Seeking Presenters for OACAO 2024 Annual Conference

The OACAO 2024 Aging Well Conference is taking place in person in Mississauga, on Monday, October 28 & Tuesday, October 29, 2024. Our 2023 conference saw one of our largest attendance yet and we are expecting a similar turn out this year!

The OACAO Conference Planning Committee is seeking presenters for in-person Workshops in English and French, covering topics such as Technology education, Social Prescribing, Policy and Procedure, Capacity and Sustainability, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, to support this year’s conference theme …. COLLABORATE l INNOVATE l ADVOCATE

We invite leaders, educators, researchers, managers, professional speakers, trainers, older adults and students to help build the future of Senior Active Living and Older Adult Centre programming, present new collaborations and opportunities to activate new innovative ideas for the sector.

Presenting at the Aging Well Conference provides you with an opportunity to share and exchange new approaches and information in the areas of Older Adults and Seniors Active Living Centres (SALCs). You will gain recognition as an expert in the field at the conference and beyond.

Please refer to the Call for Presenters document for more detailed information about the conference, topic streams and the application process. Conference Presenter Application forms deadline has been extended to on or before Monday, June 3, 2024 and should be completed on-line.

Application for Presenters:

All submissions will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee which will select the most relevant submissions. Only successful applicants will be contacted and informed by mid-July.

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.

fiddlesticks group

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:

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?

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

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

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How can I volunteer?

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I have a registration question.

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