Community Tools: Bioethics Seminar Series

The JCB offers a weekly seminar on a wide variety of bioethics topics. The speakers come from the local, national and international community in bioethics. These seminars are open to the public and free and do not require prior registration.


The JCB Bioethics Seminar Series takes place every Wednesday from 4:10-5:30 pm. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW SEMINAR LOCATIONS. The 2017-18 season will take place in the following locations (unless otherwise noted):

  • Fall Seminars (September-December) will take place in Room 161, University College (UC), 15 King’s College Circle
  • Winter Seminars (January-May) will take place in Room 139, Fitzgerald Building (FG), 150 College Street

It will be broadcast live each week using Adobe Connect. To join the seminar online visit and login as a guest.


This schedule is subject to change. If you are coming to hear a particular speaker or topic, we suggest you consult this schedule again the week of the seminar.


September 2017 - May 2018

JCB Seminar Series


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  < 2017 >

Sept 13

James Dwyer, PhD, Professor, Bioethics and Humanities, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
Environmental Refugees and Migrants
Sept 20
Paula Chidwick, Director, Research & Corporate Ethics, William Osler Health System, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Queen's University; Andrew Cooper, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Checklist for Meeting Ethical and Legal Obligations (ChELO) for Critically Ill Patients
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Sep 27
Solomon R. Benatar, MBChB, DSc (Med), Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Distinguished Senior Scholar in Global Health Ethics & Public Health Policy, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Stephanie Nixon, PhD, MSc, PHSc (Physiotherapy), Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Director, International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation
Facilitator: Jennifer Gibson, PhD, Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics; Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto
Frontiers of Bioethics: Exploring a New Bioethics for the 21st Century
Oct 4
Kevin Rodrigues, MTS, Bioethicist, University Health Network
Bodies as Border Zones: A Postcolonial Perspective on Shared Decision Making

Oct 11

Bernard Dickens, OC, PhD, LLD, LLD(hc), FRSC, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
The Status, Use and Disposal of Preserved Embryos in Ethics and Law
Oct 18
Peter Allatt, Bioethicist, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Sinai Health System
"What's Important to Me: Graphic Values History Tool (GVHT)" – Bellwoods Study
Oct 25

12:30-1:30 pm Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 610 University Ave. The Dr. Bob Bell Auditorium, 6th Floor (room 6-604)

Teva Harrison, Author
36th Annual Philippa Harris Lecture on Bioethics Issues in Cancer - Presented by UHN Bioethics
This seminar was not webcast.
Nov 1
C. Dalrymple-Fraser, PhD Student, Vanier Scholar, Department of Philosophy, Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
Silence and Oppression in Narrative Bio/Ethics
Nov 8
Shawn Winsor, MHSc, PhD(c) Vanier Scholar, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, Dept of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University; Lecturer, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Member, Ontario Genetics Advisory Committee, Health Quality Ontario
Ethical Issues Identified in the Health Technology Assessments of Assisted Reproductive Technologies: What Do Non-Ethicists See and Why Does it Matter?
Nov 15

Mark Handelman, BA, LLb, MHSc (bioethics), Health and Elder Law lawyer, Counsel, Whaley Estate Litigation Partners, Member, Law Commission of Ontario Advisory Committee on "end of life" decisions, Part Time Member, Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, former Vice Chair and Senior Lawyer Member, Ontario Consent and Capacity Board

Resolving Treatment Disputes and Obtaining Consent in ‘End of Life’ Decisions: Whither the Consent and Capacity Board?
Nov 22
Nov 29
Ana Komparic, PhD Candidate, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Junior Fellow, Massey College
A Normative Analysis of Policy Arguments in the Canadian National Pharmacare Debate
Dec 6
Mara Ambrosina de Oliveira Vargas, PhD, Professor, Department of Nursing, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Specialist Nurse in Intensive Care, Editor, Journal Texto & Contexto Enfermagem, Leader, PRAXIS Research Laboratory, Visiting Scholar, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
The Judicialization of Healthcare in Brazil: Ethical Implications of Patient Rights to Care in the Intensive Care Unit
  < 2018 >
Jan 10
Zahava Rosenberg-Yunger, MA, PhD, Director, Health Policy and Research, Ontario Pharmacists Association, Adjunct Professor, School of Health Management, Ryerson University
Canadian Pharmacy Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying
Jan 17
Tracy Trothen, Professor of Ethics, Certified Supervisor, Clinical Spiritual Health (CASC), Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO), School of Religion and School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
Moral Bioehancement Through a Theological Lens
Jan 24
Kristina Smith, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
Transplanted Suffering: Relational Ethics and Organ Sharing
Jan 31
Eoin Connolly, Ethicist, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners; Michael Campbell, Ethicist, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners; Dianne Godkin, Senior Ethicist, and Lead, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners; Elizabeth Mansfield, Scientist, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners; Caroline Variath, Nurse, Trillium Health Partners
Evaluation of Embedded Ethicist Model in Critical Care
Feb 7
Patrick Garon-Sayegh, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Medical Expert Evidence in Malpractice Trials: Shaping Standards of Care in the Courtroom
Feb 14
Dolly Menna-Dack, BA, MHSc, Clinical Bioethicist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Research Ethicist, Vice-Chair Research Ethics Board, Transitions Strategy Lead, Youth Engagement
Topic: paediatric rehabilitation ethics
Feb 21
Feb 28
Frank Wagner, MA, MHSc, Bioethicist, Joint Centre for Bioethics, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto; Nadia Incardona, MD, MHSc, CCFP, Lecturer and Rural Northern Initiative Coordinator, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Topic: Indigenous health
Mar 7
Don Willison, BSc, MSc, ScD, Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Geneviève Dubois-Flynn, PhD, Manager, Ethics Strategies, Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Nicolas Fernandez, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Topic: CHIR Report on ethics guidance for patients/caregivers as active contributors/partners in health research
Mar 14
Andria Bianchi, MA, PhD Candidate, Bioethicist, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; Rebecca Greenberg, RN, PhD, Bioethicist, The Hospital for Sick Children
Deceased Directed Donation: Exploring the Ethics from a Family Centred Care Perspective
Mar 21
Mar 28
Maya Goldenberg, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Arts, University of Guelph
6th Annual Upshur Lecture on Public Health Ethics
Apr 4
Elysée Nouvet, Assistant Professor, Global Health, Western University; Lisa Schwartz, Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University
Topic: study on moral experiences of trials conducted during 2014-15 Ebola outbreak
Apr 11
Kyoko Wada, Clinical and Organizational Ethics Fellow, Centre for Clinical Ethics
Apr 18
Roxanne Kirsch, MD, MBE, FRCPC, FAAP, Critical Care Bioethics Associate, Assistant Professor Pediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children
Stopping the Unsuccessful ECMO Course: An Exploration of Applied Clinical Ethics, Social, and Team Challenges
Apr 25
Justine Dembo, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Kevin Reel, Ethicist, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
May 2
David Byrne, BA, MDiv, PhD Candidate, University of St. Michael's College, and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Executive Director, Peterborough Reintegration Services
May 9
Louise Austin, PhD (c), Associate Teacher in Medical Law, Non-Practicing Solicitor, University of Bristol Law School
Topic: law and ethics (informed consent)
May 16
Naheed Dosani, MD, CCFP(PC), BSc, Palliative Care Physician, Division of Supportive & Palliative Care, William Osler Health System; Project Lead & Palliative Care Physician, Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless [PEACH] and Family Physician, FCJ Refugee Centre, Inner City Health Associates; Palliative Care Regional Medical Director, Central West LHIN; Lecturer, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto; Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
11th Annual Sue MacRae Lecture on Ethics and Patient-Centred Care - TBA


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