In this Surrey Leadership Dialogue, the Surrey Board of Trade will present perspectives on the longevity economy, that is the aging population or seniors.
Researchers project the number of Canadian adults aged 65 and older will vary between 9.9 and 10.9 million by 2036 (double 2009's numbers) and between 11.9 and 15 million by 2061.
But despite Canada's ranking as the sixth-largest investor in longevity advancements globally, our longevity sector remains a well-kept secret, which prompts the question: Are we taking the aging revolution seriously enough to compete in it, let alone lead it?
We're experiencing a revolution in aging, thanks to innovations, technology, and breakthroughs in aging science and medicine that are extending lives and improving the health of older people. An ever-growing number of the world's brightest, boldest, most forward-looking economists, scholars, scientists, innovators, disruptors and entrepreneurs have recognized the enormous potential these advances in the technology of aging represent. Not only for significantly extending lifespans but for how it can and will create jobs and stimulate economic growth.
A longevity economy will see a shift in the mix of economic industries, with both health and education expanding further and new financial products. Such an economy has the potential to contribute to growth in gross domestic product through employment and human capital.
Some of the areas that the panel will explore with dialogue from the audience are:
Aging in the right place
Business of retirement living and care
Health and Economy
Employment and entrepreneurship
What is it that we don't know about our aging population
- Ramona Kaptyn, Chief Advocacy & Communications Officer, CARP BC
- Rajeev Mohindru, Director of Care, Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society
- Rav Sidhu, Employment Specialist, Douglas College - Encore Careers
- Karim Kassam, Principal and Co-Founder, Optima Living