Meeting Speaker January 6, 2021

Amanda White-PresseySenior Director, Marketing & Communications,

Seasons Seniors Lifestyle LivingOakville Headquarters

The Challenges of Adapting to COVID:  Lessons learned and how will Seniors' Residences look in the future

Amanda White gave us a very interesting presentation focusing on how people should think about changing their housing as they age.  The goal of any changes in lifestyle living should be increased peace of mind.  To that end, she spoke about the real differences between retirement living and long term care.

Retirement living means independent living, but with optional access to housekeeping, meals, activities and care services.  These homes generally are developed by private companies.  Long term care involves access to the highest levels of care, along with 24 hour support, and is typically government funded.  She talked about the types of care, ranging from independent living, independent supported living, assisted living and memory care.  The care required is assessed by a medical professional who provides a detailed report which is updated annually.  The goal is to understand the needs as well as the desires of the client.  These professionals are trained to notice changes in the client as the years go by.

She then went on the discuss several other topics, including when is the right time to move, what are the cost to value considerations, what are the average costs of their facilities, health and safety considerations, as well as precautionary protocols established due to the pandemic.  She then provided  some down-sizing tips, in particular getting rid of your excess stuff while holding on to some of your favourite items.  And especially, don't over-save for others (your heirs?).

Amanda concluded with a discussion of the retirement home of the future.  Seasons is using focus groups to adapt service models and to establish micro-markets within the retired persons population.  They are attempting to be innovative and embrace technology.

Meeting Speaker December 2, 2020

Lianne Harris B.A., B.F.A(Ed), T.E.S.L.


Celebrate the season with a refreshing look at the cherished stories and symbols surrounding Christmas. Join Lianne as we go back in time and explore various cultures to better understand the origins, significance, and popularity of our most recognized Christmas motifs and well-loved stories.

Christmas Stories

and Symbols

Lianne has been a history, culture and social studies resource specialist with the Toronto District School Board almost 20 years and has been the guest instructor and workshop leader for teachers across many boards in Southern Ontario. To date she has taught over 80 000 teachers and students (usually in authentic
period clothing). In 2003, she was selected by W.O.M.A.D. as one of Toronto’s Women of Influence.

She is the author of many books including two medieval novels and non-fiction books on Bangladesh, India, great women in history, historical clothing and costuming, and world travel photography. She is a contributing author of the Canadian best seller business book, The Power of Women United.

Pursuing her love of art, she has been an exhibiting artist at the Royal Ontario Museum, Roy Thomson Hall, The IDA Gallery, and The Shaw Festival.
Appearing on TV and interviewed many times on the radio, she has been the keynote presenter at many professional, academic and organization events.

Meeting Speaker 04 November 2020

Iliana Oris Valiente

Managing Director and Global Blockchain Innovation Lead, Accenture

Iliana Oris Valiente CPA, CA, CBP (Certified Bitcoin Professional) is a managing director at Accenture and the Global Blockchain Innovation Lead for the firm’s emerging tech division. Iliana is responsible for strategy initiatives and overseeing projects to conceptualize and build blockchain solutions across industries, with a focus on FSI, supply chain, healthcare and the public sector. Iliana is also the founder and Chair of ColliderX, the world’s first non-profit, open sourced, and crowdsourced R&D hub for blockchain and related technologies. Iliana is an author and sought-after speaker, regularly presenting at conferences and events around the world.

Iliana will be speaking to us about emerging trends in the world of FinTech.

Meeting Speaker 07 October 2020

Tim is a retired Vice President of Forty Creek Distillery and a graduate of the University of Toronto where he earned an honours degree in psychology.


Tim has owned and driven battery-electric cars for the past 7 years and has logged over 250,000 kilometres without the need for gasoline or diesel fuel.  He now enjoys sharing his EV experience with others and breaks down many myths and misconceptions about electric vehicle ownership.  Tim makes the case that we are nearing the ‘tipping point’ when electric cars will replace those powered by gasoline.  He also touches on the state of self driving technology and what autonomous cars could mean for the future.


Tim is a member of the Electric Vehicle Society, a non-profit organization which works to promote the understanding and adoption of electric mobility in Canada. In his role there, he chairs the EV Society’s Mississauga Chapter.

Tim Burrows

Meeting Speaker 2 September 2020

 Consumer Smarts with Ellen Roseman

Ellen Roseman is a journalist who sticks up for ordinary Canadians. She’s a champion at helping consumers fight back against injustices. People praise her direct, down to earth and common-sense writing style.

Ellen’s personal finance and consumer columns appeared in the Toronto Star for 20 years until July 2019.

She was the Star’s business editor for two years. Before that, she was with the Globe and Mail for 20 years as a columnist and associate managing editor of the Report on Business.

She's the author of seven nonfiction books, including Money 101 and Money 201, which give an easy-to-understand introduction to personal finance for Canadians.

Her latest book is: Fight Back: 81 Ways to Help You Save Money and Protect Yourself from Corporate Trickery.

Ellen has been teaching a popular adult education course, Investing for Beginners, at the University of Toronto since 2006. And she is co-chair of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights, a non-profit charity that speaks for investors.

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