Programme Highlights

Inspiring Plenaries
Global Palliative Care

David Clark
Sociologist, 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, Associate Professor, Faculty of Communication and 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; Head of the Palliative Care Unit, 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, Associate 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), Palliative Care for Children in Indonesia, West Jakarta, Indonesia
Thupten Jinpa
Celebrated author and principal translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama; Adjunct Professor, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
Father Laurence Freeman
Catholic Priest, Benedictine Monk, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, UK
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
  • Bettina Husebø, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

    Rethinking the "Palliative" in Pediatric Palliative Care:
    An Interprofessional Examination of "All Things Palliative" in our Research and Practice
  • 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

  • Ira Byock, Providence Institute for Human Caring, Torrance, CA, USA
  • David Praill, Chair, eHospice, London, UK
  • 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 Sandra Watson, West Island Palliative Care Residence, Kirkland, QC, Canada

    Mindful Medical Practice
    Experience an innovative course developed for McGill medical students
  • Stephen Liben, The Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Tom Hutchinson, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Celebrating the Innovation that is Leading Progress in Palliative Care.

The fast-paced, high-energy innovation hour, held at the lunch hour on Wednesday, will showcase 8 finalists making 5 minute presentations that put a premium on creativity and visual impact. A panel of 3 eminent people in palliative care will be tasked with choosing the winner.

To encourage engagement, the audience will be invited to “text to vote” either for their favourite or giving each presentation a score. Audience participation will help determine who gets the $1,000 first prize sponsored by Canadian Virtual Hospice and the chance to be International Congress Innovator of the Year for 2018.

NEW! - Gastronomical Pleasures at the End of Life: The French Touch

Within each culture, diet is synonymous with pleasure, with sharing, with life. Yet the issue of nutrition at the end of life is riddled with traps and tensions between the person concerned, family members and caregivers.

Often people in palliative care are faced with an overabundance of foods, many which are difficult to chew or swallow, have a strong odor, or are poorly presented, and thus are frequently a source of frustration and conflict. During the last days of life, the absorption of liquids can be made very difficult because of the person’s extreme weakness, requiring the thickening of any liquid.

It is the purpose of this session that will present the experience developed during the last decades in some palliative care units in France.

  • Why should people at the end of life be limited to just water or fruit juice to drink?
  • How do we move away from a 'medical or ethical' approach to food and take pleasure at any cost, until the end?
  • How to make the most of energy and pleasure by modifying the classic recipes of our family gastronomy in terms of texture, presentation, flavors and perfumes?
  • How to transform the moment of the meal into a moment of sharing and pleasure?
  • How can we respond creatively to all of these challenges?

  • Pharmacotherapy and Palliative Care
  • Research Methodology
  • Bereavement
  • Palliative Care Nursing
  • Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients and families to deliver culturally competent palliative care
  • The Role of Funeral Homes in Advanced Care Planning and Bereavement Support
  • Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Leadership Seminar
Plus ...
  • and much, much more...
Over 250 oral presentations and 400 posters