Date Time Speaker Room
Friday, February 03, 201212:10 PM - 1:00 PM
Sharon Baxter, Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Kathryn Butler-Malette, Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources, Corporate Planning and Communications Services, House of Commons of Canada


As the population ages, more and more Canadian workplaces will see employees who are working while caring for a critically ill family member. This presentation provides an understanding of the physical, emotional and workplace implications faced by these employees including stress management and quality of work. The presentation also looks at the Government of Canada’s Compassionate Care Benefit and how employers can assist employees, including implementing a compassionate care program.


• Examine issues surrounding dying in Canada
• Learn issues of caregiving, specifically related to Canada’s aging population and its impact to the workforce
• Explore practical ways to assist employees who are supporting a loved one in the process of dying
• Discuss the HR implications and what a Compassionate Care Program could look like in the workplace (via use of Case Studies etc.)


Sharon Baxter is the Executive Director of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA).  Sharon holds a Masters of Social Work degree in Public Policy and Administration and has worked in the field of national health policy for eighteen years.
Sharon served as co-chair of the past National Strategy on Palliative and End-of-Life Care and is a keen proponent of multi-level partnerships in tackling the issue of end of life care.
Sharon participates on many national health committees and coalitions including the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC).  Sharon brings the hospice palliative and end-of-life care perspective to issues specifically regarding health policy.
Sharon sits on the steering committee of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) and currently co-chairs the policy/advocacy committee for the WPCA.
Sharon is invited to speak at international, national and regional conferences regarding, health policy, HIV/AIDS and hospice palliative care issues.  Sharon continues to be a strong advocate on health and social policy issues at the national and international levels.

Kathryn Butler-Malette is the Chief Human Resources Officer at the House of Commons. She has over 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, receiving her training from the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation in Ottawa, the Center for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C. and the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School.
In recognition of her contribution to the HR 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 its Governor, chair of the Pension Committee and member of the Board’s governance committee. For the past seven years, Kathryn has been a Director of Service Coordination des services, an Ottawa social service agency 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.