We welcome everyone to our Calgary Conference which will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown on April 11, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Everyone interested in this important new market should mark this date on their calendar.

Join us at the fabulous Hilton Garden Inn - Calgary Downtown for our Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference.

Conveniently located close to parking and transit, the Hilton Garden Inn is easy to get to.

Hilton Garden Inn - Calgary Downtown
711 4th Street SE
Calgary, AB
T2G 1N3

19 minutes from the Calgary Airport and close to the Trans Canada Highway, the Hilton Garden looks forward to receiving our group.  Contact Stuart before March 11, 2019 to receive discount hotel rates.

Aging in Place is the ability to remain in your home, comfortably safely and independently regardless of age or ability level.

This growing market has finally come of age.  People in all aspects of our economy are starting to recognize the buying power of the 65+ Canadian and the need to adapt home to allow for Aging in Place.  95% of senior Canadians wish to age in the home and community in which they are familiar.  This group has huge home ownership and assets and is getting motivated to ensure that they are in control of their future plans.

Effective Aging in Place requires integration from a huge number of organizations and groups including:

  • Government
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Renovator/Contractors
  • Trades
  • Lawyers
  • Realtors
  • Gerontologists
  • Hospitals
  • Academia and Students (special rates)
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Builders
  • Municipal Leaders
  • Home Care
  • Interior Designers
  • Architects
  • Physical Therapists
  • Health and Social Services
  • Policy, Manufacturers
  • Retailers
  • Not-for-profit groups

The Conference is an interactive session between vendors, speakers and other delegates.

If you have questions about whether this conference is for you, please contact us and we will happily answer any questions.

Speaker Lineup

Byron Brooks, Project Manager
Brookwright, Calgary

Byron Brooks is a builder by choice who obtained his carpentry certification at BCIT in 2007 and a Construction Management Certificate from SAIT in 2016. With Brookwright, he has formed a team of professionals who specialize in building "Forever Homes." Through the course of this work he has come to realize the value in future proofing homes to accommodate the changing needs of his clients.

Approaching projects with empathy, emotional intelligence and an eye to the future has been very well received in what is known for being a dispassionate "git-r-done" industry!

Bard Golightly
CHBA - Home Modification Council

Chair and Past President - CHBA


Bard Golightly has over 30 years of experience including real estate development, land acquisition and assembly, financing, zoning, sales and marketing support, project design and property management.

He works with the Christenson Group of Companies in Edmonton. He has directly been responsible for the development and construction of over 3,000 residential units.

Bard also serves on numerous boards including Past President of Built Green Canada, Past President of the National Canadian Home Builders Association, City of Edmonton Design Committee, the City of Edmonton Development Plan Review Panel and is the current chair of CHBA's Home Modification Council.

Don Fenn
President - Caregiver Omnimedia
Founder - Home Modification Canada


Don Fenn has spent a lifetime as business owner, social entrepreneur, innovator, and leader in sales and marketing. He is the President/CEO of Caregiver Omnimedia, Founder of Home Modification Canada which in 2017 becomes a National Council under the Canadian Home Builders Association, and is a leading authority on the burgeoning Aging in Place phenomena that is transforming the way we live and house our citizens in the future.

He formed Caregiver Omnimedia in 2003 as a result of caring for his parents while also serving as power-of-attorney for his cousin in supportive living. The information gaps between the healthcare system and the consumer led to several national and regional initiatives including the launching of media products: The Family Caregiver Newsmagazine, thefamilycaregiver.com; Home Modification Guide for Family Caregivers; Going Home, a hospital-based informative guide for consumers transitioning from hospital to home; and has run seminars, national research projects, conferences, content marketing programmes, and participated in countless expert panels, trade shows, all in the home care, family caregiving and aging sectors.

Don has the unique ability to envision the future state of aging - he sees solutions before others see problems - he formulates answers before people understand the question. He has been called innovative, original, passionate, and visionary. Companies retain him for his ability to turn ideas into revenue. He provides practical support to futuristic thinking and creates real informative solutions to delivering information in a digital society.

He has served on multiple boards, advisory committees, his honours are many but the one of which he is most proud is the 2012 Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution in Canada to Family Caregiving. Don believes that the most effective way to cope with change is to help create it.

Marnie Courage
Director and Inclusive Design Consultant
Enabling Access


Marnie established Enabling Access Inc. in 2005.  She is a Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of  Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy graduate from the University of Manitoba.  She is a trained mental health clinician and a Return to Work Specialist.  With a passion for increased accessibility, she completed Universal Design courses through the University of Buffalo and holds an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California.  Marnie designed and teaches Creating Inclusive Workplaces - Accessibility to Accommodation course at the University of Winnipeg's Human Resource Program.  Marnie is also a Matheson Certified Ergonomic Evaluator Specialist (CEES), Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator, Post-offer Employment Testing Evaluator and has developed innovative Workplace Disability Management Services.  She was awarded WCB's SafeWork Manitoba Research and Workplace Innovation Program grant in 2015.  Marnie is a Certified Life Care Planner, specializing in brain and spinal cord injured clients, providing medical-legal expert services internationally.  Marnie is a dynamic public speaker, presenting regularly at conferences and workshops in her field.

Lesya Dyk, B.H. Sc. OT Reg. (ON)
President - Clinical Director
Lesya Dyk OT Services


Lesya Dyk has been in practice as an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years.  She founded Lesya Dyk O.T. Services, an Occupational Therapy practice in 1998, serving people who as a result of their car accidents, had to reagin their function through therapy and home modification.

Currently her practice has diversified, providing not only clinical services, but also educational support and consultation services specifically in the Accessibility arena.  With respect to her role as an educator, she is a Clinical Lecturer, Tutor and Facilitator at McMaster University in not only the Rehabilitation Science program, but has also tutored in the School of Medicine and the Programme for Faculty Development.

As a leader, she is past President of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and current Treasurer of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT).

Lesya also sits on the advisory board for the York - Seneca Rehabilitation Programme.  She served as a founding member of the steering committee of Home Modification Canada, an organization that is striving to organize, certify and support research in the home modifications industry.  She now sits as a council member on the Canadian Home Builders' Association - Home Modification Council, representing the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.  She is contributing to the development of the Canadian version of the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) course planning.

Lesya's passion is to support the professional practice of Occupational Therapists and to ensure that OT's are at the table where Accessibility and Barrier-Free design are being discussed.

Dianne L. Himbeault, MCIP, RPP
Knowledge Transfer Specialist
Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


Dianne Himbeault is a Knowledge Mobilization Specialist for CMHC in the Prairie region.  She has been with CMHC for more than 10 years in a variety of roles, as a Senior Market Analyst, a First Nation Housing Consultant and as a Senior Specialist, Policy Analysis in Housing Needs.  Dianne also spent more than fifteen years with the City of Winnipeg where she held a number of positions including Manager of the Planning and Land Use Division of the Planning Property and Development Department.

Dianne holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics from the Université de Saint-Boniface and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Manitoba.

Margot Schulman
Owner and Principal
Schulman Design Inc.


Margot Schulman, B.A., D.I.D., B.I.D., has been an entrepreneur, interior designer, and sociologist (Gerontology) for more than 20 years. Her full-service interior design firm, Schulman Design, transforms commercial and residential spaces and spearheads change for those with mobility or cognitive challenges. She offers innovative design solutions that celebrate aging and independence. Margot is passionate about caring for people and is committed to shifting cultural paradigms through advocacy, accessibility design, education, and strategic partnerships.

Margot draws from her experience with her brother, David, whose life was catastrophically altered at age 13 when he was in a cycling accident that resulted in a severe closed head injury and diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic. To gain a deeper understanding of what aging well looks like and to encourage intergenerational relationships, she lives in a seniors’ community with her children. She and her team members are Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) facilitators, and she regularly presents at conferences and workshops as an interior designer and advocate.

Margot believes that we all have an impact on society and how we choose to fuel positive change within a global ecosystem is firmly within our grasp. She is committed to shifting cultural paradigms by curating the aging spirit.

Mary Lynne Stewart
March of Dimes Canada
National Director Fund Development and Communications

(March of Dimes Canada administrates the Home and Vehicle Modification Program on behalf of the Ontario Government.)

Vivianne Gauci
Vice President, Marketing
HomeEquity Bank


As Vice President, Marketing, Ms. Gauci is responsible for increasing brand awareness and affinity, driving originations growth through digital and direct to consumer channels, and supporting sales teams in their efforts to expand HomeEquity Bank’s reach through banks and mortgage broker channels.

Ms. Gauci joined HomeEquity Bank in 2015 and has over 18 years of experience in global financial services companies and in marketing consultancy.

Ms. Gauci graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and she also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business.

Tentative Schedule


Don Fenn, President
Caregiver Omnimedia

Lesya Dyk, Clinical Director
Lesya Dyk Occupational Therapists

Marnie Courage, Director and Inclusive Design Consultant
Enabling Access

Pat Acquisto, Principal
Pro Accessibility Ltd.

Margot Schulman, Owner Principle Interior Designer
Schulman Design

Daniel Meilleur, President
Sifton Interlake Construction Ltd.

11:00 BREAK

Margot Schulman, Owner Principle Interior Designer
Schulman Design

Bard Golightly, Chair
CHBA, Home Modification Council

12:15 LUNCH

Mary Lynne Stewart, National Director Fund Development
March of Dimes Canada

Yvonne Ziomecki, EVP Marketing & Sales | Chief Marketing Officer
Home Equity Bank

Dianne L. Himbeault, Knowledge Transfer Specialist
Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation - CMHC

Dr. Carry Scarf, R. Aud, PhD
Audiology Innovations

3:00 BREAK

Jessica Power Cyr, Wellness and Lifestyle Director
The Glencoe Club

3:30 – 4:45 Power Sessions (TBA)

Don Fenn
Margot Schulman

5:00 NETWORKING HOUR (with cocktails and appetizers)

Registration for the Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference is now open.  We anticipate 100 attendees from all sectors.

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and 2 breaks.  The afternoon will be followed by a wine and cheese networking hour.

Delegate Registration - $199

Student Registration - $99

We are pleased to be joined by important partners and exhibitors in the presentation of our Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference.

March of Dimes Canada provides a wide range of services to people with physical disabilities across Canada.

CMHC is a Crown Corporation and exists for a single reason: to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada. We know that housing helps people stay employed, do better in school and participate more fully in society. Housing affordability and a stable housing finance system support a stronger, safer Canada where everyone can live with dignity. This includes the promotion of home modifications that incorporate universal design principles so that all Canadians of all ages can choose to live in place.

Affordable housing for all is an ambitious goal, and we can’t do it alone. We’re mobilizing the expertise and energy of governments, non-profits, lenders, developers, social entrepreneurs and co-ops to create the future of housing. Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy is just one example. Together, we’re removing barriers to ensure that no one is left behind.

CHBA’s Home Modification Council (HMC) supports many aspects of aging in place for Canada’s seniors and for persons with disabilities and their caregivers, including: appropriate home modifications; appropriate training for renovators; access to occupational therapists, trained architects/designers, and community care professionals; information about disability funding organizations, government loans, grants & tax credits, and assistive device and industry representatives.

The goal of the HMC is to provide a much needed coordination point of expertise, resources and services for those who wish to age in place, as well as their caregivers. This is to be done by clearly identifying the needs of consumers and the needs of those working in this sector striving to meet these needs.

Schulman Design creates innovative commercial and residential living environments that function and feel good. We are a full-service interior design firm that transforms spaces so people experiencing mobility or cognitive challenges can live their best life.

With 25 years of diverse experience spanning corporate, healthcare, hospitality, multi-family developments, and residential clients, we understand that design must adapt to different needs and preferences. SDI specializes in:

  • New build construction and renovations from preliminary design through procurement and project turnover.
  • Home and multi-resident site assessments and recommendations for accessibility and safety.
  • Customized aging-in-place or community design solutions.
  • Project management, tendering, and scheduling.

Schulman Design actively champions change by keeping abreast of research and trends, participating in innovative health care forums, presenting at international conferences, collaborating with industry stakeholders, and learning directly from those who matter most—our clients and their loved ones.

Caregiver Omnimedia is the presenting sponsor of Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference.  Involved in the industry since 2003, Caregiver Omnimedia was instrumental in the formation of Home Modification Canada which became the Home Modification Council of CHBA in 2017.

Caregiver Omnimedia is a Marketing and Communication company in the home care / Family Caregiving / Aging in Place / Home Modification marketplace.

If you would like to join our sponsors or exhibit to our delegates in this space, please contact us.

Sponsorship - $2,500 (includes 3 delegates)

Exhibitors - $400 (includes 1 delegate)


Stuart Teather
Caregiver Omnimedia
800 209 4810 Ex. 23

March of Dimes Canada's Opening Doors for Accessibility is a full day, FREE Community Seminar.  If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver/partner or family member, you should attend this event.

  • Professional Speakers speaking on:
    • Opening Minds Through Design
    • Aging in Place
    • Travel
    • Improved Driving
    • Accessibility
    • SPECIAL GUEST:  Kate Linder - Young and the Restless
  • Free admission and lunch
  • Opportunities to ask questions and gain valuable knowledge

To Register, contact:

Berat Barzanjee
1 800 263 3463 x7305

Please include full name, phone number and email address.