23rd International Congress on

Palliative Care

October 18 - 21, 2022

Palais des Congrès, Montréal, Canada


Why attend?

  • to share experiences and exchange ideas with fellow palliative caregivers from 60 countries, representing all disciplines – nurses, physicians, social workers, researchers, educators, administrators, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, music and art therapists, psychologists, psychotherapists, pastoral caregivers, volunteers…

  • to meet trail blazers and innovators from around the world

  • the in-depth workshops and seminars covering all aspects of end-of-life care

  • the opportunities for thoughtful interaction

  • the 3 Rs: Re-energize, Rejuvenate, Replenish

Inspiring Plenaries
Caring and Impermanence

Keynote Speaker to be Confirmed
On Impermanence

Sunita Puri
Sunita Puri
Medical Director of Palliative Medicine at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California, Author of That Good Night.

The Public Face of Palliative Care (The Brand We Want to Be Known by)

Ira Byock
MD, Acclaimed author, Founder and chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring at Providence St. Joseph Health, California, USA
Kwadwo Kyeremanteng

Hsien Seow
Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation and an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, McMaster University.
Samantha Winemaker
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, in the Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University.

Care in the Wake of the Pandemic

Ode to Fatigue

Éric Fiat
Éric Fiat
Assistant Director, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire d'étude du politique / Hannah Arendt, Université de Paris-Est, Marne la Vallée, France
On Palliative Care in Africa Today

Christian Ntizimira
Christian Ntizimira
Palliative Care Physician; City Manager, Kigali, City Cancer Challenge Foundation; Founder Member, Rwanda Palliative Care and Hospice Organisation, Kigali, Rwanda

Palliative Care Looking Forward

Lucas Morin
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Anna Collins
Research Fellow; Head, Public Health & Health Services Research – Palliative Medicine Research Group, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Cory Andrew Labrecque
Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics; Chair of Educational Leadership in the Ethics of Life; Director of Applied Ethics in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada

What's been said...

“This conference "centers me" and shows me there is hope for humanity.”

“What a self nourishing and compassionate reframing of what we all do.”

“There is the utmost respect for all disciplines and their contributions.”

“The balance of science and inspiration”

"Enjoyed the mix of very down-to-earth talks I can immediately apply with presentations that opened new perspectives."

“I keep thinking about the energy of the Congress!"


    Management of End-Stage Non Cancer Diseases and Palliative Approach to Frailty in the Elderly
  • Nathan Goldstein, Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA
  • Amanda Brisebois, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Paige Moorhouse, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Romayne Gallagher, Providence Health Care, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Mary Lynn McPherson, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD, US

    Re-thinking the “Care” in Pediatric Palliative Care –
    An Interprofessional Examination of “Care” Through Research and Practice
  • Kimberley Widger, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Mary Ellen MacDonald, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Richard Hain, All-Wales Paediatric Palliative Care Network, Wales, UK
  • Camara van Breeman, Canuck Place Children's Hospice, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Pamela Hinds, Children's National Health System, Washington, DC, USA

    Is It Time to Retire the Angel Metaphor?
    Reflections on Knowledge and Skill in Caregiving Work
  • Mike Villeneuve, Canadian Nurses Association, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Kelli Stajduhar, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Jamie Penner, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Elizabeth Peter, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Theresa Brown, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

    Know Thyself: A Whole Person Care Self-reflective Journey
  • Tom Hutchinson, McGill Program in Whole Person Care, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Edvin Schei, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Norway

    Topic and speakers to be announced later

    Caregiving, Community, Advocacy and Volunteers
  • The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, PC, CM, Former Senator, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Shelly Cory, Canadian Virtual Hospice, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Naheed Dosani, PEACH, Inner City Health Associates, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Pamela Grassau, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Suzanne O'Brien, Council on Palliative Care, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Holly Prince, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
  • Isabelle Szasz, Caregiver, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • West Island Palliative Care Residence, Kirkland, QC, Canada

Palliative Care Nursing
    Making a Difference: Critical Reflections on the Nursing Role in Palliative Care for Diverse Populations
  • Nikki Johnston, Clare Holland House, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, Canberra, Australia
  • Kelli Stajduhar, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Stephanie Avery, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Brandi Vanderspank-Wright, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Mary Ann Murray, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON, Canada

    Best Practices for the Relief of Mental and Physical Suffering
    Management of depression; psychotropic meds;
     antipsychotics and delirium; medication tips; new drugs;
    update on pain and symptom management
  • Mary Lynn McPherson, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Soham Rej, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Dominique Elie, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • and other speakers (TBC)

    Studying Compassionate Communities
  • Libby Sallnow, St Christopher’s Hospice, and Central and North West NHS Trust, London, UK
  • Kelli Stajduhar, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Debbie Horsfall, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia

    Constructive Approaches for Accompanying Patients and Families at the End of Life
  • Johanne de Montigny, Psychologist, and Christopher MacKinnon, Psychologist, Montréal, QC, Canada

    (Québec Palliative and End-of-Life Care Research Network)
    A day of reports on the advancement of research being carried out by RQSPAL members on palliative and end-of-life care in Québec.

INTRODUCTION to Palliative Care
    For generalist healthcare professionals working in home care, long-term care and hospital, who wish to improve basic elements required to provide quality palliative and end-of-life care.
Topics to be explored:
  • Recognizing and caring for the imminently dying person;
  • Dispelling common myths and improving communication;
  • Advanced care planning;
  • Caring for caregivers and ourselves.

    The End of "Natural Death"?
    Impact of Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) on Palliative Care
  • Anna Towers, McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • James Downar, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Leonie Herx, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada
  • Golda Tradounsky, Mount Sinaï Hospital, Côte Saint-Luc, QC, Canada

Plus ...
  • and over 250 oral presentations and 450 posters ...
Taking Care of YOU!

Caring for ourselves is key to being able to care for others. The Congress offers many opportunities to restore our inner tranquility and help us achieve a sense of well-being.

     Welcome Reception
Self-Care Activities
Moments for Introspection
Live Music
Memorial Service
Networking Lunches
Thursday Evening Social Event

Make Connections

Reconnect with old friends and colleagues and meet new acquaintances from over 60 countries who share your passion and vision for advancing the goals of palliative care.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Canadian Virtual Hospice