Media Release

Kingston to Host Its First Innovate Care Conference

 October 5 and 6 with over 30 keynote speakers

Kingston, ON, September 9, 2021 – Kingston Economic Development Corporation is excited to announce that Kingston is hosting this year’s virtual Innovate Care conference on October 5 and 6. The conference is focused on showcasing innovative solutions for the home and health care, aging, senior, mobility and independent care sectors. Best practices from across Canada as well as internationally will be featured over the 2-day event as we celebrate the International Day of Older Persons.

“What a great opportunity to highlight Kingston’s unique integrated healthcare network, as well showcasing all the innovation and success we have seen in the region. We’re excited to be hosting the event this year to position Kingston as a leader in the health innovation sector,” says Ben McIlquham, Investment Manager – Health Innovation, Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

This is conference is a perfect opportunity for Kingston’s rapidly growing health innovation cluster to connect. Healthcare and life sciences, as well as professional, scientific and technical services, are expected to represent the fastest-growing employment sectors in the city, and already boasts over 11,000 workers. Program output of Kingston's post-secondary institutions is particularly strong in healthcare and life sciences.

Over 30 thought provoking keynotes and interactive roundtables featuring the latest in innovative care solutions from health and home care professionals, seniors, residents, government agencies and stakeholders. This year’s goal is to engage 600+ registrants. The conference sets the stage for frontline healthcare providers, government agencies and technology-solution providers along with innovators and investors.

In addition to the conference, a national pitch competition for healthcare start-ups is being organized by Innovate Care in collaboration with AGE-WELL, a unique Canadian network that brings people together to develop technologies and services for healthy aging. The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge will recognize top startups in Canada’s technology and aging sector, and support entrepreneurship in the sector. Applicants from across the country will be challenged to explain how their solution can positively impact older Canadians and/or caregivers. This year’s winner will receive $25,000 in cash plus in-kind prizes. A runner-up will also be eligible for a $10,000 cash prize. The Ontario Brain Institute is generously co-funding these cash awards as the key sponsor of this year’s competition. The deadline to submit an application for the pitch challenge is September 20, 2021.

To learn more and to register for Innovate Care 2021 conference, visit

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About Kingston Economic Development Corporation
Kingston Economic Development Corporation is focused on building a strong community and supporting Kingston’s thriving economy. Its mission is to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investments in order to sustain, grow, and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century. The Integrated Economic Development Strategy highlights Sustainable Manufacturing and Health Innovation as strategic sectors.

Media Contact: 
Nour Mazloum
Communications & Events Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
[email protected]