Cécile M. Bensimon

Affiliation

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

Chair of the Research Ethics Board
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Committee membership

Standing Committee on Ethics

Biography

Cécile M. Bensimon is Director of Ethics and Professional Affairs at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Chair of the Research Ethics Board (REB) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She earned her PhD from the Institute of Medical Science and Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Previously, Cécile was at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Dentistry after returning from a visiting scholarship at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine in humanitarian and disaster ethics. Prior to that, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in pandemic ethics at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. Cécile has served as an ethics advisor for various levels of government during the H1N1 pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic.

During her doctoral studies, Cécile was a Research Fellow with McGill University Faculty of Law Centre for Intellectual Property Policy where she was a member of the International Expert Group on Biotechnology, Innovation and Intellectual Property. As part of her work in global health, she jointly authored the book, Bioindustry Ethics, on ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility in the bioscience industry. Her publications have appeared in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Public Health Ethics, and Social Science and Medicine. She is an editor of the bilingual journal Canadian Journal of Bioethics.

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