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Dr. Samantha Winemaker

Dr. Samantha Winemaker, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, in the Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University. She teaches palliative care to health care professionals.

Dr. Winemaker is also co-host of the podcast "Waiting Room Revolution". After over half a decade brainstorming, doing research and interviews with patients and their families, the podcast helps patients "unlock a better experience".

She won the Ontario College of Family Physicians Award of Excellence in 2010, the Elizabeth J. Latimer Prize in Palliative Care in 2018, and the Dr. S. Lawrence Librach Award for Palliative Medicine in the Community in 2019.

Dr. Winemaker has co-authored the book Hope for the Best, Plan for the Rest: 7 Keys for Navigating a Life-Changing Diagnosis, which is currently available for pre-order and will be available in print this September.


Dr. Anne Katz

The professional life of Dr. Anne Katz is focused on providing information, education and counseling to people with cancer and their partners about sexual changes that can occur during and after treatment. Life with cancer can affect sexual functioning in various ways--some of these effects may be due to the cancer itself or the treatment.


But there is another important aspect to this work; Dr. Katz wants every person with cancer to be able to have a discussion about sexuality with their health care providers. And so she travels around the world, teaching health care providers to ask their patients about this important part of quality of life.


To reach those who cannot hear her talk and teach, she has written a number of books that will bring this message into the homes, offices and clinics of patients and care providers.

Dr. Katz also speaks more on this topic on her podcast "Sexually Speaking". She has also won awards for her books on cancer and sexuality as well as her work as a Registered Nurse in Manitoba.


If you need to know more about her and the work that she does, or you want her to come to your city or town, health care facility or doctor’s office, contact her by email. She is always eager to spread the word and break the silence.

Dr. Katz has authored numerous books including Sex when you're Sick and Man Cancer Sex.


Carl Dixon

Former Frontman of The Guess Who & Catastrophic Car Accident Survivor

Carl Dixon shares stories, from his rock star journey across three decades to the tale of his body-mangling MVA, with song performances and brief video clips to illuminate the key points. He takes the audience on an emotional journey with humour, insight and poignancy that will make the listeners think differently about how to meet adversity and undertake reinvention.

Carl Dixon remains one of Canada’s stellar singers and musicians. A recording artist since the 1980’s he fronted and played with some of Canada’s most iconic bands including ‘The Guess Who’, ‘Coney Hatch’ and ‘April Wine’.


Carl was critically injured in a car accident in Australia. His world was blindsided in the span of two seconds in 2008.

Carl shares his insight and analysis of how he let go of the past and built a future as he got on with life. “After a major life event things are not SUPPOSED to be the same. You’re different now and must recognize what has changed and how to adapt.” He likens it to a filter – things fall away that are no longer a good fit. How do you choose what to let go and what to take with you?

The resources for survival and “thrival” are within us and around us.


Carl Dixon’s now on a mission to share his lessons learned, of resilience and of rising above, acquired in the face of seeming no-hope. He continues to give many musical performances each year.


Carl lives in the woodland wilds of Haliburton, Ontario, Canada.

Music by: Michael McLaren

Michael has been playing music since a young age and has always had a strong preference for vocals, piano, and guitar. He was first introduced to palliative care as a volunteer at the Calgary Rosedale Hospice. Here he had the opportunity to see firsthand the positive effect that music can have on patients. Since then, Michael has had a passion for performing at hospice-driven events where he feels he can truly contribute to this amazing community.

Sex, Death and Rock 'n' Roll


for our free virtual conference
May 30, 2023
8:00am - 1:30pm MDT

If you are unable to register, it means the conference is currently full. Keep checking back as spaces may open if people cancel.

Webinar opens at 8:00am, conference starts promptly at 8:30am.

Zoom link will be in your confirmation email

after you register.

The Mary O'Connor Conference Committee is pleased to offer this conference free of charge, from Palliative & End of Life Care, Calgary Zone.



May 30, 2023
8:00am - 1:30pm MDT


Webinar Open for Log-In 

Enjoy live music by Michael McLaren with special guest appearance by Dr. Charlie Chen and Nicole McLauchlin, Care Manager, Palliative Home Care


Dr. Anne Katz

Why Is it so difficult to talk about sexuality at or near the end of life? The challenges of talking about sexuality.


Opening Remarks


15 Minute Break


Dr. Samantha Winemaker

Waiting Room Revolution (WRR), a solution to help people feel more in control, confident, and prepared throughout their serious illness journey.


Carl Dixon

Stories from his rock star journey to the tale of his body mangling MVA, with song performances and video clips to illuminate key points.


15 Minute Break


Closing Remarks

Quilt Draw

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Record Player
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