Palliative Institute
Annual Conference
Annual Conference

Annual Palliative Education and Research Day 

The Palliative Institute supports the advancement of palliative care knowledge through its annual hosting of the Palliative Education and Research Day, a conference that brings together health care providers, researchers, community leaders and other palliative care experts.

The  32nd annual conference was held online on Monday, October 25, 2021 Planning is underway for the 33rd  annual Palliative Education and Research Day, which will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022. Please email and be added to our distribution list to be included in all details as they become available.

For more information on last year's conference, visit Please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari when browsing this site, as issues are known to occur with Microsoft Edge.

Conference Objectives

  • Heighten awareness of palliative care needs in our community
  • Increase knowledge of the mechanisms of physical, emotional, spiritual and social distress
  • Provide better understanding of methods of controlling symptoms of life-limiting disease
  • Improve understanding of patient and family-centered care
  • Improve understanding and support for the inter-professional approach
  • Heighten awareness of compassionate values and moral decision making in palliative care
  • Create a supportive environment to enhance staff wellness
  • Provide opportunity for interaction between colleagues in palliative care
  • Provide a forum for dissemination of new research findings, both in progress and completed

Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts will be opening in the spring of 2022. Stay tuned for updates.

Registration Information

Registration will be open from August 29 to October 23, 2022. Registration will be available online at For optimal use, please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. Issues are known to occur with Microsoft Edge; please avoid using this browser when registering.


Information on individual sessions will be available on our conference website at

Day at a Glance

No information available at this time.

Become an Exhibitor

Covenant Health invites you to join us for our annual Palliative Education and Research Day. We are delighted to host this event annually. As with last year, this year's conference will be held in a virtual format.

Exhibitors of the conference will have the special opportunity to market to hundreds of professionals in health care, research and education.

The conference provides an interactive platform to highlight your organization and network with individuals from around the province who come together in the spirit of promoting scholarly collaboration and discovery of clinical education and research.

For more information, please contact Loretta Harbison at or 780.735.9637, or Viki Muller at 780.735.7493.

Past Conference Themes and Plenary Speakers

2021 – My Grief – Your Grief: Grieving Together in Times of Loss

Plenary speakers: James Downar and Rev. Joan Jiko Halifax

2020 – Kaleidoscope of Diversity: Honoring individuality in palliative care

Plenary speakers: Cara Bablitz, Brenda Reynolds and Matt Day

2019 – Caring for Caregivers

Plenary speakers: Peter Brindley and Sandy Ayre (cancelled, replaced with Peter Brindley’s workshop)

2018 – Compassionate Communities: Building Upon a Caring Community

Plenary speakers: Shane Sinclair and Anna Voeuk