Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Chair: Rod Malcolm, B.Com

Rod serves as Managing Partner, Toronto for DHR International, an executive search firm, and the leader of Real Estate, Private Equity and Consumer Practices in Canada. Rod has an extensive background as a business executive including as Managing Partner at Korn/Ferry International, President of KFC Canada and Vice President of International Marketing at Pepsi-Cola.

In his current role the Managing Partner at DHR, Rod draws on his executive experience to support clients in searches for executive leadership across a range of areas including general management, marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and development.

Rod has served on a number of Boards in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.
Rod has been a Director of HPCO since the merger of the Hospice Association of Ontario (HAO) and OPCA in 2011 to 2017, and then rejoined the Board in 2018. Rod Chaired the Board’s Fundraising Committee from 2011 to 2013, served on the Audit Committee from 2011 to 2017, and on the Nominating Committee from 2015 to 2021.

Prior to the merger, Rod served on the HAO Board from 2007 until merger in 2011. During the merger negotiations, Rod represented HAO on the Joint Board Committee that guided the merger process. Rod also led the Board’s search committee for the senior leadership position in 2007 and 2009.

Rod is Chair of the Board and a member of the Nominating and Finance Committees.


Vice-Chair: Jennifer Wilson AALP, ICD.D

Jennifer Wilson is a past director of Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation. She was the founding Board Chair for Chatham-Kent Hospice during their successful campaign to establish their 10-bed residential hospice. Jennifer was also inaugural Tri Board Chair at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance for a public hospital, a faith-based hospital, and a small rural hospital collaborative. Jennifer has served on over a dozen charitable Boards and held Chair roles for Regional Council Region 5 of the Ontario Hospital Association, YMCA across Southwestern Ontario, and the Tri-County Literacy Network. She also served on the YMCA Canada Board for two terms. Jennifer has received numerous awards for her community service including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She has completed University of Toronto Rotman School of Management’s Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Education Program and successfully achieved ICD.D designation.

Jennifer is a member of the Governance Committee.



Past Chair: Vivian Papaiz, RN, MN, CHPCN(C), CVAA(C), CCHN(C)

Vivian is the Director of Nursing and Associate Dean of Health Sciences for Canadore College and Director and Program Manager for the Collaborative BScN Program and the RPN to BScN Bridging program with Nipissing University and Canadore College. Her interests lie in supporting a strong nursing education for students with a particular focus of fostering palliative education in the undergraduate program.
Vivian has also been a nursing educator with various faculties of nursing and the coordination of International Nursing programs. Her experience also includes positions with VON Canada as their national palliative care lead, as practice educator for Ontario and Western regions, and manager of nursing and home support programs.

Vivian is an advisory member of the Palliative Care Consultants Network of Ontario, Vice President of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), now Past-Chair of the Board of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, and locally is Chair of the Board of Nipissing Serenity Residential Hospice in North Bay.

Vivian has her Master’s degree in Nursing with a focus on Teaching, Education and Leadership and is currently completing her Doctoral studies in Educational Sustainability at Nipissing University.

Vivian is Past Chair of the Board and is Chair of the Nominating Committee.


Secretary: Rosario Cartagena, MSc, JD, LLM, CIPP/C

Rosario is Chief Privacy and Legal Officer at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Rosario has a passion for hospice palliative care and while in private practice led the development of HPCO MAiD policies, also co-authoring studies on capacity and MAiD.

Rosario holds a Master of Science in Public Health Science-Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Master of Laws in Business Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, Juris Doctor (Cum laude) from the University of Ottawa and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Brandon University, with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry and Sociology. Rosario was a post-graduate intern at the Harvard University School of Public Health, received a Certificate in Health Law from Osgoode Law School, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada.

Rosario is Chair of the Governance Committee.




Treasurer: Paul Hazzard, CPA, CGA, MBA

Paul currently serves as Managing Director, Sollio Agriculture – Grain (Ontario), a co-op structured company specializing in the merchandising of farm inputs and value-added agronomic services in nearly 300 Canadian communities and 29 countries internationally. He is also a Director and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for SWT, an agri business based in Saskatchewan. Prior to these positions, he held leadership roles at the South West Ag Partners Inc. and St. Lawrence Grain and Farm Supply Ltd., and served as the President of Ontario Agri Business Association. He has extensive experience in the areas of the development of business and marketing strategies, financial analysis, and strategic planning.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Guelph and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Since 2008, at various times, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, and Fanshawe College, teaching business and accounting to undergraduate students.

Paul’s prior volunteer roles include President of both the Alzheimer Societies of Ontario and of Chatham-Kent, as well as Treasurer of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. In recognition of these efforts, he was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Paul is Chair of the Finance Committee


Karen Candy, MA   

Karen is the Executive Director at Catholic Family Services of Hamilton. Karen has dedicated her career to improving quality of life and helping those most vulnerable in our communities. Previously, Karen was the Executive Director at Carpenter Hospice, which was awarded the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Not-for-profit. Karen is passionate about palliative care and is the Past-Chair of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN Palliative Care Network. Karen has also worked in acute healthcare both locally and provincially including Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and CritiCall Ontario. Karen is proud to be a recipient of Burlington’s 150 Award – Community Builder in 2017. Karen is a graduate of Royal Roads University with a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and most recently completed University of Western, IVEY School of Business’ Community Shift Program.

Karen is Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee.




Carol Derbyshire

Carol joined the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County in 1979 and served as Executive Director from 1986 to until her retirement in 2019. She is currently the Chair of the New Canadian Centre of Excellence, a Director of New Hospital Healthcare Infrastructure Investment, and a Community Advisor at Youth Embracing Today’s Youth (Y.E.T.Y). In the past she has been the Chair of the Board at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, University of Windsor, Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor Regional Hospital – Joint Executive Committee for Hospital Restructuring, Victim Services (Police Services Windsor)

Carol was a Director of HPCO during the merger in 2011 to 2012. Prior to the merger, Carol was a founding member of the Hospice Association of Ontario (HAO) and served on the HAO board from 1993 to 1998 and from 2002 to 2011.

Carol is a member of the Finance Committee.



Nazira Jaffer, BSc. MHA. MBA. CHE

Nazira Jaffer has been the Executive Director of the Yee Hong Hospice since 2020. She has over 25 years of experience working in senior positions within health care planning and management. She maintains excellent relationships with clinical and community peers in Canada and internationally. She builds partnerships for the highest quality compassionate care and is a strong advocate for diversity and end of life values and supports in a multicultural environment.

Nazira is a faculty member at the Global Institute of Psychosocial Palliative and End of Life Care (GIPPEC) and in addition, as an International Health Care Consultant and Executive Director at Yee Hong Hospice, Nazira brings the elements of dignity, compassion, holistic care, and client choice to ensuring optimal living for the dying. Nazira has served on numerous Boards over the past 20 years with experience in strategic planning, governance, fundraising, and finance committees.

Nazira is a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee.



Johanna Lim, CPA, CMA, PMP, Prosci®

Johanna has combined decades of both public and private sector experience in governance, audit, risk management, and compliance providing her with significant opportunities to define value-added solutions to advance organizational objectives.

She is currently supporting the oversight of the Toronto Transit Commission’s integrated internal audit, risk management, and compliance programs and directing assurance and advisory services to improve the TTC’s operations.

Johanna dedicates her personal time as a Director in a number of Board Committees allowing her to leverage her knowledge and experience to serve her community.

As a Board Director of HPCO, Johanna commits to supporting the collective efforts of the organization in enriching the lives of the people it touches everyday – and continue to be an agent of help and best represent the common interest of vulnerable individuals to make their rest of life, the best of life.

Johanna is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee



Emmi Perkins, MHsc   

Emmi is the Director of Transformation of the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team, Past Chair of the Hamilton and Area Chapter, Canadian College of Health Service Executives. Emmi’s experience includes clinical care as a registered physiotherapist, strategic and system planning and leadership of community, regional and provincial programs / initiatives that have focused on improving patient and population health outcomes.

Emmi has her Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Kinesiology from York University.

Emmi is a member of the Governance Committee.





Angela Rea-Mahoney, B.Sc., MBA

Angela has over 30 years of leadership experience in the health care sector and is presently a Project Director at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ontario. In that role she works with internal and external partners to advance innovative and often complex projects designed to improve system integration and ultimately enhance the patient experience. Previous roles have included experience in audit, clinical information systems, contract management, and clinical program operations.

Angela holds certifications in Thanatology and as an End-of-Life Doula. She has also been a volunteer in a local hospice and as a bereavement support volunteer in the community. She holds a B.Sc. Honours in Life Sciences from Queens University and an MBA (Health Services Management) from McMaster University. She is a curious and empathetic person and constantly seeks to gain new skills, knowledge, experience and relationships.

Angela is a member of the Finance Committee.





Maria Panzera-Rugg is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care. She has worked registered nurse for over 30 years in a variety of roles and care stings. She spent the first part of her career clinically in pediatric nursing as a nurse and nurse practitioner with extensive experience in acute/chronic care focusing on palliative care, pain management, bereavement care and patient experience. Presently she works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care at Unity Health, Toronto leading clinical care across 3 sites in program development, standards of practice and clinical education in palliative care.

Her education is an honours nursing undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor, Master’s degree in clinical nursing as a nurse practitioner/advance practice nurse from the University of Toronto and has been registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario since 1990. She also achieved and maintains national certification as a certified hospice palliative care nurse (CHPCN) since 2003 and has been a certified facilitator and coach through Pallium Canada in palliative care education to interprofessionals since 2017. She achieved and maintains certification as a trainer and facilitator of the End of Life Nursing Education Curriculum (ELNEC)© through the American Association of Colleges of Nurses in the United States, since 2003. She also achieved certification from the Canadian College of Health Leaders as Canadian Health Executive (CHE) in 2021. She has cross appointments as an adjunct lecturer at The University of Toronto in both the faculties of Nursing and Family and Community Medicine.

Her lifelong passion clinically and focus of practice and research is working in areas of patient related outcomes as they relate to their palliative and end of life experience; and how to facilitate change through practice and education to improve overall well-being of patients and their families. She has worked to ensure that her areas of influence have pushed forward the patient experience throughout the life span, for all persons. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering on not for profit agency boards and learning to plan the violin.

Maria is a member of the Governance Committee.