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Greg Shaw

Director of International and Corporate Relations

Mr. Shaw represents the IFA at the United Nations, works closely with governments, and maintains the IFA’s elder abuse initiatives

BIOGRAPHY

Greg Shaw serves as Director of International and Corporate Relations for the International Federation on Ageing. Prior to joining the IFA, he held senior management positions within the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, working with residential and community aged care programs in Western Australia. His long career with the Australian government included management of the Compliance, Complaint, and Accountability section of the Department, and management of quality of care and certification programs in residential and community care services.With a strong background in science and health administration, Mr. Shaw’s earlier work focused on policy development and program implementation supporting the aged care needs of rural northern Australian communities. An advocate for marginalized community groups in the 1990s, he worked with many Aboriginal and ethnic communities to establish specifically tailored aged care homes and community aged care services for these groups.Since joining the IFA, Mr. Shaw has been responsible for the development of Building Capacity in Health Care Programs in Africa, worked closely with the South African Human Rights Commission to establish an older person’s forum in the country, and collaborated with the government of Mauritius to establish an Observatory on Ageing.Mr. Shaw represents the IFA at the United Nations, works closely with governments, and maintains the IFA’s elder abuse initiatives. These initiatives include the development of educational toolkits for youth, the convening of the 2011 International Forum on Sexual Safety of Older Women, and a high-level 2013 meeting to examine financial abuse of Canadian seniors.Mr. Shaw has worked with other civil society organizations on the Global Thematic Consultations on Population Dynamics, Post-2015 Development Agenda to ensure the needs of older people are recognized.

MEDIA APPEARANCES

Aging in Canada: How well are we treating our elders?
canada.com

June 13, 2014

According to Greg Shaw, who heads up the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), ageism is widespread in Canada – and a lot of it is rooted in a range of misconceptions many Canadians share about older people.

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Combating ageism
Calgary Herald

January 28, 2014

“Older and younger Canadians need to find opportunities to connect more,” says Greg Shaw, Director, International and Corporate Relations of the International Federation on Ageing. “The simple act of getting to know someone from a different generation promotes positive attitudes and behaviours, and helps address misperceptions that inadvertently set in when people don’t have enough exposure to each other.”

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Seniors, youth unite through anti-ageism film project
CBC

December 14, 2013

Such fears lie at the heart of ageism, something that Greg Shaw, a director at the International Federation of Ageing, says is probably one of the "most socially tolerated forms of discrimination in Canada."

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Millennials team up with seniors for anti-ageism project
canada.com

December 02, 2013

“This project is trying to bridge that gap between younger and older people,” said Greg Shaw, director of corporate relations for the International Federation on Ageing. “The simple act of getting to know someone of a different generation promotes positive attitudes and behaviours…There’s a knowledge-transfer that goes both ways.”

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Articles

Current and Emerging Issues Facing Older Canadians
International Federation on Ageing

2012 A study identifying the five (5) current and emerging issues for older people in Canada with some comparatives from across the globe.

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Affiliation

Ontario Securities Commission Senior Expert Advisory Committee (SERC)

Toronto Police Service Community Advisory Committee

City of Toronto Advisory Committee on Long-Term Care & Services

Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) – LTC Innovation Expert Panel

WHO Patient Safety Working Group

Industry

Health and Wellness

Non-Profit/Charitable

International Affairs

Elder Care

Government Relations

Education

Curtin University :

Western Australian Institute of Technology :

Wembley Technical College :

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