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. 


The Institute is the Residence’s way of ensuring that community members benefit from palliative care by using and sharing its professionals’  experience while learning from evidence-based practices. 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 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 approach


Consultation allows us to build on evidence-based practices and ensure we work 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 fundamental for all our palliative care efforts at the Residence and the Institute. Everything we do is meant to support our patients and families.


A strong palliative care community is 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, and l’Université de Montréal.

Our three pillars

The Institute is proud to offer valuable palliative care programs from its location within the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence and to work hand in hand with the Residence’s highly specialized team. The Institute works to increase awareness for and continuously improve palliative care quality, access and capacity through education, knowledge exchange, and research.

Educational programs

for students, healthcare professionals, and the public

Knowledge exchange

with customized programs for organizations and communities


to continuously improve patient and family care

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

The Team

Executive Director

Dale Weil

Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence & Montreal Institute for Palliative Care

Director of Education and Knowledge Exchange

Anita Mehta, RN, PhD, CFT

Community Development Project Manager

Cynthia Lapointe, DEC, AEC, Gerontology

Administrative Assistant

Nicole Lapointe

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

514 693-1718

Institute general email: info@ispm.ca


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
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
Consultant, 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 Governance for the Residence’s and Foundation’s board members.

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