Ron Beleno


Ron is an experienced family caregiver to his late father who lived well with Alzheimer’s for over 10+ years while partnering with his senior mother during their journey to help them age at their home and community.  He is an advocate in the dementia and aging communities with expertise in technology, aging in place, caregiving, and patient engagement. Ron is the co-chair for AGE-WELL’s Older Adults and Caregiver Advisory Committee, which is Canada’s aging and technology network where he received their honorary fellows award for 2020.  He is an advisor and presenter for groups such as the Alzheimer and Dementia Societies across Canada, a coach with Healthcare Excellence Canada, a patient and family advisory member with the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance, a board member with numerous organizations, including the Ontario Strategy in Patient-Oriented Research Unit.

Ron is a guest lecturer and a mentor to post-secondary students in programs such as nursing, social work, occupational therapy, engineering, and aging. He is also a mentor in residence with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine’s Translational Research Program.

Further in his past, Ron was the founder and executive director of a youth career and employment centre that served over 30,000 young people, immigrants and career changers in Toronto. Ron has a passion for vegetable gardening and any opportunity to sit down to break some bread and enjoy meals with everyone.