2018 Call for Content

Together We Care is the largest and most comprehensive learning and networking experience for professionals in long-term care and retirement living. Featuring top-notch speakers and change-maker sessions, which educate and inspire 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 Content is now closed.
Thank you to all those who submitted applications!
Applicants have been notified of decision as of November 30, 2017

Call for Content

The Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) in partnership with the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) invite long-term care member homes and retirement communities, thought-leaders, innovators and stakeholders to submit abstracts for Together We Care (TWC) 2018.

Your session should:

  • Showcase innovation and excellence in business strategies and care processes.
  • Provide delegates with new information and insight, which seeks to inspire change in their homes, businesses and beyond.
  • Follow the Oral Presentation format and should not exceed 30 minutes in length.

** Please note, a select few of the oral presentation applications submitted will be chosen to be presented in a workshop format. Workshops will be 60 minutes in length and will include an engaging presentation component. You will be notified if your submission has been selected to be a workshop.


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

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. Applicants will be asked within your application to specify which group your session is geared toward (long-term care, retirement or both).

TWC 2018 Programming Streams 

Abstracts may be submitted under the following categories:

1.  Evolving Operations to Meet the Needs of Tomorrow’s Seniors

Session topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Cultural competency, diversity and inclusivity
  • Improving system integration
  • Consumer choice
  • Technology and innovation
  • Other

 2. Prevalent and Emerging Quality of Care and Quality of Life Issues

Session topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • End of Life/Palliative Care and Advanced Care Planning (ACP)
  • Medical Cannabis
  • Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Other

3. Investing in our People – Advancing Leadership and Workforce Capacity

Session topics may include:

  • Leadership development
  • Staff engagement and retention
  • Training, coaching and mentorship
  • Tomorrow’s Senior Living Workforce
  • Other

 4. Culinary and Nutrition

Session topics may include:

  • Meal Service / Dining Initiatives
  • Interpretation of Legislation related to Food and Nutrition
  • Current relevant Clinical Nutrition topics / Multidisciplinary Focused
  • Current research
  • Budget / Time Management / Staffing Initiatives
  • Other

Note: Seasons Care Dietitian Network, in conjunction with OLTCA and ORCA, are pleased to be presenting the 3rd Culinary and Nutrition Track. Last year’s program 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 3rd Culinary and Nutrition track and encourage you to put forth your application.


Key Dates
  • Call for Content applications open: Monday, September 25, 2017
  • Call for Content applications close: Friday, October 13, 2017 – 4:00 pm ET
  • Applicants will be notified of decision by November 30, 2017 (subject to change)
  • Speakers to be confirmed by: Friday, December 8, 2017
  • Convention registration opens: Monday, December 15, 2017
  • Speakers to register by: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (early bird deadline)
  • Together We Care Convention and Trade Show: April 9-11, 2018
Speaker selection criteria
  • Relevance: the topic, initiative or program is applicable to one of the educational programming streams and aligns with learning interests of conference delegates
  • Originality: The information is new, innovative and creative.
  • Potential impact: The knowledge, program or initiative is likely to be used to improve quality, efficiency, and/or staff and resident experience in a long-term care home/retirement community.
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 14, 2018 and pay applicable speaker registration fee.
  2. Agree to be profiled in selected Association and conference promotional material.


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

For queries regarding application topics and content for retirement community sessions, please contact:
Jo Ann Prior
Director, Policy and Professional Development
T: 905.403.0500 ext. 224
E: joann@orcaretirement.com

For queries regarding application topics and content for the Culinary & Nutrition stream, please contact:
Alexandria Donovan
Project Manager, Seasons Care Dietitian Network
T: 519.436.8151
E: alex@seasonscare.com

For queries regarding the online submission process and for technical difficulties, please contact:
Daniela Nogueira
Together We Care Convention & Trade Show 2018
T: 888.527.3434 / 519.263.5050 / 519.263.6003 (direct)
E: daniela@bayleygroup.com