Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) 2023

Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) 2023 will be held on May 2, 2023 at the University of Waterloo's Health Expansion Building (EXP).

The Health Expansion building is located at the north end of campus, at 200 University Ave W, just south of Columbia St. W. via Hagey Blvd.

We ask attendees to park in lots N and X. For those with accessibility requirements, we recommend using parking lot M. Click here to view a parking map​​​​.


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Keynote Speaker: Laura Tamblyn Watts

Laura Tamblyn

Laura Tamblyn Watts is an advocate and leader in the field of older adult' advocacy in Canada, and currently teaches at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She founded CanAge, a national seniors' advocacy organization, and has more than 20 years of experience defending the rights and dignity of older people as a lawyer.

She is an expert in long-term care and residents' rights, and is actively involved in older adult’s legal, financial, and regulatory reform initiatives in Canada, the US, Australia, and the South Pacific. Laura is a member of various federal government advisory boards and working groups guiding public policy standards and legislation. She is also an authority on financial matters affecting older adults and serves on various committees, including the North American Securities Administrators Association Committee on Vulnerable Investors.


Below is a quick guide to the timeline of events. For a full guide on events, please refer to this guide.

Time           Event(s) Location
8:00 - 8:45 Registration, Breakfast EXP Foyer
8:45 - 9:00 Opening Remarks EXP 1689 (Auditorium)
9:00 - 10:00 Podium Presentations EXP 1689 (Auditorium)
10:00 - 10:15 Break  
10:15 - 11:00 Rapid-Fire Presentations EXP 1689 (Auditorium)
11:00 - 12:15 Podium Presentations EXP 1689 (Auditorium)
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch  
1:00 - 1:30 Poster Presentations EXP Foyer
1:30 - 2:15 Rapid-Fire Presentations EXP 1689 (Auditorium)
2:15 - 3:15 Podium Presentations EXP 1689 (Auditorium)
3:15 - 3:30 Break  
3:30 - 4:30 Keynote Presentation - Laura Tamblyn Watts EXP 1689 (Auditorium)
4:30 - 5:00 Closing Remarks and Awards EXP 1689 (Auditorium)


RIA - Research Institute for Aging

Graduate Student Endowment Fund

UW Faculty of Heath - Aging, Health, and Well being committee

NAR - Network for Aging

Photos from the event

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