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Taught by a highly experienced faculty of legal and healthcare professionals, this unique program covers topics such as, consent, capacity, and substitute decision making, powers of attorney, financial planning, end of life, abuse, and effective advocacy!

Legal advisors and health professionals who work with older adults are faced with an often incoherent patchwork of legislation, rules, regulations and case law, as well as numerous ethical and professional obligations.

Layered on top of this, lawyers who practice in this field must understand the ageing process and its impact on the legal and ethical framework, and have a working knowledge of the multi-disciplinary network of services and service providers available to older adults.

The Osgoode Certificate in Elder Law, now in its fourth year, was specifically designed by legal and health care experts to bring clarity to this complex area. It will serve as a key forum for lawyers and health care professionals where they can develop a comprehensive knowledge of the key issues relating to elder law, expand their networks, and tap into a deep reservoir of practical, relevant information.

Module 1 – January 31, 2018
Introduction to Elder Law

Module 2 – February 14, 2018
Dealing With Thorny But Common Scenarios

Module 3 – March 6, 2018
Consent & Capacity

Module 4 – March 21, 2018
Long Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes and Community Based Services & Homecare: Navigating the System, Understanding the Legal Rules

Module 5 – April 4, 2018
Advocacy for the Elderly


Program Directors

  • Jane Meadus, Barrister and Solicitor, Institutional Advocate, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
  • Alexander Procope, Perez Bryan Procope LLP

Advisory Board

  • Clare Burns, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Jeff Cole, former Project Director, Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
  • Arthur Fish, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Mark Handelman, Firm Counsel, Whaley Estate Litigation
  • Kathryn Pilkington, Director of Professional Services and Health Policy, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS)
  • Jordan M. Atin, Hull & Hull LLP
  • Karon C. Bales, Bales Beall LLP
  • Lauren Bates, Director of Policy, Wellesley Institute
  • Maia Bent, Partner, Lerners LLP
  • Ellen Bessner, Babbin Bessner Spry
  • Clare Burns, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Dr. Carole Cohen, Clinical Director of the Psychiatric Services for the Elderly at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Resa S. Eisen, M.S.W., RSW, Marathon Mediation
  • Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Patient Ombudsman
  • Duncan Embury, Nienstein Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Jan Goddard, Goddard Gamage Stephens LLP
  • Mark Handelman, Firm Counsel, Whaley Estate Litigation
  • Dr. Nadia Incardona, Toronto East General Hospital
  • Kerry Knickle, INESRA Interim Co Director, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation, The Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network
  • Nina Lester, Senior Lawyer Member Consent and Capacity Board
  • David Lepofsky, Volunteer Chair AODA Alliance, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act Alliance
  • Clara McGregor, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
  • Jael Marques de Souza, Counsel, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Nancy McNaughton, Managing Partner, Specialist Communication Matters: INESRA, Interim Co Director, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation,The Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network
  • Jane Meadus, Barrister and Solicitor, Institutional Advocate, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
  • Lisa Mizzi, Program Director, Client Services, Community Collaboration, Central East Community Care Access Centre
  • Mary Nestor, Sr. Manager, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Michael R. Newell, Assistant Crown Attorney, Durham Region
  • Lonny Rosen CS, Rosen Sunshine LLP
  • Howard Sapers, Howard Sapers, The Correctional Investigator, Canada
  • Karen A. Steward, Barrister and Solicitor, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
  • Marshall A. Swadron, Swadron Associates, Barristers & Solicitors
  • Kerri Weir, BFA, Simulation Methodologist
  • Laura Tamblyn Watts, Senior Fellow, Canadian Centre for Elder Law
  • Christine Thomlinson, Rubin Thomlinson LLP
  • Judith Wahl, Executive Director, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
  • Graham Webb, Staff Litigation Lawyer, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
  • Kimberly A. Whaley, WEL Partners
  • Francesca Yaskiel, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Ivan Zinger, J.D., Ph.D., Executive Director and General Counsel, Office of the Correctional Investigator


Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Elder Law. Participants must attend the program modules and successfully complete the take-home assignment to receive a certificate.


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


Have a question? Read our FAQs.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Myrsini Zacharakis at mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

January 31, February 14, March 6, 21, April 4, 2018
5 modules over 5 Weeks
In Person


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$2,595 plus HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers in private practice, practicing in the areas of elder law, health law, wills and estates, family law and estate litigation
  • In-house counsel advising on the above areas
  • Practitioners/advisers to long-term care homes
  • Government lawyers – Counsel, Senior Counsel,  Directors of Performance/Compliance; Provincial Specialist (Health Care Unit); Compliance Advisors/Officers – Long Term Care
  • LTC home personnel including: Owners; Presidents/CEOs; Managers/Administrators; Operators; Director of Patient Care; Directors of Professional Practice; Risk Managers; Nurses and Personal Support Workers; Board Members;
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurses
  • Risk Managers in hospitals
  • Social Workers
  • Government Regulators


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Hotels & Parking

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