About me

I am an Ontario lawyer, with a strong background in ethics. I am currently completing my PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School while holding a Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence Law and Ethics at the Centre for Computational Medicine at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. I also serve as a member of York University’s Artificial Intelligence and Society Task Force.

My doctoral project is a close examination of Canada’s parliamentary ethics laws. I have been consulted about conflicts of interest, campaign finance, municipal elections and lobbying laws. I have also authored two peer-reviewed articles on parliamentary ethics and co-authored a chapter on Ethics Commissions that is included in the 2017 book “Honest Politics Now: What Ethical Conduct Means in Canadian Public Life.”

My broader research agenda allows me to explore how theories of regulation, governance and public policy inform three spheres of interest:

  • Public Ethics, including professional (including parliamentary) ethics and self-regulation;
  • Genomics and Health Systems, particularly in relation to rare diseases; and,
  • The regulation of transformative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Genome Editing, with an emphasis on the impact that technology is having in health care and what role, if any, the state should play in monitoring and regulating how AI is used in both the private and public sectors.

My teaching interests include: Political Law, Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Health Law (including emerging tech), Legal Foundations (including legal research and writing and justice system administration) and Jurisprudence. My strength in these areas has allowed me to teach courses in law, public policy, political science and philosophy.

In addition to my legal background, I am also a rare disease patient and advocate.  I dedicate much of my time to raising awareness about the challenges of diagnosis and treatment for those suffering from rare disorders. I am a legal member of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Ethics Board, former member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD),  a member of the Government of Ontario’s Rare Disease Implementation Plan Steering Committee and am also a member of Rare Disease International (RDI)’s Working Group on Rare Disease Research. RDI represents the global rare disease patient community on board the NGO Committee for Rare Diseases, established under the Conference of NGOs, which has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Click here to see a list of my current academic and professional service commitments.

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