Colin Milner, founder and chief executive officer of the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), is one of the world’s visionaries on the health and well-being of the older adult. The World Economic Forum has twice invited Milner to serve on its Network of Global Agenda Councils, recognizing him as one of “the most innovative and influential minds” in the world on aging-related topics.
Milner has been involved in the health and fitness industry since 1982. He managed large and small fitness clubs before founding Canada's first national fitness trade magazine, Club Direct, in 1990. Milner went on to become vice president of sales and marketing at Keiser Corporation, where he also served as chief operating officer of the Keiser Institute on Aging. Prior to establishing ICAA in 2001, he was president of IDEA Health and Fitness Association.
An award-winning writer, Milner has authored more than 200 articles on aging-related issues. In addition, he has delivered speeches to thousands of business and governmental leaders, industry professionals, and older adults throughout the world. Some of the agencies and initiatives that have sought his advice include:
As a member of an international coalition, Milner made recommendations for the International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults. He also participated in the creation of Falls Free: Promoting a National Falls Prevention Action Plan, a National Council on Aging initiative. Within the health and fitness industry, Milner advises the American Senior Fitness Association; Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals; Fitness Business Canada; Active Living by Design: Creating Activity-Enhancing Residential Settings work group; Active Living Leadership and Club Success. Milner is also the active-aging spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals and resident industry expert on aging for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.