Pallium carries out its work under the guidance and expertise of a dedicated team of board members, staff, scientific consultants, and facilitators who work tirelessly to advance the quality and accessibility of palliative care in Canada.
Jeffrey B. Moat
Chief Executive Officer | email@example.comJeff is the Chief Executive Officer of Pallium Canada. Jeff provides oversight and direction to the organization, reinforcing Pallium’s role in delivering improvement initiatives that strengthen performance, empowering more people to embrace the palliative care approach and accelerating the integration of the palliative care approach in Canadian health and social systems.
Dr. José Pereira
Dr. José Pereira is a palliative care physician and is co-founder and Scientific Officer of Pallium Canada. He leads the development of the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) courseware and education resources such as the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook and the Pallium App.
VP Operations | firstname.lastname@example.orgAs VP Operations, Jonathan is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and general management at Pallium. Jonathan is excited to bring his 15 years of combined experience in health research, government administration, partnerships, and business development to help advance the palliative care approach in Canada.
Director, Business Development | email@example.com
Jeff completed his BSc in Nursing and spent 6 years working in the clinical sector. A passionate business development leader, Jeff brings deep experience devising innovative, client-centric solutions and has worked with numerous health authorities in Canada to provide the best health care solutions for patients and customers.
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Robyn is responsible for the strategy, development, and implementation of all marketing, communications, and public relations activities that align with Pallium’s values and strategic objectives.
Compassionate Communities National Lead | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie is a public health professional whose work mobilizes Compassionate Communities across Canada and focuses on the community and their role in supporting those experiencing caregiving, dying, death, and grieving. Bonnie has led several community-level initiatives across Canada and is an active contributor to Compassionate Communities work internationally.
Facilitator Development and Engagement Lead | email@example.com
Stephanie is responsible for supporting LEAP facilitators and ensuring adequate facilitator capacity across Canada. She is the main point of contact for health care professionals interested in facilitating LEAP courses and for facilitators wanting to strengthen their educator skills.
Support Desk Team Lead | firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura is part of the team that monitors the live chat in Pallium Central. She is responsible for managing LEAP courses and providing support for Facilitators and Coordinators. Laura is the main point of contact for creating and approving new sessions.
E-Educational Designer and Webmaster | email@example.com
Brady oversees the learning management system, website and IT. He also converts content into its final format for LEAP courses, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook and the Pallium App.
Program Officer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara is a member of the support team at Pallium Canada. She provides support and follow up to stakeholders via email and the Pallium Central live chat and helps drive the development of new initiatives and products.
Courseware Development Coordinator | email@example.com
Diana oversees the end-to-end process of the LEAP courseware development including accreditation and translation of all our courseware. She is the main point of contact for content experts interested in peer reviewing or contributing to the development of new LEAP courses.
Data Analyst | firstname.lastname@example.org
Michel is responsible for Pallium’s data analysis and reporting. In collaboration with staff and partners, Michel will provide prompt, accurate, and informative information on courseware, survey feedback and participants.
Research Assistant II | email@example.com
Lamia is a part of the research team at Pallium Canada, assisting in various research related tasks including literature search, preparing ethics applications, analyzing research data, interpreting results, and writing manuscripts and reports.
Research Assistant II | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammy contributes to the day-to-day research activities of Pallium Canada. She is primarily responsible for manuscript development and publications; completion of ethics materials; data collection and analysis; grant submissions; and other daily logistics to ensure research project objectives are met.
Research Scientist | email@example.com
Chris is a health services researcher with a deep understanding of clinical practice, health care administration, health education, public health, and health policy. As part of Pallium’s research team, he is engaged in the evaluation of health system impact of palliative care education and training, service mapping, and course development.
Board of Directors
BSC, MHA, CHE
Prior to joining Pallium Canada, Gérald Savoie was President and CEO of Montfort Hospital and Assistant Executive Director at Queensway-Carleton Hospital. He has held positions as Director of Planning and Coordination for the Regional Council of Health and Social Services Ottawa and Assistant Administrator at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Campbellton, New Brunswick. He also taught in the MHA program at the University of Ottawa. He has participated and led several collaborative and shared services initiatives in Quebec and Ontario; operational and provincial reviews in Ontario and New Brunswick; and, resource allocation processes in Quebec and New Brunswick. Mr. Savoie has played significant leadership roles in major restructuring and transformation of the health care system at the local, regional, provincial and national levels. Mr. Savoie has received the Robert Wood Johnson Award, the Trudeau Medal, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa.
Rabbi Reuven Bulka
Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa, where he has served for over 50 years. He received Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Jacob Joseph Rabbinical Seminary in 1966, a Ph.D. in Logotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 1971, and an Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University in 2006. He has chaired Trillium Gift of Life Network, responsible for Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation in Ontario, since 2006. He has authored and edited close to 40 books on assorted topics, has donated blood/platelet 345 times, and was appointed a member of the Order of Canada on June 28, 2013. Rabbi Bulka is the founding President/CEO of Kind Canada Généreux and has chaired a number of campaigns in Ottawa, including the Courage Campaign for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Hospice Ottawa West campaign to establish a hospice in Ottawa West. He is presently the co-chair of the annual campaign for the Ottawa Jewish Federation.
Debbie Weinstein is a co-founder and partner at LaBarge Weinstein, practicing business, corporate finance, and securities law. Ms. Weinstein’s practice emphasizes public and private corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, day-to-day public company advice and generally advising private corporations, investors, lenders and investment banks. Ms. Weinstein represents a range of clients from entrepreneurs and their start up companies to Canadian public and foreign issuers. Foreign knowledge-based companies seek out her assistance in establishing or acquiring businesses in Canada. She advises boards of directors on corporate governance and transaction-specific matters. Ms. Weinstein is ranked as one of Canada’s Top Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers in a survey conducted by Financial Post in 2007. In January 2008, American Lawyer named Debbie one of Canada’s Leading 500 Lawyers. She has also been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs by PROFIT and Chatelaine magazines and one of Canada’s Top 25 Women Lawyers by Lexpert. Ms. Weinstein has served as a board member and chair on numerous boards and board committees, including the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation, the United Way Ottawa, Ashbury College, and the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation.
BBA, CA, ICD.D
Beverley Lepine has served as Director of Pallium Canada since 2011 and serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Ms. Lepine retired as Chief Operating Officer from the Royal Canadian Mint, a Canadian Federal Crown Corporation, after 27 years in various positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Manufacturing. Prior to joining the Royal Canadian Mint, Ms. Lepine worked from 1980 until 1987 for the Treasury Board Secretariat of the Government of Canada and Via Rail Canada. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bishop’s University in 1974, Ms. Lepine worked for Clarkson Gordon from 1974 to 1980 where she obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 1978. She obtained her Institute of Corporate Directors Certificate (ICD.D) in 2011. Ms. Lepine was Chair of the Board of Bruyère Continuing Care, a chronic continuing care hospital in Ottawa from 2008-2010 and is currently a member of the Board of Amark Precious Metals, Inc., a full-service metals trading company, listed on NASDAQ, with headquarters in the USA. Ms. Lepine’s brings a strong background in finance and her management knowledge and experience provide the Board with guidance in matters of business planning and growth.
MBBS, MRCS, LRCP, CCFP(PC), DA, FRCS Ed
Dr. Srini Chary was born in India, grew up in Britain and completed his higher surgical training including a fellowship in surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He arrived in Canada in 1968 and worked in Uranium City, Saskatchewan as a GP-Surgeon for 16 months. Following that, he completed residency training in Radiation Oncology in London, Ontario and held a staff position, for a total of 5 years. A family tragedy led to a change of practice and Dr. Chary moved to Saskatoon and became a Palliative Care Physician and Director of Regional Palliative Care Program in Saskatoon for more than 18 years. Since December 2005, he has been in Calgary working as a Palliative Care Physician consultant and worked as a consultant in the Calgary Chronic Pain Clinic for 9 years. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology & Family Medicine at the Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Dr. Chary has been associated with Pallium since 2001. He is the co-founder and board chair of Pallium Foundation of Canada until 2017 and now remains on the governance board as Honourary Chair.
BSc, BCL, ISMP
Paul Labbé’s extensive career in international trade, finance, and economic development includes both the public and private sectors in Canada and abroad. Following an initial assignment as Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Paris France, (1966-69) he served as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Industry Trade and Commerce (1969-72). Then with four associates founded a private international trading company specialized in the export of Canadian equipment and services for the Agricultural, Mining and Telecommunication industries (1972-80). Hired back by the Federal Government in 1980 he established and ran the Canadian Industrial Renewal Program, a $300 million industrial adjustment and redevelopment program. In 1985, he was tasked to set up and run Investment Canada, an agency focused on attracting increased foreign direct investment to Canada. He was appointed President of the Export Development Corporation in 1991 and returned to the private sector in 1997 as Chair and CEO of Citibank Canada. Since retiring from Citibank Canada, he has been a Director of several public and private companies, including having served as Chairman of a telecommunications company in Chile and Director of the Dundee Wealth Bank. He is a past Director and President of The Rideau Club in Ottawa and served for 10 years on the Saint Patrick’s Basilica Temporal Affairs Committee that directed the extensive restoration work to the Basilica building. Among other things, Mr. Labbé is currently Chair of the Schulich School of Business International Advisory Council.
Donna Kingelin is a Senior Executive who has dedicated her career to serving the elderly. She has held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Revera where she provided oversight to 26,000 employees and over 200 seniors’ residences including long-term care homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, independent retirement residences, and was accountable for the home care division. She also served as Managing Director for Holiday Corporation where she was responsible for the Canadian portfolio of independent retirement communities. In these roles, she provided leadership in human resources, operations, financial management, program development, capital investment, and quality improvement. Ms. Kingelin is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and currently holds board positions at Kinark Child and Family Services, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation, and Extendicare Inc. She has just finished a nine year term with Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees.
Jeff Moat is the current Chief Executive Officer of Pallium Canada where he provides oversight and direction to the organization and ensures that Pallium is a leading thought partner in the palliative care and compassionate communities’ space. Previous to this, Mr. Moat was the President of Partners for Mental Health, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating a social movement to transform the way people think about mental health, and act towards people living with a mental health problem or illness. Mr. Moat also enjoyed an eight-year tenure as National Director of Marketing for Canadian Blood Services. He spent the first half of his career in the financial services as Assistant Vice President for Citibank Canada and Bank One International and later Vice President of Marketing for Alterna Bank. Mr. Moat is a graduate of McGill University where he received his Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management Policy and received his Chartered Marketer designation in 2019. Jeff also holds a certificate in Finance and Accounting from McGill University and has earned professional certificates in Direct Marketing and Database Marketing from York University.
MBChB, DA, CCFP, MSc
Dr. José Pereira is a palliative care physician and is co-founder and Scientific Officer of Pallium Canada. He has led the development of the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) courses as well as the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook. He is a professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University and has academic affiliations with the Departments of Family Medicine and Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is also Director, Research at The College of Family Physicians of Canada (March 2016 – Current) and has previously held various leadership positions, academic and administrative. These have included Provincial Lead for Cancer Care Ontario’s (CCO) Palliative Care Program (2011-2013), Medical Chief of Palliative Care Services at Bruyère Continuing Care in Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital (2008-2016), and Division Chief, Division of Palliative Care, University of Ottawa (2008-2016). Dr. Pereira is known internationally for his contributions to clinical, service and educational innovations in support of improved clinical efficacy and access/quality in palliative and end-of-life care. In April 2012, Dr. Pereira received the Award of Excellence from the Palliative Medicine Section of the Ontario Medical Association and in October 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal via the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.
Dr. Lori Teeple
MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP (PC) | Associate Professor Medicine and Family Medicine Western University
Dr. Lori Teeple is an associate professor of medicine and family medicine at Western University. She holds a fellowship in teaching as well as certification in palliative care. She has been a Pallium LEAP facilitator for 10+ years and a master facilitator since 2015 providing LEAP faculty training courses and equipping facilitator coaches across Canada as well as assisting in curriculum design for LEAP Paramedic and LEAP Long-Term Care. Dr. Teeple has recently retired from palliative care clinical practice in southwestern Ontario and will continue actively passing the LEAP facilitator torch to others this coming year.
Dr. Gordon Giddings
MD, MBA, CCFP(PC), FCFP, Q. Med | Senior Medical Advisor of Professional Conduct, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
Dr. Gordon Giddings is the Clinical Editor for Pallium Canada and has served as managing editor of the Pallium Pocketbook and several LEAP courses. He is a palliative care physician with senior leadership experience in numerous clinical and administrative settings and as an Associate Editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Dr. J. David Henderson
Senior Medical Director Integrated Palliative Care NSHA | Medical Director Colchester East Hants Palliative Care Service | Past President CSPCP | Chair Section Palliative Medicine CFPC
Dr. Henderson is a palliative care physician and LEAP master facilitator in Nova Scotia and has been instrumental in the creation of a comprehensive plan for integrated palliative care provision across the province. In an effort to build the capacity of frontline health care professionals using LEAP, he has focused on recruiting and training new LEAP facilitators to meet the demand for LEAP courses across the province. Dr. Henderson continues to contribute greatly to Pallium by lending his expertise and experience toward courseware development, mentorship, and streamlining Pallium tools and resources.
Dr. Charlie Chen
MD, MEd, CCFP(PC), FCFP
Dr. Charlie Chen is a palliative care physician working in Fraser Health, BC. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC in the Division of Palliative Care and is the Program Director for the Family Medicine Enhanced Skills Year of Added Competency. After creating the UBC Subspecialty in Adult Palliative Medicine, he recently handed over the reins as Program Director for this Royal College accredited program. As a LEAP Master Facilitator with Pallium, Dr. Chen has contributed to the evolution of the Facilitator Training course. He is currently leading the development of a LEAP Leaders course and assisting with a new LEAP course for paramedics in British Columbia.
Dr. Daphna Grossman
MD CCFP(PC) FCFP | Palliative Care Physician | Co-Lead Supportive Care | North York General Hospital | Assistant Professor Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Daphna Grossman is a palliative care physician at North York General Hospital (NYGH). She is the co-lead for the supportive care program, which focuses on integrating a palliative approach to care for patients with non-malignant life-limiting illness. Prior to joining NYGH, Daphna was the deputy head of palliative care at Baycrest Health Sciences. Daphna is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Daphna has been involved in writing content and piloting LEAP Hospital and LEAP Long-Term Care. Daphna is an avid supporter of Pallium’s LEAP courseware and has facilitated many courses including Core, LTC, and Hospital.
Dr. Jobin Varughese
MD, CCFP (COE), CMD | Family Physician | Queen Square Family Health Team
Dr. Jobin Varughese has been working with Pallium Canada since taking the LEAP Core course in 2010. He started as an associate facilitator under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Sauls and Dr. Michael Gagnon. He has led many of the LEAP courses, including LEAP Core, LEAP Mini and LEAP Long Term Care. Since starting as a LEAP Coach, he has trained associate facilitators to help guide them to becoming certified facilitators. In addition, Dr. Varughese was part of the team that redesigned Pallium Central, the learning management system.
Dr. Bernard J. Lapointe
MD | Eric M. Flanders Chair of Palliative Medicine, McGill University | Director, Palliative Care McGill | Chief, Palliative Care Division, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, Montréal, Québec
Dr. Bernard Lapointe started his career as a family physician in northern Quebec and is now the Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine; Director of Palliative Care in the Department of Oncology; and associate professor in the departments of Family Medicine and Oncology at McGill University. Dr. Lapointe’s current interests in research have revolved around the development of new analgesics for cancer pain, and support to family caregivers of patients at the end-of-their life.
RN, MScN, GNC(C), CHPCN(C), CNS-C | Regional Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care, Interior Health
Elisabeth Antifeau has 40 years of front-line clinical, education, and management experience working in acute, community, and long-term care settings. She has worked closely with aging, medically complex frail, disability and palliative populations, all of whom benefit from a palliative care approach. Elisabeth currently works as the Regional Clinical Nurse Specialist for Palliative Care in Interior Health and is a Master Facilitator and Coach for Pallium Canada. She is keenly interested in clinical and ethical issues related to the impact of rural and remote living with life-limiting illness, enhancing the choices available for these individuals and their families, and seeking collaborative action with health providers that best support quality of life and comfort.
Dr. Ingrid A. Harle
BSc, MD, FRCSC, CCFP-PC | Palliative Medicine physician in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University and Director of Faculty Development for the Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Harle is a full-time academic Palliative Medicine physician in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University and is the Director of Faculty Development for the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has practiced palliative medicine since 2001. Dr. Harle’s clinical work involves providing palliative care for oncology patients in clinics at the CC-SEO; procedural clinics for symptom management at CC-SEO; palliative care for patients with advanced cardiopulmonary diagnoses at KHSC-HDH site; and palliative care consultation services for patients admitted to KHSC-KGH site. Dr. Harle is a LEAP Master Facilitator and has contributed to LEAP course development for over 10 years, most recently with LEAP Hospital.
Dr. Robert Sauls
MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP | Clinical Lead, Palliative Care Health Services Delivery Framework, Ontario Palliative Care Network
Dr. Sauls has practiced in both family medicine and palliative care in Mississauga, ON. He also served in a variety of palliative care leadership roles both locally and provincially. From 2012 to 2019 he led the organization of LEAP programming in his region and has both facilitated courses and coached new facilitators. He has contributed to reviews of new and existing LEAP courses and continues to work on the development of online modules to complement in-person courses.