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Toronto 2016

May 25, 2016 to May 28, 2016

The Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB-ACCER) 2016 National Conference & AGM were held at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre Toronto, Ontario.

A look back at the 2016 National CAREB-ACCER Conference

Thank you to all the delegates and speakers at the 2016 CAREB-ACCER National Conference in Toronto for making the conference a great success! This year we gathered 286 delegates, with a necessary cap to adhere to the maximum capacity for meeting room space. As in previous years, the 2016 conference was preceded by a day of professional development workshops for REB members and administrators with 114 delegates participating in these workshops. CAREB-ACCER was also pleased to partner with the Canadian Bioethics Society for a special joint conference opening reception featuring a talk by André Picard, Public Health Reporter with the Globe & Mail.
The Conference Planning Committee worked hard to make attending the conference a great experience. A highlight of this year's event was the Network Café consisting of informal, topic-based, group sessions that brought delegates together to network and discuss common issues. The Conference Planning Committee is looking into ways to make these sessions even better in 2017, including putting in place recommendations to have more structured sessions. We also continue to work towards making the conference website more intuitive and user-friendly.
CAREB-ACCER is looking forward to the 2017 National Conference and AGM taking place at the Halifax Marriott in Nova Scotia, on April 28-29. Pre-conference workshops will be held on April 27. More information to come soon. If you have suggestions or would like to help out at the conference please email us at [email protected]

The Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards is pleased to announce the upcoming CAREB-ACCER 2016 National Conference & AGM May 25-28, at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, Toronto, Ontario. A group rate applies to online bookings. 


In keeping with our tradition of high calibre presenters, we are pleased to announce our 2016 keynote speakers:

  • Solomon (Solly) Benatar, DSc (Med). Founding Director, University of Cape Town Bioethics Centre
  • Robert Klitzman, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University / author of The Ethics Police
  • W.A. (Bill) Bogart, LLM Professor of Law, University of Windsor / St. Michael’s Hospital REB
  • Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD, Associate Professor of the Biomedical Ethics Unit, Experimental Medicine and Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University

This year we are also excited to be partnering with the Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) for a day of pre-conference workshops, Wednesday, May 25, culminating in a special reception featuring a talk by Andre Picard, Public Health Reporter, The Globe & Mail.  The talk will begin at 7:00pm and will be followed by a cocktail reception.  The reception will take place at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel

The InterContinental Toronto Centre is conveniently located in downtown Toronto steps away from the CN Tower, the Air Canada Centre, and the Rogers Centre. It is also in close proximity to Union Station. Those travelling through Toronto Pearson International Airport can catch the new UP Express train which runs every 15 minutes and takes 25 minutes to get from Pearson to Union. 

If you would like to access conference slides, please click on each individual session below.  Only slides given permission to post have been posted.  Copyright of posted slides remains with each presenter.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Rachel Zand, PhD
David Borasky, MPH, CIP
REB Basics has been designed for REB administrators within their first two years in the field and concentrates on the most important areas of understanding that they need to be successful in their roles. These include the history of research ethics and what requirements and standards have been...
Stacey Page
The overall focus of the REB Advanced workshops is consideration of the various pieces that make up a human research study and understanding the roles that REB professionals play for some of these pieces and which ones are not directly within their purview but need to be aware of. All three streams...

Keynotes & Plenaries

Conference Sessions

Judith Friedland
Elizabeth Peter
Fern Brunger
Rethinking Risk and Vulnerability in Research Ethics Judith Friedland, PhD, Professor Emerita of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; Chair, Ethics Review Board, Public Health Ontario Elizabeth Peter, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Lawrence S...
Marta-Marika Urbanik
Urban ethnographers are usually well aware of the risks associated with their research, even prior to entering the field. Decisions to proceed with the research are generally based upon weighing the value of what can be learned from researching disadvantaged groups and areas, against the potential...
Frances Owen, Lisa Whittingham & Jennifer Li
Jennifer Hope
Anne Readhead
Courtney Bishop
Common Ground Co-operative is an innovative social service agency that supports five social enterprises in which the non-share-capital partners are adults who have developmental disabilities. The agency exists at the nexus of social service and social enterprise in its approach to supported...
E. Sarah Bennett
Holly Longstaff
The break out workshop will provide learning opportunities for REB members, support staff, and other interested participants to examine gender-related issues associated with the review of REB applications. Our session will be framed by ethics education resources produced by the CIHR Ethics Office...
Dario Kuzmanović
Peggy Millson
While ethical guidelines for conducting community-based research (CBR) have proliferated, few publications address ethical research with people who use drugs. We conducted peer-reviewed and grey literature searches for substance use, CBR, and ethics. The thematic summaries from the scoping review...
Elizabeth Buchanan
This presentation will provide a historical perspective of the ways in which human subjects research has changed over the past fifteen years. Using a context of traditional principles of research ethics, we will examine fundamental infrastructural changes that have reinforced old ethical challenges...
Don Flaming
Marie Pinard
Non-research projects, such as quality improvement, program evaluation, needs assessment and knowledge transfer might resemble research because the same populations, designs, methods and statistical analyses are used. Although non-research projects may present similar ethical risks to participants...
Michelle K. McGinn
Respecting and protecting human participants in research is a central concern in the field of research ethics. In the Canadian context, the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans ( TCPS2 , 2014) provides definitions of research and of human participants, and...
Panelists will include a Biomedical Chair, Socio-Behavioural Chair, Canadian Regulatory Expert, U.S. Regulatory Expert. This session is to encourage and facilitate dialogue, with opportunities to ask questions and discuss current issues.
Geneviève Dubois-Flynn
Nicolas Fernandez
Michael McDonald
Don Willison
Active engagement of patients in research - when patients are collaborators on a research team involved in the governance of research, the design of research protocols, the collection of data, and in summarizing, distributing, sharing, and applying research results - is a relatively new phenomenon...