Ageing and Technology: CCEL teams up with AGE-WELL to focus on issues related to research and elder law


In October 2017, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) was named a new AGE-WELL core facility in elder law.  Learn more about this new opportunity and AGE-WELL.




AGE-WELL NCE Inc. is a pan-Canadian network of industry, non-profit organizations, government, care providers, end users and academic partners working together to drive innovation and create technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. 

AGE-WELL core facilities promote and trigger national and international interactions for AGE-WELL, and provide physical and/or virtual venues for researchers to meet, collaborate and exchange ideas (for more, visit AGE-WELL Core Facilities).

As a core facility, the CCEL provides the AGE-WELL network’s researchers, academic trainees and private industry partners with education and guidance on understanding and navigating the Canadian legal system.  The CCEL is also helping AGE-WELL network members working with older adults to address legal and ethical issues of critical importance such as informed consent and substitute decision-making.  

Senior Fellow, Laura Tamblyn Watts initiated CCEL’s work with AGE-WELL.  As Project Lead, Krista James now provides CCEL expertise to the AGE-WELL network, and brings legal experts on specific topics into the fold to share their knowledge. The CCEL is excited to participate in this opportunity to work with academics, students and governments across Canada on challenging issues raised by aging and technology.    

CCEL has been an active participant in the AGE-WELL network since joining as a Core Facility, participating in mentorship sessions, hosting “legal listening sessions” with network members and connecting with research groups across the country to identify legal and ethical issues raised by their work.  The desire for legal insights into the work of network members is already mounting. 

AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge

The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge is looking for new and unique technology-based solutions that can benefit Canadians as they age. 

The 2019 AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge: Startup Edition was all about recognizing top startups and supporting entrepreneurship in Canada’s technology and aging sector.

The winners of this year’s competition were: Walk-Well Universe, True Angle Medical Technologies and Bisep. 

For more information on the program, eligibility criteria and application process, please visit the AGE-WELL website.


In March 2018, CCEL launched a 6-part webinar series, covering topics such as:

  • informed consent;
  • substitute decision-making;
  • legal issues business “start-ups” need to know;
  • commercialization and business law;
  • intellectual property; and,
  • patent issues.

The webinar series are broadcast nationally to AGE-WELL members, and in some cases, are open to members of the public.  Materials created for the webinar are made available to the thousands of network participants. A vibrant and wide-ranging Question and Answer session is hosted after each webinar presentation.


Consent & Capacity Part I 
Speaker: Krista James, Canadian Centre for Elder Law 
Recorded on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Consent & Capacity Part II

Speaker: Krista James, Canadian Centre for Elder Law 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Webinar
Speakers: Krista James, Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Valerie Le Blanc, Staff Lawyer CCEL/BCLI
Recorded on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
A snapshot of laws across the country relevant to elder abuse. CCEL addressed ethical issues relevant to responding to abuse and helped webinar participants identify key resources to support older adults.

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Events and keynote sessions

AGE-WELL’s 5th Annual Conference
Exploring the Future of Technology and Aging
October 22 – October 24, 2019
Moncton, NB

Open to the public

AGE-WELL’s conference will be held right before the Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting.

AGE-WELL2019 will look into the future to see where the technology and aging sector is headed,  and showcase how AGE-WELL is pushing the boundaries of research and innovation. Engaging demonstrations and presentations from across the AGE-WELL network will spotlight real-world solutions to support healthy aging. 


If you are interested in the legal issues intersecting aging and technology, and might like to get involved with this exciting work, please contact Krista James at   

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