Recap: 28th Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference

Contributed by: Barbara Secker


On May 24-26, the Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) held its 28th annual conference in Montreal. The conference theme was "Falling Through the Cracks": Equity, Ethics and the Challenge of Vulnerability. As Eugene Bereza, Chair of the CBS Local Organizing Committee and CBS Past President wrote: “The goal of the conference is not only to shine light into some of the darkest recesses of our health care system, but also to share the sparks of creative invention that have already brought promise to those who need it most.” One of the pre-conference workshops that seemed to capture this theme best was organized by Randi Zlotnik Shaul (SickKids) and colleagues; the workshop was titled "Vulnerabilities in Family-Centred Care: Are Children and/or Families Falling Through the Cracks?"


The conference was also host to a number of JCB faculty associates, students and graduates; 35 of which were participants (as authors or co-authors) in offering 28 sessions. Of these, 8 sessions were offered by our current graduate students. One of our alumni, Michelle Mullen (Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics '95) gave the Pediatric Keynote Address titled "If Not Now, When? Seeking Health and Justice for Inuit Children and Youth." Michelle is currently an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa and a Consultant Bioethicist for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).


By all accounts, this year's CBS conference was a great success, and we look forward to next year's conference which will take place in Halifax.