Call for Presenters update:  The call for presenters is now closed. If you are seeking additional information regarding presenting at the OACAO conference, please contact Speakers who have already applied, we appreciate your interest,  applications/speakers the committee wishes to proceed with will be contacted by mid-July.


2024 Conference Volunteers

Conference Chair: Sue Hesjedahl 

Program Committee: Sarah Feeney-Martin, Karie Papillon, Julie Pennal, Dena Silverberg, Kelly Meeussen, Kara Miller, Pierre Benoit, Wendy Caceres-Speakman, Léo Lavergne, Frédérique Théorêt, Robin Mech and Sue Hesjedahl

Social Committee: Lisa Tobio, Donna St Martin

Trade Show: Lina Zita

Registration/Delegate Bags: OACAO Admin Team

Marketing/Promotion: Lina Zita

Hotel/Logistics: Sue Hesjedahl, Donna St Martin

Sponsorship: Sue Hesjedahl, Leisa Davie

Volunteers: Wendy Caceres-Speakman


* (Chair/Co-Chairs are bolded)


Volunteer opportunities are still available. Please contact

The conference committee is working hard to confirm speakers and event timing, detailed schedule with times will be posted as speakers and program plans are confirmed. 

Full conference and single day registration options will be available.


Sunday October 27, 2024

Pre-conference activities


Monday October 28, 2024

  • Breakfast
  • Opening Ceremonies & Keynote (approx. 8:00 am)
  • Morning Breakout Sessions
  • Trade Show
  • Networking Lunch & Door Prizes!
  • Afternoon break out session
  • Facilitated networking session (wrap up approx. 5:00 pm)
  • Evening Gala and Entertainment with the Fiddlestix Band (approx. 6:00 pm)


Tuesday, October 29, 2024

Note: Tuesday offers plenary sessions for the duration of the day.

  • Breakfast
  • Opening for Day 2 (approx. 8:00 am)
  • Health and Wellness Presentation
  • Artificial Intelligence Learning Session
  • Lunch
  • Lightning Talks
  • Closing Keynote
  • Wrap-Up, Evaluation and Prizes (approx. 3:15 pm)


**Order of events may change as the program is developed.

Exclusive Advance Access: OACAO 2024 Aging Well Conference for Members and Partners only!

Reserve Your Spot Today!

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For the first time ever, we are offering an exclusive Advance Sale for our valued members and partners! This is your chance to secure your spot at this premier educational and networking event before registration opens to the public.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with SALC sector and industry leaders, gain valuable insights, and be part of transformative discussions on Aging Well.

Take advantage of this special offer and be the first to reserve your place at the OACAO 2024 Aging Well Conference. Let’s come together to Collaborate, Innovate, and Advocate for the future of aging well.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Register at:


Book Your Accommodations

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Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale (6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga) by or before Friday, September 27, 2024.

Online: or call 905-821-1981 with Group Code: OACAO

Deluxe Room with 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds for $189.00 plus taxes and fees

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Evening Gala Entertainment

Join us Monday night for an epic evening of entertainment featuring the Fiddlestix performing high energy, fun for all ages. The Fiddlestix will light up any party or event! With their energizing original songs and a blend of popular songs and famous classics, the band masterfully gets everyone on the dance floor! Wear your dancing shoes.

If you have questions, please contact Lina Zita, Development and Marketing Coordinator, Toll free: 1-866-835-7693, Local: 905-584-8125, Email:

Diamond/Title Sponsor

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If you have questions, please contact Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director, Toll free: 1-866-835-7693, Local: 905-584-8125, Email:

Transportation Information to Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale (6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 2L3):

The hotel is centrally located in the city of Mississauga, Ontario within easy reach via Highway 401, 407 and 403.

Airport shuttle – Not available

MiWay, Mississauga Transit:

Go Transit:

Bus stations near Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale:

Argentia Road at Century Avenue – 3-minute walk

Argentia Road at Mississauga Road – 4-minute walk


I am interested in being a sponsor for the Conference, who do I contact?

Please contact Sue Hesjedahl at for more information.


I am interested in being an exhibitor at the Trade Show at Conference, who do I contact?

Please contact Lina Zita at for more information.


I am interested in providing a delegate bag insert, who do I contact?

Please contact Lina Zita at for more information.


Where can I learn more about the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario?

Please visit for more information.


How do I become a member of the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario?

Please visit for more information.


How can I volunteer?

Please contact for more information.


I have a registration question.

Please contact / 1-866-835-7693 or 905-584-8125 OR Lina Zita at