May 24th - 26th, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Montreal | Montreal, QC

Falling Through the Cracks

Falling Through the Cracks

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The 2017 agenda is now available online!!

Our agenda is now online and ready for your review. Click here for a complete 2017 agenda!!

Welcome to the 28th Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference 2017!!

An important challenge facing health care providers and ethicists today is how to help clients who are at risk of "falling through the cracks" especially when health care budgets are shrinking and resources are scarce. It might be a prematurely discharged elderly woman who is put on a waiting list for homecare that never materializes. It might be a patient with a mental illness and medical needs that no long term care facility will accept because his behaviour is considered "too difficult".

This year’s conference will address the theme of intersecting vulnerabilities in all its complexity; from its conceptual foundations, to the need for practical responses.  It will showcase tried and true as well as innovative ways of considering and addressing ethical issues associated with vulnerability.

Registration Remains Open!

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Great news - Registration fees will not be going up this year !!!

Despite continuing increases in the costs of running the Annual Conference, the CBS is pleased to announce that there will be no increase in fees for this year’s conference in Montreal.

In fact, the conference may be even less expensive compared to previous years for some early registrants because:

  1. The traditional “pre-conference work-shops” will now be incorporated into the conference itself at no extra cost.  Of course, this means that those who register early will have the best chance of taking advantage of this deal, as the registration for workshops will be capped and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Half-day workshops will be announce in a few weeks.
  2. The organisation committee of the 2017 Annual conference of the CBS has set aside funds to offer financial help to attend the conference for students, as well as for unemployed or underemployed individuals. Funds are limited. Applications can be submitted until February 24, 2017 23:59 EST. Click here and apply today by filling in this onlin form.

Some Keynote Sessions Confirmed

1. Samia Hurst is Director of the Ethics, History and Humanities Institute of the University of Geneva since 2015. Her research focuses on ethical issues arising in clinical practice, research and health policies, in particular, fairness and protection of vulnerable people.

She is a bioethicist and a doctor, holding a doctorate in medicine, an FMH degree in internal medicine and a privat-docent in bioethics. Prior to joining the Institute of Biomedical Ethics at the Faculty of Medicine in Geneva, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Bioethics of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda from 2001 to 2003. She is an Ethics Consultant to the Clinical Ethics Council of the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and since 2015 she supervises the Clinical Ethics Unit of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois.

2. A panel discussion of the intersection of vulnerabilities "on the ground", featuring, among others:

  • Dr Vania Jimenez, Co-founder of "La Maison Bleue" a social perinatal center in Montreal providing care during pregnancy and toddler years, for families facing difficulties, and
  • Dr Nicolas Bergeron, president of the Canadian branch of Médecins du Monde / Doctors of the World.

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