Andrew Sixsmith , Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University; he is President of the North American Chapter and Board Member of the International Society of Gerontechnology and was Chair of the 2010 World Conference of the Society. Dr. Sixsmith has been particularly involved in the strategic development of research in the area of technology for independent living and has attracted funding for several prestigious research projects from the European Commission and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Department of Health and Department of Industry in the UK and CIHR in Canada