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The University of British Columbia Emeritus College

University of Victoria Retirees Association,

Simon Fraser University Retirees Association 
are proud to host

the 2022 CURAC/ARUCC Virtual Assembly

Thursday, May 19, 2022
9:30 am - 1:00 pm 

CURAC/ARUCC (College and University Retiree Associations of Canada/Associations de retraités des universités et collèges du Canada) membership includes retiree associations and retirees from many post-secondary institutions across Canada.  

Come join us online as retiree association members from across the country gather to share ideas and information and also to participate in a series of educational sessions geared to retirement life. This year’s sessions focus on wellness and well-being, a major area of research strength at the three universities.  
Speakers include Dr. John Helliwell (UBC), Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson (SFU), Dr. Gloria Guttman (SFU) and Dr. Anne Martin Matthews (UBC).  


Click for Registration link to Zoom-webinar on May 19

CURAC/ARUCC 2022 - May 19, 2022

Last Update: May 15, 2022 - Break Time and Panel Discussion updated.

9:30am to 9:40am

Welcoming Remarks by:
Santa Ono,
President University of British Columbia
Kent Percival, President CURAC/ARUCC
Joost Blom, Principal Emeritus College

9:40am to 10:30am

Dr. John Helliwell, Professor Emeritus of Economics, UBC

Professor Emeritus of Economics at UBC and Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and Co-Director from 2005 to 2017 of the CIFAR Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-Being, as well as a founding board member of the International Positive Psychology Association.

In recent years, his interest in social capital and subjective well-being has led him to collaborate on and use measures of subjective well-being from around the world to help understand what makes lives better, with special attention to social factors. He is Editor of the World Happiness Report. Dr. Helliwell will talk about happiness as we continue to grow older.

10:30am to 10:40am

CURAC/ARUCC Awards Ceremony

10:40am to 11:15am


11:15am to 12:45pm

Panel discussion on "Wellness and wellbeing as we grow older"

Dr. Martin-Matthews will talk about the heterogeneity over the 30 years or so of what the government designates ‘old age’ and implications for policy.
Dr. Brooks-Wilson will talk about Super Seniors, individuals 85 and older who have never been diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular disease, major pulmonary disease, diabetes or dementia. 
Dr. Gutman will talk about adapting communities to be more liveable to adults as they age, and options for living in the community.

The panelists will all contribute to the general discussion.

Anne Martin-Matthews, PhD, OC, is Professor of Sociology at The University of British Columbia, most recently serving also as Associate Vice-President Health. Over a 40-year career, she has conducted research on social aspects of aging, and health and social care of older people. As Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, she championed creation of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and CIHR’s Summer Program in Aging. She is a member of the Board of AGEWELL: Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, and the Health Data Research Network Canada. She holds honorary degrees from Newcastle University (UK) and Memorial University. In 2018, she was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada, for contributions to advancing research on aging. 

Angela Brooks-Wilson, PhD, is Assoc. VP Research, Simon Fraser University, Professor of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, SFU, Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Distinguished Scientist, BC Cancer Research Centre, BC Cancer Member, Cancer Control Research, BC Cancer, and a distinguished scientist at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre. She studies the interaction between genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers in causing lymphoid cancers. Her interest in cancer is complemented by her work on healthy aging, in which she studies "super seniors”.

Gloria Gutman, PhD, CM. OBC, developed the Gerontology Research Centre and Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was Director of both from 1982–2005.  Currently, she’s Research Associate/Professor Emerita at SFU, Vice-President International Longevity Centre-Canada and President, North American Chapter International Society for Gerontechnology. Her awards and honours include Order of British Columbia, LLD (honoris causa- Western University), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and Order of Canada for her work “as an international authority in the field of gerontology”. She is author/editor of 23 books. Her research interests include seniors’ housing, long-term care, health promotion, gerontechnology, prevention of elder abuse, advance care planning, and seniors and disasters. She is past president Canadian Association on Gerontology, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse.  

CONFERENCE Sponsorship

CURAC/ARUCC has Corporate Affinity Partners who help finance these annual conferences. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors listed below for their generous contributions. 

Please click on their logos below to discover the vast array of services our sponsors offer to members of CURAC/ARUCC retiree associations.

Economical (home/auto/pet insurance), Retired Teachers of Ontario - RTO (Extended health benefits), Johnson (travel insurance) and HearingLife.