Thank you for you participation in the 2019 edition of National Health Ethics Week!

Below, you can find details about the events that were hosted as part of the event.

The next edition of National Health Ethics Week will be

hosted from November 2 to November 8, 2020.

Updates about the 2020 edition

of the NHEW will be made available here.


An event that is in rapid expansion, the annual National Health Ethics Week is a time Canadian health institutions, schools and universities, research and clinical ethics committees, healthcare professionals, community organizations, businesses, and members of the general public set aside to host and take part in educational events that explore health ethics that affect Canadians.


The goal of National Health Ethics Week is specifically to:

  • Encourage the planning and organising of events across the country to raise awareness and promote dialogue about healthcare and research ethics issues facing our communities;

  • Facilitate networking between individuals interested in clinical and research ethics;

  • Provide greater visibility for the services offered by the Canadian research and clinical ethics community, including research ethics boards and clinical ethics committees;

  • Offer an opportunity for Canadians to get engaged in discussions that have important policy-making implications in the health arena.


By taking part in the National Health Ethics Week, you are showing a commitment to ethical decision-making and will be helping to open lines of communication with others in your community. We are pleased that you will be joining us for Canada’s next National Health Ethics Week!


How Do I Participate?

All organizations, groups, and individuals who are interested in health ethics are invited to participate. The aim is to get Canadians thinking and talking about a variety of health ethics issues that is of interest or importance to their community – be creative! 


Involvement in National Health Ethics Week is encouraged at a level relevant to and comfortable for you and your organisation/group.


Examples of levels of participation:

  • Advertise the initiative by displaying a National Health Ethics Week poster in your workplace;

  • Distribute print materials;

  • Attend an event in your area or via live streaming;

  • Host a presentation;

  • Facilitate a lunchtime discussion group;

  • Organise a half-day workshop.


You are best able to decide where to focus your energies for maximum benefit to your community.



If you or your organization plans to host events for National Health Ethics Week, then please fill out the registration form. The information will be posted on the CBS regional calendars in order to increase awareness. If your event will be live streamed and is open to the public, please provide the required information to log in.​​



























What Resources Are Available?

Upon informing us of their events, participating organizations will receive:

  • Electronic poster template that can be easily printed in order to publicize National Health Ethics Week and your local events;

  • Event publicity, including access to the National Health Ethics Week Event Listing on the Canadian Bioethics Society website;

  • If needed, assistance with locating health ethics and event planning resources.


Here are some additional resources: a trivia game and tips for your NHEW. 


Who Should Participate?

All Canadian organisations/groups with an interest in health and healthcare are encouraged to participate by hosting an activity exploring a health ethics issue. Because of each group's unique association with the health system, everyone will have an important contribution to make and experience to share.


This includes: 

  • Child and family service groups 

  • Churches and religious organisations 

  • Community-based health organisations/groups 

  • Environmental organisations 

  • Healthcare institutions 

  • Health ethics committees  

  • Health professional associations 

  • Health-related businesses and corporations 

  • Members of the public 

  • Mental health agencies 

  • Post-secondary institutions and schools 

  • Regional health authorities and provincial boards 

  • Research ethics boards

  • Social justice groups


For More Information

For more information about National Health Ethics Week, please contact Renaud Boulanger (

​​2019 Events

April 1, 2019
Event title: Difficult Conversations... Let's Talk
Organisation: Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network (NSHEN)
Contact: Krista Mleczko-Skerry
CBS region: East (Maritime provinces)
Event title: National Health Ethics Week 2019
Organisation: Riverside Health Care
Time: 11:30 EDT
Contact: Lori Maki
CBS region: Central
Event title: The who, what, where, when and how of advanced care planning-a hospital medicine perspective
Organisation: CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
Location: St. Mary's Hospital, Montréal, Québec
Time: 12:00-13:00 EDT
Contact: Catherine Rodrigue
CBS region: Central
Event title: Ma fin de vie... On en parle!
Organisation: CHU de Québec - Université Laval
Location: Auditorium, Centre de recherche clinique et évaluative en oncologie, Québec City
Time: 12:00 EDT
Contact: Stéphanie Terrien
CBS region: Central
Webinar: Available via Visio (contact organiser)
Event title: Raising ethics awareness - Relational ethics and values
Organisation: Extendicare Canada Inc.
Location: National distribution
Time: N/A
Contact: Joan Cody
CBS region: North-West
April 2, 2019
Event title: Artificial Intelligence and Equity/Diversity
Speakers: Morgan Lim, Associate Scientist, Institute for Better Health; and Sara Martel, Research Associate, Institute for Better Health
Organisation: Trillium Health Partners
Location: Mississauga Hospital - CA4 Large Boardroom A; Credit Valley Hospital - 1A221; Queensway Health Centre - Long Branch Room
Time: 12:00-13:00 EDT
Contact: Dianne Godkin
CBS region: Central
Event title: Every Breath You Take: Ethical Considerations Regarding Health Care Metrics
Organisation: John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre
Location: Dvorkin Centre (2G2.07 WMC), University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta
Time: 12:00-13:00, MDT
Contact: Carol Nahorniak
CBS region: North-West
April 3, 2019
Event title: Directives médicales anticipées: Parlons-en!
Organisation: CIUSSS de l'Est-de-Montréal, Québec
Time: 11:00-14:00 EDT
Contact: Vanessa Chenel
CBS region: Central
Event title: Harm reduction
Speaker: Dorothy Baker
Organisation: Guelph General Hospital
Location: Guelph General Hospital, Ontario
Time: 12:00-13:00 EDT
Contact: Janice MacDonald
CBS region: Central
Event title: Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
Speakers: Jennifer Gibson, Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Organisation: Trillium Health Partners
Location: Mississauga Hospital - Front Porch B; Credit Valley Hospital - 1A221; Queensway Heatlh Centre - Long Branch Room
Time: 12:00-13:00 EDT
Contact: Dianne Godkin
CBS region: Central
Webcast: 1) Go to, 2) Select Live Events – Public, 3) Select presentation
Event title: The human face of artificial intelligence
Organisation: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Location: CIHR offices
Time: 14:00 EDT
Contact: Ethics Office
CBS region: Central
Event title: Why "Health Equity in all Policies" is Ethically Problematic"
Speaker: Maxwell J. Smith
Organisation: University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Location: Health Science Building, 155 College Street, Room 574, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 16:10-17:30 EDT
Contact: Laurie Bulchak
CBS region: Central
Webcast: Go to
Event title: Le citoyen et ses objets connectés: Qu’advient-il de ses données?
Organisation: School of Public Health - Université de Montréal
Time: 17:00-18:00 EDT
Contact: Anne-Isabelle Cloutier
CBS region: Central
April 4, 2019
Event title: Panel discussion on 'Difficult Conversations'
Organisation: Ethics NSHA - Central Zone
Location: Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary, Nova Scotia
Time: 12:00-14:00 ADT
Contact: Lisbeth W. Nielsen
CBS region: East
Event title: Ethics and Quality Improvement in Homecare Management
Organisation: Canadore@Stanford College
Location: 930 Progress Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario
Time: 13:00-14:00 EDT
Contact: Srinivas Garlapati
CBS region: Central
Event title: Raising Ethical Awareness in Covenant Health Sites
Organisation: Covenant Health
Location: Misericordia Community Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta
Time: 11:00 MDT
Contact: Oge Ezeh
CBS region: North-West
Event title: Lightning Ethics
Organisation: Trinity Western University School of Nursing
Location: 7600 Glover Rd, Northwest Building Auditorium, Langley, British Columbia
Time: 19:00 PDT
Contact: Raechel Healey-Chamberlain
CBS region: North-West
April 5, 2019
Event title: Ethics Questions and Treats
Organisation: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Location: CIHR  Offices
Time: 10:00 EDT
Contact: The Ethics Office
CBS region: Central
Event title: Ethics at Scarborough Health Network
Organisation: Scarborough Health Network
Location: General Site - Scarborough Health Network, Ontario
Time: 11:30-13:00 EDT
Contact: Rochelle Maurice
CBS region: Central
Event title: Ethical Dimensions of Precision Medicine Technologies for Children
Speaker: Wendy Ungar, Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
Organisation: Trillium Health Partner
Location: Mississauga Hospital - CA4 Large Boardroom; Credit Valley Hospital - 1A221; Queensway Health Centre - Streetsville Room, Mississauga, Ontario
Time: 12:00-13:00 EDT
Contact: Dianne Godkin
CBS region: Central
Event title: La bioéthique : d’où vient-elle et où nous conduit-elle?
Organisation: CISSS Laurentides
Location: Salle Mirabel, Hôpital de Saint-Eustache, Saint-Eustache, Québec
Time: 12:00-13:00 EDT
Contact: Magalie Jutras
CBS region: Central
Other participating organisations:
CBS Region: North-West
1. The Good Samaritan Society
Contact: Sarah Rudd
CBS Region: Central
1. West Haldimand General Hospital
Contact: Cindy Knaus
Cross-country organisations
1. Extendicare Canada Inc.
Contact: Jody Cody