CBS 27th Annual Conference - Achieving Better Health: The Role of Bioethics Education, Engagement and Exploration

The 27th Annual Conference and Meeting of the Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) is fast approaching. As Co-Chairs of this year's conference, we hope you will be able to join us at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto from May 25th to May 28th. If you haven't already registered, the early bird deadline is April 8th so you need to act soon! The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is hosting this year's event.


CBS is excited to be partnering for the first time with the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) to present a number of pre-conference workshops and an opening evening keynote presentation and reception on Wednesday, May 25th. The speaker for this event is Mr. André Picard, the public health reporter at The Globe and Mail and one of Canada's top public policy writers. We anticipate that his talk will challenge us to expand our advocacy roles in promoting health for all.


On Thursday evening we will be showing an award winning documentary, Tales from the Organ Trade, and we are thrilled that the Director and Producer, Ric Esther Bienstock, will be joining us for a facilitated discussion after the viewing. This film "is a gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking... This is not a black and white story of exploitation, but rather, a nuanced and complex story that compels you to explore your own moral and ethical beliefs".


The closing keynote for the conference will be held on Saturday, May 28th and is being sponsored by the JCB through their endowed Jus Lecture. It will feature a panel of international experts, Drs. Kenneth Brown, Eric Meslin, and Effy Veyena, discussing the ethical challenges related to "big data".


Dr. Alice Dreger, Dr. Daniel Weinstock, and the JCB's own Dr. Ross Upshur round out our list of keynote speakers. There will also be a Fireside Chat on Physician Assisted Death with a national panel of experts. And in between all of these great presentations we have a number of concurrent sessions and posters that span topics from mosquitoes to misunderstandings to miracles! To view the entire program, please click here. Don't forget that a number of award winners will also be honoured throughout the conference.


There will be lots of opportunities for networking with colleagues, new and old, over breakfast, lunch and breaks. To help support the CBS, we hope you will have some fun outbidding your friends and colleagues on a number of items at our silent auction. If you have any items you would like to donate to the cause, please let Sally or I know. In particular, we are looking for donations of uniquely Toronto-based items (e.g., gift certificates for restaurants, tickets for local tourist attractions, sports memorabilia).


As the date gets closer, we will be looking for volunteers to help out during the conference (e.g., moderators, registration, silent auction). If you'd be willing to help out, please contact us to discuss volunteering opportunities.


We are certain that there will be something of interest for everyone at this year's conference and hope you will be able to join us.


Sally Bean & Dianne Godkin