Reconciling Risks - Responding Ethically to Potential Harms

Thursday  27 June  2019  8:00 AM    Thursday  27 June  2019 4:00 PM
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Last update 28/06/2019

June 24, 2019. Temporary change to registration process.

There are a few tickets still available to this event. To register, email Suzanne Brunelle at

The 2019 Spring Workshop will explore the inherent ethical challenges in assessing, managing and reconciling the many risks regularly encountered in the provision and use of community-based health and support services – clients "choosing to live at risk", staff perceiving risks in their workplace, the need to recognize ‘the dignity of risk’, concerns over reputational risk, and the tensions arising when attempting to respect autonomy and prevent harms. Balancing these actual, potential and perceived risks holds multiple ethical dimensions. 

Beginning with a keynote address sharing personal experiences of making choices others deem to be ‘risky’, a panel will discuss the tensions that arise from a variety of perspectives – that of employer, professional representative, service user and those who are in roles attempting to mediate.

Then, using stories adapted from real life, we will consider how to use the Community Ethics Toolkit to analyze the ethical questions in such situations and consider the defensible options.  We will also explore the benefits of an additional tool that is designed to help understand and navigate risk in particular.

The workshop aims to provide staff at all levels with a deeper understanding and potentially new insights into the nature of the risks with which they work and the importance of managing them in a way that respects clients and staff alike.

Note 1: Registration costs include continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

Note 2: Payment options include cheques or electronic funds transfer (EFT)

Note 3: Register by emailing

Cheques are payable to the Community Ethics Network and mailed to Community Ethics Network, % PACE Independent Living, 970 Lawrence Ave West, Suite 210, North York, ON M6A 3B6.  EFT via


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Novotel Toronto North is conveniently accessible from the North York Centre Subway Station.

Novotel offers a reduced parking rate of $12.00 to their underground parking facility for participants to this CEN event. Important instruction: parking payment for this reduced rate is upon arrival at the front desk of the Novotel.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email the Community Ethics Network Coordinator at

What's the refund policy?

Refunds up to 7 days prior to the event. 


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