CBS Administrator: Marylou Scott-Smith
Marylou Scott-Smith serves as the Administrator for the Canadian Bioethics Society, and supports the Executive Board in its effort to build organizational capacities for the CBS.
Board of Directors
President: Kevin Reel
Kevin is a Senior Ethicist with the Health Ethics Alliance at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is a registered occupational therapist and Assistant Professor with the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, where he is also Director of the MHSc in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics within the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a faculty member with the Global Institute for Psychosocial Palliative end End-of-Life Care. Kevin also serves as Board Chair for the Canadian Association of Practicing Healthcare Ethicists (CAPHE-ACESS). His research interests include end-of-life care, human sexuality and sexual expression, and evaluation of capacity for decision-making. In his spare time he likes to play with power tools and kitchen appliances...usually to separate ends.
Past President: Dianne Godkin
Dianne is currently the Senior Ethicist at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ontario. She has been actively involved in CBS in a number of roles, most recently as President from 2018-2020, as well as Co-Chair of the 2016 Canadian Bioethics Society Conference Committee. She is a founding Director of the Canadian Association of Practicing Health Care Ethicists. Dianne completed a Post Graduate Clinical Ethics Fellowship with the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. Her prior education includes Doctoral and Master’s Degrees in Nursing from the University of Alberta and a BScN from the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include the use of qualitative methods to explore end-of-life decision-making and advance care planning. She has published on a number of ethics-related issues including a book based on her doctoral research entitled “Living Will, Living Well: Reflections on Preparing an Advance Directive.”
Treasurer: Aaron Roberts
Aaron Roberts is a PhD candidate studying applied ethics at McMaster University and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation (IEPI). Aaron also sits on McMaster's Research Ethics Board. Core areas of Aaron's research include the ethical, social and cultural issues surrounding applications of gene drive technologies in mosquitoes for malaria elimination. Additionally, he is interested in ethics as they relate to development and implementation of artificial intelligence (A.I.). At IEPI he assists the Director and other team members in developing specific project deliverables by providing research support, critical analysis, and high quality synthesis on a wide range of topics related to ethical issues in global health and development research. Previously, Aaron held various positions at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, including work on their Investigations and Resolutions teams. Aaron holds Hons. BA and MA degrees in philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University. Aaron has been the recipient of numerous awards for community involvement and academic excellence. When he’s not immersed in the worlds of academic and professional ethics, Aaron enjoys hiking, biking, canoeing, reading great fiction and watching sci-fi.
Conference Liaison: Sally Bean
Sally Bean is the Director of the Health Ethics Alliance & Policy Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Sally earned a B.A. in Philosophy & English, an M.A. in Bioethics and Public Policy and a Juris Doctorate. After law school, Sally completed a two year fellowship in Clinical & Organizational Ethics through the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. Sally also currently serves in the following teaching capacities: an Adjunct Lecturer in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, and an Associate Member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Lecturer at Osgoode Hall School of Law at York University. Additionally, she serves as a member of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, an ethicist-member on the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board, Interim Chair of the Canadian Association for Practicing Healthcare Ethicists, and Co-chair of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Implementation Task Force. Her research areas of academic interest pertain largely to health institution and health system ethics with an emphasis on health law and policy.
Communications Officer: Claudia Barned
Claudia Barned (PhD, MSc) is a bioethicist with the University Health Network’s (UHN) Bioethics Team. She completed a Clinical and Organizational Ethics fellowship at the Centre for Clinical Ethics – Unity Health Toronto (a venture of St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Health Care) with placements at UHN. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit (PHERU) at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) where her research explored the voluntary aspects of decision-making in the context of drug addiction. As an associate member of the PHERU, she is still actively involved in research and dissemination on this topic. Claudia earned her PhD in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Guelph in 2017. During her doctoral years, she focused on two topics: 1) cultural constructions of health and beauty and 2) the ethical, legal and social implications of involving children with inflammatory bowel disease in long-term biomedical research. Presently, her research focuses on intersectionality and healthcare ethics, with an emphasis on race and gender justice in healthcare. This includes a special focus on the importance of incorporating intersectionality theory as practice into healthcare ethics consultations. Her work takes up a decolonial approach to inquiry and focuses on core themes such as equity, social justice, and advocacy with attention to race and race relations.
Deputy Communications Officer: Amanda Porter
Amanda Porter is an Assistant Professor and Health Care Ethicist in the Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University, providing clinical and organizational ethics support to the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK. Amanda’s collaborative work is intended to build capacity and opportunity for thoughtful handling of ethically challenging situations that arise in everyday practice and decision-making. She holds an MA and PhD in philosophy from Western University.
Social Media Officer: Meghan Chevalier
Meghan Chevalier is a second year MD candidate at the Schulich School of Medicine at Western University. She previously completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Western University. During her undergraduate degree, she co-founded Bioethics @ Western, a Bioethics interest and discussion group. Meghan is interested in health advocacy for vulnerable populations. She volunteers with Chatham-Kent Hospice and is an executive member of the Indigenous Health Advocacy Group at the Schulich School of Medicine. Meghan is interested in Developmental Paediatrics and is a leader of the Teddy Bear Hospital Project at Schulich.
Fundraising Officer: Tristana Martin Rubio
Tristana Martin Rubio is a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and an alumna of Yale University's Centre for Bioethics, where she conducted research on matters of justice at the juncture of aging and reproductive ethics. Her dissertation project brings together Critical Phenomenology, Aging Studies, and Ethics to develop an account of the phenomenon of aging in its affective, temporal, corporeal, intersubjective, cultural, and institutional mediations. She has previously worked in the area of bioethics as a Researcher at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute, Montreal, Quebec and was a member of the medical ethics board of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. In her spare time, she enjoys running.
Membership Officer: Evelyne Durocher
Evelyne Durocher PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an occupational therapist and a post-doctoral fellow conducting research in the area of ethics and healthcare with vulnerable populations in rehabilitation and global contexts. Evelyne completed her PhD in the Joint Centre for Bioethics and the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto. She has a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba and a BSc. (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Toronto. She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship with the AGE-WELL National Centre of Excellence, Canada. Evelyne employs a variety of critical feminist bioethical theories in her research examining how healthcare practice is shaped by various elements of multi-layered contexts. Her work explores questions such as whether or not and how current healthcare settings support aims to practice ethically in a client-centred manner; what are the implications of current practice for older adults, caregivers, healthcare professionals and the healthcare system; how different conceptualizations of autonomy are reflected and upheld or contravened in practice; and how concepts of justice and equity fit in current practices. Evelyne’s research is set in Canada however she has contributed to work exploring such questions in the global south.
New Initiatives Officer: Chandra Kavanagh
Dr. Chandra Kavanagh is the Director of Bounce Health Innovation. Prior to this she served as the Ethics Officer for the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Research Ethics Authority. She also teaches biomedical ethics for the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador School of Medicine, and the MUN philosophy department. Chandra received her PhD in 2019 from the philosophy department at McMaster University, where she studied biomedical ethics and feminist philosophy. Chandra’s presentations on political and ethical issues have received high acclaim across Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia and she has been widely published in both academic and popular media. A major force for ethical digital data management in Canada, Chandra runs a national working group for the implementation of ethical and responsible data management best practices and she has served as a digital ethics adviser for McMaster’s Research and High Performance Computing Support group.
Partnerships and Community Relations Officer: Catherine Fullarton
Catherine Fullarton is a Mellon Public Writing Fellow and PhD candidate in Philosophy at Emory University (Atlanta, USA). She has a Master's degree in Philosophy from Ryerson University (Toronto, ON), where her work focused on phenomenology and embodiment. Her current research considers phenomenology, Aristotelian virtue ethics, and ethics of care to propose a model of empathic virtue, with specific interest in the role of empathy in patient-physician relationships.
Graduate Student Member-at-Large: Sydney Campbell
Sydney is a graduate student at the University of Toronto studying Health Policy through the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation and completing a concurrent Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics through the Joint Centre for Bioethics. Previously, she completed a Bachelor of Life Science with a double major in Human Biology and Philosophy, along with a Master of Arts in Philosophy (with a Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics). Broadly, Sydney is interested in all topics related to paediatric bioethics. Her current thesis plans to focus on understanding the perspectives and experiences of mature (i.e., competent) minors in being ineligible to access an assisted death in Canada.
Being involved in the community is something Sydney is passionate about. For a three years Sydney volunteered at Southlake Regional Health Centre as a courtesy volunteer and as a research volunteer. She also volunteered at the Hospital for Sick Children as both a child-life volunteer and a Bioethics research volunteer. In 2018-2019, Sydney founded and was President of the University of Toronto Bioethics Society (UTBS), which aims to build a bioethics community across the university for students from a variety of spaces (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, medical, law, etc.) and for faculty. In the first year, over 200 individuals registered as members and UTBS helped to increase awareness and engagement in the field of bioethics by creating a variety of networking and community-building events. She looks forward to watching how UTBS continues to expand and develop and will assist with this growth as a founding advisor.
When Sydney is not reading and/or writing she loves to seek out adventure in as many ways as possible and loves trying new things. She is thrilled to be elected to take on this new role and represent the interests of students in bioethics across Canada.
Undergraduate Student Member-at-Large: Amanda Cha
Amanda is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Calgary studying Philosophy and Psychology. At the moment, she is primarily interested in the junction of both fields, specifically classification in Psychiatry and the impact race has on psychological testing and practice. Outside of Bioethics, she is also interested in Philosophy of Race and Philosophy of Language.
Amanda revitalized the Philosophy Club at her university and has sat as the President of the club since then, aiming to promote diverse and fascinating subfields of Philosophy to undergraduate students. Fulfilling the roles of the Undergraduate Representative at Large position will further her aspirations to a much bigger undergraduate population, which she is excited about!
Apart from academic commitments, Amanda is passionate about long-distance running, human rights advocation, and learning new languages.