Invited Speakers

Melissa Aldridge
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Gerald Batist
Department of Oncology, Jewish General Hospital, Montréal, QC, Canada
Sharon Baxter
Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Vasiliki (Bessy) Bitzas
S.M.B.D. Jewish General Hospital, Montréal, QC, Canada
Gian Domenico Borasio
Chair in Palliative Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland
Joanna Bourke
Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London, Author of “The Story of Pain”, London, United Kingdom
Maryse Bouvette
Bruyère Continuing Care, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Eduardo Bruera
University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
J. Bradley Cousins
Professor, Faculty of Education and Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Christine Covell
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing University of Alberta, AB, Canada
Dr. Covell's research area is health human resources and policy. She is trained in mixed-methods, review methodologies and quantitative methods with advanced statistics. Her interests lie in understanding how health providers' knowledge influences the care they deliver, the patients they care for, and the organizations and health system where they work.
David Currow
Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Paul J. Daeninck
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Johanne de Montigny
Psychologist, Montréal, QC, Canada
Luce Des Aulniers
Anthropologue, Professeure associée, Faculté de communication et Études, interdisciplinaires sur la mort, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Pierre Deschamps
Avocat, Montréal, QC, Canada
Deborah Dudgeon
W. Ford Connell Professor of Palliative Care Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Oncology at Queen’s University, Senior Scientific Leader for the Person-centered Perspective for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Kingston, ON, Canada
Doreen Edward
Founder, Partnerships & Development, VOBOC, Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada
Chris Feudtner
Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; The Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Eric Fiat
, Institut Hannah Arendt, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Champs-sur-Marne, France
Lise Fillion
Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada
Jason Holland
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Tom Hutchinson
Director, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care, Montréal, QC, Canada
Thomas Jagoe
Jewish General Hospital, Montréal, QC, Canada
Thomas Jagoe is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, McGill University. A Pulmonologist trained in the UK with a PhD in clinical nutrition, Dr Jagoe also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr Jagoe has been Director of the McGill Cancer Nutrition-Rehabilitation (CNR) program since 2007 and Co-Director of the Peter Brojde Lung Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital since 2013.
Louise La Fontaine
Directrice générale, médecin, Maison Desjardins de soins palliatifs KRTB, Notre-Dame du Portage, QC, Canada
David Lussier
Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Geriatrician, medical director of the Geriatric Pain Clinic of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal and the McGill University Health Center. Founding chairman of the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Older Persons
Mary Lynn McPherson
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD, USA
Photo: Caroline Bergeron
Kent Nagano
Music Director, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Henrique A. Parsons
University of Ottawa, Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Barbara Pesut
University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada
David Praill
former Chief Executive, Hospice UK, London, United Kingdom
Alan Prout
Professor of Sociology and Childhood Studies, School of Education, Faculty of Sciences, Education and Law, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Professor Alan Prout has worked in the sociology of childhood for many years and held appointments at the Universities of Cambridge, Keele, Hull, Stirling and Warwick. After his formal retirement from Warwick in 2013, he moved back to the West Riding of Yorkshire, where he was born and where he now hill walks, volunteers in his local library and helps with the Marsden Jazz Festival. As part of this transition between Pitta and Vata, he took up a part-time appointment at the University of Leeds, also in 2013. Previously he was Director of the ESRC “Children 5-16 Research Programme” (1995 – 2001) and Director of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2007-10). He is an author or editor of numerous publications in the social study of childhood, including highly cited books such as Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood, Theorizing Childhood, and The Future of Childhood: towards the interdisciplinary study of children. Although his main work has been in the sociology of childhood, he has also contributed to the sociology of health and illness, including empirical studies of childhood sickness, family health practices, and medical technology (in particular the use of inhalers in the management of childhood asthma). Recent interests include children’s participation in public services and children’s use of e-toys.
M.R. Rajagopal
Chairman, Pallium India, Kerala, India
Ruth Richardson
Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Cynda Rushton
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Richard Sawatzky
Associate Professor, Trinity Western University School of Nursing, Langley, BC, Research Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, Providence Health Care Research Institute, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dr. Richard Sawatzky leads a program of research that focuses on the measurement, validation and utilization of patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments and quality of life assessments in various health care contexts, including those for people who have chronic life-limiting illnesses.
Amit Sood
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States
Annie Tremblay
CHUQ, Pavillon Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, Québec, QC, Canada
Dre Tremblay est psychiatre oeuvrant auprès des personnes atteintes de cancer depuis 15 ans à l'Hotel-Dieu de Québec du CHU de Québec-UL. Elle est cogestionnaire médicale de l'équipe d'oncologie psychosociale et spirituelle du CHU de Québec ainsi que directrice médicale du programme d'oncologie au sein de cet établissement.
Brandi Vanderspank-Wright
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Patrick Vinay
Chef, Service des soins palliatifs, CHUM, Montréal, QC, Canada
Mark Ware
Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, MUHC, Montréal, QC, Canada
Dr. Mark Ware is Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University. He is the Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre, co-Director of the Quebec Pain Research Network, Executive Director of the non-profit Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) and chair of the International Association for Cannabinoids Medicines (IACM). He practices pain medicine at the Montreal General Hospital and at the primary care pain clinic of the West Island of Montreal.
David Wright
School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada