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KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Joseph Arvay, Q.C. has a very busy litigation practice with an emphasis on public law and in particular constitutional, Aboriginal and administrative law matters. He has been counsel on a number of landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Canada including Carter v Canada- the physician assisted dying case. He has been named as one of the “100 Best Lawyers in Canada“ and in 2015 was named as a “Lawyer of the Year“ in the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada Directory. From 2010 to 2014, Joseph was named by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of the top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.




Caitlin Buchel RSLP (C), M.Cl.Sc. is the consulting Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) for the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Team in Manitoba. She owns and operates a private SLP practice, managing a team of clinicians that offer services throughout the province. Prior to starting her practice, she worked in the public sector in both hospital and personal care home (PCH) settings. Caitlin commonly works with clients recovering from brain injuries and stroke; facing neurodegenerative disease; in palliative care; and with dementia. She is also a qualified communication intermediary (CI) providing intermediary services for individuals with communication difficulties in a range of setting.




Justine Dembo, MD, FRCPC, is a Canadian psychiatrist currently working in Los Angeles as the Medical Director for Reconnect Integrative Trauma Center, a partial hospitalization program for trauma, and in private practice, where she specializes in OCD and anxiety disorders. She received her MD and completed residency at the University of Toronto. Her research interests and publications are in the area of medical aid in dying, and she is a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics MAID task-force, the Ontario Shores MAID working group, and the Physician Advisory Council at Dying With Dignity Canada. In California, she is a member of the Medical Advocates' group for Compassion & Choices. She has conducted capacity assessments in Canada for patients requesting MAID, and is the consultant for capacity assessments at a hospice in San Diego.




Jocelyn Downie, LLM, SJD, FRSC, FCAHS, is a University Research Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at Dalhousie University and a Faculty Associate of the Dalhousie Health Law Institute. Her work on end-of-life law and policy goes back many years and includes: Special Advisor to the Canadian Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide; author of Dying Justice: A Case for the Decriminalizing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada (winner of the AbbyAnn D. Lynch Medal in Bioethics from the Royal Society of Canada); member of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on End-of-Life Decision-Making; member of the pro bono legal team in the case of Carter v. Canada (Attorney General); and, most recently, member of the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying.




Isser Dubinsky, MD, is an Associate Director of Hay Group Health Care Consulting. Dr. Dubinsky's academic and consulting focus includes improving the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare services, health human resource planning, and clinical service redesign. Prior to entering consulting, Dr. Dubinsky was Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at University Health Network. Prior to this he was Chief of Emergency Medicine at North York General Hospital. Dr. Dubinsky has also served as Chief of Anaesthesia at Memorial Hospital in Bowmanville, Ontario. Following graduation from medical school, he had a range of experiences from performing mission work in rural hospitals in Africa to working in small community hospitals in Canada.




Shanaaz Gokool,CEO, Dying With Dignity Canada, is a life-long human rights activist. She began her campaigning career in the 1980s in Nova Scotia, where she worked on promoting racial equality and inclusion as a youth leader in a number of community organizations. She holds undergraduate degrees in political science and human rights and equity studies. Shanaaz has also held leadership roles in the private sector and non-profit sector, including her role as the Chair of Amnesty International Toronto Organization from 2009-2014. Under her direction, Dying With Dignity Canada has become the leading national organization defending Canadians' end-of-life rights and a go-to authority on medical assistance in dying. Shanaaz is a sought-after media commentator and has testified before parliamentary committees at the federal and provincial levels, and speaks at public events across the country.




Stefanie Green, MDCM CCFP, spent 10 years in general practice and another 12 years working exclusively in maternity and newborn care. Recently, she pivoted and started working in Medical Aid in Dying. Early on she received MAiD training in The Netherlands and was one of a handful of physicians who started providing MAiD care in Canada. She is now focusing on providing Medical Aid in Dying in and around Victoria and making Canada a leader in this area. She enjoys educating both the public and her peers about Medical Assistance in Dying. In 2016 she founded CAMAP and began organizing the MAiD2017 Conference. Dr. Green is a frequent guest on CBC radio, CFAX, and has appeared on The National.





Kimberly J. Jakeman, LLB, Mediator, is the Assistant Chair of the Harper Grey LLP Health Law practice group. Her practice is focused on civil litigation, professional negligence and administrative law, including representation of physicians before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and before Provincial Health Authorities. She has extensive court experience representing clients in complex medical malpractice cases before all levels of Court in British Columbia. Kim is Chair of the National CBA End-of-Life Working Group convened to study the legal and ethical issues surrounding end of life decisions. She has presented before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Bill C-14, the proposed legislation to address medical assistance in dying (MAID). She is member of the Legal Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of Dying with Dignity Canada.




Darren Kopetsky, BSc, MHSA, is the Regional Director, Client Relations and Risk Management at Vancouver Coastal Health. As well as supporting the organization in general clinical risk management and efforts to ensure regulatory compliance and ensure respect for client wishes in policy, planning, and service, Darren has been a leader at Vancouver Coastal Health in the implementation of systems and processes to support staff in sensitively addressing patients' requests for medical assistance in dying. He received his BSc from the University of Manitoba and Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta, and is an instructor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of the Fraser Valley.




Bryce Mulligan, MSc, is a clinical neuropsychology PhD student at University of Victoria and the neuropsychology resident at The Ottawa Hospital. He has clinical experience in rehabilitation and end-of-life care; he has published neuroscience, aging, and meditation intervention research. Since joining the Psychology Department at The Ottawa Hospital, Bryce has contributed to the development, delivery, and evaluation of programming to support staff and physicians involved with the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) service. He is particularly interested in helping individuals explore their own attitudes toward MAiD and in equipping individuals and teams for in-the-moment resiliency.





Grace Park, BSc, MD, CCFP, MBA, is a Family Physician who has practiced for many years in White rock BC. She has held physician leadership roles at the local hospital and the health authority over the years and is currently the regional medical director for Home Health. Since April 2016, she has been the physician lead for the MAiD program at Fraser Health and attended the Euthanasia conference in Amsterdam in May of 2016 along with several BC physicians. She serves on the provincial MAiD working group as well as the MAiD Review Panel and is involved in education and credentialing of MAiD providers in the region. She has mentored physicians and nurse practitioners to become MAiD providers.




Jonathan Reggler, MB BChir FCFP, is a family physician in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, B.C. He studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and then spent eight years in the British Army prior to entering general practice in southern England. He immigrated to Canada in 2003 where his office practice is deliberately skewed towards the care of seniors and thus he also provides a lot of palliative care. Dr. Reggler served on the Ethics Committee of St. Joseph's General Hospital in Comox for many years, resigning recently because of the hospital's prohibition on MAiD occurring within their facility. He and Dr Tanja Daws set up a MAiD referral service for local physicians and patients in the Comox Valley. Dr. Reggler currently serves as chair of the Physicians Advisory Committee for Dying With Dignity Canada.



Ellen Wiebe, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. After 30 years as a family doctor, she now restricts her practice to women's health and assisted death.