Lifetime Achievement Award


The CBS Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to an individual whose demonstrated scholarship and/or leadership has contributed significantly to health care ethics in Canada. 

Criteria for selection include:

  • A clear focus on health care ethics in his or her lifetime achievements
  • National and international profile in health care ethics
  • Outstanding leadership in shaping the field of health care ethics in Canada
  • Primary consideration will be given to nominees whose major contributions have occurred in the Canadian context

Nomination Process

Any member of the CBS may nominate an individual for the award. Nominees need not be members of the CBS. Nominations should be in the form of a letter demonstrating how the nominee matches the stated criteria. At least three letters of support should accompany the nomination. 

The deadline for nominations is Jan 31, 2016.

The final decision will be made by the CBS Board based on recommendations from the Awards Committee. If, in the opinion of the Committee, there are no nominees who fit the criteria, the Committee may decline to make the award in any given year. Only one nominee will be chosen in each award year. 

Presentation of the award will be made at the annual general meeting of the society. The recipient will be invited to make a major presentation at the meeting.

If you wish to nominate an individual for this award, please submit a letter of nomination, accompanied by letters of support, to the Awards Committee by mail or email c/o: CBS Administrator Canadian Bioethics Society

Past Award Recipients

2014: William R C Harvey

Designed and Directed an Interdisciplinary Sequence entitled “Theory, Method and Practice”, 1969-72 (on the ethical, metaphysical and epistemological bases of the natural and social sciences; teachers included a theoretical physicist, political economist, psychologist and philosopher of science). Began teaching bioethics in 1974 using casebooks with Canadian legal cases and legislation. First Subject Supervisor in Medical Humanities (Medicine I in the Faculty of Medicine (1986) and established the first graduate course in bioethics in Canada (1988). Co-Founder and Co-Director of the multi-disciplinary Competency Clinic at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care (Psychiatry, Law and Philosophy). Principal Investigator, SSHRC Strategic Grant in Applied Ethics (1991-1995), “Ethical and Legal Aspects in the Assessment of Competency in the Elderly”. Co-Investigator, SSHRC Strategic Grant in Applied Ethics (Network) (1991-1993) whose Principal Investigator was Françoise Baylis. (A major result of the group’s consultations was the publication of The Health Care Ethics Consultant (Humana Press, 1994) edited by Francoise E Baylis. Included Baylis Profile of the Health Care Ethics Consultant a functional description of the active ethics consultant.) Research Director of a Review of the Security Management Program for the Mental Health Branch of the Ministry of Health (1992-1995). Acting Director of the Centre for Bioethics (1995) and Acting Director of the Collaborative Program in Ethics. Later the Director of the Collaborative Program in Bioethics (1995-1998). Devised, Co-Directed and taught in the MHSc in Bioethics (sponsored by the Institute of Medical Science) (1998-2001). Interim Bioethicist at Mt Sinai Hospital 1997-1998 and founding member of Ethics Committees at four local hospitals. Member, Community Advisory Board (appointed by the Ministry of Health) and Chair of the Board’s Quality Assurance and Patient Care Committee, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Areas of research: Moral and political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of medicine, bioethics, and clinical ethics (focussing on the assessment of mental competency, consent and surrogate decisionmaking, and end-of-life and critical care ethics).

2013: Janet Storch

Dr. Storch’s focus on ethics commenced in the early 1980s with a focus on human rights, and the publication of her ground-breaking 1982 text, “Patient rights: Ethical and legal issues in health care and nursing.” In 1984 she joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Bioethics Committee. Since then her scholarly focus has remained on nursing ethics, bioethics, health ethics, and research ethics. She has published 32 peer-reviewed articles related to ethics, 3 edited books, 5 monographs, and 26 book chapters directly related to ethics. Dr. Storch’s high profile in health care ethics has been reflected in 11 Canadian awards, and one international award. She is a warm, caring, compassionate and visionary leader who does not seek out edification or praise for herself, rather her style is to help create a space where each person can contribute to the development of new knowledge. Dr. Storch embodies the characteristics of a true leader in nursing and health care ethics; committing to the development of knowledge to improve patient care, acting as a scholar, advocate and change agent within the system, and providing advice and knowledge to students and health care providers she teaches. Her work has had an impact in the development of public policy that has benefited many Canadians. 

2012: Dr. John Dossetor

Dr. John Dossetor, OC, BM, BCh, PhD, FRCPC – Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta. John Dossetor exemplifies scholarship and leadership in health care ethics in the areas of teaching, clinical ethics, and research. As Director of the Division of Nephrology and Clinical Immunology at the University of Alberta and Professor of Nephrology, Dr. Dossetor’s interest in medical ethics sparked a career change that led to him become the first Professor of Bioethics at the University of Alberta in 1986. With several colleagues, he developed the Joint-Faculties Bioethics Project, creating teaching resources, courses, seminars and a newsletter that exist to this day. He became the first Director of the Division of Bioethics and Bioethics Centre in 1990. In January 1998, the Bioethics Centre was renamed the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre in honour of Dr. Dossetor’s outstanding contributions to health and ethics at the University of Alberta and in Canada. Dr. Dossetor is one of the founding members of the Canadian Bioethics Society, of which he was its first President, from 1988-1990. He was also a founding member and Executive Director of the Provincial Health Ethics Network in Alberta. His pioneering work and world-renown in the field of nephrology also created international opportunities for ethics education and dialogue. Dr. Dossetor has penned 295 medical/scientific publications and authored or co-authored 10 books. His latest book, Beyond the Hippocratic Oath, published in 2005, is a memoir of the evolution of modern medicine and bioethics reflected through his own experiences.


The CBS Lifetime Achievement Award is normally given to one individual each year. However In 2011, the Awards committee felt that there were two outstanding nominees and made an exception to honor both of them: Christine Harrison and Kathleen Glass.

Christine Harrison

Christine Harrison receiving award from
CBS President Sue MacRae

Christine Harrison received her BA and Master's degrees in Philosophy from the University of Guelph, and her PhD in Philosophy from McMaster University. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto, and a member of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.Dr. Harrison is the former Director of Bioethics at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. She has served as President of the Canadian Bioethics Society and Chair of the Canadian Pediatric Society Bioethics Committee.Dr. Harrison has had a profound influence on the field of bioethics in general and pediatric bioethics specifically. She has published many book chapters and articles including a landmark work in clinical ethics on the topic of medical decision-making for children.

Kathleen Glass


Kathleen Glass receiving award from
CBS President Sue MacRae 

Throughout the course of her career, Dr. Kathleen Glass has worked assiduously to advance the profile of bioethics and bioethicists. She served as the Acting Director of the National Council on Ethics in Human Research, and as a member of the National Placebo Initiative.She made substantial contributions to the Canadian Bioethics Society as a member of the Executive Committee and as a member at large. Upon her recent retirement, Kathleen was a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at McGill University. She also held a position as Clinical Ethicist at the Montreal Children's Hospital.Her research interests include ethical and legal issues relevant to children, the elderly, psychiatric patients, and research subjects.

2010: George Webster

George Wester receiving award from
Past CBS President Paddy Rodney

George Webster has worked as a Clinical Ethicist with the Health Care Ethics Service at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba since 1997, where he is engaged in ethics consultation, ethics education, policy review and development, and research ethics with 12 health care facilities affiliated with the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba.From 1982 to 1996, he was Director of the first full-time hospital-based Ethics Service in canada at St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre and Providence Centre in Toronto. He completed his Doctoral studies at the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto.He is a member of the Canadian Bioethics Society and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He holds an appointment in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.

2009: Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald receiving award from
Past CBS President Paddy Rodney

Michael McDonald was the founding Director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. He received an Honours BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.Dr. McDonald has been involved in research projects on governance and human research protection, business ethics, transplantation, political philosophy, and ethics.Dr. McDonald is currently a member of the Canadian Blood Services Research Ethics Board. He also serves as ethics education consultant to the Certified General Accountants of Canada. He served as the Canadian Bioethics Society representative to the Canadian Council on Animal Care. As well, he was a member of the Royal Society of Canada's Expert Panel on the future of Health Canada's Non-Human Primate Centre.

2008: Nuala Kenny

Nuala Kenny.jpgNuala Kenny was born in New York and entered the Sisters of Charity of Halifax in 1962. She received her BA from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1967 and an MD from Dalhousie University in 1972.After an extensive career in pediatrics and medical education, Dr. Kenny founded the Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University in 1996. She is currently a professor in the Departments of Bioethics and Pediatrics at Dalhousie. She was a founding member of the National Council for Bioethics in Human Research. She is Past President of both the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian Bioethics Society. Her research interests include professional character formation, ethics in health policy and public health, pediatric ethics, and end-of-life care.


2007: Susan Sherwin

SueSherwin.jpgSusan Sherwin holds a Dalhousie University Research Professorship and has served as Chair of the University's Department of Philosophy. Internationally, she is considered one of the world's foremost feminist ethicists, and she serves on committees for numerous organizations such as the Royal College, UNESCO, and Health Canada on the Advisory Group on Reproductive and Genetic Technologies. Dr. Sherwin has been recognized with the Killam Prize in the Humanities from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2006 as well as a fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada.





2005: Hubert Doucet

PHOTO Doucet Hubert 4X6.JPG Hubert Doucet (BA, Université de Montréal; MA, University of Ottawa; Doctorate, religious studies, Université Marc Bloch Strasbourg) chairs the Bioethics Committee, University Hospital Sainte-Justine in Montréal and is a member of its Clinical Ethics Unit. He is Associate Professor of Bioethics at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Montreal.
He serves on the Ethics Commission, Science and Technology of Québec and the Scientific Committee of the Institut national d’Excellence en Santé et en Services Sociaux (INESSS). Throughout his career, his research has sought to promote dialogue within the field of bioethics, whether between health professionals and patients, researchers and research subjects, members of multidisciplinary teams, citizens and those promoting technological development, particularly in genomics.

2004: Abbyan Lynch

Abbyann-Lynch.jpgAbbyann Lynch has been a leader in laying the foundations for the field of bioethics in Canada. She was a founder of the Canadian Bioethics Society and a charter member of the National Council in Bioethics in Human Research. Dr. Lynch has also served as Director of the Bioethics Department of the Hospital for Sick Children, President of Associated Medical Services providing support to initiatives in the History of Medicine and in Bioethics, and founder and Director of Ethics in Health Care Associates, a Toronto consulting group. She has been a board member with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, the Toronto Grace Health Centre, and Senior Peoples Resources in North Toronto. She has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.