Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series

The Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series is an annual series of bilingual conferences / webinars that aim to bring together multiples public agents regarding different subjects in health ethics. The series’ objective, supported by many academic institutions located in Montreal, is to promote interdisciplinary reflection as well as foster new ways of thought that better assemble the larger public.



The Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series aims to bring clinicians, academics, patients, politicians, public figures, students and community members together to think about and discuss issues in health ethics. This series was formerly known as the Montreal Neuroethics Network. It has hosted dozens of scholars from local and international institutions since 2007.

The theme of our series for the year 2019-2020 is the role of dialogue in care as well as the healthcare system. Namely, how can our health system and health professionals be more attentive to patients? Should they be and why? Which changes are needed in healthcare and in the health system? What are the challenges of dialogue and deliberation for patients or between team members, or even within a single institution or network of care? Our guests will address these questions (amongst others) while sharing their vision regarding the issues surrounding ethical deliberation in health and taking particular interest in decision-making processes, relationships between patients and health professionals, caring for marginalized populations, and more.

Conferences are held on Thursdays over lunch time and take place at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (Auditorium Jacques Genest, 110 avenue des Pins Ouest) AND are livestreamed (and subsequently archived) on our YouTube channel Pragmatic Health Ethics.

All conferences are free and open to the larger public! 

Past Conferences
Reflections on ethical deliberation and the dialogical approach at the heart of healthcare
Le dialogue, l’advocacy et la détresse morale des soignants
Micro-reconciliation as a Pathway for Transformative Change
Le dialogue bioéthique : humaniser les soins de santé dans le contexte du progrès technoscientifique dont l’IA.

Interview with Claude Castonguay

Inaugural Panel