Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Chair: Vivian Papaiz, RN, MN, PhD(cand.), CHPCN(C), CCHN(C)

Vivian was elected by the Board as Chair of the Board. She 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), Chair of the Board of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, and locally is Vice-Chair of the Board of Nipissing Serenity Hospice.

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


Vice-Chair: Rod Malcolm, B.Com

Rod Malcolm serves as managing partner and the global Consumer Practice leader, based in DHR’s Toronto office. Rod has an extensive background as a business executive including as Managing Partner at Korn/Ferry International, President of KFC and Vice President of Marketing at Pepsi.

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 HAO and OPCA in 2011 to 2017, and then rejoined the board in 2018. He is currently a member of the finance committee.  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 2017.

Prior to the merger, Rod served on the HAO board from 2007 until merger in 2011. During the merger negotiations, Rod represented HAO on 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.


Past-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 is the past Chair of the HPCO Board and the Executive and Nominating Committees.




Secretary: 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.





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




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.




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.



Chris Froggatt

Chris is a founding partner of Loyalist Public Affairs, a boutique government relations and strategic communications firm based in Ottawa and Toronto.  Prior to founding Loyalist, Chris served as the Managing Partner for the Ottawa office of NATIONAL Public Relations for eight years.

He has served as Chief of Staff to the Honourable John Baird, was a senior advisor to the Minister of Transportation and the Attorney General in Ontario, and was a senior advisor to Preston Manning when he was Leader of the Opposition. In 2018, Chris provided strategic counsel to Doug Ford during his successful bid for the leadership of the Ontario PC Party.  He then went on to serve as Vice-Chair for the Ontario PC Party’s successful 2018 election campaign.

Chris currently serves as the Chair of the Election Readiness Committee for the Ontario PC Party.

He serves as a Director of the Board for Magenta Capital Corporation, as a member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC), as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Salvation Army of the National Capital Region, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS), and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University

Chris has a degree in Political Science and History from Trent University. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his commitment to his community and to Canada.



 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.




Emmi Perkins, MHsc   

Emmi is the Director of Transformation of the Guelph Health Team, 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.




Maria Rugg RN BScN MN CHPCN(C) CHE (cand)

Maria has been a registered nurse for 30 years, and now has a focus on adult palliative and psychosocial care within the acute care and community setting.  Maria has an honours nursing undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor and a Master’s degree in nursing as a nurse practitioner/advance practice nurse from the University of Toronto. She received her Canadian Nursing Association National certification in palliative care in 2003.


Maria’s lifelong passion is working in areas of patient experience, such as palliative care and patient related outcomes; to facilitate change in order to improve health and overall well-being of patients and their families. “My key drivers of my contributions are to ensure that in connecting with the health care system patients and their family’s overall wellbeing has been influenced in a positive and self-sustaining way. I am fortunate to have been afforded these opportunities in all the areas I have worked and volunteered in, including management, clinical leadership, education, continuous quality improvement and research.”


Maria is presently a candidate for certification in the Canadian College of Health Leaders as Canadian Health Executive (CHE) for 2020.


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.