Fall Conference 2021

Centre for Clinical Ethics Annual Conference 2021 Ethical Issues in Caring for Older Adults

The 2021 annual Centre for Clinical Ethics (CCE) conference will be held again this year as a speaker series with lectures/panel discussion over four consecutive Wednesdays in November, the first occurring during National Health Ethics Week (Nov. 1-5). This series is free, but registration is required.

Register in advance for this webinar series:  https://ca01web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qxJyC3WRQhyhNYIlutQjcg.

By registering you will be automatically entered into a draw to win one of five signed copies of Andre Picard’s new book Neglected No More:  The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic.

Week 1 – Wednesday, November 3, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Vulnerability in the senior population from medical, bioethics and legal perspectives


Fiona Menzies, MD, FRCPC, MSc, Chief of Geriatric Medicine, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Unity Health Toronto
Mary Oko, CPA, CA, Chair, Copernicus Lodge Family Council


  1. We will touch on the main ethical challenges facing our geriatric population in the years ahead.
  2. We will identify care areas and medical conditions where seniors are particularly vulnerable.
  3. We will discuss what vulnerability means from a bioethics perspective:
    • Exploring it in a Long Term Care (LTC) setting.
    • Understanding it in the research setting.
    • Considering it from a legal perspective.
  4. By contrasting the definition of a vulnerable individual from a Geriatric Medicine perspective, we will discuss the intersection between bioethics and Geriatric Medicine.
  5. We will present a personal story from a caregiver which highlights the vulnerability of the cared for at the beginning and end of the presentation.

Week 2 – Wednesday, November 10, 2021 –  12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

When Consent and Capacity Get Complicated: Involving the Public Guardian and Trustee in Situations of Risk

Sandi Parker, Team Leader of Investigations, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
Philippa Geddie, Counsel, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

When Consent and Capacity Get Complicated – Involving the Public Guardian and Trustee in Situations of Risk – Presentation Slides

Week 3 – Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Co-creating research in older adults with patients and caregivers

Sharon Straus, MD, FRCPC, MSc, Director of the Knowledge Translation Program and Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital, Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto


  1. To increase knowledge of strategies for engaging older adults and caregivers in research.
  2. To increase knowledge of co-creation of research.
  3. To identify challenges and opportunities for co-creating research with patients, caregivers and other stakeholders.

Ethics and co-creating research-presentation slides

Week 4 – Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Seniors care

André Picard, Award-winning National Health Writer

Speaker’s Biographies

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