Past Members


The Canadian Bioethics Society has had the good fortune of being established and guided by a large number of Canadians passionate about advancing the cause of bioethics in this country. The following is a list of previous Board (formerly called Executive) members, including Regional Members-at-Large (formerly Advisory Committee Members). Please contact us to correct any errors or omissions below. 

Amandine Azran 

Ann Heesters

Assoc. Director of Bioethics, UHN, Toronto

Abbyann D. Lynch

Past Director of Bioethics, Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto


Adeolu Adesugba (Addy)

University of Calgary

Allen Finley

Professor of Anesthesia and Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax


Amy Middleton

Andre Jean

Anne Moorhouse

Instructor, Seneca-York Collaborative BScN program, Toronto

Arthur Schafer

Director, Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg


Atul Kapur

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa

Barbara Russell

Senior Bioethicist, Toronto General Hospital & Women's College Hospital and Assistant Professor, UT's Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation and member of UT's Joint Centre for Bioethic

Barbara Secker

Director, Education and Practice, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto 

Barry Hoffmaster

Professor of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, London

Bartha Knoppers

Professor, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Montreal

Bashir Jiwani

Director, Fraser Health Ethics Services, Burnaby

Bernard Dickens

Professor Emeritus, Health Law and Policy, University of Toronto

Bernard Keating

Full Professor, Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences Laval University, Quebec City

Betty Flagler (Deceased)

Past Professor, Office of Medical Bioethics, University of Calgary

Bruno Leclerc

Professor of Bioethics, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Carolyn Ells

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Bioethics, McGill University, Montreal

Cate McBurney

Past Ethicist, Westminster Institute for Ethics and Human Values

Charles Weijer

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Medicine, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario, London

Chris MacDonald

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, St. Mary’s University, Halifax

Christine Harrison

Associate Professor, University of Toronto & Former Director of Bioethics at The Hospital for Sick Children

Christy Simpson

Head, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University, Halifax 

Claire Bernard

Connie Mahoney

Ethicist, Alberta Health Service Clinical Ethics Services, Calgary 

David Wright

Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University

Daryl Pullman

Professor, Medical Ethics, Memorial University, St. John’s 

Derek Jones

Founding Executive Director, Government of Canada Interagency Advisory Panel and Secretariat on Research Ethics 

Donna Wilson

Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

Doug Kinsella (Deceased)

Former Director, Office of Medical Bioethics, University of Calgary

Earl Winkler

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia. 

Ed Nolan

Edward Keyserlingk

Ethics Commissioner, Government of Canada 

Ellen Burgess

Professor, University of Calgary

Fay Rozovsky

Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Legal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College 

Francoise Baylis

Professor and Canada Research Chairioeth in Bioethics and Philosophy, Dalhousie University, Halifax

Frederick Hans Lowy

President and Vice-Chancellor, Concordia University, Montreal

Gary Goldsand

Clinical Ethicist, Royal Alexandra Hospital and Alberta Health Services and Assistant Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

George Webster

Ethicist, St. Bonafice Hospital, Winnipeg

Ghislaine Cleret de Langavant

Deputy Health Commissioner Responsible for Ethics and Appraisal, Quebec Health and Welfare Commissioner

Gina Freeman

First undergraduate student representative of the Canadian Bioethics Society

Glenn Griener

Associate Professor, Departments of Public Health Sciences and Philosophy, University of Alberta, Edmonton 

Grantham Harry

Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Quebec City

Guy Jobin

Professor, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Laval University, Quebec City

Gwen Healey

Executive and Scientific Director, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Iqaluit, Nunavut


Harry Emson

Former Professor of Pathology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon


Holly Longstaff                                                                                                       Partner, Engage Associates and Interim Associate Director at the Office of Research Ethics for Simon Fraser University 

Ian Mitchell

Professor of Pediatrics & Former Director Office of Medical Bioethics, University of Calgary  

Isabelle Panisset

Research Associate, Centre de recherche en droit public, Université de Montreal

Janet Ericksen

Former Instructor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Janet Storch

Professor Emeritus, and Former Dean of Nursing, University of Victoria

Jason Millar

Graduate Student, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Kingston

Jean-Simon Fortin

Graduate Student in Bioethics, Team Le Médicament Comme Objet Social, Université de Montreal

Jeff Nisker

Coordinator, Medical Ethics and Humanities, University of Western Ontario, London

Jennifer Bell

Doctoral student, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Jennifer Dunsford

WRHA Ethics Services


Jennifer Flynn

Assistant Professor at Memorial University 

Jocelyn Downie

Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dalhousie University, London

John Dossetor

Former Director, Dossetor Centre for Health Ethics, University of Alberta, Edmonton

John Watts

Professor and the Associate Chair, Education, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University

John Williams

Former Director of Ethics, World Medical Association, France


Joy Mendel

Kathleen Glass

Former Director, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University, Montreal 

Kathleen Oberle

Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary

Laura Arbour

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrician, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Laurie Hardingham

Clinical Ethicist, St. Joseph's Health Care 


Liz Walker

Administrative & Clinical Dietitian , Macaulay Lodge 2 Klondike  


Lydia Riddell

Administrator for the Canadian Bioethics Society from 1997-2014

Ma'n Zawati

Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University 

Marcel Mélançon

Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Université du Québec, Chicoutimi

Margrét Comack

Former CEO, Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance

Marianne Lamb

Director, School of Nursing and Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Queens University, Kingston

Marie-Ève Bouthillier

Manager, Clinical Ethics Unit, Centre de santé et de services sociaux, Laval

Marie-Hélène Parizeau

Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Environmental Ethics and Professor, Laval University, Quebec City


Marika Warren

Health Care Ethicist, Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network & Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University Department of Bioethics, Halifax

Maxine Cramton

General Surgeon, Newfoundland

Meredith Schwartz

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Ryerson University, Toronto

Michael Burgess

Professor and Chair, Biomedical Ethics, Centre for Applied Ethics and Department of Medical Genetics, Universty of British Columbia, Vancouver

Michael Coughlin

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University  

Michael Langford

Instructor, Divinity Faculty of the University of Cambridge

Michaelle Belice

Université de Montréal, Programmes de bioéthique, Département de médecine sociale et préventive

Nancy Grayson

Past President, McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement, Montreal

Nuala Kenny

Former Head, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University, Halifax


Ozan Gurcan                                                                                                                       Biomedical Sciences Student (CBS undergraduate student member-at-large), University of Ottawa

Patricia (Paddy) Rodney

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Paula Carere

Primary Care Nurse Practioner, Langs Community Health Centre, Cambridge

Paula Chidwick

Director, Clinical & Corporate Ethics and Ethicist, William Osler Health System, Toronto


Pierre Deschamps

Associate Director of Research in Law and Health, McGill University, Montreal

Rick Cooper

Professor of Pediatrics, Memorial University, St. John’s

Robert Florida

Former Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Arts, Brandon University

Robert (Bob) N. Green


Sally Bean

Ethicist & Policy Advisor, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

Sandra Taylor

Former Director, Office of Bioethics, School of Medicine, Queen's University

Shannon L. Sibbald

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, Faculties of Health Sciences and Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

Sharon Specht

Manager at Thomson Centre in Whitehorse Yukon

Shelley Raffin Bouchal

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary.

Shirley Casavant

Past Board Member, Kidney Foundation of Canada

Sonia Lebris

Former staff member, Canadian Biotechnology Secretariat

Susan Sherwin

Professor Emeritus, Philosophy and Gender and Women's Studies, Dalhousie University

Susan (Sue) MacRae

Central East Community Care Access Centre

Stacey Page

Senior Research Associate, Office of Medical Bioethics, University of Calgary

Sydney Segal (Deceased)

Founder, Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths

Thomas A. Mabey

Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax

Thérèse Leroux

Professor of law at the Centre de recherche en droit public, Université de Montréal

Vangie Bergum

Former Director, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta

Veronica Morris

Member, Vancouver Island Health Authority Regional Ethics Committee

Victoria Seavilleklein

Clinical Ethicist & Clinical Policy Liaison, Alberta Health Services

Zahra Shariff

University of Toronto

Lori d'Agincourt-Canning

Ethicist, BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospitals, K4-161, 4500 Oak Street Vancouver, BC