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.