The Speak Up Campaign is part of a larger initiative, Advance Care Planning in Canada: Development of a National Framework and Implementation.

This initiative is overseen by a National Advance Care Planning Task Group. The current members are:

  • Sharon Baxter, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Executive Director
  • Louise Sweatman, Canadian Medical Association, Director, Ethics
  • Maryse Bouvette, Bruyère Continuing Care, Nurse, ACP Expert
  • Earl Campbell, Ontario Consent and Capacity Board, Consumer Representative
  • Sharon Iversen, Alberta Health Services, Lead Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Designation
  • Stephanie Connidis, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, Palliative Care Physician
  • Mireille Lecours, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Family Physician
  • Kathryn Downer, Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada, National Director, Pallium Canada
  • Cari Hoffman, Fraser Health Authority, British Columbia, Social Worker, ACP Expert
  • Alexandra Kushliak, Education Consultant Advance Care Planning/Goals of Care Alberta Health Services.
  • Victoria Lehman, Canadian Bar Association, Lawyer
  • Kelly Masotti, Canadian Cancer Society, Assistant Director Public Issues
  • Laurie Anne O’Brien, Palliative Care Nurses Interest Group of Canada, Nurse
  • John You, CARENET, McMaster University, Physician/researcher


  • Chad Hammond, Program Manager, Advance Care Planning in Canada, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • Nanci Corrigan, Channel 3 Communications, Communications Consultant

Advance Care Planning in Canada: Five-Year Plan

The Advance Care Planning Task Group went through a planning process in spring 2013 to develop a 5 year plan. The plan includes goals, performance indicators and target audiences.

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