Annual Conference

Sunday, April 23 to Tuesday, April 25, 2017
in Richmond Hill, ON

HPCO is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for our 2017 conference is now open for #hpco2017

Deadline for workshop presentation and oral paper abstracts is November 1, 2016.
Deadline for poster display abstracts is December 15, 2016.

Please download and review the Guide for Authors before submitting your abstract.

2016 Conference Program Highlights

HPCO’s Annual Conference, Putting the Pieces Together – Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario gathered renowned industry experts and leaders who shared cutting-edge, evidence-based research, hospice palliative care innovations and expertise with like-minded system planners, researchers, policy makers and multidisciplinary, front-line practitioners from across the health care spectrum. 

Check out highlights of the 2016 conference where we interviewed some of the delegates, including conference co-chair, Sandy Buchman MD.

The inspiring program presentations included thoughtful keynote presentations, a return of the popular HIT (Health. Innovation. Technology.) Talks and The Carmelita Lawlor Lectureship.


We are pleased to confirm the registration fee for HPCO’s 2017 annual conference is not increasing this year, ensuring this educational conference remains accessible for members of Ontario’s palliative care community.

  • HPCO Members  Full Conference $655;  One day only $320 *
  • Non-members  Full Conference $785;  One day only $395 *

Note: Non-members who register for the full conference receive a one-year individual membership to Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. Learn about the benefits of membership.

* One-day only rate does not include the banquet and entertainment feature.
* Additional tickets are available for $80 per person.

Other Registration Fees
Approved Lead Presenter $400;  Students (full time) $400; Volunteers $395

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient registration and is responsible for refunding registration fees only.
Please contact Anna LeCoche, Executive Assistant, for any additional questions you may have at or call 416-304-1477 or 1-800-349-3111 ext. 22.

Accommodation & Location



HPCO’s 2017 Conference will be held at The Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel and Convention Centre in Richmond Hill.

This venue has proven to be a popular one that suits HPCO’s conference delegates. We are pleased to be working with the team at The Sheraton Parkway again this year.  HPCO has secured a block of rooms and special room rates for #hpco2017 conference delegates.

Directions to The Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Convention Centre.

Program Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

Sandy Buchman MD, CCFP, FCFP
Education Lead, Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital

Sandy Buchman

Dr. Sandy Buchman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and practices as palliative physician care physician providing home based palliative and end of life care.

He practiced comprehensive Family Medicine for many years with a special interest in Primary Cancer Care, Palliative Care, HIV/AIDS and Global Health – including volunteer experiences in South America and Africa.

He is the Education Lead at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital. He was President of The College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2011-2012 and The Ontario College of Family Physicians 2005-2006.

Vivian PapaizVivian PapaizRN, MN, CHPCN(C), CVAA(C), CCHN(C)
Faculty, Georgian College, Continuing Education & International Nursing Program

As a registered nurse, Ms. Vivian Papaiz has been the Manager of Nursing, Home Support, and Community Support Services programs in central Ontario for The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) for 15 years. She is a faculty member at Georgian College in the Continuing Education and International Nursing programs.

She is passionate about the opportunity to support nurses in the pursuit of education and exceptional practice in community visiting services and palliative care. Ms. Papaiz serves on a number of community boards, including the North Simcoe Palliative Care Network, the Palliative Care Consultation Network of Ontario and Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO).

Ms. Papaiz has her Masters degree in nursing focused on teaching, education and leadership. She holds three CNA national certifications including palliative care, venous access, and community nursing.