We welcome everyone to our London Conference will take place at the Lamplighter Inn - (591 Wellington Rd.) on March 28, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Everyone interested in this important new market should mark this date on their calendar.

Join us at the fabulous Lamplighter Inn for our Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference.

Conveniently located close to the 401 with ample parking, the Lamplighter Inn is easy to get to.

Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn
591 Wellington Rd.
London, ON
N6C 4R3

7 minutes from the 401, the Lamplighter Inn 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

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.

Shannon Coffey, OT
Lesya Dyk Occupational Therapists

Shannon Coffey is a registered Occupational Therapist working in the private sector at Lesya Dyk Occupational Therapy Services. She provides occupational therapy services to clients who have physical, cognitive, psycho-emotional and behavioural impairments as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, workplace accident or slip and fall accident. Her role is to promote independence, engagement and optimal function with each client in their home, community and at work.

She graduated from the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at the University of Western, Ontario. She was awarded class valedictorian and is the recipient of the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Future Scholar Award (2018) for her demonstrated potential in research. Shannon is an active member of both the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists.

Shannon’s background also includes a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Adult Development and Aging from the University of Guelph and a geriatric internship at the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Long-Term Care; fostering her passion to support older adults as they age successfully in their homes and communities. She is a member of the engAGE research lab at Western University exploring the influence of the built and social neighbourhood environment on the community mobility of older adults. She is also an Affiliate Member of the Aging Gracefully Across Environments Using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life (AGE-WELL NCE) Technology Network.


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.

Jamie Shipley, Knowledge Transfer Specialist
Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


Jamie has 30 years’ experience in the residential construction industry including over 20 years with CMHC. Jamie’s role at CMHC includes sharing technical and social economic information about aging in place and affordable housing design concepts with builders, renovators, planners, and housing design professionals across Ontario. Jamie is also a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.


Yvonne Ziomecki
EVP, Marketing and Sales
HomeEquity Bank


As Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Chief Marketing Officer, Ms. Ziomecki heads up Marketing and Consumer Sales operations and is responsible for developing sales, marketing and strategy and vision for HomeEquity Bank.  Reporting directly to the CEO, Ms. Ziomecki is responsible for driving originations growth and brand awareness through successful implementation of marketing initiatives, brand strategy, research, pricing, product marketing, marketing communications, advertising and public relations.  Ms. Ziomecki is blazing the trail in changing the vernacular around Canadians 55 plus; to that of freedom and empowerment in retirement.  Ms. Ziomecki graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts and she also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business.  She joined HomeEquity Bank in 2013.

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.)


Gary Sharp, CAPS, Director of Renovation
CHBA, Home Modification Council



Sue Wastell, President
London Home Builders Association

Don Fenn, President
Caregiver Omnimedia, Member Home Modification Council - CHBA

Lesya Dyk, Clinical Director,
Lesya Dyk Occupational Therapists

Pat Acquisto, CAPS, Principal
Pro Accessibility Ltd./Renovator

Shannon Coffey, OT
Lesya Dyk Occupational Therapists


Lonnie McInnis, Manager, Home and Vehicle Modification Program
March of Dimes Canada

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

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

Gary Sharp, CAPS, Director of Renovation
CHBA, Home Modification Council

12:45 LUNCH

Jamie Shipley, Knowledge Transfer Specialist
Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation – CMHC

1:45 End of Session, Recap and Thanks, Don, Gary, and Lois

Registration for the Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference is now open.  We anticipate 75 attendees from all sectors.

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and 2 breaks.

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.

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:
    • Cooking
    • Travel
    • Driving
    • Accessibility
    • Caregiving Solutions
    • Accessible Housing
  • Free admission and lunch
  • Opportunities to ask questions and gain valuable knowledge
  • Followed by Rock for Dimes Fundraiser

To Register, contact:

Berat Barzanjee
1 800 263 3463 X7305

Please include full name, phone number and email address.