A Well-Deserved Reputation

The longest-running Congress in Palliative Care and the leading event in the field since 1976.

A unique opportunity to meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from 60 countries, representing all disciplines – nurses, physicians, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, music therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, pastoral care providers, administrators, volunteers...

In-depth workshops and seminars covering all aspects of end-of-life care, from the most current scientific developments in pain and symptom control to the large existential questions, to hands-on experiential sessions addressing practical issues faced every day.

Renowned speakers that deepen your understanding, and inspire you to renew your commitment to palliative care.

All sessions are structured to allow ample time for dialogue, questions and thoughtful interaction.

The Organizers

Specialists in conference, exhibit and special event management since 1991, O’Donoughue & Associates Event Management Ltd. is recognized in the industry as one of the leading event management companies in Québec. The company handles everything from planning to on-site management. Over the past twenty six years, the company has grown steadily, organizing hundreds of events, from small personalized meetings to large-scale international conferences, as well as festivals and concerts; and in doing so has acquired a reputation for excellence. Since 2005, O’Donoughue has been organizing the International Congress on Palliative Care.

Executive Committee


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Senior Advisory Committee


Special feature

Official Territorial Acknowledgement & Welcome

The International Congress recognizes that we are meeting on Indigenous land. Montréal sits on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (People of the Flint), also known as the Mohawk. The island called “Montreal” (Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka) has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin people.

The Significance of Acknowledging Traditional Territory: A connection to the land is inextricably linked to Indigenous identity. For many Indigenous peoples in Canada, and increasingly in broader Canadian society, traditional territory acknowledgements are an important cultural protocol practiced at important events as a way to acknowledge and honour Indigenous peoples’ connections to their ancestral lands.

Therefore, the Congress Opening Plenary will begin with a territorial acknowledgement. This acknowledgement aims to show recognition of and respect for Indigenous Peoples – of their presence both in the past and the present. It is a part of establishing healthy relations with Indigenous communities, a key to reconciliation, a process to which the Congress is committed.

Congress Logo: The Hummingbird

The hummingbird has, in Native American traditions, represented a messenger between worlds, helping to maintain balance between nature and spirit.

This tiny bird appears in Native lore as a creature that opens the heart and teaches us to appreciate the magic of being alive. The hummingbird helps us awaken to the beauty of the present moment.