Shawn Winsor

Shawn Winsor
Ethicist, TRIO Fertility

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Shawn Winsor is the Ethicist at TRIO Fertility (Toronto) and an independent consultant in bioethics. He has been Director of the Ethics Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto) and the head of the Ethics Program at Trillium Health Partners (Toronto-Mississauga) where he founded the multi-hospital Regional Bioethics Network for the Local Health Integration Network of Mississauga-Halton.


Shawn's specialty in ethics is reproductive health. In that capacity he co-founded the Ethics Programs at TRIO Fertility and The Reproductive Care Centre (Mississauga-Oakville), and is founding chair of the Ethics-Law Group of the national society of specialists in assisted reproductive medicine, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. In the area of public policy, Shawn is a member of the Ontario Genetics Advisory Committee and the Decision Determinants Committee of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee. Both groups report to Health Quality Ontario, the agency in Ontario mandated to advise government and health care providers on the evidence to support high-quality care.


Shawn was Director of the Practicum (MSC3008Y) in the graduate program in bioethics at University of Toronto, and co-director of Ethics, Genetics, and Reproduction (PHL384H1S), which he taught for the Dept of Philosophy from 2012-2016. Now an adjunct lecturer in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Shawn's bioethics training includes an MHSc in Bioethics (2003) and a post-graduate Clinical Ethics Fellowship (2004), both from the University of Toronto. He is currently a Vanier Canada Scholar at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University, where he is conducting research for a PhD into the role of ethical analysis in assessing health technologies.