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Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

As a charitable, non-profit foundation, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) enhances the quality of life and care of older adults through partnerships in research, education and practice. RIA’s primary research and practice development partners include the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. Thirteen Schlegel Villages provide “living research environments” and “living classrooms” where innovations are developed, tested, and then shared to benefit older adults everywhere. A-HA is one of ten research theme areas at the RIA.


University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive univerisities because of its commitment to student learning and innovative research, and is dedicated to cultivating the essentials for quality of life – water, food, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture and learning. A-HA is engaged with two different colleges and departments:

  • College of Biological Sciences (CBS) is home to the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences (HHNS), which offers expertise in Human Kinetics, Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences, and cooperates with the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Food Science on various projects.
  • Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) is the founding college here, providing innovative life sciences education and research for agriculture, food, the environment and rural communities in Canada and around the world. Within the OAC lies the Department of Food Science (FS), which works closely with industry and government representatives to meet the challenges of working in one of North America’s largest food clusters.


University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo (UW), located at the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle, is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

A-HA is affiliated with the Department of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS), which has a commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals and communities through innovative education and research activities. AHS is a leader in the development of strategies that prevent disease and injury, protect and promote healthy living, optimize physical ability, and improve well-being across the life course.