Optima Living continues its civic engagement with Government of Alberta Caucus

Karim Kassam with Premier Danielle Smith and the Alberta Leadership Team

Optima Living's Senior Leadership team attended the Central Alberta Leaders’ Dinner on March 28th in Red Deer, Alberta, to continue to nurture key relationships, champion the needs of Alberta's seniors, and advocate for the future of the senior living industry and continuing care sector.

The event offered the opportunity to meet with government officials and representatives and the Optima team was able to discuss key issues impacting Alberta seniors, such as:

  • Changes to the Continuing Care Act and the creation of the Continuing Care Branch of Alberta Health

  • Affordable housing for seniors

  • Ongoing healthcare and human resource shortages

  • Strategies to address rising construction and financing costs that may impact Optima Living's ability to deliver previously awarded continuing care beds.

“We are thankful for the chance to share our insights and experiences as leaders in continuing care and seniors housing in Alberta. We continue to advocate for positive change that benefits Alberta seniors by directly engaging with government leaders in meaningful conversations about what is needed to best meet the needs of this rapidly growing and evolving demographic,” says Karim Kassam, Co-Founder and Principal, Optima Living. We would like to extend our thanks to the following individuals for their interest and availability:

  • Premier of Alberta, Danielle Smith

  • Minister of Health Adriana Lagrange

  • Minister of Infrastructure, Pete Guthrie

  • Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services, Jason Nixon

  • Parliamentary Secretary for Health Workforce Engagement, Chelsae Petrovic

  • Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Health, Martin Long

  • MLA of Lesser Slave Lake and Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Policing Scott Sinclair

  • MLA of Red Deer, Jason Stephan

We look forward to ongoing collaboration with the Government of Alberta and community partners as we work together to transform continuing care and create a better future for Alberta seniors.

Collage of Karim Kassam talking with government officials at a leadership dinner