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.


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

Daniel Buchman
Bioethicist, Independent Scientist at CAMH
Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto
Affiliate Scientist in the Krembil Research Institute at the University Health Network

Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon
Assistant Professor of Health Ethics
Faculty of Health Sciences
Simon Fraser University

Cécile Bensimon
Director of Ethics and Professional Affairs
Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

Kristin Burnett
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Department of Indigenous Studies
Lakehead University

Christine Chambers
Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain
Killam Professor in the departments of Psychology & Neuroscience and Pediatrics at Dalhousie University

Cheryl Koehn
Founder and President
Arthritis Consumer Experts

Eric Racine
Director of the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit and Full Research Professor at the IRCM (Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal)

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

Alice Virani
MA (Oxon), MS, MPH, PhD
Director, Clinical Ethics Service, Provincial Health Services Authority of BC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medical Genetics, UBC

Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Members

Alison Bourgon
Director General,
Science Policy, CIHR

Tammy J Clifford
Vice-President, Research Programs, CIHR

Michael Strong
President, CIHR

Susan Zimmerman
Executive Director, Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research, CIHR

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