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The Longevity Sector: Opportunity for Purpose and Profit Investing

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The world’s population of seniors is rapidly increasing. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are affecting significant numbers of older seniors and creating major social and public health issues as the population ages. The recent global COVID-19 pandemic and its required social isolation has resulted in challenges in accessing needed health and social services and is negatively impacting the cognitive, emotional and physical wellbeing of this already vulnerable population. There is an unprecedented global need for innovative solutions in the form of tools, technologies, programs and services that will improve their quality of life and maximize their independence. Even though the need is great, a funding gap currently exists for longevity sector companies looking to secure venture capital funding. A few Silicon Valley VCs and funds are investing small amounts in aging-focused startups, but typically not in the larger rounds of $2 million and more. This approach has led to promising startups pivoting into other markets, succumbing to lower growth rates, or failing altogether.

This panel will take a deep dive into the Longevity Economy, expected to be worth ~$28 Trillion by 2050, and will demonstrate how one can generate both purpose and profit by investing in this valuable and emerging sector.

Confirmed Panelists

  • Allison Sekuler (Moderator)
    • Allison Sekuler is the Vice-President, Research, and the Sandra A. Rotman Chair at Baycrest Health Sciences. Under her leadership, the Rotman Research Institute became the first, non-university-based research organization to endorse Canada’s Dimensions Charter that aims to foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity through greater equity, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Sekuler is also managing director of the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, a $124 million solution accelerator helping entrepreneurs succeed and older adults live longer and live better.

      Dr. Sekuler joins Baycrest after a long and distinguished career as a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, where she was the first Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience (2001-2011). She is also the Chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada‘s (NSERC) Scholarships & Fellowships group along with being a member of NSERC’s Committee for Discovery Research.

      The recipient of numerous awards for research, teaching and leadership, Dr. Sekuler has a notable record of scientific achievements in aging and vision science, cognitive neuroscience, learning and neural plasticity, and neuroimaging and neurotechnology, as well as vast experience in senior academic and research leadership roles.

  • Candice Faktor (Speaker)
      • Candice Faktor is an investor, entrepreneur and innovation leader with 17+ years experience in disruptive tech. Her past leadership roles include Founder, Faktory Ventures (seed stage fund), Global GM of Wattpad (80MM user storytelling platform), Co-Founder of TorStar Digital (corporate innovation arm), Founder & CEO, (early network effect platform) and Strategy Consultant at Deloitte Monitor. Candice is also a founding partner of Elevate Tech festival, Board Member of Coveo, the leading AI platform for enterprises, and an Associate at the Creative Destruction Lab. Candice is a frequent speaker on the mindset and mental models necessary to succeed in a chaotic, uncertain, exponential future.
  • Jean Accius (Speaker)
    • Jean Accius is a senior executive and nationally recognized thought leader on aging, longevity, health and long-term care policy. He is a tri-sector leader with deep knowledge and a wealth of experience having served in senior level positions across private, public and nonprofit sectors. Dr. Accius is the Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership. In this role, he provides strategic direction, leadership and technical expertise championing new ideas, framing thought- provoking perspectives and driving bold solutions to change systems and improve the lives of all as they age both domestically and internationally.
  • James Mayer (Speaker)
    • James Mayer is a versatile, performance-driven professional with significant experience in healthcare innovation, venture services, startups/early-stage companies, management consulting, and strategic planning across the healthcare continuum. James is currently the Manager, Health Innovations at the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. James is responsible for accelerating innovative solutions from around the world that will optimize the cognitive, emotional and physical wellbeing of older adults. To date, CABHI has directed over $100M CAD to advancing healthcare innovations.

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