KEYNOTE: Professor Suzanne Garon, Sociologist (Canada)
Suzanne Garon is a sociologist and a full professor at the School of Social Work at the Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences of the University of Sherbrooke (Canada).
She was a regular researcher at the Research Centre on Aging of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS where she taught in the gerontology doctoral program of the University Training Centre in gerontology of the University of Sherbrooke.
Her work includes, in particular the recognition and its manifestations in the development process of communities.
As a principal investigator, her current interest is the recognition of the implementation and the evaluation of the Age-Friendly Cities program in Quebec, as well as the innovative aspects from the Quebec-AFCCs initiatives.
Since 2014, Professor Garon has been heading a research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (IRSC), in collaboration with the Director of Public Health of the Montérégie region.
She is a member the Public Health Agency of Canada Reference Group, the Aging and Senior division (among others, through the NHNET-Works) which supports meetings of an expert committee on the evaluation of Age-Friendly Communities initiatives in Canada.
Professor Garon is a member of the international committee of experts, the Strategical Advisory Group (SAG) of the World Health Organization (WHO), and member of the board of directors of the International Federation on Aging (IFA/IVF) which is an important partner of the United Nations.
With Thibauld Moulaert, she wrote a book entitled: Age-Friendly Cities in International Comparison: Political Lessons, Scientific Avenues, and Democratic Issues. It will be published by Springer in November 2015.