When: Sunday, April 26 to Tuesday, April 28, 2020   Where: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Richmond Hill, ON

Each year, HPCO invites thought leaders, service providers, health system planners, researchers, policy makers, administrators, front-line practitioners and volunteers from across the healthcare spectrum to gather for a three-day conference to collaborate, network and integrate hospice palliative care in all settings.

Program Advisory Committee Co-Chairs:

Andrea Binkle, RN MA.  Andrea is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Arts in Leadership. With over three decades of nursing leadership experience in the Ontario healthcare system, she has continued her work in improving palliative care for patient & families through the Ontario Palliative Care Network. As the co-chair for the Provincial End-of-Life Network in 2008-10, Andrea was a partner in developing the Advancing High Quality, High Value Palliative Care in Ontario: A Declaration of Partnership and Commitment to Action (2011) and in the formation of the Quality Hospice Palliative Care Coalition of Ontario. Presently, she is the Executive Director at Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice and is a professor at Conestoga College. Andrea was the recipient of the Women of Distinction Award 2006 in the category of Public Service in Guelph, Ontario.

Pamela Blackwood, With more than 30 years in not-for-profit management, Pamela Blackwood has brought her social work background and passion for excellence in patient and family support to her role as Executive Director of McNally House Hospice. Prior to joining the McNally House Hospice team in 2008, Pamela was a Sessional Professor at Mohawk College in the Social Service Worker program and the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brantford & District. Entering her 11th year with McNally House, Pamela holds leadership roles as the chair of the HPCO Residential Hospice Interest Group, as a member of Palliative Care Regional Council for the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand and Brant LHIN and as an HPCO reviewer for the residential and visiting hospice accreditation program. Born and raised in Ancaster, Ontario, Pamela currently lives in Hamilton where she and her husband have raised their 4 children. 

Program Advisory Committee:

Leonie Herx, MD PhD CCFP(PC) RCPSC Founder, Palliative Medicine (PM), Division Chair & Associate Professor of Palliative Medicine, Connell Chair in Palliative Medicine, Queen’s University; Medical Director of Palliative Care, Kingston Health Sciences Centre; Clinical Director of Palliative Care, Providence Care; Vice Chair, Royal College Specialty Committee in Palliative Medicine; President, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Christopher Klinger, PhD, Senior Research Associate Institute for Life Course and Aging Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto; Chair National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly’s End-of-Life Issues Theme Team; Chair Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada’s Research and Knowledge Translation Committee

Cherie Kok, Executive Director, Hospice Northwest 

Amanda Maragos, CVM, Director of Client and Volunteer Programs, Philip Aziz Center for Hospice Care/Emily’s House

Amy Montour, MD, Hospitalist & Palliative Care at Brant Community Healthcare System, Ontario Palliative Care Network, Cancer Care Ontario

Kath Murray, Founder of Life and Death Matters; Certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse; Masters Degree; Fellow in Thanatology (FT®)

Nadine Persuad, BSW, MSW, RSW, PhD Candidate, Director of Client Services, Kensington Health

Jitin Sondhi, HBSc, MD, CCFP(PC), Regional Clinical Co-Lead for the South West Hospice Palliative Care Network; Lead Physician for Oxford/Elgin Palliative Outreach Team; Sakura House Hospice; Adjunct Associate Professor Family Medicine, University of Western Ontario

Nadine Valk, BA, MPA, Executive Director, Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program