Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

Workshop 1: Using an Upstream Approach to Frailty in Seniors

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (pre-conference)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
$100 for conference attendees ($75 for students), or $125 as a stand-alone workshop (lunch included)

Frailty is a significant and growing issue in Canada. By 2025, two million Canadians will be living with frailty and 3.75 million Canadians will be caregivers. Often, those aged 65 years and older can become prematurely frail. Once frail, those aged 65+ are less resilient to recover from significant life events and/or respond to acute care treatments; and often, progress towards increased frailty.

In the morning, participants will learn about how artificial intelligence methods (e.g, machine learning) can be used to identify frailty within electronic medical records. In the afternoon, we will showcase work undertaken by Fraser Health Authority through the CARES (Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors) initiative. CARES is a health authority, primary care physician and community collaborative that seeks to shift healthcare delivery from downstream reactive care to upstream proactive and holistic care for those identified as frail. We will examine current tools that are being used to assess older adults’ frailty, how these assessments can fit into clinic flow, and how assessment findings can be used to connect frail older adults to appropriate community resources using a team-based care approach.

Learning objectives

  1. Enhance the understanding around the pre-frail older adult, the importance of frailty data, and why an upstream approach to holistic care is necessary;
  2. Become familiar with the tools used to assess frailty using case-based group learning;
  3. Discuss appropriate resources for frail older adults using team-based care; and
  4. Identify next steps for research and quality improvement.


  • Tyler Williamson, University of Calgary. Tyler will speak to participants about machine learning and EMRs to identify frailty in older adults. He will also speak to the results of a study that applied machine learning to BC and MB EMR data.
  • Annette Garm, Fraser Health. Annette will speak to measuring frailty on a clinical level, assessing frailty in primary care, and the subsequent care planning.
  • Alan Katz, University of Manitoba. Alan and Rita will discuss the learnings clinicians may utilize as a result of recent research in BC and MB EMR data.
  • Rita McCracken, Family Physician and PhD (candidate), UBC. Rita will speak about frailty, why it needs to be addressed and why better data are required. She will also speak to the learnings clinicians may be able to utilize from recent research.

This is an interactive workshop in which participants will learn about frailty through presentations, case studies and dialogue.

Registration is open. If you have already registered for the conference, you may amend your registration to add the workshop.

Questions? Please contact Kasra Hassani at

Workshop 2: The Evolving Ethics of Research with Indigenous People in Canada

Friday, March 9, 2018 (post-conference)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
$75 for conference attendees ($50 for students), or $100 as a stand-alone workshop

Ethical approaches to research in partnership with Indigenous peoples have evolved over the past 20 years and continue to do so. In this workshop, we will take a case-study approach to learn how research in partnership with Indigenous communities can be done in a meaningful and ethical way.

Workshop participants will benefit from small group discussions, the contributions of Indigenous leaders, and input from researchers in the field. Following an introductory talk, participants will break out into small groups and discuss three case studies. Facilitators will report the outcomes of each case study to the small groups, and outcomes will then be further discussed by a panel of Indigenous speakers.

Learning objectives: To use a case-study approach to learn about specific ethical issues in community-based research involving Indigenous communities, including relationship-building, agenda and priority-setting, and scale and spread of innovations.

Case studies

  1. Ownership, Control, Access, Possession (OCAP™) – what it means and how it can be operationalized
  2. Scaling up – What it means in the conventional context and how it is different in an Indigenous context
  3. Challenges of different methodologies. How can Indigenous frameworks and methods, such as story-telling, co-exist alongside conventional research methods and frameworks?


  • Alan Katz (chair) is a family physician and health services researcher. He is the principal investigator of the CIHR funded Innovation in Community-based Primary Healthcare Supporting Transformation in the Health of First Nation and rural and remote Communities in Manitoba (iPHIT) Study.
  • Chad Dickie is a member of the Fort Nelson First Nation and a part-time student at the University of Victoria in the School of Public Health & Social Policy. He is a member of the Patient Advisory Council of the BC Primary Health Care Research Network (BC-PHCRN), patient-partner on the BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island Centre Oversight Committee, Board Chair of AIDS Vancouver Island, and involved in HIV community-based research. As a patient-partner, he brings personal lived experience with chronic disease, complex medical conditions, and health system utilization. As a member of the Patient Advisory Panel, Chad believes patient engagement is essential to health care research and policy development.
  • ’Qátuw̓as (pronounced Gah-tu-wos) Brown is the Community Liaison for UBC’s Indigenous Research Support Network. She was raised in the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella. She holds a degree in Environmental and Indigenous Studies from the University of Victoria. ’Qátuw̓as has spent the last three years working for Ocean Networks Canada to build relationships with coastal Indigenous Nations and is excited to now be working with UBC’s research community to establish collaborative research relationships with Indigenous communities.
  • Lerato Chondoma is the Associate Director of UBC Indigenous Research Support Initiative. She has a B.Com and a LLB from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa and a MBA from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. She has several years of experience in community-based research and community engagement with Indigenous communities as well as First Nations Economic and Social Development.

Registration is open. If you have already registered for the conference, you may amend your registration to add the workshop.

Questions? Please contact Kasra Hassani at