we are so excited to learn from and listen to  the wisdoms and insights of our rad, inspiring keynotes:

Michael Lista is the author of two books of poems—Bloom (2010) and The Scarborough (2014)—and the collection of non-fiction Strike Anywhere: Essays, Reviews & Other Arsons. He has written for The National Post, The Walrus, CBC, Maisonneuve, Hazlitt, Poetry, Slate and elsewhereHe lives in Toronto.


follow his thoughtful, informative twitter acc. here.


Pia Kontos is a Senior Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network and Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Her work on aging takes its bearings from the humanities (biographical, performative, fictional and narrative perspectives), philosophy (phenomenology, embodiment), and the social sciences (ethnographic, critical, emancipatory, and theories of the body). Her research program represents a convergence of several key interests or themes: critical interrogation of norms and assumptions underpinning care and relational practices in long-term care settings; a philosophy and approach to person-centred and relational care that emphasizes embodied selfhood; and the arts for triggering personal and organizational change. She has presented and published across multiple disciplines.


learn more about how her research on dementia has turned into a gorgeous new play, Cracked, here.