Initiatives
  • Interpretation of Legislation related to Food and Nutrition
  • Current relevant Clinical Nutrition topics / Multidisciplinary Focussed
  • Current research
  • Budget / Time Management / Staffing Initiatives
Speaker Selection Criteria:
  • Relevance: the topic, initiative or program is applicable to one of the educational programming streams and the information is new and relevant
  • Potential impact of knowledge, program or initiative to be used to improve quality, efficiency, and/or staff and resident experience in a long-term care home/retirement community
  • Interactive component, tool and/or takeaway of session is engaging, relevant, and practical
Eligibility criteria:   

Applicants may be: OLTCA and/or ORCA affiliate, commercial or home members, provincial,   national or international stakeholder organizations or educators, researchers, students or postdoctoral trainees.

Successful applicants are expected to:

  1. Register for the conference by February 20, 2017 and pay applicable speaker registration fee (if applicable)
  2. Agree to be profiled in selected Association and conference promotional material
Key Dates:
  • Call for speakers applications open: November 1, 2016
  • Deadline for speakers applications: EXTENDED to December 7, 2016 – 4:00 pm ET
  • Registration open: TBD
  • Applicants notified of decision: January 16, 2017
  • Speakers to be confirmed by: January 20, 2017
  • Speakers to register by: February 20, 2017
  • Together We Care Convention and Tradeshow: April 3-5, 2017



For queries regarding application topics and content for join and/or long term care sessions, please contact:
Michelle Gradini
Director, Member Services and Events
T: 647.256.3490 ext. 3497

For queries regarding application topics and content for retirement community sessions sessions, please contact:
Jo Ann Prior
Director, Policy and professional Development
T: 905.403.0500 ext. 224

For queries regarding application topics and content for the Culinary & Nutrition Summit, please contact:
Alexandria Donovan
Project Manager, Seasons Care Dietitian Network
T: 519.436.8151

For queries regarding the online submission process and for technical difficulties, please contact:
Daniela Nogueira
Together We Care Convention & Trade Show 2017
T: 888.527.3434 / 519.263.5050 / 519.263.6003 (direct)