On November 28, 2019, we are happy to welcome everyone to our National Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference in Toronto.  The event will take place at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


This will be our 10th conference with a focus on solutions and where this market is going.  We hope you can join us.

Join us at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North for the National Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference.

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 (& Workshop the previous 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.

Aging in Place ... living in the home that you love, comfortably, safely and independently regardless of age or ability level is something that more than 90% of Canadians want to do.

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.

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

Our National Conference - Toronto is our 10th Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference.  This year's conference is focussed on solutions.  We have had enough talk about Aging in Place.  It is time to start moving the needle to make it a reality.

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

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Geoff Fernie


Geoff Fernie, CM, PhD, PEng, CEng, FCAHS, is the Creaghan Family Chair in Prevention and Healthcare Technologies, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Dr. Fernie’s passion is the search for practical solutions to common problems of daily living for an aging population, people with disabilities and their caregivers.

Dr. Fernie has a track record of taking inventions from the laboratory to market. He has commercialized 11 products and 3 currently in clinical trials and has helped to launch several companies.  He has over 140 peer-reviewed journal papers/ book chapters, 22 awarded patents and an additional 13 patent filings.

Geoff’s main research focus is on increasing safe mobility. He reduces falls through improved environmental design and footwear and increases safety for older drivers. He also develops and is commercializing technology to reduce the large numbers of patients who catch infections when in hospital.

Ted Maulucci
SmartONE Solutions


Ted Maulucci is the President of SmartONE Solutions Inc., a company committed to advancing the digital living experience in communities. Mr. Maulucci assumed the role of President at SmartONE after a 26 year career as the Chief Information Officer of a leading Toronto based multi-family real estate developer. He is recognized for championing the development and execution of the first smart community in the Greater Toronto Area.

Mr. Maulucci has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Real Property Development.

Mr. Maulucci is passionate about contribution and advancing innovation across Canada through partnerships and collaboration.

He has been recognized with several international and local awards for IT leadership, IT application development, smart buildings, and social contribution.

Some notable leadership and innovation awards are the “Top Ten Best in Class CIO’s in North America” by Computerworld, two “CIPA Gold Award of Excellence” for application development in the real estate industry, and the Mid-Career Award from the University of Toronto for impact on an industry in an engineering career. 

For social contribution Mr. Maulucci has been recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for promoting Canadian innovation, The Citizenship Award from Professional Engineers Ontario, and the 2017 Meritorious Service Award, Community Service from Engineers Canada.

Mr. Maulucci’s efforts in smart and connected communities has garnered multiple Digie Awards for the from the Realcomm association for innovations in multi-family real estate. He also received a “Lifetime Achievement” award, which is awarded to an individual that has caused a major shift in the industry. In 2016, he was named the Private Sector Canadian CIO of the Year in 2016 for his work on advancing smart and connected communities.

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, 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.

Julie Sawchuk
Accessibility Strategist and Educator


As a published author and professional speaker, Julie combines her experience of living with a spinal cord injury with her passion for helping people make smart decisions when planning for accessibility. After completing the construction of her own fully accessible home Julie authored Build YOUR Space - How to create an accessible home for you, your family and your future to help others learn how to make decisions that will allow for reduced physical energy needs, improved safety, increased independence and the preservation of dignity. Julie is an Accessibility Strategist, owner of Sawchuk Accessible Solutions and is certified by the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification® (RHFAC) program. She has helped plan the renovations of century-old buildings on the mainstreet of her hometown (Blyth, ON) as well as newly constructed single family homes, a brewery and an elementary school. Two Canadian International Airports have become RHFAC certified with Julie’s help and so has the City of Vaughan’s City Hall and the Civic Library. Julie’s home is a showcase of how accessibility is not just functional, but also beautiful - and she is excited to share it with you. www.juliesawchuk.ca

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.

Conference Schedule - Moving Forward

November 27 @ 4:30pm - Meet & Greet - Wine and Cheese with CAOT Home Modification Worskhop

November 28 - Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference Schedule (Subject to change)

8:30 am - Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - Welcome and Introductions - Stuart Teather
9:05 am - Home Modifications - A little less conversation and a lot more action - Don Fenn
9:40 am - Smart Home Technology - The Future is Here - Ted Maulucci
10:40 am - BREAK & EXHIBITS
11:00 am - State of Aging in Place - Today and Beyond - Dr. Geoff Fernie
12:00 pm - LUNCH & EXHIBITS
1:00 pm - Results of OT Task Force on Home Modifications and the Path forward - Lesya Dyk
1:30 pm - The Critcal Role of a CAPS Contrator - Pat Acquisto
2:00 pm - Why an OT is important to the success of your Home Modification project - Marnie Courage
2:30 pm - BREAK & EXHIBITS

2:45 pm - FUNDING PROJECTS - Where is the money going to come from in a growing market? - Mary Lynne Stewart
3:05 pm - CHBA - Industry Report, CAPS Course and Plans for the future - Gary Sharp
3:35 pm - CHBA Round Table - CAPS Members
3:55 pm - Manufacturers Update - Daniel Rosato
4:05 pm - FallsCan - Lesya Dyk
4:30 pm - Meet & Greet - Wine and Cheese

Registration for the Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference is now open.  We anticipate 150+ 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 - $399 (+HST); Early Bird Registration - $349 (+HST) until October 31

Student Registration - $250; Early Bird Registration - $199 (+HST) until October 31

Special Rates available for CAOT Members, CHBA Members & March of Dimes Members.

We are pleased to be joined by important partners and exhibitors in the presentation of our Aging in Place | Home Modification Conference.  Booth, Tabletop and Sponsorship information below.

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.

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.

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, 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.  Sponsorship starts at $3,500.

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

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 this growing marketplace of people making purchasing decisions to help Canadians Age in Place.


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 or the CHBA Home Modification Workshop (both on November 27).

Reserved Tables

If you have a large group or would like to invite others to attend our conference, tables of 8 can be purchased for $2,000.

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