Tel: (613) 549-6666 x 7984 Kidd House, 100 Stuart Street Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Technology and health care for the elderly medical research studies

Our mission: improve care for older Canadians living with frailty.

About CFN

Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) is Canada’s network for older Canadians living with frailty. We are dedicated to improving care of older Canadians living with frailty by:

  • increasing frailty recognition and assessment,
  • increasing evidence for decision making, through citizen engagement, and
  • advocating for change in the health and social care systems to ensure that the needs of this vulnerable population are met.

Funding and Support

Canadian Frailty Network is funded by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. The NCE program’s goal is to mobilize collaborations between researchers, industry and other organizations to produce programs and products that further Canada’s economic strength and improve the quality of life of Canadians. As a research network, we collaborate with industry, health care, academic, non-governmental organizations and private partners to improve the care of seriously ill older adults and their families.


We are governed by a Board of Directors chaired by Russell Williams, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy for Diabetes Canada. 

The Board relies on input from its Research Management Committee and other advisory committees to guide, manage and monitor its research and other programs.

The Network’s staff are located in Kingston, Ontario, hosted by Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital.

Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. John Muscedere, MD, FRCPC is our Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Muscedere is an intensivist at Kingston General Hospital (KGH), and Associate Professor and the Research Director in the Critical Care Program, Department of Medicine, in the School of Medicine at Queen’s University. Dr. Muscedere is an accomplished critical care researcher whose primary research interests include ventilator-associated pneumonia, clinical practice guidelines, quality improvement, knowledge translation and venous thromboembolism. Contact the Scientific Director.

Carol Barrie, BComm, CPA, CA is our Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to her appointment as CFN Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in June of 2014, Carol served as CFN’s Chief Financial Officer since our start-up in 2012, and also participated in developing the initial proposal. She has a wealth of experience leading teams in the post-secondary education sector, serving as Director of Research Finance and Administration at Queen’s University, in the not-for-profit sector, heading Finance and Administration at the South East Community Care Access Centre and also at the Prince Edward Association for Community Living, and as an independent  consultant working with independent researchers and start-up organizations. Contact the Executive Director.