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Kelly Tye Vallis is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working in the WRHA Long Term Care-Speech Language Pathology Service, serving the needs of residents with communication and swallowing impairments. Kelly also works in the PRIME program at Misericordia Health Centre. She serves on the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM) council and is a co-author of a swallowing management program (TTMD-R) for regions with little or no access to speech language pathology services

Sylvia Davidson

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Sylvia Davidson is an occupational therapist and the manager/professional practice chief of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Therapeutic Recreation at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto. Throughout her career as an occupational therapist, she has worked clinically in acute care, rehabilitation, long term care and in the community. Sylvia is currently the chair of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist’s Dementia Network. She is also vice president of the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation and a past president of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. She believes passionately in the role everyone has to play in dementia care in partnership with people with dementia and their individual support systems.

Dr. William (Bill) Gibson

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Dr. Bill Gibson completed medical school at the University of Sheffield, UK, and higher specialist training in general internal medicine and geriatrics in South Yorkshire. He completed a research fellowship in urinary incontinence at the University of Alberta, where he received his PhD. He is interested in examining the links between falls and lower urinary track symptoms (LUTS) in older people, which is the basis of his ongoing research program. Dr. Gibson is a consultant geriatrician at the University of Alberta hospital, and his clinical practice concentrates on continence and other bladder and bowel issues, dementia and frailty.

Dr. Genevieve Thompson

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Dr. Genevieve Thompson is passionate about improving the care of those living, dying, visiting and working in long-term care. To this end, over the last 14 years, she has developed a program of research to explore issues related to palliative approaches, person-centred and relational practices, and quality care for older adults, particularly for persons living with dementia. She is a tenured-associate professor, in the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Thompson has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences and has written several book chapters. She obtained her Hospice Palliative Care Nursing certification through the Canadian Nurses Association.

Heather Dixon

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After raising four children, Heather Dixon went back to school to become a lawyer in personal injury litigation. While serving on the boards of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba (10 years) and the Alzheimer Society of Canada (six years), Heather discovered her passion in a new and burgeoning area of practice: elder law. She taught employment law at Red River College and has given seminars/speeches/courses for articling students, families, care partners and professional groups. She is a founding member of Prevent Elder Abuse Manitoba (PEAM) and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her work with the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Heather is currently board chair for a personal care home in Winnipeg. In 2013, she closed her own office to retire, but so far has kept on working. She is currently counsel to the People’s Corner Law Office in Winnipeg. And she is still hoping to retire - soon.

Geoff Garland

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For over 20 years, Geoff Garland has been advising private business owners and high net worth individuals on a variety of taxation issues, including: tax minimization, corporate restructuring, wealth and succession planning, purchase and sale of business interests, and executive compensation. Geoff has a willingness to bring ideas forward for consideration in a proactive manner, allowing clients to make sound decisions with proper perspective and decision support. He has been a seasonal instructor for Certified Public Accountants of Canada, both in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, for over 18 years, instructing both students and graduate certified public accountants in various taxation courses. Geoff acquired his chartered accountant designation in 2000 and completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax program in 2003.

Karen Schnell-Hoehn

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Karen Schnell-Hoehn has worked as a registered nurse for 25 years. She is currently the palliative care clinical nurse specialist at St. Boniface Hospital, where she assists with symptom management and end-of-life care for patients with advanced illness.

David Falk

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As a professional speaker, David Falk has inspired audiences to prevent, manage and resolve conflict for over 30 years, drawing on his experience as an organizational consultant, workplace mediator and conflict management specialist. He is an engaging presenter who combines practical wisdom and humour to enhance his audiences’ understanding and ability to deal with the many challenges that they face, both at work and at home. David holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and is a Chartered Mediator with the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institute of Canada. He has been a partner at Facilitated Solutions, Manitoba’s premiere workplace conflict management firm, since 2003 and is the current president of the ADR Institute of Manitoba (ADRIM).