TORONTO, August 5, 2022 /CNW/ – CARP, Canada the largest and most influential association fighting for the needs and rights of Canadians as we age, is thrilled to announce an innovative new program of virtual collaboration, virtual communities and virtual learning, designed to leverage using technology to empower older people.
The CARP SENIOR-TECH VIRTUAL NETWORK will consist of three major programming components:
- Technological literacy – to increase the digital skills and knowledge of older people, with additional programs targeted for indigenous populations and isolated communities
- Tech for Health and Daily Living – to provide secure access to self-help, professional help, telehealth, clinical trials and other health and age-related digital knowledge and services on the spot
- Tech Talent – to leverage the qualifications, experience and work ethic of Canadian seniors to develop and hone them for post-retirement careers in technology, health and technology finance.
“This really can be a game-changing program for older Canadians,” said Bill VanGorder, CARP Chief Executive Officer. “It’s a myth that seniors can’t handle technology. We’re already heavy users and eager to improve our skills. But CARP now goes beyond that – we know that seniors are an untapped resource for the tech industry and the job market, and with our virtual network collaboration partners, we’re building a set of innovation and disruptive on-site life and age-long learning remove barriers for a more diverse and skilled multi-generational remote workforce. »
As partners in the development of this program, CARP secured a coalition of leaders in technology, e-learning, and community infrastructure and support. Our three-person program steering committee is made up of:
- Teri Marlene PrincePresident and CEO of Terida, the innovative and award-winning international IT solutions organization whose CLASsoft™ RegTech platform serves as the secure identification, communication and workflow engine for the project’s virtual networks.
- Anna ForgioneGeneral Counsel and Corporate Secretary of D2L, a global learning technology company, which will provide the CARP training through its learning innovation platform, Brightspace.
- Stephen J. Augustinehereditary chief of the Mi’Kmaq Grand Council and associate vice-president (retired) for aboriginal affairs at Unama’ki College, Cape Breton Universitywho will lead the collaborative network of indigenous communities of the project.
“At D2L, we are committed to accessibility in learning – and to providing a learning experience that meets the needs of all people, regardless of age or ability,” said Anna Forgione. “We’re excited to join Tech Consortium Virtual Networks to help drive technology literacy and empower seniors through our learning innovation platform, Brightspace.”
With Terida’s robust CLASsoft™ RegTech platform and its interconnections with D2L’s Secure Learning Innovation Platform and with Terida’s partner Syngrafii for iinked Sign™ eSigning and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Canada as an infrastructure-as-a-service provider for the technology consortium’s virtual networks, CARP has technology, technology leadership and support, as well as advisors, trainers, mentors and potential employers from day one.
“CARP is the perfect catalyst for this initiative,” said Teri Prince. “They have credibility with from Canada older population, and the vision and scope to recruit participants. We are honored to lead the CARP Tech Consortium Virtual Network and I can’t wait for it to happen.”
Join us in August for the CARP Tech Consortium Virtual Network Inaugural Program “From Maps to Cloud, CARP Conversations with Canadian Seniors in IT and Cyber”.
The rollout of virtual network registration for Canadian seniors and participating organizations and companies is expected to begin in fall 2022.
CARP has applied for project funding from the Jobs and Growth Fund of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
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For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: David Cravit, Director of Membership and Director of Marketing, CARP, Phone – 416.607.7739, Mobile – 647.280.8163, Email – [email protected]