About the Conference

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The theme of the 2016 Canadian Bioethics Conference is Achieving Better Health: The Role of Bioethics Education, Engagement and Exploration. Presenters and participants are invited to contemplate a broad canvas of ethical concerns associated with the achievement of better health. Issues may range from the local to the global, from individual patients to populations, from practice to policy and from single organizations to complex systems. In particular, we will be taking a closer look at this conference at bioethics education, public engagement in bioethics, and bioethics exploration (inclusive of research ethics and research in bioethics).

Education: This conference marks the first time in the Canadian Bioethics Society’s history that there has been an explicit focus on bioethics education as a conference theme. Given the challenges of the 21st century, we need to ask what should bioethics education look like? What are the core ethics competencies for health professionals, for policy makers, for bioethicists and other stakeholders? How does bioethics education achieve better health for all? We invite participants to reflect on topics such as the development of bioethics curriculums for health professionals, methodologies for teaching bioethics (e.g., web-based, case-based, skills-based), bioethics education for a range of learners, evaluation of bioethics education programs, and the impact of bioethics education on health.

Engagement: In our current health environment, there is an emphasis on ensuring that the public/patient voice is represented in all aspects of public life – developing public policy, setting research agendas, and so forth.  With new technologies, our ways of communicating and quickly reaching large number of individuals locally, and across the world, have expanded exponentially. What bioethics questions does this raise? What implications does this have for the practice of bioethics? How can we best use these communication tools? Participants may wish to explore, for example, ethical concerns related to the use of social media to study people’s behavior and views, strategies for ensuring public engagement is meaningful and representative of diversity, and methods for stimulating public engagement in bioethics-related issues.

Exploration (Research): CBS is excited to be partnering for the first time with the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) to present a number of pre-conference workshops and an opening evening keynote presentation and reception on May 25 to which members from both groups are welcome to attend. In addition to this collaboration in research ethics, the CBS conference will explore key bioethics research questions: How does bioethics address the ethical challenges of doing research in today’s context – “big” data, genetics, vaccine development in the context of epidemics? How do we conduct research on bioethics issues that is relevant and meaningful and makes a difference in achieving better health? Participants may wish to present their empirical research on bioethics-related topics, as well as discuss new and perennial research ethics issues.

Who Should Attend?

Consistent with its theme, the conference will be of interest to, and is designed to engage, those traditionally involved in a variety of bioethics activity, as well as those who may not have been historically involved in such discussions, but whose contributions and involvement are crucial to inclusive and open-minded dialogue. Participants are anticipated to include:

  • Health care providers – physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual care providers, palliative care staff, allied health care providers and others working in, or interested in learning more about, bioethics issues
  • Health administrators, managers, and policy-makers
  • Researchers – all those who contribute to scientific knowledge, including those doing research in bioethics
  • Teachers – all those involved in the dissemination of research and knowledge, and in encouraging critical and rigorous thinking about our moral obligations
  • Ethicists, clinical and research ethics committee members, ethics program coordinators, ethics education coordinators and volunteers
  • Those involved in disaster ethics, ethics and health technology assessment, community-based ethics, rural ethics, correctional ethics, global ethics, diversity ethics, aboriginal health ethics, mental health and addictions ethics, public health ethics
  • Students of bioethics – from high school to post-graduate
  • Patients and families – those receiving or who have received health care, those with chronic illnesses, guardians/parents of children with illness
  • Individuals with disabilities - physical, mental, sensory – and family members
  • Individuals who have experienced mental illness – and family members/loved ones
  • Individuals with chronic illnesses – and family members/loved ones
  • ... and all those with an interest in ethical issues and relation to human / animal / environmental / global health.


* A complete online agenda is now available! Click here to review the pre-conference and main conference abstracts, authors as well as keynote presentations and plenary speaking faculty...

** A Program at a Glance is also available! Click here to review the 2016 Agenda....

*** Click on the keynote session links for photos and bios of our plenary speaking faculty.

**** Click here to read all of the Keynote Speaker biographies.

The Canadian Bioethics Society

The Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) is a national, member-driven, charitable organization serving as a forum for individuals interested in sharing ideas relating to bioethics. The CBS was created in 1988 from the fusion of the Canadian Society of Bioethics and the Société canadienne de la bioéthique médicale.

The CBS sees bioethics in its broadest sense, concerned with ethical issues relating to human life and health, biology, and the environment.

Members of the CBS include those interested in learning more about bioethics, as well as those engaged in a variety of related activities including research in bioethics; ethics in health policy; bioethics teaching and education; research ethics; delivery and planning of health and health care; and public engagement and consultation on bioethics issues, amongst others.

The CBS and its Annual Conference aims to be inclusive of all these areas of endeavor, as well as a growing number of others exploring the interface between ethics and health/the life sciences.

Continuing Education Credits

NEW!!: If you need a record of your attendance for the purpose of continuing education credits, please ask for a certificate at the registration desk. Due to the prohibitive costs associated with securing CME credits for an event of this nature (approximately $7,500), we apologize that CME specific credits will not be available.

Conference Rates

CBS Members
Early Bird - $575.00
Regular Rate - $675.00
Early Bird Student - $185.00
Regular Rate Student - $210.00
Early Bird - $675.00
Regular Rate - $775.00
Early Bird Student - $225.00
Regular Rate Student - $250.00
One-Day Rates
Early Bird - $200.00
Regular Rate - $ 250.00
Early Bird Student - $100.00
Regular Rate Student - $125.00
Pre-Conference (1/2 day) - $150.00
Pre-Conference (2 - 1/2 days or 1 full day) - $250.00
Pre-Conference Student (1/2 day) - $75.00
Pre-Conference Student (2 - 1/2 days or 1 full day) - $125.00

** Early Bird Deadline is Friday, April 8th, 2016.