September 12-13, 2019 
8:00 am – 3:30 pm 

Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg, MB

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Amy Montour

Amy Montour is an Oneida woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario. She has completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Medicine degrees at McMaster University. Amy works clinically as a palliative care physician and family physician for the elderly. In addition, she currently sits as the Indigenous Health Consultant to the Department of Family Medicine, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.    


Dr. Thomas Hutchinson

Professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal, previously practiced clinically as a Nephrologist and Palliative Care physician, now primarily involved in teaching whole person care as part of the core curriculum to medical students in all 4 years at McGill University. Enrolled on the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence in 2012, published 2 books on whole person care (2011 and 2017), chair of the International Congress on Whole Person Care, 2113,2017,2019.


Dr. Sara Davison

Sara Davison is a Professor, bioethicist and health outcomes researcher in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.  She is a nephrologist with the Northern Alberta Renal Program and heads the Kidney Supportive /Palliative Care Initiatives.  Her passion and vision for reducing the suffering of patients living with advanced chronic kidney disease is the foundation for the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group.  Her research and clinical innovation is at the forefront of kidney supportive care internationally and she is recognized as a world leader in the area.  She acts as a consultant for establishing kidney supportive /palliative care programs and co-Chairs the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes Supportive Care Group with the aim of developing international guidelines for kidney supportive care.


Jeremie Saunders

Jeremie is an award-winning actor, producer, and host of popular Canadian media, including film, television, and podcasts.  Living with a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis, Jeremie is passionate about shifting the perspective and stigma around chronic illness and death. Using humour and frank, unfiltered discussions Jeremie speaks to living critically and passionately and making the most of the time we have left.


Concurrent Session Speakers


Ogechi Asagwara

Ogechi Asagwara works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Adult Palliative Care Program. Within this role she also works as a clinical team member of the Canadian Virtual Hospice organization, a website dedicated to providing support, information and resources to individuals about palliative care. She feels privileged to work with and support palliative care patients and their families.


Alexandra Beel

Alexandra Beel is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Deer Lodge Centre. She has extensive clinical experience in palliative care nursing. She completed her Masters Degree in Nursing at the University of Manitoba and is has completed her Advanced Wound Care Certificate at Grant MacEwan University. When Alexandra is away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family. She credits her husband, two school aged children, and two pooches for keeping her spirit young!

Dr. Simon Colgan

Biography coming soon.


Cathy Coulter

Cathy Coulter has been shaped by love, life, and profound loss. Her empathy and compassion deepened by her own grief. Finding significant value in honoring those we love, she became a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant. She is grateful for the restorative powers of family love, nature, and baking. Cathy and Christine are former co workers and have collaborated to reclaim the sacredness of death and dying.


Dr. Bernard Cox

Dr. Bernard Cox completed his medical school training at the University of Manitoba in 2016. He subsequently pursued an urban family medicine residency program in Winnipeg from 2016-2018. He proceeded to enroll in the family medicine enhanced skills program in palliative care at the University of Manitoba from 2018-2019.


Christine Cross 

Christine Cross has had the privilege of caring for people through the lifespan. Christine is particularly interested in end of life care and supporting a compassionate community to deliver community death care. Christine believes that it is never too early to appreciate life and that practical death talk and planning helps us to live more fully. Chris Cross is actively involved in her community and enjoys travelling and sunshine on her shoulders.


Dr. Paul Daeninck

Dr. Paul Daeninck is a medical oncologist and palliative medicine consultant with CancerCare Manitoba and the WRHA. He is an Assistant Professor at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians and serves on Royal College Committees. He has authored several research papers and textbook chapters, with research interests in several aspects of palliative medicine, including cannabinoid use in patients with cancer.


Salina Dookheran

Salina Dookheran has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba. She works as a Palliative Care Social Worker and works on the inpatient Palliative Care Unit at Riverview Health Centre. In her position, Salina provides psychosocial support to patients and families on the unit. She is currently working on her Masters in Social Work at the University of Manitoba.


Daryl Dyck

Daryl Dyck is a Clinical Resource Nurse at Deer Lodge Centre. He has extensive experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in older adult care in both community and Long Term Institutional settings. He completed his Masters Degree in Nursing at the University of Manitoba and completed his Advanced Wound Care Certificate through the University of Toronto. He has published a number of Journal articles relating to care in the Long Term setting.

Daniel Glover

Biography coming soon.


Mike Goldberg

Mike Goldberg has been the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for Palliative Manitoba since July 2015. While at Palliative Manitoba, Mike has facilitated customized Compassionate Care Courses for Health Care Aides, Support Workers, and First Nation communities. He is also responsible for implementing bereavement education workshops throughout the province along with facilitating Kids and Teens Grief Support Groups that run twice a year.


Dr. Christina Kim

Dr. Christina Kim is a medical oncologist at CancerCare Manitoba and assistant professor at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. Dr. Kim did her medical oncology training at the Cross Cancer Institute, followed by a Canadian Institute of Health Research-funded clinical and research fellowship in gastrointestinal cancers.  Her interests include real-world outcomes in pancreatic cancer and the integration of early palliative care for patients with advanced malignancies.


Doug Koop

Doug Koop draws near to countless dying individuals and their families in his work as a Spiritual Health Practitioner at HSC Winnipeg, where he’s been interacting with people in medically distressing situations since 2013. At home he cares for his wife, Margaret, who lives with MS. A freelance writer whose work appears in both faith-based and mainstream publications, he previously spent 25 years as a reporter and editor covering religious life in Canada.


Gaetane Lafond

Gaetane Lafond has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Regina and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Manitoba. She worked as a palliative care social worker on the inpatient palliative care unit at St. Boniface Hospital prior to her current role of Psychosocial Specialist with the WRHA Palliative Care Program. In her position Gaetane provides psychosocial support to patients on the Palliative Care Program and their families in community.


Stephanie Lelond

Stephanie Lelond is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Early Palliative Care at Cancer Care Manitoba. She is currently engaged in a Masters program at the University of Manitoba and serves on multiple committees. She is an executive member of Sigma Theta Tau, and the Manitoba representative for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada. She is working on several research projects with interests in early palliative care, perinatal palliative care, and peer/reciprocal mentorship.


Dr. Hubert Marr

Dr. Hubert Marr is a Palliative Care Physician who started his career in Winnipeg over 2 decades ago and is proud of the growth of palliative care in many jurisdictions in Canada and the world. Eager to share, partner and learn with the many great local initiatives that develop out of necessity to meet unique needs of various palliative care populations.


Dr. Robin McClure

Dr. Robin McClure is a physician consultant with the WRHA Palliative Care program that works with both adults and pediatric patients.


Janice Nesbitt

Janice Nesbitt is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the WRHA Palliative Care Program. She is part of the interdisciplinary consult team, supporting healthcare teams in acute care, long term care and the home setting. She has her Master of Nursing degree from the University of Manitoba, and is certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing.


Jamie Penner

Jamie Penner is an Assistant Professor in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. She teaches undergraduate courses in Palliative Care and Family Caregiving Across the Lifespan. Jamie’s research involves development of behavioural interventions to promote health of family caregivers. Her work has been funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Manitoba Medical Services Foundation. She is a member of the International Palliative Care Family-Carer Research Collaboration.

Dr. Suzy Pinnick

Biography coming soon.

Dr. Darren K Reimer

Dr. Darren K Reimer is a family physician and palliative care physician working and living in Steinbach, MB but serving the larger Southern Health Region of Manitoba on the palliative care team doing home visits, hospital consults and educational events. He did a 6 month fellowship in palliative care in Perth, West Australia in 2004. He has been on the board of Steinbach Neighbours for Community, a LGBTTQQIA* allies group, since 2017.


Dr. Chelsea Ruth

Dr. Chelsea Ruth work as a neonatologist in Winnipeg. She is also a researcher with the Manitoba Centre For Health Policy and an Associate Professor at the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.


Simone Stenekes

Simone Stenekes is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Canadian Virtual Hospice and the Pediatric Palliative Care Team of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Palliative Care Program. Simone has been working in palliative care for over 18 years, with many of those years focused in pediatric palliative care.


Dr. James Tam

Dr. James Tam grew up in Burlington Ontario and obtained his medical degree at the University of Toronto before pursuing Internal Medicine and Cardiology residency training at the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following a two year fellowship at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, he joined the Section of Cardiology at the University of Manitoba in 1996.  Based currently at St. Boniface General Hospital, Dr. Tam is a Professor of Medicine and former Chief of Cardiology at the University of Manitoba.  His clinical and research interests are in echocardiography, utility of diagnostic testing, adult congenital heart disease and cardiac palliative care.   Dr. Tam is working to improve patient education and communication in chronic disease management and end of life care.  


Catherine Wreford-Ledlaw

Catherine Wreford-Ledlaw was diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma when her second child was just 5 weeks old. She was 32 and facing a terminal diagnosis. Since her diagnosis she has returned home to Winnipeg, to teach musical theatre, choreograph and perform in musical theatre and tries to live life one day at a time.