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 33rd  annual Palliative Education and Research Day was held on Monday, October 24, 2022. The theme of this year's conference was "Connection & Collaboration: Bridges to Care" and featured plenary speakers Dr. Amanda Brisebois and Laurel Kirchner.

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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-centred 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 is now closed.

Registration Information

Stay tuned for information on the 34th annual Palliative Education and Research Day. 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 is available on our conference website at

Day at a Glance

Visit the conference website's Day at a Glance page for a complete event program.

Become an Exhibitor

No exhibitors at this year's event. We will be reopening to exhibitors once we return to in-person events.

Past Conference Themes and Plenary Speakers

2022 – Connection & Collaboration: Bridges to Care

Plenary speakers: Dr. Amanda Brisebois and Laurel Kirchner

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