Conference Program

Medical Aid in Dying – Developing a Framework

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome Address
Keynote Speaker:
“Opening Reflections” by Dr. Jennifer Gibson
• Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
• Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
• Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Bioethics

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
The Nuts and Bolts:
Overview of Health Law in Canada, the Carter Decision and the Medical Aid in Dying Landscape
Joan Gilmour, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Rosario Cartagena, Associate, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Kathryn Beck, Associate, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Health Break

10:30 a.m. –11:45 a.m.
Critical Review and Presentation of Legislative Framework Options
Louise Sweatman, Legal Counsel and Dr. Cécile Bensimon, Director, Ethics, Canadian Medical Association (Presentation of: Principles-based recommendations for a Canadian approach to assisted dying)
Daniel Boivin, Partner, Gowlings LLP (Presentation of: Quebec Bill 52)
David Baker, Principal, BakerLaw, Counsel for Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Canadian Association for Community Living (Interveners) in the Carter Decision (Presentation of: Draft framework)
Moderator: Louise Shap, Health Counsel, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
PLENARY #1 – Delivering Medical Aid in Dying: The ‘Big Issues’
Goal:
to identify and discuss physician and health care team responsibilities and impact when delivering treatment and care
Dr. Sandy Buchman, Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Provincial Lead Primary Care Engagement, Palliative Care, Cancer Care Ontario and Education Lead and Family Physician practicing in Palliative Care, The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Monica Branigan, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Professional Development Lead in the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Toronto and Psychosocial Counsellor, The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Jocelyn Downie, Professor of Law, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University
Dr. Carol Leet, President, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Dr. Vanessa Burkoski, President, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
Moderator: Dr. Cécile Bensimon, Director, Ethics, Canadian Medical Association

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
PLENARY #2 – Delivering Physician-Assisted Dying: Patients and Process

Goal: to identify and discuss procedural considerations when delivering physician-assisted dying including: initiating a request, the healthcare team response and any patient responsibilities
Tim Lenartowych, Director of Nursing and Health Policy, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
Dr. Sholom Glouberman, Associate Scientist Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit, Baycrest and Founder, Patients Canada
Dr. Amir Attaran, Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa
Dr. Carol Leet, President, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Moderator: Mark Handelman, Counsel, Whaley Estate Litigation

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Health Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
PLENARY #3 – Organization of Medical Aid in Dying Services

Goal: to discuss and address issues related to institutional conscientious objection, accessing the service across the region and health system governance
Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, CEO, St. Joseph’s Healthcare London
Theresa Mudge, Board Member, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and Executive Director of ARCH Residential Hospice, Sault Ste. Marie
Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Associate Professor, Director of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Daphne Jarvis, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Moderator: Dr. Terrence Sullivan, Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and President of Terrence Sullivan & Associates

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Final Reflections and Closing Remarks
Alissa Raphael, Associate, Miller Thomson LLP
Wendy Lawrence, Legal Counsel, SickKids Hospital

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