How the VPS was created

 

The Vulnerable Persons Standard was developed in 2016 as a response to the Supreme Court of Canada's Carter Decision and to assist the Government of Canada as it developed Canada's first medical-assistance in dying law, Bill C-14.

The VPS is internationally recognized as a first-of-its-kind evidence-based Standard that provides clear and comprehensive guidance to law-makers by identifying the safeguards necessary to protect vulnerable persons within a regulatory environment that permits medical-assistance in dying.

The Standard was developed by a body of advisors with expertise in medicine, ethics, law, public policy and needs of vulnerable persons.

These advisors continue to advocate on behalf of the Standard and are actively involved in on-going studies as well as litigation related to medical-assistance in dying in Canada.


Advisors to the Vulnerable Persons Standard

The following Advisors to the Vulnerable Persons Standard have contributed their invaluable insights and expertise to this initiative, either through active participation in authorship and review, or through thoughtful endorsement of the Standard and its safeguards framework.

Some advisors to the Vulnerable Persons Standard, and some individuals and organizations who have endorsed the Standard, have ethical and moral objections to euthanasia and assisted suicide, but have agreed to support this Standard in order to limit the harms and risks that these practices present, especially to vulnerable people.

Affiliations are indicated for information purposes only and do not necessarily represent organizational endorsement.

Dr. Nuala Kenny, OC, MD, FRCP(C)
Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University and Former Ethics and Health Policy Advisor for the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada

Lana Kerzner, LLB
Barrister and Solicitor, Toronto
Lecturer in Disability and Law, School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University

Robert Lattanzio, LLB BCL    
Executive Director, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Trudo Lemmens LicJur, LLM bioethics, DCL (Founding Advisor, not currently active)
Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy
Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Dr. Renata Leong, MD.,cM, MHSc, CCFP, FCFP
Staff Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Constant H. Leung, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Family Physician, Collingwood Medical Clinic, Vancouver, BC
Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Wi-Guan Lim, MD
Family Physician, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Cindy Lou, MD
Family Physician

Brian L. Mishara, Ph.D
Directeur, Centre de recherche et d'intervention sur le suicide et l'euthanasie
Professeur, Département de psychologie, Université du Québec à Montréal

Dr. Balfour M. Mount, OC, OQ, MD, FRCS(C), LLD (Founding Advisor, not currently active)
Professor and Emeritus Flanders Chair of Palliative Medicine, McGill University

Wendall Nicholas
Chair, Wabanaki Council on Disability

Ken V. Pike
Director of Social Policy, New Brunswick Association for Community Living

Dianne Pothier (Founding Advisor, now deceased)
Professor Emeritus, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Michael J. Prince, PhD
Landsdowne Professor of Social Policy, University of Victoria

Dean Richert, LLB
Barrister and Solicitor
Co-Chair, End of Life Ethics Committee, Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Associate, Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter Law Corporation Member

Mary Shariff, BSc, LLB, LLM, PhD
Associate Dean Academic, JD Program, University of Manitoba
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Margaret Somerville AM, FRSC, DCL
Professor of Bioethics, School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus);
Samuel Gale Chair in Law Emerita, Professor Emerita Faculty of Medicine, Founding Director Emerita Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, McGill University

C. Tess Sheldon, MSc, JD, LLM, PhD
Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Contract lecturer, Faculty of Law, Lakehead University

Timothy Stainton, BSW, MSW, PhD (Founding Advisor, not currently active)
Director and Professor, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia
Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, UBC

Dr. William F. Sullivan, MD, CCFP, PhD, FCFP.
Family Physician, St. Michael's Hospital and Surrey Place Centre, Toronto
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Donna Thompson
Disability and family caregiving activist, consultant and author
Board member, NeuroDevNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence
Consultant to Saint Elizabeth Health Care, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Dr. Jennifer Y. Tong, MD, CCFP
Family Physician,Vancouver, BC
Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Jutta Treviranus
Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

Bruce Uditsky, M. Ed.
Chief Executive Officer, Inclusion Alberta

Dr. David Unger, MSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Physician and Ethicist
Director of Ethics, Providence Health Care, Vancouver

Dr. Eric Wasylenko, MD, CCFP, MHSc
Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary;
Clinical Lecturer, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta

Rhonda Wiebe
Co-Chair, End of Life Ethics Committee, Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Member, Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities

 

 

Michael Bach, PhD
Managing Director, IRIS–Institute for Research & Development on Inclusion and Society
Adjunct Professor, Disability Studies, Ryerson University

David Baker, LLB
Barrister and Solicitor, Bakerlaw

Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry, D.Phil.
Assistant Professor
Peter A. Allard School of Law
University of British Columbia

Dr. Althea Burrell, BASc, MD, FRCP(C)
Staff Respirologist, Markham Stouffville Hospital

Dr. Sharon Chapman, MBBCh, CCFP
Family Medicine; Family Physician, Vancouver, BC
Hospice-Based Palliative Care Physician, St. Michael's Hospice, Burnaby, BC

Dr. Sherry Chan, MD, CCFP
General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC
Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Luke Chen, MD, FRCPC, MMEd
Residency Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology, Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia
Hematologist, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, OC, OM, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba
Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care
Director, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba
Chair, Canadian Virtual Hospice

Dr. Joyce Choi, MD, CCFP
Family Physician, Vancouver, BC
Staff Physician, Short Term Assessment & Treatment Centre, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC
Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Audrey Cole, O. Ont.
Human rights activist, educator and lecturer
Distinguished Associate, Canadian Association for Community Living and Associate, IRIS–Institute for Research & Development on Inclusion and Society

Dr. Margaret Cottle, MD, CCFP (Palliative Care)
Palliative Care Physician, Burnaby Palliative Care Program, Fraser Health Authority, Burnaby, BC and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, BC
Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Jim Derksen, LLD. (Hon.)
Senior Advisor, Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Special Advisor – Vulnerable Persons and End of Life Care Initiative (Completed)
Premier's Advisory Council on Education, Poverty and Citizenship in Manitoba

Dr. Ed Dubland, MD, AAHPMc, MCFP (Palliative Care)
Family Physician, Collingwood Medical Clinic, Vancouver, BC
Palliative Medicine, Medical Coordinator, Burnaby Palliative Care Program, Fraser Health Authority, Burnaby, BC
Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Al Etmanski, OC
Co-Founder of PLAN – Planned Lifetime Advocacy Networks
Co-founder of Social innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact

Dr. Catherine Ferrier MD, CCFP, FCFP, (Founding Advisor, not currently active)
Division of Geriatric Medicine, McGill University Health Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

Catherine Frazee, OC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.)
Professor Emerita, Ryerson University School of Disability Studies

Esme Fuller-Thomson, PhD
Professor & Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work,
Faculty of Medicine
Director, Institute for Life Course & Aging, University of Toronto

Adele D. Furrie
Researcher, survey methodologist and information management consultant

Dr. Rose Geist
Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Mental Health Systems, Trillium Health Centre
Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent Division), University of Toronto

Dr. Peter D. Golin, MD
Family Physician, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Philip J. Hanam, MD, CCFP
Family Medicine
Family Physician, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Stephen W. Hwang, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Professor of Medicine and Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Toronto
Director, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto
Chair in Homelessness, Housing and Health, and Staff Physician, St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto

Dr. Will Johnston, MD, MCFP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC