International Longevity Centre Canada Launch
The International Longevity Centre (ILC) Canada official launch was held May 27th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Huguette Labelle Hall on the University of Ottawa campus. Speakers included The Honourable Minister of the State (Seniors) Alice Wong, President of the University of Ottawa Allan Rock, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Hélène Perrault, President of the International Longevity Centre Canada Margaret Gillis and Vice-President of the International Longevity Centre Canada Gloria Gutman.
Mrs. Gillis served as host for the event, giving a brief introduction on the history of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and the need for an International Longevity Centre in Canada.
President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Rock spoke of the major initiatives within the university before introducing Minister Alice Wong.
Minister Wong discussed past and future government programs centred on improving the lives of older people in Canada.
Dean Hélène Perrault gave a speech on the role the University of Ottawa will play in academic research for the study of gerontology and longevity.
Dr. Gutman presented on the changing demographics of both Canada and the world with a focus on the rise of centenarians and supercentenarians.
The talks ended with a short video by ILC Co-President and President of ILC Brazil Dr. Alexandre Kalache welcoming Canada to the ILC Family.