About Us

The National Working Group (NWG) was convened by the Canadian Virtual Hospice to address the lack of information and support for individuals, families, caregivers, and healthcare providers about MAiD. The early work was funded by a Golda Fine Award to Dr. Sandy Buchman through the Temmy Latner Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Health Canada has provided funding to expand and update the work.*

The NWG includes clinicians, MAiD practitioners, ethicists, researchers, advocates, and families. We are thankful for their wisdom and commitment. We are especially grateful to those who have shared their experience of considering MAiD, as well as those who shared their experience of having someone they care about die with MAiD. These stories formed the foundation of this work.

We also wish to recognize the contributions and wisdom of our colleague Dr. Joshua Shadd, who died during the development of this work. Josh was a brilliant, dedicated palliative care physician whose loss is deeply felt.

*The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of Health Canada.

National Working Group

Monica Branigan, MD, MHSc (Bioethics)
Palliative Care Physician Consultant, SK

Liana Brittain
Medical Assistance in Dying Patient and Family Advocate, ON

Sandy Buchman, MD, CCFP (PC), FCFP
Palliative Care Physician, Freeman Family Chair in Palliative Care & Medical Director, The Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care, North York General Hospital, Toronto, Past-President, Canadian Medical Association/ Association Médicale Canadienne, Associate Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, ON

Stephanie Connidis, MD, CCFP (PC)(COE), RACGP
Family Medicine, Palliative Care Consultant, Medical Director Hospice Halifax, NS

James Downar, MDCM, MHSc
Head and Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Care, University of Ottawa, ON

Jocelyn Downie, CM, FRSC, FCAHS, SJD
Professor, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University, NS

Ceilidh Eaton Russell, MSc, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist, ON

Stefanie Green, MDCM, CCFP
President, Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP), BC

Shanaaz Gokool
Former Chief Executive Officer, Dying With Dignity Canada, ON

Mike Harlos, MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP
Former Professor and Palliative Medicine Section Head, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba; Medical Director, Adult and Pediatric Palliative Care Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority; Clinical Team Lead Canadian Virtual Hospice, MB

Helen Long
Chief Executive Officer, Dying With Dignity Canada, ON

Tara Noble, MSW, RSW
Grief & Palliative Care Counsellor, Dr. Jay’s Children’s Grief Centre, ON

Victoria Pileggi, PhD
Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Dr. Jay’s Children’s Grief Centre, ON

Adam Rapoport, MD, FRCP(C), MHSc
Medical Director, Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) and Medical Director, Emily’s House Children’s Hospice (Toronto), ON

Joshua Shadd, MD, MClSc, CCFP(PC)
Former Director Division of Palliative Care Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, QB

Jill Taylor-Brown, MSW, RSW
Psychosocial Specialist, Shared Health Manitoba MAiD Services, Canadian Virtual Hospice, MB

Andrea Warnick, RN, MA
Registered Psychotherapist, Andrea Warnick Consulting, ON

Kim Wiebe, MD, FRCPC, MPH
Medical Director Shared Health MAiD Services, Board Member Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP), MB


Ramon Ayre

Rennie Regehr

Tanis Newsham, MSW, RSW

Sandra Wadsworth

Video interviewees

Don Ayre

Melody Bodnarchuk

Dr. Sandy Buchman

Dr. Francois de Wit

Stéfanie Gingras


Anna-Maria Laughlin

Darla-Jean Lindstrom

Dr. Sally MacDonald

Micha Menczer

Fred Nelson

Tara Noble

Marney Thompson

Deb Ummel

Kari Urquhart

Dr. Kim Wiebe



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