Champion's Council

As the hospice palliative field has grown, it has also evolved to include more and more people from outside our community offering to lend their voice and be champions, as we continue to work together to deal with the issues of end-of-life care, including an aging population and an increasing death rate every year.

In continuing to show leadership on this issue and in helping to change the face of hospice palliative care in Canada, the CHPCA launched its Champion's Council in the Fall of 2010. The Champion's Council is comprised of a group of key leaders in Canada who have offered to advance the profile of hospice palliative care across the country.

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association has a strong history of good governance as well as a long history of working with the provincial hospice palliative care associations across the country. The Champion's Council will provide further opportunities to interface with an even wider range of expertise, to harness new energies and to reflect the diversity that is Canada.


The CHPCA is proud to announce the following individuals as members of the Champions' Council:

Mr. Russell Williams, President, Rx&D Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies

WilliamsRussell Williams is a passionate advocate for innovation in health care and in economic development. Since joining Rx&D in March 2004, Mr. Williams has promoted policies that improve patient outcomes by expanding patient choice and access to new medicines and vaccines. He works tirelessly to ensure that Canada is a world leader in attracting biopharmaceutical investments, which are key components of the knowledge-based economy.

Under Mr. Williams' leadership, the association's Code of Ethical Practices has been significantly enhanced to ensure that all member companies adhere to the highest standards of ethics. He has participated actively in numerous provincial working groups and task forces aimed at improving the partnership between industry, governments and stakeholders.

Prior to joining Rx&D, Mr. Williams had a successful career in provincial politics and community service. For fifteen years, he represented the Montreal riding of Nelligan in the National Assembly of Quebec. During his career as Liberal MNA, he led numerous public policy debates on important and complex issues, such as the role of government in research and development (R&D), compensation for victims of contaminated blood, linguistic policy, access to services for the disabled, and pre-hospital emergency services. He is well known for his dedication and perseverance as an advocate for individual rights and government services focused on the needs of its citizens. He continues active volunteer involvement in palliative care.


Ms. Kathryn Butler Malette, Chief Human Resources Officer, House of Commons of Canada

Butler -MaletteKathryn Butler Malette is the Chief Human Resources Officer at the House of Commons of Canada.  She has more than twenty-five years' experience in human resources management which she gained in the healthcare sector as the former Vice President of Human Resources for Canadian Blood Services,   Vice President of Human Resources for the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa Health Service and Vice President, Human Resources for The Ottawa Hospital.

Kathryn has practiced as a mediator for workplace disputes and harassment complaints and received her training in mediation at the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation in Ottawa, at the Center for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C. and in the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School.

In recognition of her contribution to the human resources profession, Kathryn was awarded the Vision Award for the Human Resources Professional of the Year by the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario. 

Kathryn is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and is a Governor of the University, chair of the Pension Committee and a member of the Board's governance committee. She has a particular interest in ensuring that programs and services are in place to provide students with a great student experience at the University.  For the past seven years, Kathryn has been a Director of Service Coordination des services, a local social service agency in Ottawa that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

She is a member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.


The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, Senator (retired), Senate of Canada

CarstairsSenator Carstairs attended Dalhousie University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. She went on to achieve a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1963. She has taught in Massachusetts, Alberta and Manitoba in public, private and Catholic school systems. Her interest and commitment to quality education remains unwavering.

Political involvement moved from the dinner table to the grassroots in Nova Scotia, Alberta and Manitoba. She has been a campaign volunteer, candidate and provincial MLA in Manitoba. In 1988, she led the Liberal Party in Manitoba to a monumental election gain and became the first woman to lead the Official Opposition in a Canadian Legislative Assembly.

After a very successful run as Leader of the Opposition, Senator Carstairs was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Chrétien on September 15, 1994 to represent the province of Manitoba. She has served on the Aboriginal Peoples committee as well as the Agriculture and Forestry; Social Affairs, Science and Technology and the Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration Committee. She has been the Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee and the Sub-Committee to update "Of Life and Death" and Deputy Chair of the Special Committee on Illegal Drugs. Senator Carstairs represented the Senate on the Parliamentary Buildings Advisory Council from 1997-2001. From 1997 to 1999 Senator Carstairs served as the first woman to be Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate.

As Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Carstairs was a member of Cabinet and was the government's representative in the Upper Chamber. She was also responsible for answering all questions for the Government during the Senate's Question Period and shepherding government bills through the Senate.


Mr. William (Bill) Greenhalgh, MBA, C. Dir. CEO, Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)

GreenhalghBill Greenhalgh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in April 2006.

His previous positions include President of the Globe and Mail; CEO of Thomson’s Western Canada Newspaper Group; President of Cinram International; COO of Shred it International; as well as various line and staff positions in general management, operations, marketing and finance with Nortel Networks.

He was born in Derry in Northern Ireland and holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the London Business School; a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University; certificates from the Senior Executive Programs in both Manufacturing and Marketing from Harvard Business School; and is a graduate of both The Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Program and the Directors College at McMaster University.

Bill also serves as HRPA Board Secretary and CEO and Board Secretary for the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI). He is a member of the boards of both the North American Human Resources Associations (NAHRMA) and The Scarborough Hospital; and is a past member of the boards of the Toronto Symphony, the Commonwealth Games Club and the Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural Treasures.


The Honourable Michael MacDonald, Senator, Senate of Canada

MacdonaldSenator Michael L. MacDonald is a Nova Scotia businessman and long-time Conservative activist. Born May 4, 1955 in Louisbourg, he is the youngest of 10 children in a family that can trace its roots to some of the earliest settlers in Cape Breton.

Mr. MacDonald attended King's College at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and graduated in 1977 with an Honours degree in political science. Afterwards, he held a number of jobs on on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, including with Progressive Conservative Research office, as Executive Assistant to the Honourable Stewart McInnes and as Executive Assistant to the Honourable Tom McMillan. He also worked for the Progressive Conservative government in Nova Scotia as Assistant to the Honourable Gerald Sheehy, Minister of Health, and as Executive Assistant to Premier John Buchanan.

Since 1988, Mr. MacDonald has been the President and owner of the Fortress Inn Louisbourg, a motel and restaurant complex near his family home in Cape Breton.

Mr. MacDonald ran twice for federal office, first in 1988 in the constituency of Cape Breton-East Richmond, and in 2004 in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. He also ran twice for the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party in 1993 and 1998.

Until his appointment to the Senate, Mr. MacDonald was the Vice-President of the Conservative Party of Canada, and the party's National Councillor for Nova Scotia. He has also coached minor hockey and baseball, raised funds for cystic fibrosis research, and supported various organizations to preserve and promote Nova Scotia heritage and the Gaelic language.

Senator MacDonald currently resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his wife Marilyn, and his two sons, Lauchlan and Liam.


Dr. Balfour Mount, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, McGill University

MountBal is a medical graduate of Queen's University. He trained as a Urologist at McGill University and as a Surgical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  He was the Founding Director of the Royal Victoria Hospital Palliative Care Service in 1975, Palliative Care McGill in 1990 and the McGill Programs in Whole Person Care in 1999.  He is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at McGill University where he held the Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine, (1995 - 2006). His research interests include issues relating to quality of life and whole person care.

He is an author of 150 publications and has participated in the production of 25 teaching films and audiotapes on Oncology, Palliative Care, Viktor Frankl and Gustav Mahler.  He has been a lecturer and Visiting Professor in North America, Great Britain, Norway, Holland, France, Austria, Italy, USSR, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, China and Taiwan. 

He was the founder and Chairperson (1976 - 2004) of McGill's biennial International Congresses on Care of the Terminally Ill. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Quebec and recipient of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 'Lifetime Achievement Award'. He has been honored through the creation of three named awards: 'The Balfour M Mount Award' (The American Journal of Hospice Care), 'The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada Balfour M Mount Visiting Professorship in Palliative Medicine' (Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada), 'The Balfour Mount Leadership Award in Hospice Palliative Care (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association).

He holds honorary degrees from Dalhousie University, Ottawa University, Queen's University, McGill University and the University of Calgary.  In 2008 he was honoured to receive The Herman Feifel Award for Exceptional Achievement in Thanatology from the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement and by the opening of the Balfour Mount Palliative Care Unit at the McGill University Health Centre. He was named 'Great Montrealer (Science)' by the City of Montreal in 2009. 

The above are made possible by the continuing generous support of his wife Linda, daughter Bethany, her older siblings and a variety of canine mentors, not to mention a host of Muses representing the creative arts and the inner life.


Mr. Michael Sangster, Vice-President, Federal Government Relations, TELUS

SangsterMichael Sangster is currently Vice-President, Federal Government Affairs at TELUS communications.

Prior to joining TELUS, Michael was Managing Partner at the Waterloo Group - a firm he founded to build business opportunities for private sector and government clients.  He also has experience in sales, marketing and government relations from his time working with the C-Com Satellite and the SNS group of companies that were involved in building Canada's financial, insurance and transportation electronic transaction networks.

Michael was recently named for the second year in a row as one of the top 100 lobbyists in Canada and is known for his charity work in Ottawa and Winnipeg.  He recently chaired the 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Food Bank and is the founder of the Hill Charity Golf Classic that has raised over 1 million dollars for charities in the national capital region.

Michael attended the University of Manitoba, St. Paul's College, Arts.