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 and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He is a Course Director in the MHSc in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics and a faculty member with the Global Institute for Psychosocial Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Kevin also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of 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.
President-Elect: Bashir Jiwani
Bashir Jiwani, PhD, is Executive Director, Ethics and Diversity Services, at the Fraser Health Authority which serves one of Canada’s largest, fastest growing and most diverse regional populations. Bashir leads a team that provides decision support in patient care and at the system-level, builds capacity to deal with complex, ethically challenging situations in contexts of diversity, enables access to language resources and builds partnerships for understanding and collaborating with diverse communities. The team’s overall goal is to support patients, care providers and members of the public to improve their quality of life and live with greater integrity through their engagement with the health system. Leading systematic policy analyses is an important area of Bashir’s work. Recent areas of focus include allocating financial resources to support COVID response, decision-making structures and processes for expensive drugs for rare diseases and creating a gender inclusive climate. Bashir currently serves on the Drug Benefit Council for BC, the Expensive Drugs for Rare Diseases Committee for BC, the Core Team for the Aga Khan University Thinking Group on Ethics, Stem Cell Science, and Regenerative Medicine and as a consultant for the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board (ITREB) of Canada. Bashir is President-Elect of the Canadian Bioethics Society. Some of Bashir’s recent publications include Clinical Ethics Consultation: A Practical Guide (Springer, 2017), Good Organizational Decisions: Ethics Decision-Making Toolkit for Leaders and Policy Makers (Springer, 2020) and “How to Eliminate Racism in Health Care: Building Diversity Competency in a Regional Health Authority in Canada” (American Journal of Bioethics, 2021). Bashir received his BA in Philosophy from McGill University and his MA in Philosophy with a specialty in Bioethics from the University of British Columbia. He received a PhD in Public Health Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada. More information about Bashir and his work can be found at incorporatingethics.ca.
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: Daniel Buchman
Daniel Buchman is a Bioethicist and Independent Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, a member of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and an Affiliate Scientist in the Krembil Research Institute at the University Health Network. His primary areas of research interest include ethical issues related to mental health, substance use, and chronic pain, and he has a longstanding teaching interest in empirical approaches to bioethics. Some of Daniel's current research interests are in the areas of ethics of machine learning and big data in mental health, neuroethics, and psychedelic-assisted mental health care. He has published widely in bioethics, and in 2018 he Co-Edited the volume Pain Neuroethics and Bioethics.
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 PhD(c) in Philosophy at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, alumna of Yale University's Centre for Bioethics, and the Ethicist appointed to the research ethics board at Concordia University. Broadly speaking, her research explores experiences of aging at the intersection of embodiment, time, culture and society. She has previously worked at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute, Montreal, Quebec and served as a member of the medical ethics board of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre.
Diversity Officer: Moji Adurogbangba
Moji is currently the System-Level Ethicist at Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. She promotes and advances ethical decision-making through the consultation process, developing and reviewing policy guidelines and strategies. Moji was educated and worked as a Dentist before obtaining a Master of Public Health in Nigeria and a Master of Arts in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She then earned a Fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. She has worked as a Clinical Ethicist for over ten years in two Ontario locations before moving to British Columbia. Moji’s passion for Social Justice, excellence in Public Health, Clinical and Organizational ethics spans all her work. Her areas of interest include exploring the ethics of prioritizing scarce health care resources and identifying, articulating, and addressing ethical implications of organizational decisions on patients, health care providers, and the community.
Membership Officer: Victoria Seavilleklien
Victoria Seavilleklein is a member of Alberta Health Services (AHS)’ Clinical Ethics Service, and is the Clinical Ethicist for the central part of the province. She holds a PhD in Philosophy (specializing in Bioethics) from Dalhousie University, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Victoria. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto and a Doctoral Fellowship in Ethics of Health Research and Policy in a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program, jointly held between Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia. She is a Clinical Lecturer with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta and a regular guest lecturer at Red Deer College. Victoria’s role includes ethics consultation, education, policy review, and support for organizational initiatives. She is particularly concerned with matters of social justice.
New Initiatives Officer: Katherine Duthie
Katherine Duthie is member of the AHS Clinical Ethics Service, and is the Clinical Ethicist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Katherine’s educational background includes a BSc in Biology (minor Philosophy), an MA in Philosophy, and a PhD in Public Health with a focus on the intersections between clinical and organizational ethics. She completed her residency in clinical ethics at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. In addition to her AHS role, Katherine is a consulting ethicist with the Fraser Health Authority and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Healthcare. She is also a member of the Health Research Ethics Boards of Alberta Cancer Research Ethics Committee, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta. Katherine’s research and professional interests include harm reduction, values-based decision-making methodologies, and health technology assessment.
Partnerships and Community Relations Officer: Catherine Fullarton
Catherine Fullarton is a Faculty Fellow at the University of King's College in Halifax, NS, and a 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: Jameson Dundas
Jameson is a graduate student at the University of Calgary studying Cardiovascular Sciences. His research focuses on the interplay of the immune system and the heart, and how inflammation can be used to heal after a heart attack. Within bioethics, Jameson’s interests are focused on research ethics, particularly patient autonomy and consent. Jameson completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Calgary in 2020. He joined CBS as the University of Calgary University Representative in fall 2020 and is excited to continue to represent student interests as the Graduate Student Member-at-Large.
Undergraduate Student Member-at-Large: Amanda Cha
Amanda is a first-year JD student at the University of Calgary. She previously completed her Combined Degree in BA Philosophy & BSc Psychology in 2021. She is interested in various intersections of law and bioethics, specifically in the area of medical assistance in dying. 2021-2022 is her third and last term as the Undergraduate Student-at-Large. She is looking forward to working with the Graduate Student-at-Large and University Representatives to create events and services for the student body.