Laura Tamblyn Watts

CEO, CanAge

Laura Tamblyn Watts is the CEO of CanAge, Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization. She is an advocate, author, academic, lawyer and media commentator.

She has previously served as National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and Chief Public Policy Officer at CARP. She is an Assistant Professor (status) at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Laura is the recipient of a number of awards for her work, including a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship by the Law Foundation of Ontario. She is affiliated faculty at a number of global universities and was called to the BC Bar in 1999.

Laura is a Board Director of the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) and previously of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).  She also sits on the Board of Directors of Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, PACE Independent Living and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO).  She serves on a number of consumer-focused committees including as Chair of the Consumer Advisory Panel of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA), a member of the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) Consumer Advisory Panel.

She was part of the Canadian Standards Association’s team who developed new National Standards for Long Term Care and is now working with the CSA on developing National Standards for Home and Community Care.

Her warm and humorous new book: Let’s Talk About Aging Parents is out in April 2024 (The Experiment distributed by W.W. Norton).