On September 12, 2019, we were happy to welcome everyone to our Winnipeg Conference which took place at the Ambassador Conference Centre (Canad Inns - Polo Park) from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Attendees were provided with an opportunity to learn about how good home modifications with the proper team could aid in successful Aging in Place.

Join us at the fabulous Canad Inn - Destination Centre - Polo Plaza for our Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference.

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

Canad Inn - Destination Centre - Polo Plaza
Ambassador Conference and Banquet Centre
1405 St. Matthews Ave.

Winnipeg, MB
R3G 3P7

Hotel - Group Rate

For those attending from out of town, we have secured a rate of $124 to stay at the Canad Inn for the conference.  Reservations must be made before August 12, 2019 to secure the group rate.

To obtain your Conference Code, contact Stuart.


11 minutes from the Winnipeg Airport and close to Hwy 90,  Canad Inns looks forward to receiving your group.


Unlimited parking is provided free of charge.

Aging in Place means living in the home that you love, 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.

Confirmed Speakers

Pat Acquisto
Founder and President
Pro Accessibility Ltd.



Pat Acquisto is an accomplished contractor and home builder and has been involved in the construction industry since 1999.   After recognizing a need for quality contractors and construction in the accessibility industry, Pat took it upon himself to bridge the gap between health care and contractors.  As a result, he has dedicated the last 12 years exclusively catering to seniors and individuals with accessibility needs.

He is the founder and president of Pro Accessibility Ltd., a renowned company based in Toronto, Canada.   Pro Accessibility Ltd.  specializes in the design, modification and building of homes and workplaces for people with disabilities or physical limitations.

Pat’s mission is to eliminate the barriers that individuals face in their daily life and to create environments that are safe and fully accessible.

Some of Pat’s certifications include Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) as well as Building Accessible Excellence Accessor (Excellence Canada).  He is also recognized by March of Dimes Canada as an A+ Accessibility Advantage contractor.  Pat is a proud member of CAOT-Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist as well as a Board Member of the Canadian Home Builders Association (Home Modification Program). 

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.

Marnie sits on the Home Modifications Council of Canada representing the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and contributed to the training content for the Canadian Certified Aging In Place Specialist (C-CAPS) course.

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.

B.J. Fehr
Owner / Architect
f-BLOK Architecture Inc.


B.J. Fehr is an Owner / Architect of f-BLOK architecture inc. and has a passion for inclusive accessible design and advocate of the “Accessible Design for the Built Environment” standard, CSA B651-12 (R2017). B.J. consistently informs clients about the limitations the National Building Code(s) pose at it relates to universal design and recommends compliance to CSA B561-12 or greater.

f-BLOK architecture prefers to work in a collaborative manner and has standing working relationships with leading occupational therapy groups, quantity surveyors and Contractors. In addition to new accessible residential construction, we have audited multiple commercial and residential existing buildings and provided written reports outlining recommendations for removal of barriers and accessibility improvements. We pride ourselves on providing realistic + feasible recommendations on renovations inclusive of cost and constructability information. Our specialization and commitment to improving the accessibility of the built environment has exposed us to both public and private clients searching for opportunities to increase accessibility within their spaces.

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.

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.

Allen Mankewich
Accessible Housing Advocate


Allen has worked on various disability programs and initiatives in government and the non-profit sector. One of the projects he worked on was to promote visitable housing across Canada.  In June 2015, he participated in the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program, where he learned how advocates, disability organizations and different levels of government work together so people with disabilities in the United States can exercise their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. One of his passions is accessible housing for disabled people.

Anupam Sharma
Regional Development Manager - Manitoba
March of Dimes Canada


Anupam Sharma works with March of Dimes Canada as Regional Development Manager- Manitoba. He has been in this position since October 2016.

Previously, he worked as Director of Operations for the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council. 

Over the years, his work has focused on community and economic development. He has contributed weekly and/or monthly columns to the Winnipeg Sun under the "Indo-Canadian Page" and  the "First Nations Page". 

At the community level he is Vice Chair/India Centre for Academic, Business & Community Excellence (an outcome of partnership between the University of Winnipeg and India Association of Manitoba), He is Past President and currently Member/Board of Directors at the India Association of Manitoba. He is also Member of the Associates-Asper Business School at the University of Manitoba.

Gary Sharp
Director - Renovation Services
Canadian Home Builders Association



Gary Sharp has been involved in the construction and renovation industry for over 25 years in a variety of capacities.  Gary is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.  Gary became CHBA’s first Director, Renovator Services in June, 2015.  He is also the staff lead responsible for the Home Modification Council, which was formed in late 2017.  The Home Modification Council recognizes the specialized needs of the aging in place population and persons with disabilities. Gary is also responsible for the updates to the CHBA’s best-selling Builders’ Manual and is leading the development of a companion document; the Renovators’ Manual.

Schedule (Tentative)



Don Fenn, President
Caregiver Omnimedia


Lesya Dyk, Clinical Director
Lesya Dyk Occupational Therapists



B.J. Fehr, Owner / Architect
f-Blok Architecture Inc.


Marnie Courage, Director and Inclusive Design Consultant
Enabling Access


Pat Aquisto, Founder and President
Pro Accessibility Ltd.


Dianne L. Himbeault, Knowledge Transfer Specialist

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation - CMHC

Gary Sharp, Director Renovation Services
CHBA, Home Modification Council


Allen Mankewich,
Accessible Housing Advocate

Anupam Sharma, Regional Development Manager - Manitoba
March of Dimes Canada

Paul Klassen - Collaborative Tools for Accessible Canada
Mitchell Jeffrey - Carfit
Marnie Courage - Access Match

Don Fenn
Marnie Courage

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.

Registration - $299 (+HST)

Early Bird Registration - $249 (+HST) extended until July 31

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 is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of
programs and services across the country.

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.

The CHIP Reverse Mortgage is a loan secured against the value of your home. Unlike a regular loan or mortgage, with CHIP, you are not required to make payments. You’re free to enjoy your retirement. You only repay the loan when you move or sell your home. And you maintain complete control until you decide to do so.

All you’re responsible for are the property taxes and insurance and to keep your property well-maintained. The money you receive with the CHIP Reverse Mortgage is tax-free. What you do with it is up to you.

We are enabling access to improved well-being, safety and accessibility for individuals, family and workplaces in Manitoba and Northern Ontario. Our Occupational Therapists provide assessments, direct therapy and training to optimize ergonomics, ability and create inclusive environments for all. While providing services in the areas of Workplace Health and Inclusion, and Functional Rehabilitation, we aim to make tangible improvements in people's lives, based on our fundamental belief in every person’s right to safely experience their job, home, and community to the fullest extent possible.  Since 2005, our flexible and responsive processes have been creating supportive experiences and environments for customers. 

Safe Living Manitoba is a preventative functional screening and residential accessibility consulting service developed by Enabling Access Inc., to support people who are living with disabilities and those wanting to age in place safely.  The service is customized to the individual residents and includes a functional screening of the resident(s) paired with a residential safety and accessibility assessment. A report is provided which outlines identified fall and safety risks, barriers to current and future access and includes recommendations for assistive devices, support services, and cost-effective home modifications.  SAFE Living Manitoba is led by EA's C.E.O. Marnie Courage, Inclusive Design Specialist and Occupational Therapist, who holds an Executive Certificate in Home Modifications from the University of Southern California. Marnie and her team work collaboratively with the residents, accessibility renovation/construction companies, designers, and home health care product vendors to create beautiful, safe and accessible living environments.

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 establish your company as integral part of the Aging in Place / Home Modification Industry nationally or specifically in Manitoba / Northern Ontario / Saskatchewan, sponsoring this conference will highlight your involvement.

Sponsors receive premier booth space, enrollment for 3 delegates, discounts for additional attendees and guests, material placement within delegate bags, possible speaker introduction and more.  For the first time, sponsorship also includes a video shoot onsite at the conference.  Sponsorship starts at $3,500.


There are two types of booth space available at Aging in Place.

Full Booths (10 x 10') - $500 (includes 1 delegate)

Table Top Displays (6' table) - $300 (includes 1 delegate)


If you have a large group or would like to invite others to attend our conference, tables of 6 can be purchased for $1,250.

Delegate Bags

If you would like to insert information about your company into our delegate bags, the cost is $250

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


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.

Participants Receive:

  • 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.