22nd International Congress on

Palliative Care

October 2 - 5, 2018

Palais des Congrès, Montréal, Canada



2,000 palliative caregivers in Montréal to find new and emerging practices, insights and innovations for better and more compassionate care for your patients and families


Eureka moments, stimulating exchanges and moving inspiration created by the convergence of passionate leaders in the field of palliative care from over 60 countries


Ground-breaking research, recent developments and cutting edge theories in pain and symptom control, psycho-social and cultural issues, education, ethics of end-of-life care and much more...

Inspiring Plenaries
Global Palliative Care

David Clark
Professor of Medical Sociology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Okello Kelo Sam
Former child soldier, Founder of Hope North Uganda, a school for former child soldiers using music to help children deal with grief, Uganda

Care as a Value

Emmanuel Hirsch
Professor of Medical Ethics, Université Paris-Sud, Paris, France
Luce Des Aulniers
Anthropologist, Honourary Associate Professor, Founder of Interdisciplinary Studies on Death, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

Caring for the Frail Elderly

Bettina Husebø
Professor, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Jean-Marie Gomas
Chair, Scientific Committee, Société Française d'Accompagnement et de Soins Palliatifs; Hôpital Sainte Perine, Paris, France

Evaluating our Practices

David Currow
Professor of Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Barbara Pesut
Canada Research Chair, Health, Ethics and Diversity, Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada

The Way of Peace: Compassion and Caring as the Way Through

Lynna Chandra
Trustee, Yayasan Rumah Rachel (Rachel House), Jakarta, Indonesia
Thupten Jinpa
Celebrated author and principal translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama; Founder and President of the Institue of Tibetan Classics, and the Compassion Institute; Adjunct Professor, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
Laurence Freeman, OSB
Benedictine Monk, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, London, UK

What's been said...

“This conference feeds my soul.”

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

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

“I found it invigorating, affirming and a celebration of palliative care.”

“Thank you for bringing varied arts, humanities, spirituality to us through many mediums, as each resonates differently and stimulates us in so many ways.”

“A unique conference which is why I keep coming back.”

In-Depth Seminars and Workshops
on a Broad Range of Topics

    Innovative Approaches to Pain Management
  • Kenneth Candido, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Eduardo Bruera, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
  • Pippa Hawley, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Mark Ware, Montreal General Hospital, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Paul Daeninck, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Charles Grob, Harbor - UCLA Medical Centers, Torrance, CA, USA
  • Ira Byok, Providence Institute for Human CaringHarbor, Torrance, CA, USA
  • Nicola Macpherson, Palliative Care Physician, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

    Rethinking the "Palliative" in Pediatric Palliative Care:
    An Interprofessional Examination of "All Things Palliative" in our Research and Practice
  • David Clark, Professor of Medical Sociology, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Dumfries, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • John Lantos, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, United States
  • Kim Widger, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Dawn Davies, Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Adam Rapoport, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Franco Carnevale, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Mary Ellen Macdonald, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Hal Siden, BC Children's Hospital, Canuck Place Children's Hospice, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Anticipatory Loss – an all-day workshop with
  • Therese Rando, Psychologist, Clinical Director, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss, Warwick, RI, USA

    Using a Palliative Approach to Care: Any time, Anywhere, for Everyone!
  • Hitesh Bhanabhai, McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Zelda Freitas, CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de- Montréal, Côte Saint-Luc, QC, Canada
  • Tamara Sussman, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Rose DeAngelis and Sarah Tevyaw, West Island Palliative Care Residence, Kirkland, QC, Canada
  • Cory Ingram, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

    Human Relationships: Exploring the Threads of Quality Palliative Nursing Care
  • Elaine Wittenberg, California State University, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Patricia (Paddy) Rodney, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Kimberley Acquaviva, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
  • Marianne Sofronas, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada

  • Ira Byock, Providence Institute for Human Caring, Torrance, CA, USA
  • Ros Taylor, Royal MarsdenHospital, London, United Kingdom
  • Sharon Baxter, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Ian Bos, Plymouth, NS, Canada
  • Suzanne O'Brien, Hope & Cope, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Teresa Dellar and Dawn Cruchet, West Island Palliative Care Residence, Kirkland, QC, Canada

    Developing a Mindful Medical Practice :
    Experience mindfullness-based mini-course to help make you a better and more resilient clinician
  • Tom Hutchinson, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Stephen Liben, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Gastronomical Pleasures at the End of Life: The French Touch
  • INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2018: Celebrating the Innovation that is Leading Progress in Palliative Care
  • Pharmacotherapy and Palliative Care
  • Research Methodology
  • Bereavement, with Robert A. Neimeyer, University of Memphis, memphis, TN, United States
  • Palliative Care Nursing
  • Hypnotic Language and Suggestions at Bedside
  • Scientific Day of the RQSPAL , (Québec Palliative Care & End-of-Life Research Network)
  • Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Symposium : Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients and families to deliver culturally competent palliative care
  • Talking Circles : Addressing Cancer Illness in Canada's Indigenous Communities
  • Funeral Rituals, Bereavement and Advance Care Planning
  • Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Seminar : Advance Care Planning in Canada and Hospital Palliative Care progress in Canada

Plus ...
  • and much, much more...
Over 250 oral presentations and 400 posters
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.

Arbor Memorial Inc.
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
RBC Royal Bank