Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto, a master of Environmental Science from York University, Toronto and a Doctor of Education in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She is a founder of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA). She is also a founding Member and Immediate Vice President, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). She is a Professor Emerita at Ryerson University. Her areas of expertise include research, raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect among children and youth, raising awareness of elder abuse among faith leaders, social media projects (ongoing) for WEAAD in Cyberspace 2013 with partners.