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McMaster to host Walrus Talks Mobility event in downtown Hamilton


Published: ​​September 14, 2017  

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and The Walrus Foundation are confronting the topic of mobility within Canada’s aging population.

On October 5, 2017, eight speakers including doctors, scientists, an Olympian, and a futurist, will present their visions of a more inclusive society for The Walrus Talks Mobility. This event is part of the popular nationwide Walrus Talks series.

McMaster University Presents The Walrus Talks Mobility will take place at 7 p.m. at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre (100 Main Street West, Hamilton). Tickets are $12 ($6 for students) and can be purchased online at

The Walrus Talks will feature eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas and stories. Each speaker will present for seven minutes on topics such as active aging, accessibility, drug policy, and social isolation.

Speakers include:

  • Margaret Denton, vice-president, Hamilton Council on Aging 
  • Sanjay Khanna, futurist
  • Michael Kirby, founding chair, the Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Adam van Koeverden, Olympic and world champion kayaker
  • Dee Mangin, David Braley Chair in Family Medicine, McMaster University
  • Parminder Raina, scientific director, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging
  • Doreen Spence, Cree elder
  • Stephen Trumper, instructor, School of Journalism, Ryerson University 

From 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., the Trainee Network of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging will be hosting a Mobility Fair to showcase their research on aging, including nutrition for older adults, mobility assessments and more. A reception will follow the Walrus Talks event at 9 p.m.

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) aims to optimize the longevity of Canada’s aging population through research, education, and collaboration. Interdisciplinary teams work alongside older adults and key stakeholders to find ways that will help Canadians spend more years living well. MIRA also acts as a robust entry point to McMaster’s existing research platforms in aging, including the newly formed Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging and the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal. 

The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit with an educational mandate to create forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals by publishing The Walrus magazine—which focuses on Canada and its place in the world—ten times a year; producing the national series of Walrus Talks; posting original, high-quality content daily at; and training young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.

For more information about the Walrus Talks, visit For more information about the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging,


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