Current Opportunities

Provincial Clinical Co-Lead, Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN)

ROLE TITLE:  Provincial Clinical Co-Lead, Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN)

REPORTS TO:  VP, Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) and Co-Chairs of the OPCN Executive Oversight  

LOCATION: 525 University Avenue, Toronto, ON


TERM:  2-Year Term (No Renewal)  


POSTING DATE:  June 1, 2020

CLOSING DATE:  July 2, 2020    


Ontario Health (OH) is seeking expressions of interest from palliative care physicians for the position of Provincial Clinical Co-Lead, Ontario Palliative Care Network. The Provincial Clinical Co-Lead will partner with a non-physician Co-Lead and work closely to advance the clinical direction for palliative care, in addition to co-chairing the OPCN Clinical Advisory Council.  

This is a unique opportunity to provide strategic leadership to drive quality, accountability and innovation for clinical system improvements in palliative care. This opportunity is open to all qualified candidates.   

Interested parties should forward their expression of interest and curriculum vitae, electronically, to Rachel Boissonneault, Group Manager, OPCN, at no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 2, 2020.     

Questions about the role may be submitted to no later than June 19, 2020.  A consolidated list of all questions and answers will be available to any party, by request, by June 26, 2020.  To receive a copy of the consolidated list of questions and answers, please contact  


The following are key accountabilities for the role: 


• Provide provincial level visionary leadership for clinical matters related to and in alignment with the direction of the OPCN

• Champion and provide leadership in support of OPCN initiatives  

• Establish and maintain effective links with relevant clinical stakeholders and communities on behalf of OPCN

• Participate as a non voting member of the OPCN Executive Oversight    

• Contribute to the development and implementation of the provincial clinical strategic direction for OPCN; Co-Chair the Clinical Advisory Council.

• Lead the development and implementation of clinical guidelines.  


• Identify and advise on clinical system issues to be addressed by the OPCN 

• Participate in system performance management 

• Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to achieve common goals

• Work with the regional palliative care networks and regional palliative care multidisciplinary clinical coleads to provide leadership and guidance with respect to OPCN direction in the regions  


• A registered physician with extensive palliative care experience 

• 5 – 7 years’ experience in a leadership role focused on quality and system improvements 

• Experience in community settings with a strong understanding of opportunities for clinical improvements

• Proven track record of clinical leadership within health care and/or academic institutions

• In-depth knowledge of clinical, administrative and system issues with respect to palliative care

• Aptitude for systems thinking, ability to analyze information and to make sound decisions 

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build consensus and ability to work with and lead a diverse group of stakeholders

• An in-depth knowledge of the Ontario health care system and stakeholders involved in the provision of palliative care

• Strong professional presence and ability to present to large and small audiences in a concise, articulate and dynamic fashion as well as good writing skills

• Demonstrated commitment to person centred care and public accountability

• Demonstrated creativity through publication of research and/or implementation of innovative systems ideas  


Interested parties should forward their expression of interest and curriculum vitae, electronically, to Rachel Boissonneault, Group Manager, OPCN, at no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 2, 2020   

We will evaluate all applications against the skills and experience requirements for the position.  Those candidates selected for interview will be contacted directly by a representative from the Business Unit. OH may consider applications from incumbents currently in the position. If you have not been contacted within 3 weeks after the close of the posting, you can assume you are not under consideration for this position.  

More about Ontario Health (OH)

An agency of the Ministry of Health, OH is the Ontario government’s principal advisor on cancer and chronic kidney disease care, as well as access to care for key health services.  It is guided by a mission that together we will improve the performance of our health systems in Ontario by driving quality, accountability, innovation and value.   

OH manages infrastructure, assets and models to improve the province’s health systems for cancer and chronic kidney disease (through its division the Ontario Renal Network). It also directs and oversees healthcare funds for hospitals and other cancer and chronic kidney disease care providers, enabling them to deliver high-quality, timely services and improved access to care.     

As an operational service agency of the Government of Ontario, OH is accountable for conducting a fair and transparent process, providing equal treatment to all qualified parties, in selecting a candidate for the above mentioned role. Our website is at:  

About Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN)

OPCN is a partnership of community stakeholders, health service providers and health systems planners responsible for the development of a coordinated, standardized approach to the delivery of hospice palliative care services in Ontario. Launched in March 2016, the mandate of the OPCN is to: 

• Act as the principal advisor to government for quality, coordinated palliative care in Ontario; 

• Be accountable for quality improvement initiatives, data and performance measurement and system level co-ordination of palliative care in Ontario; and

• Support regional implementation of high-quality, high-value palliative care.   

OPCN is led by Ontario Health in partnership with the Quality Hospice Palliative Care Coalition of Ontario (The Coalition). The OPCN Secretariat, housed at Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), executes the mandate of the OPCN, provides palliative care expertise and supports the operational and tactical activities of the OPCN. The OPCN Secretariat is part of the Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives (CPQI) portfolio at Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario). While CPQI focuses mainly on the delivery of cancer care, we recognize the importance of caring for the whole patient and working towards an integrated health care system. The OPCN is a provincial network whose goal is to improve the standards of palliative care and access to palliative care across all care settings and all diseases.  

To achieve OPCN’s goals and to fulfill its mandate, the OPCN establishes clear strategic directions and priorities to guide its work in advancing hospice palliative care in Ontario. OPCN’s strategic direction and priorities are defined in its Action Plan and in the ongoing strategic directions set by the OPCN’s Executive Oversight. The Provincial Clinical Co-Leads play an important role in the execution of the Action Plan especially leading initiatives related to clinical improvements in hospice palliative care in Ontario. In addition, the Provincial Clinical Co-Leads play a significant role in promoting and ensuring implementation of the Tools and Resources created in alignment with OPCN’s Action Plan.    

Effective regional engagement and relationship building are essential to executing the mandate of the OPCN as well as OPCN Action Plan. The Secretariat staff supports and works with both Provincial Clinical Co-Leads to enable them to carry out their roles. OPCN Website is at: