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. All seminars take place every Wednesday from 4:10 - 5:30 pm.


The JCB Seminar Series will take place at 155 College Street, Room 108 (main floor, to the right of the elevators).


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.


The JCB Bioethics Seminars will be broadcast live every Wednesday using Adobe Connect. To join the seminar visit and login as a guest.


September 2016 - May 2017

JCB Seminar Series


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  < 2016 >
Sept 7
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
Care Transitions in an Era of Complexity: Can We Reconcile Patient-Centred Care and Population-Focused Policy?
Archived Seminar

Sept 14

Alison Williams, PhD, Bioethicist, Bioethics Department, The Hospital for Sick Children
Ethical Conflict, Mistakes and Wrongdoing: A Restorative Justice Response
Archived Seminar
Sept 21
Bernard M. 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
Uterus Transplantation: Legal and Ethical Issues
Sep 28
Jill Sewell, MD, FRACP, D Med Sci (hon), Associate Professor, Clinical Director, Children’s Bioethics Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Clinical Ethics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne: How We Do It, Who We Do It With, Who We Do It For
Archived Seminar (video starts 10 minutes into presentation)
Oct 5
Solomon R. Benatar, MBChB, DSc (Med), Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Global Health (Research) Ethics: An Inter-Philosophies Dialogue

Oct 12

Jill Oliver, PhD, Community Ethicist, William Osler Health System; Paula Chidwick, PhD, Director Research & Corporate Ethics, William Osler Health System, Adjunct Professor, Queen’s University School of Nursing
Prevention of Error-Based Transfers (PoET) from Long-term Care to Hospital EDs
This seminar will not be posted.
Oct 19

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

Bernard M. Dickens, OC, PhD, LLD, FRSC, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
35th Annual Philippa Harris Lecture on Bioethics Issues in Cancer - Dilemmas of Conscience in Cancer Care: Objection and Commitment to Service Delivery
Oct 26
Jennifer Flynn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Clinical Ethics Consultation: Is it Ever Moralistic?
This seminar was not webcast.
Nov 2
Karen Faith, BSW, MEd, MSc, Bioethics Consultant and Speaker; Kevin Reel, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.), Ethicist, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, Assistant Professor and Associate Graduate Faculty Member, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Assistant Professor and Associate Graduate Faculty Member, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Associate Member, Institute of Medical Science, Faculty, Global Institute for Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Mental Illness, Suicide & ICU Care: Complex Ethics of Prior Wishes, Proxy Consent and Implicit Bias
Nov 9
Gord Singer, Peer Support Specialist, Community Mental Health, St. Michael's Hospital
The Ethics of Mental Health Care: What Do We Have to Lose?
Nov 16

Shaun R. Cleaver, PT, PhD, International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto

Research Principles and Research Experiences: Critical Reflection on Conducting a PhD Dissertation on Global Health and Disability
Nov 23
Elizabeth Peter, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Chair, Health Sciences Research Ethics Board, Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto; Judith Friedland, PhD, Chair, Ethics Review Board, Public Health Ontario, Professor Emerita, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Recognizing Risk and Vulnerability in Research Ethics: Imagining the "What ifs?”

Nov 29 (Tues)
Room 100

Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FCAHS, President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
5th Annual Upshur Lecture on Public Health Ethics - Evidence, Ethics, and the Epistemology: A Three-Legged Stool of Public Health Policy
Dec 7
Zahava Rosenberg-Yunger, Hon.BSc, MA, PhD, Director, Health Policy and Research, Ontario Pharmacists Association; Lee Verweel, BSc, MSc, Research Coordinator, Ontario Pharmacists Association
Pharmacy and Medical Marijuana: Opportunities and Challenges
  < 2017 >
Jan 11
Dolly Menna-Dack, BA, MHSc, Youth Facilitator, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Toronto Rehab, University Health Network, Research Ethicist, Interim Vice-Chair Research Ethics Board
Developing a Research and Ethics Education Module for Youth Leaders at a Paediatric Rehabilitation Hospital
Jan 18
Michelle A. Mullen, MHP, PhD, Associate Professor of Paediatrics, University of Ottawa, Bioethicist, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Ethical and Socio-Historical Challenges in Providing Health Services for Inuit Children and Youth
Jan 25
Peter Allatt, Clinical Ethicist, Sinai Health System, Bridgepoint; Joyce Lai, Medical Student, University of Toronto; Phoebe Smith-Chen, SLP and Patient Relations Consultant, Michael Garron Hospital; Ben Walmsley, Medical Student, Queens University; Tasneem Wallani, SLP, Sinai Health System, Bridgepoint
Quality of Life Feeds: The Health Care Provider's Perspective
Feb 1
Thana Cristina de Campos, Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa, Research Fellow, UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights, Research Associate, Global Lab Strategy, University of Ottawa, Von Hugel Institute, University of Cambridge, and Las Casas Institute, University of Oxford
Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities
Feb 8
Juan Gutiérrez Mejía, MD, MHSc (Bioethics), Critical Care Medicine Department, National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition
Capacity Assessment: Searching for the Holy Grail
Feb 15
Roger Hutchinson, BSc, BD, MA, ThD, Professor Emeritus, Emmanuel College, Victoria University, University of Toronto
Assisted and/or Prolonged Dying: An Issue for Conscience
Feb 22


Mar 1
Angel Petropanagos, Clinical Ethics Resident, William Osler Health System, Research Associate, Novel Tech Ethics, Dalhousie University; Voula Petropanagos, Endoscopy Assistant and Patient Care Assistant, Trillium Health Partners, Personal Support Worker, Spectrum Health Care
Care Conundrum: The Impact of Institutional and Social Contexts on the Relationship Between Caregivers and Persons with Dementia
Mar 8
Barry Pakes, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Ten Years of Global Health Ethics Education Research and Practice: Ten Unpublished Papers
Mar 15
Ruby Rajendra Shanker, MBBS, MHSc, Fellow, Clinical & Organizational Bioethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Mar 22
Sophia Fantus, University of Toronto
The Use of Gestational Surrogacy Among Gay Men in Canada: Implications for LGBTQ Engagement in Bioethics Education, Research and Practice
Mar 29
Jennifer Marshall, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
Topic: the emancipatory potential of uncertainty within the context of clinical and research genetics for neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs)
Apr 5

5:00-6:00pm Peter Gilgan Research and Learning Centre, Event Room 2a/b, 686 Bay Street

Martin F. McKneally, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
3rd Annual Balfour Lecture in Surgical Ethics - TBA
Apr 12
Rochelle Maurice, Clinical Bioethics Fellow, Centre for Clinical Ethics
Apr 19

FitzGerald Building, 150 College Street, Room 103

Nuala Kenny, OC, MD, FRCPC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University
18th Annual Alloway Lecture - Topic: conscience and the goals of medicine
Apr 26
Lauren Notini, Fellow, Clinical & Organizational Bioethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
May 3

FitzGerald Building, 150 College Street, Room 103

Carolyn Ells, PhD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University
10th Annual Sue MacRae Lecture on Ethics and Patient-Centred Care - TBA
May 10
Mary Deutscher, Clinical Bioethics Fellow, Centre for Clinical Ethics
May 17
Carol Nash, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Topic: bioethics education


Archived Seminars - [Some video archives currently not available]