Speakers


Implementing the National Framework. Where are the Gaps and How do we Address Them?

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Amit Arya
Since 2015, Dr. Amit Arya has been working in the Division of Supportive & Palliative Care at Brampton Civic Hospital. He is a regular presenter at local, provincial, and national conferences, and actively mentors medical learners of all levels from pre-clerkship to fellowship. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University and a Lecturer for the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Toronto. Since 2019, Dr. Arya has led the development of a consultative shared care model of palliative care in LTC homes in his local health region.  Furthermore, he is involved in several other research and leadership efforts to support improved palliative care in the LTC sector.  Dr. Arya is currently a Director-at-Large for the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. He has received several awards, including a Community Preceptor Teaching Award from McMaster University.
Anne Boyle
Dr Anne Boyle is an Associate Clinical Professor Division of Palliative Care Department of Family Medicine McMaster University. She is Treasurer for the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians and holds a number of academic and leadership positions in the Division of Palliative Care Department of Family Medicine Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine McMaster University Hamilton Ontario and at St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Anne is an advocate for palliative care education for all health care professionals.
Carlos Centeno
Charlie Chen
Dr. Charlie Chen is a palliative care consultant with Fraser Health, BC. He was recently the Program/Regional Medical Director for Palliative Care in Fraser Health. A Clinical Associate Professor with UBC Faculty of Medicine, he is also the Program Director of the Year of Added Competency in Palliative Care Residency Program. He completed a Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University in 2014. He is passionate about medical education, advance care planning, and the promotion of a palliative approach to care.
Barbara Connolly Dr. Barbara Connolly attended medical school at Western University, and completed her neurology residency at McMaster University.  She then completed a 2-year fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Toronto.  She is currently an associate professor and clinician-educator at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences.  Her academic practice is focused on movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and other parkinsonian conditions, dystonia, chorea, ataxia, myoclonus, and tremor.
Catherine Courteau
Dr. Courteau is a fellow in Palliative Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She graduated from Family Medicine residency at McGill University. Dr. Courteau has a long-term interest in narrative medicine and its applications in palliative care. She has co-led book clubs and writing workshops for medical students and health care professionals and co-developed a narrative medicine module integrated into McGill’s Medical School curriculum. Dr. Courteau is currently involved in writing groups with cancer patients in Vancouver. Using narrative medicine, she wishes to promote reflection – both at the personal and systemic level – among health care professionals and patients.
Allison Crombeen Dr. Allison Crombeen was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at McMaster University in 2007 and then went on to complete her medical degree at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Medicine in 2011. It was her early clinical experiences with palliative care physicians in the Niagara region and Sarnia that fostered her interest in palliative care. Dr. Crombeen returned to her home town to complete her residency in family practice through the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2013 and subsequently completed her fellowship in Palliative Medicine in 2014. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Crombeen established her practice in palliative care at St. Joseph’s Hospice of Sarnia-Lambton and Bluewater Health. Her practice includes caring for patients in hospice, hospital, the community and long-term care. She has a particular interest in how palliative care is delivered to patients with chronic illnesses throughout their illness trajectory.
Megan Doherty
Dr. Megan Doherty a specialist in paedatric palliative care and a member of the faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She a consultant physician on the paediatric palliative care team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Roger Neilson House, a pediatric hospice, in Ottawa, Canada. She leads the Children’s Palliative Care Initiative in Bangladesh and directs the Pediatric Palliative Care Program of Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration in Hyderabad, India. Her international work focuses on developing palliative care in South Asia, through capacity building and training and using innovative models of community-based palliative care programs in humanitarian crisis situations.
Aveksha Ellaurie
Erin Gallagher
Dr. Erin Gallagher (MD, CCFP (PC) MPH) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She is a family physician and clinical supervisor at Stonechurch Family Health Centre in Hamilton and a palliative care consultant for the McMaster Family Health Team and Hamilton Health Sciences hospitals. She is the Ontario representative on the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Palliative Care Committee. Her academic interests include public health approaches to palliative care, building capacity for palliative care in primary care and leadership development of medical trainees.
Teneille Gofton
David Henderson
David Henderson MD CCFP (PC) is the past president of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. He currently serves as the Senior Medical Director of the Integrated Palliative Care Program for Nova Scotia as well as medical director of the Colchester East Hants Palliative Care service. David is the chair of the Section of Palliative Medicine with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is a proud father of 4 children and enjoys coaching hockey in his spare time.
Laurence Lanueville

Dr. Laneuville is a second year psychiatry resident at McGill University. She completed a minor in French literature and has since then striven to integrate literature into the practice of medicine. She has co-led book clubs and writing workshops for medical students and health care professionals and co-developed a narrative medicine module integrated into McGill’s Medical School curriculum. Narrative medicine is for her a way to enrich the experience of learning and practice of medicine for more profound, essential connections.
Dave Lysecki
Dave Lysecki is the Pediatric Palliative Medicine program head at McMaster University and the founder and lead of the Quality of Life & Advanced Care program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Current exciting projects include examining system-level impacts of the availability of pediatric palliative care services and the integration of Child Life Specialists into adult oncology care to support children affected by parental cancer and death.
Glen Maddison Dr. Maddison graduated from University of Ottawa in 1976. He practiced Emergency Medicine in Sarnia until 2003 when he transitioned to Palliative Care. He is part of an integrated Palliative Care team that provides Palliative Care at Bluewater Health on a 10 bed Palliative Care Unit, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, in the community and increasingly in Long Term Care. He is Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Hospice and the Clinical Co-lead for the Erie St. Clair LHIN to the Ontario Palliative Care Network. Dr. Maddison runs a 2 day Palliative Care retreat every two years in Grand Bend, Ontario where he brings in world class speakers as well as local experts.
Denise Marshall
Hun Je Park
Jose Pereira
José Pereira is Professor and Director of the Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine, at McMaster University. He is also Scientific Officer of Pallium Canada. He has been a champion of systems thinking in developing palliative care health services and a strong advocate of integration of the palliative care approach across specialty areas, professions and settings of care. Until recently he was Director of Research at the College of Family Physicians of Canada where his role included promoting quality improvement in everyday practice and residency training.
Erynn Shaw
Jessica Simon
Dr Jessica Simon is Associate professor and Division head for Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary. She co-leads two provincial research programs, one studying the implementation of an Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Policy in Alberta (www.acpcrio.org) and the other about the integration of an early palliative approach to care with advanced cancer, “Palliative Care Early and Systematic: Impact on patient and health system outcomes” (www.pacesproject.ca). She also works as Physician Consultant for Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care, in the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services, and as a palliative care consultant in acute care.
Aynharan Sinnarajah
Dr Sinnarajah is a Palliative Consultant Physician with Calgary’s Palliative & End of Life Care program. He is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary, with his primary area of research focused on health services research in palliative care. Dr Sinnarajah is currently co-leading a project on systematically implementing routine, early palliative care in advanced cancer patients in Alberta (www.pacesproject.ca).
Melissa Slaven
Stephanie Van Zanten
Kirsten Wentlandt
Kirsten Wentlandt is a palliative care from Toronto, and is the W. Gifford-Jones Professor in Pain Control and Palliative Care, and Head of the Division of Palliative Care.  Her clinical work and research are focused on nonmalignant palliative care populations, with ambulatory clinics supporting advanced lung, heart, pulmonary hypertension and transplant populations.  She has also been known to sit on various national, provincial and regional committees that focus on developing strategies to improve access to quality palliative care.