Southwestern Ontario Chapter
MAiD - Varying Perspectives, and Lessons Learned
June 13, 2018
3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time
London Hunt and Country Club
1431 Oxford St W, London
As June approaches, we are nearing the second anniversary of the passage of legislation permitting medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in Canada. In the first two years, advocates and policy developers from government, regulatory bodies, member associations and health care organizations have worked to put policies and procedures in place to implement this monumental legislative change. In doing so, each body has had to recognize the many stakeholders invested in this process and bear witness to how this issue--so closely related to individual core values--evokes passionate responses from Canadians.
This workshop will feature Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice-President Medical Professionalism as key note speaker. The session will also highlight how several organizations and providers have navigated this journey and will identify ways in which organizations have and are responding to requests for MAiD. A change this significant means that we continue to be presented with many “firsts”. These firsts continually change the landscape of MAiD and its implementation, and provide a framework for further policy development and emergence of best practices.
Feature Speaker: Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice President, Medical Professionalism, Canadian Medical Association
|3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 - 4:15 p.m.
4:15 - 4:45 p.m.
4:45 - 5:15 p.m
5:15 - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.
|Keynote Speaker - Dr. Jeff Blackmer
Office of the Chief Coroner - Sarah Kmiec
Setting up the System -- Dr. Cathy Faulds, Jennifer Row, Rob Sibbald
Community based MAiD & Supporting Patients and Families
Organizational Based MAiD -- Jodi Edwards & Interactive Panel
Annual General Meeting
| CCHL Members
Tables of 20
Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice President, Medical Professionalism, Canadian Medical Association
Dr. Jeff Blackmer completed his medical training at Western University and his residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Saskatchewan. Following residency, he completed a Master’s degree in medical ethics at the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics. He also holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership Management from McGill University.
Dr. Blackmer currently serves as the Vice President, Medical Professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the CMA’s Office of Ethics, Professionalism and International Affairs and as the Director of Ethics for the World Medical Association in Geneva.
At the CMA, Dr. Blackmer has led the work of the association on end of life care and assisted dying. He regularly serves as a spokesperson on these and other issues and appears frequently in national and international media.
He contributes to global efforts in medical ethics and professionalism by serving as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization, the World Medical Association and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as other international organizations. He chairs various international ethics working groups, and speaks at numerous national and international meetings and conferences throughout the year.
He has published and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on various issues in medical ethics, and has authored numerous national and global policies on medical ethics and professionalism. He has been an invited lecturer and visiting professor in medical ethics at institutions such as Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, the United States National Naval Medical Centre and the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contributions to the fields of medical ethics and international medicine, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics 20th Anniversary Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015 and Western University’s Alumni of Distinction Professional Achievement in Medicine Award in 2016.
Dr. Blackmer also continues to practice spinal cord injury medicine at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. In this capacity, he is also actively involved in teaching both medical students and residents and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on various topics in spinal cord injury medicine and serves as a clinical and leadership resource for several national and international clinical organizations.