The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly’s (NICE) End-of-Life Issues Theme Team, in collaboration with Bruyère Continuing Care, the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program (CHPCP) and Pallium Canada, is hosting the 2016 World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Special Lecture at the Auditorium of the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital in Ottawa (43 Bruyère Street, Ottawa, K1N 5C8) on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from Noon to 1:30 PM. Christopher Klinger, PhD, Chair of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly’s End-of-Life Issues Theme Team, will provide a brief overview on the organization’s current activities with a focus on the hospice and palliative care sector (including the dissemination of capacity and consent information in connection with advance care planning) prior to James Cleary, MD’s (University of Wisconsin, Madison) keynote address on pain and policy in the international context. James Cleary, MD is the Director of the Pain and Policy Studies Group at the University of Wisconsin, Madison with the mission “… to improve global pain relief by achieving balanced access to opioids in an effort to enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer and other painful diseases.” Based within the Carbone Cancer Center of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Group also serves as the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Pain Policy and Palliative Care. Dr. Cleary is a graduate of the University of Adelaide Medical School in South Australia and completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Oncology Fellowship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Oncology Section at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Director of Palliative Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He, furthermore, serves as North American Editor of Palliative Medicine, the research journal of the European Association for Palliative Care. His 2016 World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Special Lecture will focus on the work of the Pain and Policy Studies Group in the international context – bringing the theme of the Day ‘Living and Dying in Pain: It Does Not Have to Happen’ to full circle.