Research needs to be initiated on the older worker in the 

current Canadian environment.


Scroll through the document below to learn more about the RCOW. 


Our Vision Statement

 The Research Centre for the Older Worker (RCOW) envisions 

an environment where myths, stereotypes and stigma about 

the older worker are effectively dealt with, where work-style transition from paid employment to retirement and/or to the voluntary sector is successful, where there are improved intergenerational workforce relations, and where the health and lifestyle issues of the older individual are addressed. 


Our Mandate

  The RCOW organization has a mandate to study the impact of aging on the individual with regards to the role of the older worker, the transition to retirement and senior volunteering, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and seniors’ continued 

social engagement. Research results will enhance better understanding of these issues and lead to meaningful training and development programs, products and opportunities. Wherever possible, all projects and research will involve the participation, training and empowerment of seniors.

Board of Directors

Penny Shore

A graduate of Carleton University and the University of Toronto, Penny Shore’s business experience includes being a publisher, gerontologist and social entrepreneur. Over the past 30 years, Ms. Shore has been an innovative and highly creative leader and business builder across Canada in both the public and private sectors. She has lead research studies, established and developed products and organizations from concept to full operation, and is a highly effective executive, fundraiser and project manager. Her exceptional creative abilities as a custom publisher have been applied to both business and mass-market educational programs. An experienced public speaker, she has developed extensive national training programs and mass-market educational products on finance, parenting and health topics. 

Clients of her consulting work over the years have included Bank of Montreal, Herzig Eye Institute, Casa Loma, T.E. Wealth, RBC, Sinclair-Cockburn Financial Group, Governments of Ontario and New Brunswick, ScotiaBank, Birks and Co., CBC, RCMP, Escada Fashion, Canadian Institute for Child Health, Hill Street Marketing, Princess Margaret, Humber and WestPark Hospitals, National Steel Car, Vantage Magazine, Hume Publishing, Hume Medical, ParentSmart Books, Ariel’s Legacy Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Toronto General Hospital, Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, Kiwanis and several other national organizations.

Charitable endeavours include being Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Best Buddies Canada, Founder and Chair of The Research Centre for the Older Worker, Board President of Ariel’s Legacy Canada and Co-Founder and Advisory Board Co-Chair 

of VOLT Hockey Canada, formerly on the Board of the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research, and Chairperson of CANFAR’s National Youth Network. She has received the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Award and the International Leadership Award, Best Buddies International.

Carmine Domanico

Carmine Domanico, MBA, ICD.D, is Head of Human Resources Canada for PolyOne Corporation. Formerly, Carmine was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cristal International and Executive Vice-President of Atticus Management in Toronto. Prior roles include Vice-President of HR for CIBC Retail Banking and a number of senior HR global roles at Nortel Networks.

Carmine's experience in engineering, operations, retail and human resources spans more than 30 years both nationally and internationally with medium to large corporations and not-for-profit organizations. He is an experienced and versatile senior business leader and executive coach with an accomplished international background spanning the mining, transportation, technology, pharmaceutical, retail, professional services and financial business sectors. Carmine's field of expertise includes strategic planning, compensation and incentive pay and benefits design, performance management programs, executive assessment, coaching, board effectiveness and governance and talent leadership strategies.

Carmine completed the Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto and received the Institute of Corporate Directors Designation, ICD.D. He completed his Executive MBA at Rotman School of Business and completed the Electronics Engineering Technology Program at Mohawk College where he also received the Electronics Technologist of the Year Award. He was recognized as one of Mohawk College's Incredible 40 at 40. Carmine is a member of the ICD GTA West Advisory Board and a member of the ICD Not-For-Profit Peer Forum Steering Committee. Carmine’s previous professional governance roles include: Board Chair of the Central West Local Health Integration Network, Board Chair of the Central West Community Care Access Centre, Vice-Chair Policy and Director of the Brampton Board of Trade, President of the Toronto Human Resources Professionals Association, President of Mohawk College Alumni Assoc., Vice-Chair of Mohawk College Foundation, Editorial team member of Benefits Canada and Health Policy Forum.  

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Brad Marcoux

Brad has spent the last 20 years working with startups, SMBs and large enterprises building organizational structures and teams during periods of rapid growth. 

As one of the founding employees of InQuent Technologies/webhosting.com, Brad developed infrastructure and personnel as the company grew rapidly into the largest business hosting provider in the world. His teams and systems supported global brands such as Bell Canada, KPN, Telecom New Zealand, PCCW Hong Kong, AT&T, Comcast and Cox Communications. In 2000, InQuent was purchased by AT&T in the then-largest acquisition in Canadian history. 

Brad co-founded independent record label Kindling Music, where he developed the company’s operational infrastructure and digital publishing strategy. Distributed by Warner Music Canada, the label’s artists won multiple awards and accolades. Kindling was purchased in 2008 by legendary Canadian manager Jake Gold. 

In 2008, Brad founded Digital Contractor, a boutique Managed Services Provider offering IT infrastructure management, software/web development, IT consulting, IT security and recruiting services to companies such as CBC and Precise Parklink.  

Brad is currently the Sr. Director of IT, Infrastructure and Security with Wysdom.AI. Wysdom.AI is an Enterprise AI powering conversations across multiple channels for brands including Rogers, Spinmaster, Campbells and Fido. 

Brad holds an Honours B.A. from McMaster University, and sits on the Board of numerous community and not-for-profit organizations. 


RCOW Advisory Board

          Present Advisory Board Members:

  • Urban Joseph, former Vice Chair, TD Bank, O.C.
  • Joseph D. Carrier, Lawyer, Arbitrator 
  • Dr. Craig Riddell, PhD.  
  • Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, E.D., TFSA, Financial Services Education COE 
  • Sam Albanese, CFP, CLU, ChFC, FLMI, TEP

          Past Advisory Board Members:

  • The Hon. Erminie Cohen, Senator, O.C. 
  • Francoise Bertrand, O.C., Pres. and CEO, Télé Québec 
  • Gary Butler, Dir., Centre for Financial Services, Seneca College