History

From the 1950s onwards, various social and economic thrusts and policies by both federal and provincial governments and agencies had placed an increasing emphasis on determining, and responding to the needs of Canada’s elderly.

By 1970, Canadian gerontologists felt it was time for an association dedicated primarily to Canadian Gerontology concerns. On October 15, 1971 the founding meeting was held at the Douglas Hospital in Montreal. At that time, the Association consisted of 185 founding members. The CAG was formally incorporated on April 13, 1973.

Many individuals working or interested in this field saw the Association as a prime vehicle for achieving the improvement of the condition of life of the elderly through encouraging studies in gerontology, disseminating information on the subject and improving communication and cooperation amongst the many professions and disciplines whose mandate includes the elderly.

Presidents
Term President
2014 – Present Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard
2012 – 2014 Maggie Gibson
2008 – 2012 Neena Chappell
2004 – 2008 Sandra P. Hirst
2001 – 2004 Barry McPherson
1999 – 2001 Pierre Soucie
1997 – 1999 Norah C. Keating
1995 – 1997 Colette Tracyk
1993 – 1995 Michael J. MacLean
1991 – 1993 Rory H. Fisher
1987 – 1991 Gloria M. Gutman
1983 – 1987 Ronald D. Bayne
1979 – 1983 Betty Havens
1975 – 1979 Gilbert M. Rosenberg
1973 – 1975 Lola Wilson
1971 – 1973 William J. Forbes