Leaders in
compassionate care

Our purpose

Created in 2018, the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is a branch of the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence that embodies the same overall philosophy and vision.


The Institute is the Residence’s way of making sure that the more people possible benefit from palliative care, using and sharing its own experience, while learning from external best practices for its own evolution. Together, they are leaders in the art of compassionate care.


From demystifying what palliative care is, to helping communities and other care settings understand how to improve their own practices, the Institute strives to engage and mobilize various stakeholders to become key advocates and active participants in this care model.



Join our caring community

The Residence is always looking for people with a heart of gold and a smile that can light up a room! We rely on more than 300 carefully chosen and trained volunteers who provide 29,000+ hours of palliative care per year.

Our incredible volunteers assist with every non-medical aspect of care, from greeting families and delivering meals, to spending time with patients and supporting grieving families.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Debbie Elvidge, Volunteer Program Manager, delvidge@tdpcr.ca or 514 693-1718 ext. 264.

Our three pillars

The Institute works to improve palliative care capacity, capability and quality to benefit our community and further the Residence as a Centre of Excellence. Its priorities are centered on:

Our integrated model, which combines the clinical practice and expertise of the Residence with our many collaborators and programs, contributes to advancing palliative care across multiple communities and care settings, with associated societal benefits.

Our approach


Consultation allows us to build on best practices and ensure we are working on the most impactful projects. An Advisory Committee, comprised of experts from across Canada, guides us toward success.

Care and Compassion

Care and compassion are the fundamental denominators for all our palliative care efforts, both at the Residence and the Institute. Everything we do must benefit patients and families.


There is a strong palliative care community ready to work with us, and we build within that existing framework. We are proud to work with leaders in the field, including the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal, McGill University, Université de Montréal, and the world renown St. Christopher’s Hospice, based in the UK.

Our leadership

Education and community outreach champions

The Montreal Institute for Palliative Care team is responsible for providing leadership in palliative care education, knowledge exchange and research. The Institute works hand in hand with the highly specialized team of the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence to promote the highest level of compassionate care.

Dale Weil 

Executive Director,
Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence &
Montreal Institute for Palliative Care



Advisory Committee


Bernard J. Lapointe, MD
Palliative Care McGill, McGill University
Associate Professor, Department of Oncology & Family Medicine,
Physician for the Division of Supportive Care and Palliative Care, CIUSSS, West Central Montreal


Doris Barwich, MD, CCFP(PC)
Director, BC Centre for Palliative Care

Maryse Bouvette, RN, BSc, N. MEd, CONC (C), CHPCN (C)

Specialized Palliative Care Nurse

Justine Farley, MD
General Practitioner Palliative Care

Vratislav Hadrava, MD, PhD
Vice President and Medical Director, Pfizer Canada

Christopher MacKinnon, PhD
Psychologist, Co-founder and Director of Training
Mont Royal Psychology,
Faculty Lecturer, Department of Oncology,
McGill University

Lynne McVey, RN, MSc
President and CEO,
Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine,
McGill University

Rosemary O’Grady, RN, MN

Jean Pelletier, MO, FCMF
Professeur agréé de clinique
Chef de Département médecine générale
du CIUSSS, Hôpital de Verdun

David Kenneth Wright, RN, PhD, CHPCN(C)
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing,
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Honorary Members

Sharon Baxter
Canadian Hospice
Palliative Care Association

James Downar, MDCM, MHSc, FRCPC

Head, Division of Palliative Care, University of Ottawa
Department of Critical Care, The Ottawa Hospital
Associate Professor, Divisions of Palliative Care and Critical Care,
University of Ottawa

Balfour Mount, MD

See About the Residence and About the Foundation for the Residence’s team and board members.

Our programs

Spreading the word

The Institute is proud to administer valuable palliative care programs from its location within the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence. Please see the Events section for details on our upcoming activities. For general inquiries about our programs, please contact us by email at info@ispm.ca or call 514-693-1718. We have programs in our three areas of focus: educationknowledge exchange and research.

1. Education

The Institute provides a variety of education programs for students, health care professionals, and the community.

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Academic rotations for students in medicine, nursing and social work, as well as residents in medicine.


Educational programs for 15 to 18-year-old students interested in palliative care.

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1-day palliative care conferences. These programs are accredited through organizations such as SOFEDUC (Société de formation et d’éducation continue) or the Collège québécois des médecins de famille.


1 or 2-day Pallium Leap courses. Pallium’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) courses provide practical, inter-professional and evidence-based training and tools in the palliative care approach across multiple health care settings and specialty areas. This group learning program is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 28 Mainpro+ credits. Visit Pallium.ca to learn more and register.


Workshop sessions. We design and facilitate various workshops on selected topics relevant to community and acute care, such as “Having Difficult Conversations”.

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60 to 90-minute lectures designed to raise awareness and understanding about end-of-life care, while exploring various issues relevant to the community. Lectures are offered in French and English, and cover topics including common misconceptions, practical tips, caregiver support and advance care planning . Our lectures can be customized to the needs of our audience and delivered in various settings.

2. Knowledge exchange

Empowering teams to deliver exceptional palliative care is a core part of the Institute’s mission. We develop customized programs for communities and establishments based on their unique needs.

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The Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA©) program was originally developed in the UK by St Christopher’s Hospice, a world leader in palliative care. It enables cross functional teams in a common enterprise evolve their approach to palliative care by developing change management projects relevant to that organization. The Institute is proud to be the Canadian satellite for delivering  the program to small teams in the Canadian healthcare community (a small group of people who have the authority to lead change, such as clinical managers).


The program is offered at the Residence or on-site and consists of:

  • 5 total days of classroom-based (3 days) and practice-based (2 days) training;
  • 6 practice-based Action Learning sessions (once a month following the 5-day intensive).


The program is accredited through City & Guilds, the leading worldwide skills development organization, as well as SOFEDUC (Société de formation et d’éducation continue).


3. Research

The Institute is dedicated to improving the science of palliative care through actionable research initiatives, based on an interprofessional approach. Most importantly, the projects we lead or participate in must benefit patients and families, and the palliative care practice in general.

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Thanks to a generous donation from the Fondation J.-Louis Lévesque, the Institute launched its first research project, Compassionate Communities, in 2018.


Collaborating with several municipalities in Montreal, this 5-year project will build community-based programs that provide supportive environments and linkages for citizens of all ages dealing with serious diseases or in the later stages of their lives. The impact on quality of life of these community-driven activities will be measured and the findings shared so that more communities can benefit.


The project is led by Dr. Antoine Boivin, Canada Research Chair on Patient and Public Partnerships at the Université de Montréal. Dr Boivin’s team was selected based on the expert guidance of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé. The diversity and experience of the team is exceptional, with investigators from McGill University, University of Ottawa, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Bradford (United Kingdom) and other organizations.

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Each year, we have at least one active internally led or site participation in a collaborative research project, focused on improving the experience of patients and families, as determined by our Institute Research Committee.

The Institute’s first research initiative involved our participation, as a site, in a pan-Canadian collaborative research study on cancer pain, with 100 patients.

Under the leadership of one of our Medical Directors, Dr. Sylvie Bouchard, as principle investigator, our current active project is titled “A prospective study on mid and short term survival prediction”, and involves 300 patients.

Currently in preparation, our future project will be an anticoagulation retrospective review.

Contact us

The Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is located within the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence.


265 André-Brunet St., Kirkland, Quebec H9H 3R4

514 630-2109

Institute general email: info@ispm.ca

The team

Dale Weil
Executive Director,
Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence &
Montreal Institute for Palliative Care

Nicole Lapointe
Administrative Assistant

Anita Mehta
Director of Education and Knowledge Exchange

Anitra Bostock
Community Development Project Manager

  Please see the Contact page for other key Residence contacts.

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