TOP 50 OVER 50
Everyone has heard about The Top 30 Under 30. We believe that celebrating the accomplishments of people over 50 is just as important; that age does not define an individual and what we can and cannot do. We will be recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of successful individuals over 50; individuals who have reinvented themselves, who have found their true purpose and calling and who have followed the road less travelled.
If you are someone or know someone who has made a positive change to their lives after 50, we invite you to fill out the nomination form below. Submissions will be accepted until September 15, 2017.
Nominations forms will be reviewed and 50 individuals who have successfully reinvented themselves will be chosen. Our impressive panel of independent judges have been assembled all with significant expertise with this category.
AGEWORKS Top 50 Over 50 Judging Panel:
Michael Kennedy - Founder/President - Your Future Reimagined (YFR) Coaching
Mike is a positive aging coach and the founder/president of Your Future Reimagined (YFR) Coaching. He is an accomplished writer and speaker and blogs regularly for LinkedIn and Huffington Post.
He has a particular passion for helping 50+ executives/professionals successfully transition to enriching and engaging next chapters. A major area of focus is helping those unemployed, under employed and/or underfunded for retirement make the transition to retirement.
Mike is a skilled facilitator with the ability to ensure that meetings stay on track and that participants get full value for time invested. He brings enthusiasm and passion to everything he does. Mike started his coaching business, after 30+ years as a sales executive in the consumer products industries with companies such as Campbell Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb and GlaxoSmithKline.
A major proponent of the importance of health and fitness, Mike is a member of the Canadian National Dragon Boat Team and will be participating in his 4th World Championship in the fall of 2017 in Kunming, China.
Mike lives in Cambridge with his wife of 35 years.
Greg Shaw - Director, International and Corporate Relations - International Federation on Ageing (IFA)
Greg Shaw has a science and health administration background and is the Director, International and Corporate Relations for the IFA. Prior to joining the IFA he held senior management positions within the Australian Government in the Department Health and Ageing, including responsibility for the regulatory regimes associated with both residential and community care services.
His earlier work focused on policy development and program implementation supporting the aged care needs of rural and remote communities throughout northern Australia. An advocate of the aged care needs of marginalized community groups in the 1990s, he worked with many Aboriginal and ethnic communities resulting in the establishment of aged care homes and community aged care services specifically designed and targeted for those communities.
Since joining the IFA in 2003 he has had responsibility for the development of the Building Capacity in Health Care Programs in Africa, worked closely with the South African Human Rights Commission to establish an older person’s forum in that country and in 2010 worked with the Government of Mauritius on the establishment of an Observatory on Ageing.
He represents the IFA at the United Nations, works closely with government and has responsibility for IFA elder abuse initiatives. Elder Abuse initiatives have included the development of educational toolkits targeted towards youth, an International Forum on Sexual Safety of Older Women and in 2013 lead a high level meeting to examine issues of financial abuse of Canadian seniors.
Greg has worked with other Civil Society Organizations on the Global Thematic Consultations on Population Dynamics (Post-2015 Development Agenda) to ensure the needs of older people are recognized. Current priorities include the establishment of the IFA International Centre of Excellence on Ageing (Istanbul), the IFA Copenhagen Summit (Denmark) - a platform launched in 2015 that responds to major gaps in ageing on a world stage, and other knowledge mobilization initiatives on vision health and adult immunization.
Greg also has responsibility for Age-Friendly Cities/Communities (AFCC) initiatives within the IFA that includes providing technical advice and support to government and others engaged in age-friendly program development. His expertise in this field has been recognized through a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a new city development in China and ongoing AFCC work with the city of Akita in Japan. More recently, in November 2015 he convened a series of AFCC workshops in the Republic of Iran.
Canadian Committee appointments include the Ontario Securities Commission Senior Expert Advisory Committee (SERC), the Toronto Police Service Community Advisory Committee and the City of Toronto Advisory Committee on Long-Term Care & Services.
Patricia Spadafora - Director, Sheridan Centre for Elder Research
Pat Spadafora is the founder and Director of the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. Ms. Spadafora's research interests include, among others, global population aging, aging in place, accessible technology, civic engagement in retirement, and the impact of the creative and performing arts on health. Her expertise includes program evaluation, knowledge translation, and helping to prepare organizations to meet the demands of a growing aging population. Ms. Spadafora is a member of a number of organizations.
Mark Venning - Founder, Change Rangers
Mark Venning founded Change Rangers in 1996. Working primarily with non-profit and business leaders, he offers insights and direction on the business & social aspects of aging demographics and helps organizations adapt their positioning to meet the challenges of "recoding a longevity society".
Mark has a vast knowledge of aging, longevity & work and career issues. He delivers research & advisory services, blogs and speaks on topics such as marketing to segments of a 50+ audience, trends and changing concepts of aging demographics and age-inclusive community design.
Ongoing in 2017, Mark is a member on the marketing committee of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, Business of Aging Global Network. He is co-founder (2014) of Planet Longevity a thought leadership panel, and Director of Corporate Development to a Brain Imaging Research company, Cognimetrix Inc.
Mark’s expertise in career & talent development as a facilitator and advisor has found him working in both the corporate and not for profit sectors. He held an industry leadership role (2004-2007), as Global President for the Association of Career Professionals International (ACP International). Mark is Past Board Chair for the Canadian Education & Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC).
Stephanie Woodward - Executive Director, National Institute on Ageing
Stephanie has over 15 years of experience in the pension and retirement compensation industry, spanning stakeholder relations, policy, advocacy and administration. She is currently Executive Director of the National Institute on Ageing at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. Prior to joining Ryerson, Stephanie was Director, Stakeholder Relations at the Ontario Pension Board (OPB), the administrator of the $23 billion Ontario Public Service Pension Plan. Leading up to her role at OPB, Stephanie oversaw public affairs and communications at the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM). She’s a passionate advocate for reliable, secure, and adequate income in retirement for all Canadians.
OUR AGEWORKS GALA
These individuals will be acknowledged at our AGEWORKS Gala in the fall of 2017 event and serve as an inspiration that you're never too old to make significant changes in your career via reinvention, pursuing a long-held dream or redefining what it means to be successful.
If you are someone or know someone who has made a positive change to their lives after 50, we invite you to fill out the nomination form below.