The day before our National Aging in Place Conference (November 28), we are going to be hosting a special workshop for Renovator / Contractors involved or interested in the Home Modification Market.  This conference will outline the market, the business case for this market and teach individuals through case studies, professional speakers and others already established in this industry. 


Look to the tabs below for more information and to register.

Join us at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North for the Renovator Contractor Home Modification Workshop.

Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel
600 Hwy 7

Richmond Hill, ON
L4B 1B2

Free Parking and located on Hwy 7 and close to the 407 and 404.

Hotel - Group Rate

For those attending from out of town, we have secured a special rate to stay at the Hotel for the workshop (& Conference next day).

You can contact the hotel at 1-800-668-0101 and mention “Caregiver” to obtain your preferred rate of $149 until November 6.

Directions from the Pearson International Airport

Take Highway 427 south towards Highway 401 East.Take Highway 401 East to Highway 404 North.From Highway 404 North, exit at Highway 7 and turn left (west). The hotel is located on the right side after 2 traffic lights

Directions from Downtown Toronto

Take the Don Valley Parkway North to the 404 North.  Exit at Highway 7 and turn left (west)The hotel is located on the right side after 2 traffic lights


Unlimited parking is provided free of charge.

This workshop is designed for Renovators and Contractors with interest in the quickly growing Home Modification market.

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.  This group has huge home ownership and assets and is getting motivated to ensure that they are in control of their future plans.

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

Confirmed Speakers - (with others being added daily)

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.

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,; 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.

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 - Renovator Contractor Home Modification Workshop

8:00 - Breakfast
8:30 - Home Modifications - A Growing and Lucrative Market - Don Fenn
9:00 - Why CHBA's is Connected to this Market - Gary Sharp
9:30 - Specific Market Needs and Opportunity for Renovators in this Market - Pat Acquisto
10:00 - Break
10:15 - Learning from the Field - 3 Case Studies that highlight this work
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - How to Work with an OT - Lesya Dyk
1:30 - Canadian Legislation and Design Guidelines - TBA
1:50 - How to Report on Projects - Gary Sharp
2:10 - Funding Issues - TBA
2:30 - Break
2:45 - Specialized Products and Services - Jim Closs - Stannah + others
3:15 - CHBA's work in this area - Jeff Culp, Gary Sharp
3:45 - What is being done by OT's
4:30 - Mix and Mingle with CAOT Workshop participants

Registration for the Renovator Contractor Home Modification Conference is now open.  We anticipate 50+ attendees.

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) until October 31

Special Rates available for CHBA Members - Contact Stuart for more details.

We are pleased to be joined by important partners and exhibitors in the presentation of our Renovator Contractor Home Modification Workshop.

Stannah is recognized around the world as the company that brings freedom, independence and a strong sense of safety back to anyone who has difficulty overcoming the challenges posed by the stairs in their home. Around the world there are more Stannah stairlifts in place than any other brand.

Ever since Stannah was established as a family-owned company over 150 years ago, we have been committed to quality craftsmanship. Safety, reliability, and value are the tools of our trade, while you, our customer, are our primary focus. We want you to understand and enjoy freedom, independence and the inescapable feeling of pride that comes from being the master of your home.

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.

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 your product or service is useful to contractors, we would love to have you involved.  Sponsorship of the Workshop is $1,500.

*Note:  Special Rates applicable when bundled with the CAOT Home Modification Workshop (November 27) or the Home Modification Conference (November 28).

If you would like to join our sponsors, please contact us.

Stuart Teather
Caregiver Omnimedia
800 209 4810 Ex. 23

Market your product or service to the Renovators Contractors making purchase decisions.


Full Booths (10 x 10') - includes 2 delegates
Regular Rate - $500 + HST
NFP Rate - $450 + HST

Table Top Displays

Table Top Displays (6' table) - includes 1 delegate
Regular Rate - $350 + HST
NFP Rate - $300 + HST

*Note:  Special Rates applicable when bundled with the CAOT Home Modification Workshop (November 27) or the Home Modification Conference (November 28).

Delegate Bags

If you would like to insert information about your company into our delegate bags, the cost is $300.

For more information, please contact:

Stuart Teather 
905 833 6200 Ex. 23