Dementia Care 2016 Presenters


Keynote Speaker - Beth Perry, RN, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Center for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University
Edmonton, AB

Beth Perry RN, PhD is a professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, Center for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University. Beth completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Alberta in 1982 and was awarded her PhD from the Department of Educational Administration at the same university in 1994.
Her professional experience includes staff nurse and nurse educator positions at the Cross Cancer Institute and the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. Beth taught courses for the faculties of Education and Nursing at the University of Alberta and for Royal Roads University before joining Athabasca University in 2001.

Beth’s research interests include compassion fatigue in nurses and older adult family/friend caregivers, exemplary nursing care, older adult nursing care, using arts-based teaching strategies to promote learner engagement in online courses, and use of technology to encourage independence and well-being among older adults living in rural and small town communities,.

Beth shares here research findings through books such as Moments in Time: Images of Exemplary Nursing Care (1998, 2009), Through the Valley: Intimate Encounters with Grief (1998), Teaching Health Professionals Online: Frameworks and Strategies (2013) with Park and Melrose, and Creative Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions (2015) with Park and Melrose, journal publications and conference presentations. Her research website is

Beth is married to the man of her dreams and together they enjoy cycling trips in Europe, hiking and backpacking in any mountain area, canoeing, berry picking and foraging for wild foods, cross-country skiing, and making things!

Keynote Speaker - Atul Sunny Luthra, MD, MSc, FRCP(C)
Associate Clinical Professor, McMaster University; Research Scientist, Research Institute for Aging, Schlegel-UW; Medical Director for the Program for Older Adults, Homewood Health Centre; Medical Coordinator for theBehavioral Health Program, St. Peter’s Hospital
Hamilton, ON

Dr. Atul Sunny Luthra is presently an associate clinical professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Behavioural Neuroscience. He is also affiliated as a research scientist with the Research Institute for Aging, Schlegel, University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is currently working in the capacity of medical coordinator in the Program for Older Adults at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is also affiliated in the same capacity with the St. Peter’s site of Hamilton Health Science in Hamilton, Ontario. His clinical and research focus is on developing safe pharmacological and affordable non-pharmacological treatment interventions for behaviors in moderate to advanced dementia.


Keynote Speaker - Barbara Klein, Dr. phil
Professor, Faculty Social Work and Health, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Dr. Barbara Klein is professor for organization and management in social work at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-UAS) in Germany and Visiting Professor at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK.

Barbara studied at universities in Mainz, Frankfurt and London and graduated as Dipl.-Soz. at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt in 1984. Here she completed her doctorate (Dr. phil) in 1994. More than 20 years Barbara worked at the Fraunhofer Society, Europe´s largest applied research institution. From 1994-1995 she had a Marie-Curie scholarship at the University of Stirling, UK and her research and lecturing focused on quality assurance in the nursing care sector. Coming back to Germany she established a market focus team “Public Health” at Fraunhofer IAO. Since 2007 she is professor at FRA-UAS and was vice dean from 2009-2012. In 2015 she had Visiting Professorship at Osaka-University in Japan.

Barbara´s research focusses on assistive technologies and service development in the healthcare sector. Together with her team they work on research projects funded by Hesse´s State Offensive for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Commission (HORIZON 2020). Barbara is coordinator of an Independent Living Center at FRA-UAS, which displays a range of assistive technologies including emotional and social robots. In 2013, these activities were honored by the Hesse National Award for Universal Design Recognition (Hessischer Staatspreis für Universelles Design Anerkennung).

Keynote Speaker - Genevieve Thompson
RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba,
Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Genevieve Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, University of Manitoba. She holds affiliations as a Research Associate with the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit headed by Dr. Harvey Chochinov, the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba, and with Riverview Health Centre. Dr. Thompson holds a CIHR New Investigator Award that allows her to pursue research for 75% of her work time, and in 2012 she was awarded the Canadian Association for Nursing Research Outstanding New Investigator Award. 
Dr. Thompson’s program of research is currently focused on two areas: the first is to better understand the palliative care needs of persons with dementia and their family caregivers and secondly, to examine dignity-conserving care in long-term care. Currently she has several funded studies that are focused on the development of communication tools to facilitate end-of-life discussions, the assessment of quality care at life’s end for residents with dementia, the development of dignity-conserving care markers, and understanding the needs of dementia family caregivers.




Beth Perry. Keynote, 1A, 3A- It Takes a Team to Create Quality Care (1A); Burn out or Shine! Provide Quality Care and Enhance Your Quality of Life (3A)

See above for Beth Perry's bio (Keynote Speaker)

Atul Sunny Luthra. Keynote, 1B, 2A - Classification of Behaviours Based on Impairment in Information Processing and Motivational Theories (1B); Classification of Behaviours Based on Theories of Regulation of Emotions and Compliance and Aggression (2A)

See above for Atul Sunny Luthra's bio (Keynote Speaker)

Tara Maltman-Just. 1C - Person-Centred Care: See the Person, Not the Disease

Tara Maltman-Just is the Founder and Executive Clinician of Vitality Integrative Medicine, a ground-breaking professional health practice based in Winnipeg, with patients across the country. She is an Advanced Fellow in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, Functional Medicine, Board-Certified in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine, and nationally-renowned Pharmacist. Tara is regular Contributor to multiple professional and popular publications, and a Guest Lecturer at the University of Manitoba. In addition to her full-time clinical practice, she has continued her love of learning with a Masters Degree Program through the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida.

Adel Compton. 1D - Heart Café: Talking about Dementia and End of Life Decision-Making

Bio coming soon

Benedict C. Albensi. 1E - Trends in Dementia Research

Dr. Albensi’s background is diverse where he has received training in both basic and clinical research. He has also worked in both academic and in industrial sectors on several novel drug discovery and drug development projects. For example, prior to PhD training, he worked at NPS Pharmaceuticals in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, investigating molecular structures obtained from natural products (e.g., spider venoms) for their potential application in treating CNS disorders. Dr. Albensi continued his academic training and received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Utah’s Medical School in 1995, where he developed novel MRI methods for characterizing neonatal hypoxic-ischemic injury. Subsequently, he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the prestigious Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA (working with Drs. Faden and Pekar), where he further developed novel MRI methods for investigating TBI and brain cognition. Following this, he went on to work as a Postdoctoral Scholar with Dr. Mark Mattson, an internationally recognized leader in neurodegenerative research, at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging – University of Kentucky. While working with Dr. Mattson and using electrophysiological methods, he published the groundbreaking study that TNF and NF-kB play important roles in synaptic plasticity and memory (Albensi and Mattson, Synapse 2000). Subsequently, he joined the Clinical Research Department at Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert in Ann Arbor, MI (Pfizer acquired PD-WL in 2000) to obtain additional experience in clinical trials. Following this clinical research training, he was appointed as Project Staff in the Department of Neurological Surgery – Cleveland Clinic Foundation and also as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, where he conducted novel work on mechanisms of deep brain stimulation. He now has several appointments in Canada, which include serving as an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba and as a Principal Investigator at St. Boniface Hospital Research. He is also an adjunct professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba and the Everett Endowment Fund Chair. He has reviewed grants for numerous foundations worldwide including NIH, CIHR, NSERC, US DOD, FASEB, to name a few. He is also the first Manitoba Dementia Research Chair.

Jaclyn D. Sorenson. 1F - Emerging from the Isolation: The Benefits of Neurologic Music Therapy with Dementia Care

Bio coming soon

Preetha Krishnan. 2B - Raising the Bar in Long Term Care: Reducing Hospital Transfers

Preetha Krishnan obtained both her Bachelor of nursing and Master of Nursing from University of Manitoba. She prestigiously holds the title of the first full time Long Term Care nurse practitioner in Manitoba. She is passionate about end of life care and person-centered dementia care. She is the recipient of the first nurse practitioner award of excellence in Leadership from the Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba, the 2013 award of excellence in clinical nursing practice from the CRNM and the 2014 Order of Merit for clinical nursing practice from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Laura Funk, Cindy Greenlay & Katherine Peters. 2C - Paid Companions in Residential Care: A Presentation and Panel Discussion

Laura Funk

Dr. Laura Funk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. She earned her degrees at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, and a diploma in gerontology from Simon Fraser University. Her program of research addresses issues of support, responsibility and caregiving for older adults. She has recently published a book entitled Sociological Perspectives on Aging, for Oxford University Press, and is currently funded by Research Manitoba to examine how family caregivers navigate health care systems when supporting older adults.

Cindy Greenlay

Cindy is currently working as Manager of Therapeutic Recreation & Support Services at the Simkin Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her experience in working in the field of therapeutic recreation for over twenty years has included smaller, larger, rural, urban, profit, and non-profit facilities. At the Simkin Centre, Cindy was instrumental in the development and implementation of their paid companion program. The Simkin Centre has the largest usage of paid companions per capita within the entire province. Cindy has her degree in Adapted Physical Education and Recreation from the University of Alberta.

Katherine Peters

Katherine Peters has a passion for helping others. Being the founder of Comforts of Home – Care (COHC) gives Katherine the opportunity to make life better for hundreds of families in Winnipeg and beyond each and every day. Although working as a Social Worker in a major Winnipeg Hospital was rewarding, it was also heartbreaking sending patients to a Personal Care Home. COHC was created in 2006 to fill the gaps of the current health care system; providing support for families and reliable, affordable care for seniors and disabled people in their homes and in facilities. Caregivers hired by COHC go through the most stringent screening process. Katherine was honoured with the 2011 Women's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Excellence in Service. She continues to advocate for families and seniors to maintain dignity and quality of life through difficult years.

Phil D St John. 2D - The Impact of Multimorbidity in a Person with Dementia

Dr. Phil D St. John was born and grew up in Minnedosa. He is an Associate Professor in the Section of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and is the Head for the Section of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He has taught and published in both geriatric medicine and health policy. Dr. St. John's research interests are in rural health, and the epidemiology of cognitive loss and depression. He is cross-appointed to Family Medicine and is an affiliate of the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba. His clinical practice is as a Consultant Geriatrician sited at Health Sciences Centre and as an Attending Geriatrician at Riverview Health Centre as well as providing rural geriatric consultation services through the Northern Medical Unit.

Program Staff, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. 2E, 4A- How Does it Feel? Experience Dementia

Robert Wrublowsky, Ken Kollinger & Rudy P. Friesen. 2F - Creating a Positive Living Environment for People with Dementia

Robert Wrublowsky

Robert Wrublowsky is a principle Architect with MMP Architects, a Canadian firm specializing in healthcare practice. Robert specializes in the planning and design of elder care projects aiming to improve the quality and consistency of care for people living in long term care facilities. Challenging the traditional view of the Long Term Care home as a sub-acute treatment facility Robert advocates for a cultural shift through a care model that supports a non-pharmacologic approach for neurocognitive disorders in residential care environments. Robert’s view of the models of care in the majority of today’s long term care facilities contribute to an individual’s loss of identity ignoring the basic requirements to engage in a purposeful and meaningful quality of life. Robert's passion for this subject matter as led him to present at the 2015 Environment for Aging and co-author of a white paper on designing environments to support individuals with neurocognitive disorders.

Ken Kollinger

Ken has been actively working in the healthcare sector for over 10 years, most recently he held the position of Project Director, WRHA Capital Planning. He has extensive expertise in leading complex major health capital projects and strategic master plan initiatives within the WRHA and the Department of Health.

Rudy P. Friesen

Rudy Friesen is the founder and Partner Emeritus of ft3, and also a Life Member of the Manitoba Association of Architects, for practice with distinction. He currently offers research, design, advocacy, and consulting services through Rudy has spoken on long term care at conferences in Canada, the US, and overseas.

Merle Teetaert. 3B - Promoting Quality at End of Life for those Living with Dementia

Merle Teetaert RN, CHPCN(C) is a Clinical Resource Nurse – Palliative Care in Prairie Mountain Health. She works directly with patients and their families, assists with program development including the organization and facilitating of Camp Bridges (a Grief and Bereavement Camp for children and teens), provides palliative care education for staff and volunteers and participates in palliative care policy and procedure development. She is a facilitator with PALLIUM and was a member of the group that developed the Long Term Care Modules for the LEAP curriculum.

Jean Gendron. 3C - Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits, Canada Pension Plan Retirement and Old Age Security Program Information

Bio coming soon

Marlene Myketa-Girard. 3D - Promoting Resident-Centered Care in a Long Term Care Setting: Sharing our Strategies and Experiences

Marlene Myketa-Girard (Safioles) has been a nurse in Winnipeg for over 30 years, with her practice primarily focused in Geriatrics. Her work experience spans many programs - Home Care/Community nursing, Acute Care and Long Term Care, with roles in direct care and management positions. She has also spent 7 years working in the community as a GPAT clinician with the Rehab and Geriatrics Program. Marlene has maintained her certification in Gerontological Nursing since 2003, and has completed the Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Leadership at Royal Roads University. She is currently employed as a Clinical Manager at Concordia Place PCH in Winnipeg.

Barry Campbell. 3E - Physician Assisted Dying

Dr. Barry Campbell is a long-time volunteer and friend of the Alzheimer Society, and a committed advocate for people impacted by dementia. He is currently is on the Medical Staff with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the Consulting Psychiatrist for the Norman and Prairie Mountain Health Regions and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He is currently on the Boards of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. He is a past president of the Board of Directors with the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba and is a distinguished member of our association.

Doug Mercer & Louis Young. 3F - Impact of Cultural Competency on Care: A First Nation’s Perspective

Bios coming soon

Zahra Moussavi. 4B – Can Cognitive Training in a Virtual Reality Environment Help Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease Improve their Cognitive State?

Dr. Zahra Moussavi received her B.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, M.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and Ph.D. from University of Manitoba, Canada in 1997, all in Electrical Engineering. She then joined the respiratory research group of the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital and worked as a research associate for 1.5 years. In 1999, she did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Biomedical Engineering Department of Johns Hopkins University. Following that, she joined the University of Manitoba, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a faculty member, where she is currently a full professor, a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering and also the director of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. She is a research affiliate at Riverview Health Centre, as well as Aging Centre at U of Manitoba, and also an advisory board member for Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba. She is a recipient of Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellowship (2015), IEEE-EMBS distinguished Lecturer title (2013-2014) and “Women of Distinction Award” in Science and Technology (2014) from the YWMCA and Manitoba Government as well as “Canada’s Most Powerful Women (Top 100) in Trailblazers and Trendsetters category (2014)”. With over 205 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals and conferences, her current research includes biological signal processing, diagnostic pattern recognition and medical devices instrumentation with applications on sleep apnea, and Alzheimer disease. She has given 64 invited talks/seminars (30 outside of Canada) including a TEDx Talk and 5 keynote speaker seminars at international conferences.

Jean Helps & Laurie Blanchard. 4C - Making Mealtimes Better

Jean Helps

Jean Helps has worked as a dietitian in a variety of settings including LTC, rehab and several outpatient programs. In her role as Regional Clinical Nutrition Manager for LTC in WRHA, she supports evidence- based practice.

Laurie Blanchard

Laurie is the librarian at the Sister St. Odilon Library (U of M Health Sciences Libraries) at Misericordia Health Centre. In her previous role as the Outreach Librarian for Long Term Care at the J.W. Crane Memorial Library (U of M) at Deer Lodge Centre, she created several resources to keep long-term care professionals up-to-date with evidence-based information.

Cornelia (Kristel) van Ineveld. 4D - Understanding the Risk Factors for Dementia

Dr. Cornelia (Kristel) van Ineveld is an Associate Professor in the Section of Geriatric Medicine. She graduated from medical school at the University of Manitoba then completed specialty training at McMaster University with a Masters in Community Health Sciences. Her clinical practice is mainly based at St. Boniface Hospital as medical lead for the Geriatrics Program. As a consultant geriatrician her clinical focus is on outpatient care and outreach. In 2008 Dr. van Ineveld was honoured with the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba, Distinguished Member Award.

Julie Hockley. 4E - Alcohol-Related Dementia (ARD)

Julie Hockley is the Senior Manager, Regional Services located in Brandon and has been with the Alzheimer Society since November 2015. Providing support and leadership to the regional offices throughout the province, she also delivers services as the Regional Coordinator for the Westman Area. Julie has over 20 years of experience as a clinician and manager in the mental health and addictions fields. She has spent the last 10 years managing residential and community facilities and working with individuals experiencing co-occurring addiction and related dementia. Julie has particular interest and experience in health related community development in rural areas.

Long Term Care Program Team, Misericordia Health Centre. 4F - Relationship-Based Care (RBC)

Rev. Mr. Stepan Bilynskyy, MA (SDMP)
Director, Mission and Spiritual Health Services
Misericordia Health Centre

Martine McGinn, RN, BN
Education Facilitator, Long Term Care and PRIME
Misericordia Health Centre

Karen Livingston, RN,BN
Education Facilitator, Long Term Care
Misericordia Health Centre

Tara McNaughton, RN,BN,GNC ©
Resident Care Manager, Cornish 2
Misericordia Health Centre

Victoria Marek RN, BN
Resident Care Manager, Cornish 6
Misericordia Health Centre