Elizabeth is a Social Worker and Educator with extensive experience supporting children, youth and adults facing complex illness, uncertainty and grief. She was the first Palliative Social Worker at the largest cancer treatment centre in Canada where she specialized in therapeutic interventions supporting families of all ages. Wanting to broaden access to Palliative Care, Elizabeth launched her community-based private practice in 2015 offering support to individuals, families and groups of all ages facing complex illness, death and bereavement. Elizabeth is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University and is the Clinical Director of Camp Erin Hamilton, a free bereavement camp for children and teens.
Jill Taylor-Brown, MSW, RSW, was an oncology social worker for over 36 years. She retired from CancerCare Manitoba in 2016 after 15 years as the Director of Patient and Family Support Services. Jill has provided individual, couple, and family counseling and developed and facilitated several support groups and programs, including, for twenty years, a weekly group for women living with advanced breast cancer. She is currently a psychosocial consultant with Canadian Virtual Hospice. Jill has provided Dignity Therapy to those with advanced cancer, and has been part of the faculty each year for the annual International Dignity Therapy Workshop. Jill has also began providing Dignity Therapy to individuals who have requested a medically assisted death after joining the Manitoba MAID clinical team on a part time basis in January 2017. Jill is enjoying more time with friends and family and the freedom to travel and explore the world that retirement brings.
Nadine is the Executive Director of the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program. As a senior program and policy professional, Nadine has over 25 years of experience working for charities and non-profits at the local, provincial and national levels including the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Nadine has a Masters degree in public administration with a focus on health policy and experience in program development, evaluation and patient education. Nadine has a strong commitment to social justice and feel passionately about the importance of palliative care, community health and literacy.
Kathleen Yue is a nurse specializing in improving supportive care through partnerships. She strives to promote continuity of care and collaboration amongst health care professions and across care delivery settings. In her role with the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BC-CPC), Kathleen is facilitating the development and implementation of a provincial plan for health care provider education in palliative care and a palliative approach in all care settings.
Chris is a psychologist and Director of Training at Psychologie Mont Royal. In this role he sees individuals, couples, and families while overseeing the internship and apprenticeship programs of the practice. Prior to this position, he worked as a palliative care psychologist for almost 10 years at the McGill University Health Center. Chris holds an academic appointment in the Department of Oncology at McGill and is a faculty member of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition in Oregon. He is a clinical supervisor for numerous healthcare organisations and is involved with several international bereavement education initiatives. He was the primary writer for mygrief.ca (developed with the Canadian Virtual Hospice) which won national innovation awards from the Canadian Foundation of Healthcare Improvement and Digital Health Canada in 2017. He is a regular contributor to Robert Neimeyer's Techniques of Grief Therapy series published by Routledge. He serves on the executive of the International Congress on Palliative Care and is on the advisory board for the newly-formed Montreal Palliative Care Institute. A frequent conference and workshop presenter, Chris is passionate about his work as a psychologist, specializing in the broad areas of loss and life transition.
Kathy Kortes-Miller, MSW, PhD is an unconventional death educator with a passion for palliative care and improving the end of life care for all. She is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and the Palliative Care Division Lead at the Centre for Education and Research On Aging and Health (CERAH) at Lakehead University. Her research experience has been interdisciplinary and collaborative contributing to a broad range of fields of study including: social work, palliative care, interprofessional education, gerontology and LGBTQ. Kathy completed a two year research fellowship with the Canadian Frailty Network(CFN) and worked with Pallium Canada co-leading their Compassionate Communities initiative before becoming faculty at LU. She is a member of the board of directors for Hospice Northwest. Recently Kathy published her first book “Talking About Death Won’t Kill You” with ECW Press.
Elizabeth Beddard-Huber, RN, MSN, a graduate from the University of British Columbia has worked in the field of palliative care as a clinician, instructor and researcher. She worked as a Registered Nurse at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver and Auckland General Hospital, New Zealand. She was the Palliative Care Coordinator for a rural community in BC. a nursing instructor for the University of Victoria, an Advanced Practice Nurse with the Vancouver Cancer Centre Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care Team and a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Palliative Care Program at Vancouver General Hospital. Currently she is a Consultant with the BC Centre for Palliative Care on the Serious Illness Conversation Initiative and an Adjunct Professor with the School of Nursing at UBC.
Dawn has a background in nursing and education. She taught nursing at John Abbott College, developed and taught “Demystifying Death and Dying” at McGill University for 20 years, co-developed and taught the Certificate in Palliative Care at John Abbott College. She wore many hats in grief when working for over 20 years in the Montreal area - facilitating Bereavement Support Groups, organizing the Good Grief Workshop for Children and Teens, working with families in private practice. Since retiring to the Madawaska Valley 3 years ago, Dawn continues to volunteer her services in program development at the Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care program, Hospice Renfrew and CareFor in Pembroke, where she provides training workshops to both professionals and hospice volunteers. She has helped develop the Bereavement Support Program, Compassionate Teen Program and Death Cafe for MVHPC. Dawn has always believed that she has had the privilege of working with “the experts” - grieving children, adults and families - and, being an educator at heart, she loves to share what she has learned. You are invited to visit her website www.dawncruchet.com
Dr. Gillian Fyles is the Medical Lead of the BC Centre for Palliative Care Serious Illness Conversation Initiative and a palliative care physician. She is a Director of the Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Foundation and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. She was the Medical Leader of the Pain & Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program at the BC Cancer Agency’s Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna and the Research Leader – Palliative Care for the BC Cancer Agency for almost 20 years.
Completed her bachelor in Nursing Sciences at Laval University(1981);a diploma in geronto-thanatology at University of Quebec in Outaouais(1990); a Master in Education at the University of Ottawa (1993). - Worked 8 years in critical care, moved to a palliative care consultant role - Presently working as Coordinator of the Ministry of Health Regional Palliative Consultation Team ( RPCT) with the Bruyere Continuing Care since 1998, working as an advanced practice nurse in palliative care - Was co-chair of the Education working group with the National Strategy on Palliative and End of Life Care from 2002-2007 - Co-chair of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Certification committee with the Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) from 2002-2011 - Completed «AMS Pheonix Fellowship» 2012 and 2014 on Compassion Fatigue. - President of the 2008 annual congress of the “Réseau des soins palliatifs du Québec” - Joint appointment with the University of Ottawa since 1998 - Member of the planning committee of the International Congress for the terminally ill patient in Montreal Congress.since 2010 - Board member of the « Réseau des soins palliatifs du Québec » since 2008 - Board member of the « Canadian Hospice Palliative Care » from 2010- 2016 - Board member and co-founder of “La maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie” ( a Quebec Palliative Care Hospice in Gatineau) since 1992 - Very involved in palliative care education with a special interest in the interprofessional education and practice - Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence, Ontario Hospice Palliative Care Association in 2006 - Bafour Mount Award of Excellence, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association 2017. - Author of few articles and 2 chapter in a Clinical Palliative Care books.
Sara Davison is a Professor, bioethicist and health outcomes researcher in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. She is a nephrologist with the Northern Alberta Renal Program. She is recognized internationally as a leader in Kidney Palliative Care. Her program of research focuses on the delivery of quality supportive/palliative care for patients with advanced kidney failure.
Born in Montréal. Studied medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke. Started his practice as a family physician in the north of Quebec. Four years later he moved back to Montreal and became involved with the care of the dying in the mid-eighties while working in one of the city’s busiest AIDS clinic, La Clinique Médicale l’Actuel. From 1989-1991, he served as Chief of the Bureau of Care Treatment and Support at the Federal Centre for AIDS (Health Canada) and continued his palliative / AIDS practice in Montreal. He then joined Balfour Mount team at the Royal Victoria Hospital as a full-time physician. . He joined the Jewish General Hospital team as Chief of Division of Supportive Care and Palliative Care in September 2000. He is an associate professor of Palliative Medicine in the departments of both Family Medicine and Oncology at McGill University. In July 2009 he was appointed as the Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine, at McGill University; and as the Director of Palliative Care McGill within McGill’s Dept. of Oncology. He is the past-President of the Palliative Care Association of Québec, and of the Canadian Palliative Care Association and served on the Board of the International Association for Hospice Palliative Care, the Board of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. He is currently a member of the Board of the Société Québécoise des médecins en soins palliatifs. Dr Lapointe is now the Chair of the International Congress on Palliative Care that is being held in Montreal under the sponsorship of McGill every second year since 1976. The recent edition of the Congress, held in October 2016 was a true success, regrouping more than 1600 participants from 51 countries. He is currently working with a large planning and scientific committee on the organization of the 22nd International Congress that will be held in October 2018. Dr Lapointe current interests in research revolve around the development of new analgesics for cancer pain, and support to the family caregivers of patients at the end-of-their life. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Her Majesty Elizabeth II Accession to the Throne and for his contribution to the development of palliative care in Canada. And he received in 2012 the Diamond Jubilee Medal in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to Canada. . In 2007 he was awarded the 2007 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Award of Excellence. In 2016 he received the highest recognition from the Association qubécoise de soins palliatifs, le prix Reconnaissance, and was honored by the West Island Palliative Care Residence by the creation of the Bernard Lapointe Annual Award recognizing excellence in palliative care teaching. In 2017, Dr Lapointe received the Lifetime Achievements Award from the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. In November 2017, Dr Lapointe was awarded the Senate of Canada Sesquicentennial Medal in recognition of his valuable service to the nation. Dr Lapointe is a dedicated photographer and he has had the privilege to exhibit in few galleries and museum.
For the past twelve years, Cari has been – and still is – the regional coordinator of an internationally recognized Advance Care Planning (ACP) program at Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. In this role, she has championed the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of ACP policies, systemic processes, educational resources and promotional materials. Cari is an educator, a facilitator, a policy maker, a collaborator, and an activist. Cari’s unwavering vision has provided the opportunity to support and influence the implementation of other ACP programs. She has had the privilege to contribute to the ACP movements in New Zealand, Singapore and Japan. As a recognized leader, she was seconded as the Provincial Clinical Lead for ACP to support the development of provincial ACP resources for clinicians, patients and their families. Cari’s appointment at UBC Department of Medicine as a Clinical Instructor illustrates her exemplary teaching skills. Through the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), she is proud to be the founder and chair of the Canadian National ACP Community of Practice of Educators and an appointed member of the National ACP Task Group. Cari has presented at several international and national conferences including ones sponsored by the International Society of ACP and End of Life and the CHPCA. She is the author of a chapter entitled Passion, Persistence and Pennies in the book Advance Care Planning Communicating about Matters of Life and Death (pp 273-287), New York. Springer Publishing Company. Cari is a registered social worker (RSW) with two undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria. She is currently completing her Masters of Health Studies.
Carolyn is a nurse who has worked in a variety of settings with cancer and palliative patients over the last forty years and was a head nurse on the first oncology unit at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary and subsequently worked at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Alberta’s Children Hospital as a clinician and administrator. In 1992, Carolyn became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care at Saint Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster, BC. Carolyn joined the BC Cancer Agency in 1995 working as a Manager of Ambulatory Care and then Regional Operations/Cancer Care Leader at the Fraser Valley Cancer Centre. In 2000, Carolyn became the Regional Director of Palliative Care for the Simon Fraser Health Region and in 2002 the Director Hospice Palliative Care FHA. She has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary, a Master's Degree in Administration (Health Care) from Central Michigan University, is Certified in Oncology Nursing in Canada and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing University of Victoria. She is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) and the B.C. Hospice Palliative Care Association, Carolyn is Co- Principal Investigator of a MSFHR Nursing Research Initiative for a Palliative Approach in Nursing: Education and Leadership.
Zelda Freitas, BA, BSW, MSW, Social Worker Graduate of the McGill University School of Social Work and Social Worker of 28 years. For the past 11 years, clinical supervisor in a community health care centre offering services to persons in loss of autonomy including palliative care in a home based program. Presently, Coordinator of the Developing Practices in support of Caregivers of the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, Center for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology. Member of the Council on Palliative Care since 1998, offering education presentations on topics related to caregiving issues, grief and loss, and access to care. Several collaborative research projects, presentations and publications related to psychosocial and interdisciplinary intervention in palliative care.
Rose De Angelis has worked at The West Island Palliative Care Residence in Kirkland, Quebec since 2002. The Residence is Canada’s largest, freestanding community hospice, housing 23 in-patient beds on two neighboring sites. In 2017, Rose accepted a new role within the Residence and is now the Director of Special Projects, Education and Knowledge Transfer. She was the recipient of the 2009 Award of Excellence from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. A Queen’s Jubilee award winner, Rose has worked on the Canadian Nurses’ Association hospice palliative care certification exam committee, is a past president of the CHPCA nurse’s group and is currently the Chairperson of their Awards Committee. Additionally she holds an adjunct faculty position at the McGill University School of Nursing, where she graduated. She is passionate about educating people about hospice and end of life care.
Dr. Deborah Dudgeon is the W. Ford Connell Professor of Palliative Care Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Oncology at Queen’s University. Since September 2013 she has been the Senior Scientific Leader for the Person-centered Perspective for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Dr Dudgeon was the first Head of the Palliative Care Program at Cancer Care Ontario (from 2004-2010). During her tenure at CCO she helped develop and implement the Provincial Palliative Care Integration Project. Dr. Dudgeon is the Chair of the Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has served as the co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Palliative Medicine for the Conjoint Training Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. Dr. Dudgeon served as the co-chair of the Symptom Control Committee of the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group and a member of the Advisory Committee on Research for the National Cancer Institute of Canada.
Dr Marshall has been affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University as a professor of Palliative Care since 1989. She has held several positions at McMaster including inaugural Director of the Division of Palliative Care, and Assistant Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. She is founder of both the Niagara West Palliative Care Team and McNally House Hospice, Grimsby, where much of her clinical work has been located for the past 17 years. She explored Palliative Care as Public Health during her sabbatical in 2013 and since then, has assumed new provincial and national leadership roles in Palliative Care.
Father of 4 Completed his Family Practice Residency at Memorial University in Newfoundland 1993 American Board Certified Hospice Palliative Care 2001 Worked with Iowa Health Physicians Ottumwa Family Practice from 1995 – 2001 Family Practice / Palliative Care Physician in New Brunswick 2001-2004 College of Family Physicians of Canada – Certificate of Added Competency in Palliative Medicine 2015 Current: Medical Director Colchester East Hants Palliative Care Program, Truro, NS since Jan. 2004 Assistant Professor Faculty of Family Medicine Dalhousie University Member of executive Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Chair - Atlantic Palliative Medicine Group President - Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians Chair – College of Family Physicians of Canada – Palliative Care Committee Awards: The Hon. Sharon Carstairs Award of Excellence in Advocacy - January 2017 Queens Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal - Sept. 2012 Cancer Care Nova Scotia 2011 Leadership Excellence Award – June 2011 Former: President NS Hospice Palliative Care Association President New Brunswick Hospice Palliative Care Association Board member and volunteer Hospice Saint John and Sussex Medical Director Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties in Iowa from 1997 - 2001 Board of Directors Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties from 1997 - 2001 Medical Director Hospice/Palliative Care Unit Ottumwa Regional Health Center from 1999 - 2001 Member of the Iowa Partnership for Quality Care in Dying with Dignity Loves to coach hockey and go kayaking and fishing with his family.
David retired on 31/7/15 from almost 25 years of working in hospice and palliative care –locally, nationally and internationally. A graduate of York and Durham universities, David moved from Mathematics student to Episcopal Parish Priest to Course Director of St George’s College, Jerusalem. He founded the travel company “Wind, Sand & Stars” and was the founding Director of the McCabe Educational Trust, before joining St. Luke’s Hospice (Harrow & Brent) in 1991. David became the chief executive of Help the Hospices (now hospiceUK) in 1996 where he lead the organisation through a period of significant growth and change – in particular firmly positioning it as the leadership organisation for UK hospices and the national voice for hospice care. David led the development of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance and he was the founder of ehospice. Since 'retiring' David has been working on a novel, giving lectures and doing some coaching. He is also making the most of having more time to spend with family, friends and local community.
Dr. Chary was born in India, studied in Britain, completed his higher surgical training in the UK and obtained surgical fellowship from the Royal College of surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland and Diploma in Anaesthesia from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In Canada, initially worked in Uranium City, Saskatchewan as a GP-Surgeon, following that in London, Ontario completed training in Radiation Oncology. A family tragedy made Srini to move to Saskatoon, where he worked as the Medical Director of Regional Palliative Care program for more than 18 years. In 2005, moved to Calgary and has been a Palliative Care Medical Consultant, AHS Calgary Zone and also worked for 9 years at the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology and Family Medicine, Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Srini was the founding Director and Chairman of Governance Board of Pallium Foundation of Canada and now remains as a Director. Dr. Chary is a member of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP), Canadian & Alberta Medical Association (CMA & AMA) and International & American Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM & ASAM).
Louise Hanvey was the Project Director for the Advance Care Planning in Canada Project with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association for seven years, since its inception. As part of her responsibilities she launched the campaign: Speak Up: Start the conversation about end-of-life care. She was the Project Manager for the EPEC-O Canada Project for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Louise also managed the Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Project (EFPPEC) for the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and the CHPCA. She is an RN with broad clinical experience both in the hospital sector and the community.
Colleen is currently the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association (NSHPCA) and was appointed as the Associations first Executive Director in 2011. In this position, Colleen serves as Co-Chair of the Quality End of Life Care Coalition Nova Scotia, a group of 22 health and community organizations dedicated to enhancing end of life care in the province. Colleen holds a Masters of Health Services Administration at Dalhousie University and Bachelor degrees’ in Business Administration and Arts. Her professional career has included 10 years of experience in global health and health administration roles in Nova Scotia. She has provided management support and direction to international health projects in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Colleen has also provided consulting support to NGO’s working in global health, and has worked within the United Nations system. She is also past chair of the board of the Canadian Society for International Health. Through the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association and its partners, Colleen is currently leading a province wide initiative to support and improve advance care planning in Nova Scotia.
Dr. Martin Chasen is currently the Medical Director of Palliative Care, at William Osler Health System in Brampton. He was previously Medical Director, Palliative Care, at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and the Palliative Rehabilitation Program at Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, Ottawa. Dr. Chasen, born in Pretoria, South Africa completed his undergraduate training in medicine and surgery at the University of Pretoria in 1983, later obtaining a specialist degree in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and Master of Philosophy (Palliative Medicine) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a founding member of the palliative care working group European Society of Medical Oncology and faculty member of ESMO education. In 2009, Dr. Chasen, was Team Leader and Physician, Cancer Nutrition & Rehabilitation Program at McGill University Hospital Complex obtained “Supra regionale de niveau 3” status for the PQCCC. In 2013, Dr. Chasen and the team at Ottawa Hospital cancer centre achieved ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative care. He currently holds professorships at the Universities of Toronto, McMaster, Ottawa and McGill. He recently received the Elizabeth J Latimer Prize in Palliative Care from Mc Master University. He has in excess of 100 peer reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters. Dr. Chasen is the principle investigator of CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research). This MENAC (The Multimodal Exercise/Nutrition/Anti-inflammatory treatment for Cachexia), trial will investigate the addition of the multimodal intervention for patients receiving standard chemotherapy for metastatic cancer. He was also one of the chief investigators for the initial clinical trials on the use of Rolapitant-a novel NKI inhibitor in the treatment of chemo therapy induced nausea and vomiting. Dr. Chasen has lectured nationally and internationally on rehabilitation of patients with cancer, approaches to treatment of patients with cachexia, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, survivorship and symptom relief. Dr Chasen was the Regional Palliative care physician lead for Palliative Care- Champlain LHIN from 2009-2015 and is presently the Medical co-lead for the Palliative Care Network in the Central West LHIN.
Kathy Kennedy is the Community Development Specialist at the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) and Co-lead for the Compassionate Communities initiative and the Seed Grant Program. Kathy has more than 30 years of leadership and service delivery experience in health and social services organizations at both the community and provincial levels. She has developed and implemented numerous educational and support programs, as well as designing and facilitating training programs for staff and volunteers. Prior to joining the BCCPC, Kathy was with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. from 2000 to 2016. As Director of Programs and Services, she led the development and implementation of the First Link® Dementia Support program with a staff team that doubled in size to 50, located throughout the province.
Rev. David Maginley is a spiritual counsellor for the cancer program, palliative care and ICU at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and author of the forthcoming book, Beyond Surviving: Cancer and Your Spiritual Journey. While David has degrees in philosophy and religious studies, his real education came from surviving cancer four times. This resulted in a profound near-death experience and explorations in the nature of consciousness and the connection of body, mind and spirit. He knows what it’s like to have cancer from both sides of the hospital bed, and has a sense of this life from both sides of the veil. David is ordained with the Lutheran Church in Canada, a specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, member of the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, the Institute of Noetic Science, and is featured in the upcoming documentary, When You Die. David is also an avid photographer, using the camera as a tool for self-psychology, and conducting workshops on creativity and spirituality. An advisor for provincial and federal cancer initiatives, David lectures throughout Canada on meaning in suffering, the wisdom of grief, mindfulness, compassion fatigue and integrative spirituality.
Lana holds a certificate in Clinical Education for Spiritual Care from the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and the Association of Spiritual Care Professionals of Quebec (CASC/AIISSQ). She has a master degree in religious sciences from l’Universite de Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) and a bachelor of religious sciences from Concordia University. Her academic fields of study are the history and anthropology of religious practice, relational epistemologies, Indigenous worldviews, Indigenous research methodology, and the contemporary practice of rites, rituals and celebrations. For the past decade, Lana worked as a spiritual care counsellor, within the ALS and Brain Tumor clinics at the Montreal Neurological Hospital. In January 2018, she joined the supportive care department at The West Island Palliative Care Residence. Prior to working as a spiritual care counsellor Lana dedicated her time to the creation, coordination, and facilitation of two successful re-insertion programs with at risk youth and women. Lana also continues to nourish a three-decade practice as an herbalist and holds special affinity for tools such as art, dance, music, and earth awareness as means for nourishing pathways towards resilience, reciprocity, curiosity and appreciation for life and living.
Marnie MacKinnon is the Director of Integrated Care and Quality Initiatives with the Ontario Renal Network, Cancer Care Ontario where she is responsible for developing and implementing innovative quality improvement initiatives within renal programs. Over the past 4 years, Marnie lead the INTEGRATE project looking at models of integrated palliative care within both cancer programs and primary care clinics in Ontario. She has led a number of portfolios in CCO, including the launch of the Colorectal Screening Program in Ontario. Prior to joining CCO she has worked in both government and hospital settings. Marnie is a 20 year cancer survivor and was a family caregiver for both parents who died from cancer. Marnie is an innovative and collaborative leader with over 20 years of experience in health care policy, program design and implementation.
Chad Hammond is the Program Manager for the Advance Care Planning in Canada initiative of CHPCA. He is also a postdoctoral fellow in the field of psychosocial oncology, arts-based inquiry, and Indigenous health at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Hammond has worked closely with a variety of community organizations involved in cancer care advocacy, research, and support. He was a compassionate care volunteer for Prairie Hospice Society in Saskatoon and taught a course on the Psychology of Death and Dying at the University of Saskatchewan before moving to Ottawa in 2014.
Dr. Jeff Myers is a palliative medicine physician and Medical Director of Sinai Health System’s Bridgepoint Palliative Care Unit in Toronto. He currently holds the W. Gifford-Jones Professorship in Palliative Care within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is an Associate Professor and academic Head of the Division of Palliative Care within the U of T Department of Family & Community Medicine. His academic interests include complexity in palliative care, person-centered decision-making and competency-based education.
Suzanne is Chair of Hope & Cope, a community support organization for cancer patients and their families, located at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and Co-Chair of the McGill Council of Palliative Care. She is a social worker from Melbourne, Australia with more than thirty five years experience in community and hospital settings, facilitating self-help groups, training volunteers and staff in group dynamics, and administration of programs for patients and families. Suzanne holds a Masters in Human Systems Interventions and is interested in leadership in the context of human systems change and the processes which facilitate individual learning and changes in human systems - teams, organizations and communities.