About us

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, and supporting their families and caregivers.

Vision Mission Strategic objectives

Click here to see our Guiding Framework and Approach.

Click here to see more details on our Strategic Priorities.

Funding and Support

Canadian Frailty Network is funded by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, and our funding was recently renewed for a second, five-year term. 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 older adults living with frailty, and support their families and caregivers.


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.

Dr. John Muscedere, MD, FRCPC is our Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Carol Barrie, BComm, CPA, CA is our Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. She leads a staff team located in Kingston, Ontario, hosted by Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital.