Research assistantships at Concordia University

ACT and engAGE are looking to a number graduate students as part of the organization of B/OLD: Aging in our city. We are looking specifically for people with experience in one or more of the following areas.

Event coordination: Ability to assist in event organization. Experience organizing events at Concordia and bilingualism are assets.

Facilitation: Experience facilitating workshops with small groups and interest in working with the public. Strong interpersonal communication skills and bilingualism are required.

Knowledge dissemination: Ability to develop digital content, including video, audio and photography. Strong English writing skills. Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to conduct interviews are needed. Bilingualism is an asset.

Salaries are commensurate with TRAC rates. Contracts range from 5 to 10 weekly hours, with increased workload as we get closer to the event (May 16-17). Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and a CV to me ( at their earliest convenience.

Job opening: Communication coordinator

***Thank you to all applicants, this position has been filled***


Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) is an international research project based at Concordia University, examining the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies. ACT works with over 30 partners internationally, and works closely with community organizations in Montreal. In addition, we are currently co-organizing a major event in May 2019 called B/OLD: Aging in our city.

We are seeking a self-driven and dynamic communication professional to undertake major components of the outreach, communication and knowledge mobilization for both the B/OLD event and the ACT project.

 20 hours a week, limited term contract (4 months)
Salary: $25-$28/hour, depending on experience

 Main tasks

  • Make recommendations to B/OLD organization committee or ACT management about communication priorities and opportunities.
  • Implement all components of external and internal communication plan for B/OLD, including media relations and community outreach.
  • Working with a team that includes a translator and designer, coordinate the production of digital and print communication materials in both French and English.
  • Develop content, a newsletter, and manage web and social media presence.
  • Assist in miscellaneous tasks as needed, including administrative tasks.

Competencies and skills

  • Excellent ability to communicate in English and strong writing skills. The ability to understand, speak and write in French is a strong asset for this position.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, MailChimp and WordPress. Experience in graphic design and sound and video editing is an asset.
  • Ability to quickly integrate a new work environment, to independently acquire new skills and to work within a team.
  • Availability to work flexible hours, with an increased workload in April and May 2019.
  • An interest in age/aging, community engagement, and digital technologies is an asset.

Please send cover letter and CV to Constance Lafontaine (

October 26: Live stream of “Ageing, the digital and everyday life”

On Friday, October 26th 2018 join us for the live stream of Ageing, the Digital and Everyday Life, a one day seminar held at Brunel University London in the United Kingdom. The stream begins at 10:30am BST. 

The speakers are an interdisciplinary group of academics and researchers from the arts, the social sciences and Science and Technology Studies (STS) and include both members of the ACT partnership, and wider international colleagues whose work focuses on ageing, the digital and everyday life. The seminar will provide an opportunity to examine and review the study of ageing, the digital and everyday life from a wide range of perspectives and to critically explore future challenges and possibilities. The seminar is organized by Wendy Martin (Brunel University London) and Paul Higgs (University College London).

A full programme is available here.

ACT members will appear at CRTC hearings on October 23, 2018

Kim Sawchuk, Anne Caines, and Kendra Besanger will travel to Gatineau, QC to participate in the CRTC’s public hearing on Canadian telecommunication companies’ aggressive and misleading sales tactics.

ACT will present findings from their recent report, Experiences of Older Adults with Abusive Sales Practices of Canadian Telecommunication Providers.

Read more about the full intervention here.

Expanding our understanding of activism(s) by sharing stories of older activists

In their recently released book, Unsettling Activisms: Critical Interventions on Aging, Gender, and Social Change (Women’s Press, 2018), editors May Chazan, Melissa Baldwin, and Patricia Evans present compelling reasons why our common perceptions of activisms and activists need to be expanded; specifically, expanded to include the work of older women activists.

Creating spaces for dialogue and critical exploration at GUSEGG 2018

Each year in July, GUSEGG provides a unique opportunity for professors and students from around the world to explore new ideas and dive into challenging topics. It is intensive, personal, intimate, and distinct from a typical university setting. Students and professors learn together from early morning until late evening in a setting where critical thought and challenging conversations extend beyond the walls of the classroom.

RECAA’s activism and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

une 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). It was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations in 2006, and serves as a day for the world to voice its opposition to the mistreatment of seniors. In Montreal, ACT’s community partner Respecting Elders: Communities Against Abuse (RECAA) uses the day to inclusively raise awareness of elder mistreatment and elder abuse, by way of theatre practices, creative interventions and hand-to-hand leafleting in the streets.

Portraits of Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Reimagining discourses on ageing.

If you google Alzheimer’s and dementia, you will find articles on “the ticking time bomb” of dementia and the socio-economic costs of Alzheimer’s. You’ll encounter videos of scientists speaking authoritatively on our inevitable cognitive decline and perhaps, most alarmingly, you’ll read messages explaining that we reach our intellectual peak at 25 years of age and it’s all just a sad descent from there.