World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Special Lecture 2017

November 2nd    11:40am - 01:00pm


The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly’s (NICE) End-of-Life Issues Theme Team – in collaboration with the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) and the Institute for Life Course and Aging (ILCA) at the University of Toronto – is hosting the 2017 World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Special Lecture at Room 11 PMB 190 of the Toronto General Hospital (200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, M5G 2C4) on Thursday, November 02, 2017 from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM.

Jennifer Gibson, PhD is Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Jennifer has a PhD in Philosophy (bioethics and political theory). Her current funded research focuses on ethics and health system integration, organizational ethics, and resource allocation ethics. She is particularly interested in the role and interaction of values in decision-making at different levels in the health system. Jennifer has served on government and policy advisory committees related to Ebola preparedness and response, critical care triage, drug funding and supply, organ transplantation, pandemic planning, and health system integration.

Stephen R. Connor, PhD is the Executive Director of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), a network of national and regional hospice and palliative care organizations with the vision for “… a world with universal access to hospice and palliative care.” Its mission is to foster, promote and influence the delivery of affordable, quality palliative care worldwide. Dr. Connor has 35+ years of palliative care experience as a licensed health psychologist, advocate, author, consultant, educator and executive. Furthermore, he has worked on palliative care development in over 25 countries including across Asia, Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. He has published 125+ peer reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters on issues related to hospice and palliative care for patients and their families and is the author of Hospice: Practice, Pitfalls, and Promise (1998), Hospice and Palliative Care: The Essential Guide (2009 and 2017) and co-editor of the WHPCA/WHO Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End-of-Life (2014). His 2017 World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Special Lecture will focus on the work of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance in the international context – bringing the theme of the Day ‘Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Don't Leave Those Suffering Behind’ to full circle.


Please RSVP (in person participation only) to: A live webcast of the event is available via the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). Link:; please click: ‘Live Events’ and ‘Public’; Event Number: 74654635

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Special Lecture. The event is also available to OTN sites (please contact your OTN Coordinator) and will also be archived as a podcast via OTN.



Venue:   Toronto General Hospital

Address:  Room 11 PMB 190, Toronto General Hospital, 200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, M5G 2C4


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