Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Chair: John Crean, B.A. C.Dir.

John is the Managing Director at Teneo Strategy. Prior to joining Teneo, he was the National Managing Partner of Canada’s largest public relations firms and one of the top ten independent firms globally. John has extensive crisis and issues management experience in a variety of sectors, including: government, financial services, telecom, professional services, food services, healthcare and retail. John is a faculty member at the Directors College, an accredited corporate director development program that leads to a university designation Chartered Director (C.Dir.), teaching issues and crisis management. John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Mass Communication and Political Science from York University; and has completed the Leading Professional Service Firm Program at Harvard Business School. Memberships/Affiliations include; Member of the Board of Directors, New Haven Learning Centre; Board of Trustees, McMichael Canadian Art and Faculty Member, Directors College.

John chairs the HPCO Board and the Executive and Nominating Committees.



Secretary: Beth Ellis

Beth is the Executive Director of the Toronto Commandery Hospice, a 10-bed residential hospice in development and which will offer the full spectrum of Hospice Palliative Care programs. Beth currently serves on the Board of the North Hamilton Community Health Centre and is a consultant on residential hospice development. Beth has been involved in Hospice Palliative care for two decades on both a volunteer and professional level. She co-chaired the association’s Standards for Residential Hospice Committee and was involved in writing “How to Develop a Residential Hospice” and “Hospice Palliative Care Hand Book and Tool Kit.” Beth was a Board member of Ontario Palliative Care Association. Beth served on HPCO’s Annual Conference Committee for eight years including three years a co-chair.

Beth is a member of the Executive, Finance, and Nominating committees.





Treasurer: Richard Piticco, CPA, CA, CFA

Richard is Vice President, Student Services at CPA Ontario. Richard is Certified Professional Accountant provides leadership to all student-related areas for CPA Ontario, from seeking out and developing the best candidates to supporting students through their journey to becoming Chartered Professional Accountants. Richard provides executive leadership, strategy and financial stewardship resulting from unifying three regulators into one. He oversee all operations, strategic planning, business development, regulatory requirements and external client relations relating to a 20,000 student portfolio with P&L responsibility in excess of $50 million, and human capital in excess of 100.

Prior to joining CPA Ontario, Richard served as a Director and Equity Research Analyst, Consumer Products, CIBC World Markets, and Treasury Manager, Pepsi Canada. Richard is a past Director on the board of Family Service Toronto and the board of A Child’s Voice Foundation.

Richard chairs the Finance Committee



Andrea Binkle, RN, MA

Andrea is a Team Lead and Regional Liaison with the Ontario Palliative Care Network Secretariat. Andrea is a Registered Nurse with over three decades of experience in three major sectors of healthcare (acute care, community care, and long-term care). Andrea is also an associate faculty member at Conestoga College. Andrea has worked for a large national not-for-profit community healthcare organization where she managed both professionals and volunteers in direct service delivery and program development. Andrea developed and implemented a continuous quality improvement program in 14 sites of the national organization. Andrea was the Senior Director at the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. Andrea was the recipient of the Women of Distinction Award 2006 in the category of Public Service in Guelph.

Andrea chairs the Audit & Risk Committee.





Karen Candy, MA   

Karen is the Executive Director at Carpenter Hospice, which has been awarded the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Not-for-profit. Karen is passionate about palliative care and is currently the Chair of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN Palliative Care Network. Karen has dedicated her profession to healthcare and her career began in the community as a front-line paramedic and 911 Dispatcher. Karen has also worked in acute care both locally and provincially including Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and CritiCall Ontario. She is an advocate for the Compassionate City Charter and leads the City of Burlington initiative. 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 a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and the Finance Committee.




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

Rosario is Chief Privacy and Legal Officer at the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Rosario has a passion for Hospice Palliative Care and lead 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 a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee.




 Royanne Gale, RN, CHPCN(C)

Royanne is the Clinical Practice Manager at CarePartners and is a Registered Nurse with over a decade of experience in the community sector. Royanne began her career as a community visiting nurse, moved into a nurse manager role. She has taken CAPCE, LEAP and is certified by the Canadian Nurses Association in Hospice Palliative Care. Royanne supports the organization to achieve clinical excellence in palliative care through education, collaboration and exceptional service delivery.

Royanne is a member of the South West LHIN Hospice Palliative Care Leadership Committee. As the Register Nurses Association of Ontario Best Practice Spotlight Organization Lead, she and her team have implemented the Best Practice Guideline for End of Life Care within the organization.

Royanne is a member of the Governance Committee.




Rod Malcolm, B.Com

Rod Malcolm is Managing Partner and Global Consumer Practice Leader, at DHR International. to joining DHR, Rod was a Managing Director in the Toronto office of Boyden Global Executive Search. Previously, he had been the Managing Partner of the Canadian Consumer and Retail Practice at Korn/Ferry International.

Rod began his career with Procter and Gamble is various marketing roles. Rod then joined Pepsi-Cola International in Canada, Asia, and the United States where he served as Vice President, Cola Marketing. Prior to joining DRR, Rod was President of KFC, a division of Scott’s Food Service.

Rod currently sits on the Board of Directors of Forterra Inc., In the community, Rod is on the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics Festival, he is Chairman of the Board of Governors for Sterling Hall School, Treasurer of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, and Chairman of Upper Canada College Rowing Program.




Vivian Papaiz, RN, MN, CHPCN(C), CVAA(C), CCHN(C)

Vivian is the 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. Prior to this Vivian has also been a faculty member and Coordinator of the International Nursing program at Georgian College. Vivian’s 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 a member of the Palliative Care Consultants Network of Ontario, and is a Board member with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), and Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO).  Vivian has her Master’s degree in Nursing with a focus on Teaching, Education and Leadership and is currently completing her Doctoral studies at Nipissing University.

Vivian is chairs the Governance Committee and is a member of the Nominating Committee.




Emmi Perkins, MHsc   

Emmi is the Director for the Waterloo Wellington Integrated Hospice Palliative Care (WW IHPC) Regional Program, Vice-chair for the Hamilton and Area Chapter, Canadian College of Health Service Executives and a Co-Chair for the Ontario Palliative Care Network’s (OPCN) Regional Palliative Care Network Leads Table.  Emmi’s experience includes governance and direct clinical, operational, strategic planning and coordination of regional and provincial policies, standards and initiatives that have focused on optimizing health care organizations and systems.

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.




Gretchen Van Riesen

Gretchen has more than four decades of experience in the pensions and benefits industry. Gretchen is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan, the Board of Trustees for the Teacher’s Pension Plan of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Municipal Employers’ Pension Centre of Ontario (MEPCO) Advisory Board.  Gretchen is also a past Chair of the Board for Providence Healthcare. Gretchen provides consulting services on advocacy matters to the Pension Investment Association of Canada.   Gretchen earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Alberta. After working as a consultant for over two decades, in the early part of her career, Gretchen moved to CIBC where she ultimately retired in 2007 as Vice President, Global Pension and Benefits. At CIBC, Gretchen was responsible for policy and design, investment, and governance at CIBC’s $3.5 billion pension plan.

Gretchen is a member of the Governance Committee.




Jennifer Wilson AALP, ICD.D

Jennifer Wilson is a trustee 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. Jennifer was a member of the End of Life Care Network and the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network Governance Advisory Committee from 2015-2017.

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.