Learning Streams

Stream 1:

Equity Across Palliative Care:

  • Equity Informed Care Panel- What does equity look like?
  • Equity Informed Palliative Care
  • Advocacy and Accomplices


  • Arrow Big Smoke, Indigenous Cancer Patient Navigator, Cancer Care Alberta 
  • Ashley Mollison, Project Coordinator, Equity in Palliative Approaches to Care
  • Bernice Kamano, Indigenous Outreach Coordinator, PHS Community Services Society
  • Dr. Danielle Petricone-Westwood, Clinical Psychologist, Juravinski Cancer Centre in Psychosocial Oncology
  • Eric Lopatinsky, Connect 2 Care, Program Lead, CUPS Calgary
  • Holly Prince, Project Manager, Lakehead University
  • Kara Whitlock, BSW, MSW, Research Assistant, Palliative Approaches to Care in Aging & Community Health
  • Kelli Stajduhar, RN, PhD, Univeristy of Victoria 
  • Robyn Kyle, Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT)

Stream 2:

Compassionate and Competent Palliative Care for Specialist Palliative Care Nurses:

  • Complex Symptom Management
  • Models of Palliative Care and Teams/ Specialist Team Cultivation/Culture of Practice
  • Advance Palliative Approach- Trauma informed care


  • Dr. David Henderson, MD, CCFP(PC), Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians
  • Dr. Leonie Herx, MD, PhD, CCFP (PC), Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Palliative Medicine, Queens University; Past-President, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians
  • Melissa Touw, Clinical Nurse Specialist Consultant, Queen’s University
  • Nicole Wikjord, RN, MSN, CHPCN (C), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Services, Serious Illness & Palliative Care, Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing: University of British Columbia
  • Shirley David, MISW, BISW, Resolution Health Support Worker/Therapist, Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Stream 3: 

Psychosocial Care: 

  • The 90-day Window: Changing Course and Managing Suffering 
  • Conflict: Understanding and Addressing
  • Caregivers Support


  • Maxxine Ratner, MSW, RSW, Psychosocial Specialist with Canadian Virtual Hospice, a founding member of the Canadian Grief Alliance, Contract Teaching Faculty member and PhD candidate at the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Pam Orzeck, PhD, MSW, BSW, Director of Field Education, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University
  • Patrick Durivage, Coordinator, Domain of Expertise in Palliative Care, CREGÉS 
  • Susan Blacker, Senior Director, Cancer and Palliative Program Planning and Performance, Sinai Health
  • Zelda Freitas, Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University