Pallium Canada – Board of Directors (3 Positions)

Pallium Board Member Recruitment

Member Profile

About Pallium

Founded in 2000, Pallium Canada ( is a pan Canadian, charitable organization that focuses on building professional and community capacity to help improve the quality and accessibility of palliative care in Canada.

Pallium Canada is a systems improvement and change agent and has been working to diffuse the palliative care approach to increase workforce readiness, act as a catalyst for quality improvement, and help mobilize the community as a key partner in palliative care, bridging the divide between the health care sector and the community.

Pallium’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) courses transform health care professional practice across all settings of care. Over 30,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, personal support workers, social workers, and paramedics have been trained in the palliative care approach.

LEAP courses are demonstrating impact and show improvements in attitudes, knowledge, and comfort levels of health care workers to address the end-of-life care needs of patients and families. Results from a two-year evaluation study have revealed very high learner satisfaction rates with the learning experience, across all courses studied and different professions. This includes high levels of satisfaction with the interprofessional design of the courses. Moreover, the study demonstrates that Pallium Canada’s work has changed how palliative care is provided, positively influenced cultures within teams and settings of care, and supported transitions in care for patients and their families.

Pallium Canada is continuing its commitment to research through the newly created Dr. Joshua Shadd – Pallium Canada Research Hub at McMaster University. This partnership will significantly advance palliative care educational research and measure the impact of continuing professional development on the health care system as well as creating the first Canadian Palliative Care Atlas that will serve to identify existing strengths, areas of excellence and gaps across regions, provinces and territories.

Recognizing that community helps to create a wrap-around effect to better support persons with serious illnesses, Pallium Canada is also building community capacity by accelerating the creation of Compassionate Communities across Canada, connecting and enabling them to support collaboration and knowledge transfer, and evaluating their impact

The Pallium Canada Board of Directors (BOD) is a voluntary, high performance Board that strives to provide strategic leadership.


Member Candidate Profile

We are currently seeking three qualified candidates to add to our 7-member BOD—energetic and inspired individuals, seasoned strategic and systems thinkers.


  • Ability to contribute to setting strategic direction and guiding system change
  • Experience contributing to strategic governance with an active volunteer Board of Directors
  • Energy, optimism, leadership and insight.

Area of Expertise Currently Needed:

In addition to general criteria/requirements the Board has defined for new Directors, Pallium Canada’s BOD is specifically looking to enhance its skills matrix by identifying prospective members who have skills and experiences in:

  • Finance and accounting (CPA)
  • Government relations leadership experience gained in large, complex organizations, particularly in the fields of health and education
  • Legal expertise
  • Education and professional development
  • Technology
  • Developing or leading a social enterprise
  • Palliative care experience, either as a care provider or someone who has received or has been exposed to these services as a caregiver


Board Governance

Pallium Canada’s Board meets at least 5 times a year with additional expectations to serve on committees and task forces, and to participate in organization-wide events. Board members are asked to commit to a term of three years in length.

Pallium Canada promotes an inclusive and barrier-free environment. We encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds of ability, culture, race, religion, and those representing under-serviced populations.

Board meetings are enabled electronically from Pallium Canada’s head office located in Ottawa.


To apply

  • Please submit a cover letter and your résumé by July 15, 2021 to Donna Kingelin at
  • All cover letters and résumé / CVs will be reviewed by the Governance, HR and Compensation Committee to be selected for an interview.
  • This Committee will then make recommendations for each open board position to the Board. The Board will meet and review the recommendations and then motion for selection.