Our Team

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.

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Our Staff

Jeffrey B. Moat

Chief Executive Officer | jmoat@pallium.ca

Jeff 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

Scientific Officer

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 resources such as the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook, and research related to the impact of the program.

Jonathan Faulkner

VP Operations | jfaulkner@pallium.ca

As 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.

Peggy Austen

Director, Corporate Partnerships | pausten@pallium.ca

As Director, Corporate Partnerships, Peggy plays a key role in leading Pallium’s integrated corporate partnership strategy. Peggy brings an extensive background in designing and implementing many innovative and collaborative partnerships in the health, education and social service sectors.

Brady Riordan

IT Manager | briordan@pallium.ca

Brady is responsible for the design, development and administration of Pallium Canada’s IT infrastructure.

Robyn Levy

Manager, Marketing and Communications | rlevy@pallium.ca

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.

Alana Corkery

Account Manager | acorkery@pallium.ca

As the Account Manager, Alana is responsible for developing client relationships and supporting their organizations as they work towards internal and external goals.

Bonnie Tompkins

Compassionate Communities National Lead | btompkins@pallium.ca

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.

Laura Ndoria

Support Desk Team Lead | lndoria@pallium.ca

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.

Stephanie Ferris

Facilitator Development and Engagement Lead | sferris@pallium.ca

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.

Michel Provencher

Data Analyst | mprovencher@pallium.ca

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.

Diana Vincze

Courseware Development Coordinator | dvincze@pallium.ca

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.

Erin Kelly

Finance Officer | ekelly@pallium.ca

Erin manages all financial aspects of Pallium Canada: invoices, contracts and budgets.

Sara Suntharam

Program Officer | ssuntharam@pallium.ca

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.

Christopher Klinger

Research Scientist | cklinger@pallium.ca

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.

Tammy Tsang

Research Assistant II | ttsang@pallium.ca

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.

Board of Directors

Gérald Savoie


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

1st Vice-Chair

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.

Deborah L. Weinstein

2nd Vice-Chair

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.

Beverley Lepine


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.

Dr. Srini Chary

Honourary Chair

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.

Donna Kingelin


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.

Louise Bradley


Louise Bradley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Ms. Bradley has built her career in mental health from the ground up. From her early days as a registered nurse, to her advanced degrees, hospital administration and leadership of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Louise has been charting a new course to improve the lives of Canadians living with mental illness. Lauded as a transformational leader by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Ms. Bradley received the 2017 Humanitarian Award for her work to enhance the psychological well-being of Canadians. Ms. Bradley is also the recipient of the Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership, bestowed by the Canadian College of Health Leaders, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In June 2019, Ms. Bradley was invested as a member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, for her contributions to advancing mental health care for Canadians. She holds degrees from Dalhousie University and Northeastern University in Boston and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from St. Mary’s University, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta, and most recently, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University. Ms. Bradley has a passion for nurturing emerging mental health leaders and prioritizes the mentorship of young champions in the hope of inspiring the next generation of transformational leaders.

Jeffrey B. Moat


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. He received his Chartered Marketer professional designation in 2019.

Dr. José Pereira


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 full professor in, and director of, the Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. He has also served as Director of Research at The College of Family Physicians of Canada (March 2016 – December 2019) and has previously held various clinical, academic and administrative leadership positions. 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 2002, Dr. Pereira received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for contributions to palliative care in Canada and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care’s Award of Excellence, and in 2012 the Award of Excellence from the Palliative Medicine Section of the Ontario Medical Association and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Scientific Consultants

Elisabeth Antifeau

RN, MScN, GNC(C), CHPCN(C), CNS-C | Regional Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative End of Life Care Services, Interior Health, British Columbia

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. 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


Dr. Charlie Chen is a palliative care physician working in Calgary, AB. He is the Program Medical Director for the Palliative End-of-Life Care Program for Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in the Division of Palliative Medicine. Prior to moving to Alberta in the summer of 2019, he had been UBC Program Director for both the Family Medicine Enhanced Skills Year of Added Competency and the Subspecialty in Adult Palliative Medicine. He also had a brief tenure as the Medical Director for palliative care services in Fraser Health, BC. 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.

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.

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.

Subject Matter Experts

Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) courses are developed and peer-reviewed by volunteer pan-Canadian teams of subject matter experts who are committed to promoting the palliative care approach. A complete list of course acknowledgements can be found at the bottom of each LEAP course page.


Pallium’s LEAP courseware is delivered by a facilitator network of over 900 palliative care clinicians and educators across Canada. It is their passion and dedication to the palliative care approach that is transforming the way we care for Canadians facing life-limiting illnesses.


Pallium works with over 60 partners in the areas of course development and dissemination, research, and health system change.