The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) is inviting proposals to present at our 2014 Annual Meeting and Convention, "Great Places to Live & Work" being held April 28 - 30, 2014. This event is an opportunity to share your expertise and experiences with senior staff from the long term care, seniors’ housing and community services sectors.


  Call for Presentations PDF Form (click to download)

Delegates attending the 2014 convention will be looking to:

  • Be refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired
  • Learn how to manage and embrace change.
  • Receive the latest information on key issues and developments.
  • Be provided with tools and resources they can use.
  • Learn from others and share best practices.

Your presentation will be designed to set us on the road to achieving these goals. Your audience will include:

  • Administrators
  • Board members
  • Senior managers
  • Food services/dietary managers
  • Program managers
  • Housing managers
  • Environmental services managers
  • Financial managers
  • Community service managers
  • Nurse managers
  • Business managers

We welcome and encourage all OANHSS members as well as speakers in the academic community, consultants and others providing services in the seniors’ care, housing and community services sectors to share innovative and practical ideas and programs, research or other relevant content.

Education Program

Concurrent sessions are 90 minutes in length and organized into the following five streams:

Submissions should incorporate adult learning techniques and interactive presentation methods.

Keep in mind that long term care refers to the full continuum – long term care homes, seniors’ housing and supportive housing and community-based services. It should be clear whether your presentation is intended for a specific sector or is broad enough to be applicable to the entire continuum.

Sessions are intended to educate and support learning and therefore should not sell or promote any specific products or services.

Submission Process

Our new interactive PDF submission form makes it convenient for you to complete it electronically and email it directly to OANHSS.

You may submit more than one proposal for consideration, either as an individual, co-presenter or as part of a panel.

OANHSS does not generally provide fees or honorariums for speakers or cover travel or other costs. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Association.

Please complete the Call for Presentations submission application by November 15, 2013.

All presenters are required to provide OANHSS with an electronic copy of any handout materials in advance for review and posting. These handouts will be included on a Convention app that for all conference registrants to download and print.

Prospective presenters will be notified of the status of their proposal by January 2014.

Education Streams


  • Meeting the care and service needs of residents, tenants and clients.
  • Use of technology to increase efficiency and enhance care (e.g. electronic health records, integrated
    assessment record, eRefferal, MDS, MIS, etc).
  • Best practices related to quality of life for tenants, residents and clients.
  • Building care continuums (e.g. innovative models, specialized programs and services, return to community).
  • Aging in place.
  • Putting research into practice.
  • Standards and accountability.
  • Specialized care and services (e.g. mental health, dementia care, palliative care, restorative care, acquired
    brain injury, wound care, etc).
  • Changing expectations of consumers (e.g. customer service).
  • Residents’ rights framework.
  • Housing options (e.g. life lease, supportive housing/assistive living, affordable housing, etc).
  • Retirement homes (regulation, licensing, etc).
  • LTC teaching home models (e.g. Centres of Excellence).
  • Common assessments.
  • Ethics.


  • Working with Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) – integration and coordination of services, programs, resources and the benefits achieved.
  • Working with government on solutions (mental health, compliance, alternate level of care, etc).
  • Joint initiatives with community partners, consumer groups and others.
  • Building community support (e.g. fundraising, foundations, etc).
  • Working with Community Care Access Centres (CCACs).
  • Building relationships with families.


  • Building dynamic staff teams (e.g. conflict management, team building, leadership training, attendance
    management, etc).
  • Recruiting, retaining and recognizing staff and volunteers.
  • Resource benchmarking.
  • Quality improvement programs.
  • Physical plant management (e.g. energy management, capital upgrades, reserve funds, etc).
  • Creating healthy living environments and safe workplaces.
  • Stress and work life balance (e.g. adaptivity and resiliency).
  • Risk management, financial management.
  • Restructuring organizations to meet the needs of the future.
  • Workplace accessibility.
  • Labour negotiations.


  • Strategic partnerships and alliances.
  • Understanding the legal environment.
  • Leadership development and organizational change. 
  • Legislation, regulations, and public policy.
  • Provincial quality initiatives.
  • Government, media and public relations.
  • Building board/committee of management support.
  • Branding, image and reputation management.
  • Promoting strengths and value of not-for-profit delivery.
  • Marketing and corporate communications.
  • Strategic planning, future directions for seniors’ care and services.
  • Social media.
  • Working with media.
  • Advocacy.


  • Applied research in the long term care sector.
  • Care quality measurement.
  • Financial benchmarking.