Shawn Winsor


Formal Education

Expected defence
PhD Candidate (Health Policy)
McMaster University (Dept of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
Dissertation Title: Bioethical analysis and scholarship in the health technology assessment of assisted reproductive technologies: coherence and disjunction
Supervisor: Professor Lisa Schwartz
2003Master of Health Science (Bioethics)
University of Toronto (Institute for Medical Science)
2001Certificate in Advanced Mediation
York University (Osgoode Hall), Toronto
1991Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
University of Toronto

Employment History

2002-presentEthics and Health Policy Consultant
Consultation: Provide clinical, research, and organizational ethics guidance and decision support to patients, clinicians, patients, and organizations across Canada and internationally; Education: guest lecture and teach healthcare providers, staff, and medical residents on current topics in clinical and organizational ethics and health technology assessment; Policy: develop policy instruments for institutions, associations, and governments; examples: Equity and Diversity Policy, Health Equity Framework and Decision Tool, e-health governance statement (Canadian Medical Association); Ontario Decision Framework (Ontario Ministry of Health); Mosaic Screening and Selection Policy (Trio Fertility – Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society); Program development: create, guide, or advise on development of ethics programs and supporting ethics frameworks; examples: Credit Valley, Southlake, and York Central hospitals; South East Local Health Integration Network; Trio Fertility and The Reproductive Care Centre.
2009-2010Director, Ethics Centre 
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, and University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Accountabilities: Managed team of clinical ethicists at Canada’s largest single-site hospital and oldest ethics program, conducted ethics consultation, supervised post-graduate and doctoral fellows in clinical ethics, and led implementation of the Centre’s five year strategic plan (highlights include: creation of Ethics Advisory Groups in all seven of the hospital’s medical programs; establishment of Ethics Rounds in all seven programs; and operationalization of a permanent organizational ethics committee of senior managers and Ethics Centre staff and physicians tasked with addressing ethical issues of strategic organizational importance).
2004-2009Lead, Ethics Program and founder, Regional Bioethics Service 
Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga and Toronto, and University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Accountabilities: Co-developed Ethics Program at Trillium Health Centre, and developed the Regional Bioethics Service in the Mississauga-Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to provide bioethics services and resources through a flexible and affordable funding structure to all health and community service providers in the LHIN, including hospitals and historically underserviced areas (e.g., community agencies, public health, long-term care centres). Led project teams that developed and implemented conflict of interest policy and board bylaws, complementary and alternative medicine protocol, unfunded cancer drug utilization policy, uninsured patients framework, capital funding and space allocation framework, pan flu ethical framework.

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