Standing Committee on Ethics

The Standing Committee on Ethics identifies for the Governing Council emerging ethical issues of strategic relevance with respect to health and health research. It provides the Governing Council with high-level strategic advice on the ethical, legal and socio-cultural dimensions of CIHR's mandate as set out in the CIHR Act, at its initiative or at the request of the Governing Council or the President.


Marcello Tonelli
Senior Associate Dean (Health Research)
Associate Vice President (Health Research)
Cumming School of Medicine

Judy Illes
Professor of Neurology
Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Director, National Core for Neuroethics, UBC

Angus Dawson
Professor of Bioethics and Director of Sydney Health Ethics (formerly, the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine) at the University of Sydney

Dafna Feinholz Klip
Chief of Section, Bioethics and Ethics of Science Section, Social and Human Sciences Sector, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Nicolas Fernandez
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Chelsea Gabel
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University

Jennifer Hamilton
Senior Director
New Ventures (Canada)
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Steven J. Hoffman
Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health
Director of the Global Strategy Lab
Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University

Yves Joanette
Scientific Director, Institute of Aging
Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal

Cheryl Koehn
Founder and President
Arthritis Consumer Experts

Ubaka Ogbogu
Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy at the University of Alberta

Vardit Ravitsky
Associate Professor, Bioethics Programs
School of Public Health
University of Montreal

Raphael Saginur
Chair, Ottawa Health Sciences Research Ethics Board
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Infectious Disease Physician, Former Chief, Infectious Disease
The Ottawa Hospital

Benjamin Wilfond
Director, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and
Pulmonologist, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Professor and Chief, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine

Non-Voting Members

Michael Strong
President, CIHR

Geneviève Dubois-Flynn
Manager, Ethics Strategies

Anne Martin-Matthews
Acting Vice-President, Research, Knowledge Translation,
and Ethics, CIHR

Michelle Peel
Acting Director General, Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics CIHR

Thérèse Roy
Chief Financial Officer
Vice-President, Resource Planning and Management

Susan Zimmerman
Executive Director, Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research

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