Keynote Speakers

The IFA is honoured to announce the following keynote speakers who will be joining the 15th Global Conference on Ageing, taking place in Niagara Fall, Canada from 10-12 November 2021.


Ms Alana Officer
Unit Head, Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing, Department of Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization


As a global thought leader, Ms Officer’s intellectual rigour, authenticity and inspiration stand apart from the best, as does her commitment and dedication to the field of healthy ageing. The IFA is thrilled that her powerful voice will be present at the conference to combat outdated stereotypes and misconceptions and bring a knowledgeable, evidence-based perspective on how to bring about positive change.


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Mr Michael Tamblyn
Rakuten Kobo CEO


Mr Tamblyn is proud to lead the first digital revolution that isn’t being driven by 18-25 year old’s, but instead being powered by women 50 years and older who love reading.


As President and CEO of one of the world’s fastest growing eReading services, Rakuten Kobo has a mission “to empower booklovers to read more.”  As part of that mission, Rakuten Kobo wants to make sure that all people can keep reading throughout their entire lives, from first words to final chapter.


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Mr Spencer West
Visionary, Activist, Best Selling Author


Whether addressing corporate leaders, non-profits or the world of education, Mr West’s charisma and dynamism captivates all audiences. Sharing his journey from losing both legs at the age of five to climbing—and summiting—Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair, Mr West  will inspire listeners to tackle their own obstacles and redefine possible.


Read more about Mr West.