Our Team

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Academic Lead

Dr. David B. Hogan is a specialist in geriatric medicine. He founded the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary in 1990 and served as its Head for 10 years. He was also the first Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Calgary, and has served as Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Specialty Committee in Geriatric Medicine, Chief Examiner in Geriatric Medicine for the RCPSC, and President of the Canadian Geriatrics Society. David is also a member of the Age Friendly Calgary Steering Committee and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, and is the Calgary Site Principal Investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

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Manager, Research & Scientific Programs

Dr. Ann Toohey is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, where she completed her PhD in 2018. Her inter-disciplinary research program has integrated growing understandings of the health-promoting potential of human-animal relationships for older adults into frameworks for developing age-friendly cities. Her approach delves into policy implications of promoting aging-in-place in ways that also promote social justice. Ann has also worked in both municipal government and non-profit sectors in a variety of capacities, including facility-based research and policy development, funds development, and communications.

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Project Coordinator

Dr. Chantelle Zimmer holds a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary before joining the Centre on Aging. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology. Her research aims to inform effective approaches to promoting and sustaining physical activity among younger and older marginalized populations by understanding personal and socio-ecological factors that affect their engagement. Chantelle has provided leadership for academic associations through serving on various boards and committees, and for not-for-profit organizations working as a consultant.


Our Address

Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging 
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary 
3rd Floor TRW Building 
3280 Hospital Drive NW 
Calgary, AB T2N 4Z6

Phone: 403-210-7208
Fax: 403-210-3818
E-mail: bscoa@ucalgary.ca

About Our Name

Though our names suggest otherwise, the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging is not part of the Brenda Strafford Foundation. The Centre on Aging is independent of the Foundation and part of the University of Calgary. We are a component of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health with a mandate to promote interdisciplinary research and education in aging within the University, inform public policy, and work with community partners to take advantage of the opportunities that are arising from societal aging. The Centre on Aging was made possible by financial support from the Brenda Strafford Foundation, and we value our on-going relationship with the Foundation. We are not, though, part of the Foundation.