On May 14-15, 2018 select members of the CCNA’s leadership participated in the National Dementia Conference: Inspiring and Informing a National Dementia Strategy for Canada. Among other key priorities – i.e. support, care, stigma reduction, and education – they emphasized the need for the federal government to earmark a Dementia Breakthrough Fund to support Canadian research on dementia, channeled through the CCNA. Growing our influence to impact policy and care through collaborative research, several CCNA researchers have been invited to be part of the Ministerial Advisory Board to advise the Minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, on matters related to the health of people living with dementia, their families and caregivers. Regular updates will be posted on the CCNA’s website.