The RIA’s innovative approach is made possible through strategic collaborations. We strongly believe that collaboration and partnership are key to driving innovation and accelerating impact.
RIA partners with many different organizations, academic institutions and networks to achieve our mission.
The RIA’s primary research partner is the University of Waterloo to advance knowledge and practical research across the journey of aging.
The RIA’s primary education partner is Conestoga College to support education and training for current and aspiring health care professionals.
The RIA’s primary practice partner is Schlegel Villages to test new innovations in real-life settings.
In addition to our primary partners, the RIA collaborates with a number of other universities, colleges, research institutes, organizations, and networks, including:
- Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team
RIA collaborates with this academic Family Health Team in the development, implementation and evaluation of new approaches to care for older adults (and others), with complex primary care needs. Two positions have resulted from this collaboration: Schlegel Chair in Primary Care for Elders (Linda Lee) and Schlegel Specialist in Falls and Mobility (Jamie Milligan).
- Conrad Grebel University College | Institute of Spirituality & Aging
RIA collaborates with Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo through the cross-appointment of the Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging (Jane Kuepfer). The purpose of this role is to promote research in the field of spirituality and aging, and to be a resource through university classes, public lectures, and workshops.
- McMaster University
RIA collaborates with the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University through the cross-appointment of the Schlegel Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology (Dr. Andrew Costa).
- Sheridan College
RIA collaborates with the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research through the cross-appointment of the Schlegel Innovation Leader in Arts and Aging (Kate Dupuis).
- University of Guelph
Through a unique partnership with the University of Guelph, RIA spearheaded the formation of the Agri-food for Healthy Aging (A-HA) research program. A core group of four researchers participate in a multi-disciplinary initiative that focuses on realizing innovative food and nutrition strategies to improve quality of life for older adults in Ontario.