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Providence Health Care, Annual Ethics Conference


What do we mean when we use the word “culture”? What else do we mean when we use the word culture? How does culture relate to ethics in health care? How does culture relate to what we say, how we understand what is said, and how we act? How do we come to know our own culture and actions?

How do we accommodate patients’/families’ cultural preferences in clinical practice and how do we balance these accommodations with other ethical principles?

What do we mean when we talk about stigma? What does it mean to be the “other”? How do we continue to move forward with cultural and narrative competence?

In this full-day ethics education event, a diverse group of distinguished scholars will address the topic of culture and explore how culture shapes how we think and act, how we approach requests from patients/families for specific care requests, how we support patients living with stigma, and how we move forward towards an ethical end.

This fascinating day will challenge you to think about culture in a new way and approach issues in health care with a different perspective.


The Annual PHC Ethics Conference will take place at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings Street, Vancouver BC. (W Hastings St at Seymour St)

Morris J Wosk, Centre for Dialogue


Registration for the Annual Ethics Conference opens: Nov 1 2018

Registration deadline: Apr 15 2019. Cancellations received on or before Apr 15 2019 will be refunded the full registration fee less a $25 administration fee. No cancellation refund will be provided after Apr 15 2019.

This conference is FREE for PHC staff and physicians. $100 for non-PHC staff/physicians (Registration fees include continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks

Download the registration form HERE

There are different ways to submit your completed registration form:

  • Print the registration form and fax completed copy to:604-806-9458
  • Print the registration form and scan completed copy to: ethicsconference@providencehealth.bc.ca
  • Print the registration form and mail a completed copy to: PHC Ethics Services, c/o St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC, V6Z 1Y6
  • Complete the fillable registration form and email an electronic copy to ethicsconference@providencehealth.bc.ca

Note: Once received, we will email you to confirm your registration

Registration contact information:
e: ethicsconference@providencehealth.bc.ca
p: 604-806-9853
m: PHC Ethics Services, c/o St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC, V6Z 1Y6

Download a "save-the-date" poster HERE



Contemporary Health Care Ethics: Issues That Will Challenge Us For The Next 10 Years (FULL!!!)


Friday, April 28, 2017 (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Location: Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC


Registration fee: $100 including continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks (Free for PHC staff and physicians)



Shelly Benjaminy, BSc, MSc, Ethics Fellow, Providence Health Care (PHC); PhD Candidate, National Core for Neuroethics, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC)

Tania Bubela, BSc, PhD, JD, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta (U of A)

Nadine Caron, MD, MPh, FRCSC, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine (Northern Medical Program), UBC;
Co-Director, UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

Camille Ciarniello, BSN, LLB, Corporate Director, Quality, Patient Safety, Risk Management, Patient Relations & Infection Prevention and Control, Providence Health Care (PHC)

Jagbir Gill, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Scott Harrison, RN, BScN, MA, CCHNC, Director, Strategy & Transformation, Urban Health, Mental Health & Substance Use, HIV/AIDS and Addictions, St. Paul's Hospital, PHC

Scott MacDonald, MD, Physician Lead, Providence Crosstown Clilnic, PHC

John Pinkney, Community Member

Ross Upshur, BA(Hons) MA, MD, MSc Head, Division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Scientific Director, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation; Assistant Director, Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health Systems; Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (U of T)



- Addiction

- Compassionate Access

- First Nations Issues in Health Care

- Gene Therapy

- Global Health

- Medical Assistance in Dying

- Organ Transplantation


Click HERE to view conference schedule

Click HERE to download registration form.

The conference will follow the PHC Intensive Health Ethics Seminar: An Introduction to Health Care Ethics, April 24 - April 27, 2017

How to Register:

By e-mail - complete registration form and email jmonthatawil@providencehealth.bc.ca

By fax - complete registration form and fax to 604-806-9071

By mail - complete registration form, inclulde cheque payable to: Providence Health Care and mail to:

June Monthatawil
PHC Ethics Services
c/o St. Paul's Hospital
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6

For any questions regarding registration, please call 604-806-9952

Registration deadline: April 14, 2017

Registration contact: jmonthatawil@providencehealth.bc.ca


Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown, 1234 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC (located half a block from the seminar site)

Here is the reservation link: Book your group rate for PHC Ethics April 2017

Room: Studio Suite (with fully equipped kitchen)

Rate: $179 (CAD) per night

Phone: 1-604-688-1234

Toll-Free Reservation: 1-877-515-4135

Web: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yvrdr-residence-inn-vancouver-downtown/

When making reservations by phone, fax or email, please be sure to mention Providence Health Care Ethics in order to be quoted the seminar rate. Reserve your room by April 1, 2017.