Founding President of ILC Canada
Margaret Gillis is the founding President of the International Longevity Centre Canada, part of a global alliance of 16 Centers dedicated to the needs and rights of older people. An award-winning executive and innovative leader, Margaret played a key role in establishing the Age-friendly Community program in Canada and internationally, this program is now in over 900 Canadian communities and 26 countries worldwide. Other career highlights include a joint government-NGO project to protect seniors in disasters which was recognized with an individual award by Her Majesty the Queen.
Margaret has strong credentials regarding human rights, working with and speaking at the UN General Assembly on behalf of older people, as Chair of the National Advocacy Working Group at the Global Alliance on the Rights of Older People (GAROP) and at the Working Group on Mainstreaming Aging at the UNECE. With a background in health promotion, protection and programming for the aged, women and children, Margaret is committed to improving the rights of older people.
Board Chair and Founding Board Member
Dr. Kiran Rabheru is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Geriatric Psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). He serves as Medical Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), and the Behavioral Support Programs at TOH. He obtained his medical degree (MD) from University of Western Ontario. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP, FCFP). First, as a Family Physician, he gained real life experience working in several rural and urban settings for 5 years. Subsequently, he went on to complete his specialty training in Psychiatry, subspecializing in Geriatric Psychiatry, in which he is Board Certified in Canada (FRCP) and the United States (DABPN).
Dr. Rabheru is passionate and committed to serving older persons and is recognized nationally and internationally for his work. He is designated as a Founder of the subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is recipient of the Outstanding Achievements in Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada award by the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (www.cagp.ca) and has served as its President of the CAGP and a member of its Board for many years. He serves as a Co-Leader of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (https://ccsmh.ca/), Chair of the Board of the International Longevity Centre (www.ilccanada.org), Board member of the International Psychogeriatric Association (www.ipa-online.org ), Chair of the Section of Positive Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association (https://www.wpanet.org/) and a member of the National Leadership Team for the Fountain of Health (www.fountainofhealth.ca), which promotes healthy aging, brain resilience and vitality. In November 2020, Dr. Rabheru was honoured to be elected as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People – GAROP (https://rightsofolderpeople.org), a network of over 380 members from over 80 counties worldwide, united in the work to strengthen and promote the rights and the voice of older persons globally. The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People seeks a world in which older persons live free from discrimination and are able to fully enjoy their rights.
J. Scott Fletcher
Founding Board Member
Scott Fletcher is a senior partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in general corporate and commercial law with significant emphasis on telecommunications, technology, energy and government relations.
He is one of the firm’s authorities in providing corporate and commercial advice relating to commercial alliances, strategic and policy Board advice and privatizations, as well as in general corporate and commercial matters. Scott also provides advice on a number of regulatory matters in the telecommunications, energy and gaming/lotteries industries. In addition, he routinely provides strategic counsel to corporate clients on telecommunications industry-based matters, the divestiture of government departments and programs into the private sector, and other corporate and commercial issues.
Scott is the firm client team leader for several major firm clients in the telecommunications and energy sectors. He has served as a director of a number of federal Canadian corporations, and has represented numerous federal Crown corporations. Scott also serves as an executive team member for a number of firm clients.
Founding Board Member
Dr. Mamta Gautam is a psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, and President and CEO of PEAK MD. She is a pioneer in the area of physician health and well-being, and has been hailed as “The Doctor’s Doctor”. She is the founding director of the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine Wellness Program; as well as the Canadian Medical Association Centre for Physician Health and Wellbeing, where she served as the Chair of the Expert Advisory Group. She created the Canadian Psychiatric Association Section on Physician Health; and in 2008, she founded the International Alliance on Physician Health, bringing together experts worldwide to collaborate on work in this area. She is a Past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.
Dr. Gautam is an internationally renowned consultant, speaker, researcher and author in the areas of Physician Health and Physician Leadership. She has a special interest in the health of her older colleagues, assists them as they transition to retirement or embark on an encore career, and advocates for their specific interests and needs. She has written two bestsellers – Irondoc: Practical Stress Management Tools for Physicians and The Tarzan Rule: Tips for a Healthy life in Medicine. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her innovative work in physician health, and has been awarded Distinguished Fellowships in both the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations
Peggy Edwards is a health promotion consultant, an activist for the rights of older people, researcher and author on healthy aging. She is a former policy analyst with Health Canada, the Canadian Public Health Association and the World Health Organization (WHO). Peggy has co-authored several best-selling books on healthy aging, including one on grandparenting and regularly contributes to other publications, scholarly works and magazines. In 2016, she was awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers in recognition of her work with the Council on Aging of Ottawa, The Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign, and the Grandmothers Advocacy Network.
Vice-President of ILC Canada
Dr. Gutman developed the Gerontology Research Centre and Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was director of both from 1982-2005. She is currently a Research Associate and Professor Emerita at SFU. Dr. Gutman is author/editor of 23 books, the most recent (with Andrew Sixsmith), Technologies for Active Aging (Springer, 2013). Her research interests are wide-ranging; including seniors’ housing, long term care, health promotion, seniors and emergency preparedness, gerontechnology, prevention of elder abuse and neglect and most recently, increasing access and uptick of advance care planning among LGBT seniors and ethnic minorities.
During her career Dr Gutman has held a number of high profile roles including two terms as President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, President of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and President of the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse. Currently, in addition to being the founding Vice-President of ILC-C, she is President of the North American chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology, a member of the Research Management Committee of the Canadian Frailty Network, and a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Community Response Network.
In 2007 she was awarded the Order of British Columbia, in 2010 an LLD (honoris causa) by the University of Western Ontario for her work “as an international authority in the field of gerontology” and was named one of Canada’s “best 45 over 45” by Zoomer magazine, in 2012 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and in December 2016, the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.
Tim is an associate of ILC-Canada with specialization in LGBTQ2+ policy and programs. Mr. Hutchinson has an appreciation of complex systems thinking and is formally educated in Social Work and Public Administration at the Masters level. He brings a wealth of program and policy experience of more than thirty years that encompasses the health, social service and government sectors. For over thirty years, Mr. Hutchinson has been actively engaged in a variety of community development and voluntary activities that have included co-Chairing a Regional Task Force on Elder Abuse as well as board positions with the Ottawa Public Health Department, Pink Triangle Services Ottawa, SAGE Ottawa, Psycho-Geriatric Community Services Ottawa, MAX-Ottawa Gay Men’s Health Initiative, Canada Africa Community Alliance, Alzheimer Society of Ottawa, Palliative Care Association Ottawa, and the Canadian Public Health Association. He is an active contributor to the Ottawa Senior Pride Network (OSPN)
Michael Kidd joined ILC Canada in 2017 after a 25-year career in the Canadian public service. He worked for sixteen years in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) programs, working first in policy and legislation, and finishing his career in operations. He also worked at the Department of Justice, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and in the Health portfolio. He retired from Service Canada in late 2016, where his last position was as Executive Director, Operations, CPP&OAS.
At ILC Canada he is focusing mainly on coordinating our work to mobilize support for a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons, and on researching housing arrangements for older adults who do not need formal long-term care facilities.
He also consults on pension and social assistance systems and operations with the World Bank and the International Labor Organization, mainly in Central and South Asia, and in Africa. Here his work focuses on operational assessments and planning, and building institutional capacity in agencies that develop and deliver social security programs.
Dr. Stinchcombe holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. He maintains expertise in health and aging with a particular focus on community mobility and quality of life issues. Dr. Arne Stinchcombe has extensive experience as both an academic researcher and as an evidence user and excels as an interface between knowledge development initiatives and strategic implementation of the resulting findings. Dr. Stinchcombe is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University (Ottawa) and maintains an Adjunct appointment with the University of Ottawa’s School of Psychology.
Dr. Satya Brink holds a multidisciplinary Ph.D. from Purdue University (USA). She is a policy research expert, experienced in social policy, with a career spanning over 30 years in a range of senior roles in the Canadian government, academia and international organizations such as the OECD. She currently works as a consultant advising developing countries.
She has been active in the field of gerontology. She served on the board of the Canadian Association of Gerontology for 1988 to 1992. She was on the Board of the Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre from 1995 to 2007. She was an adjunct professor at the Simon Fraser Gerontology Research Centre from 1986 to 2017. She served on the Barrier-free Committee of the Canadian National Building Code for five years. She is widely published, has lectured internationally and has provided evidence to legislatures. She has presented comparative international aging policy approaches for the Governments of France, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. She authored “Improving the quality of life of elderly and disabled people in human settlements - a resource book for policy and programmes from around the world” for UN-Habitat in 1993. Dr. Brink was the book editor of “Housing Older People: An international perspective”, Transaction Press, 1998. Her most recent publication is “75 years and over in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic”, in Social Canada in Oct 2020.
Marielle Racette is an undergraduate student at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa who has a great interest in health and gerontology. She has been working and doing volunteer work at ILC since 2018. Marielle participated in the organization of ILC Canada’s side events at the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing in New York City, where, in 2018 she also assisted Margaret Gillis during the event. Plus, she worked on a UNECE age-sensitive policy lens research. Marielle also helps with other related administrative tasks.
Elizabeth Kidd is an undergraduate student at Carleton University in the Faculty of Public Affairs, specializing in Global Politics, Human Rights and Social Justice. As an active member of Carleton's United Nations Society, Elizabeth participates in conferences across Canada as both a delegate and a chair. She has been volunteering with ILC Canada since 2020, helping the organization apply for consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Elizabeth has previously worked in Indigenous programming at Employment and Social Development Canada, using a human rights lens to help improve employment disparities in Canada.
Daniel is a student at Xavier High School in New York City. He has an interest in original research and human rights. Daniel is inspired by his grandmother and intergenerational solidarity, particularly during the experiences from the pandemic.