Upcoming Events

Council on Aging’s Annual Education Day


Topic: The Substitute Decision Act & Health Care and Consent Act

Keynote Speakers: Mark Handelman B.A., LL.B., MHSc (bioethics) and David Campbell PhD

When: Friday, February 22, 2019 

10am-3pm (Registration 9:30am) 

Where: Renaissance Event Venue (285 Queen Street, Kingston Ontario)

Cost: $55 ($25 with valid student card), Lunch included

What is the difference between these Acts and what, as healthcare professionals or institutions, are your legal rights and responsibilities? Our presenters will address this topic from both legal and bioethical perspectives. 

Mark Handelman, B.A., LL.B., MHSc (bioethics)

Mark Handelman was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978. Until 2001, he practiced law in London, Ontario, including civil litigation, criminal defense, and prosecution. He was one of Ontario’s first members of the Official Guardian Child Representation Program. Mark was appointed to the Consent & Capacity Board in 1998 and became a Vice Chair and Senior Lawyer Member in 2000. He became Acting Toronto Regional Vice Chair and then Regional Vice Chair in 2001, for which he stopped practicing law and moved to Toronto. He was the Board’s only Vice Chair for quality assurance and presided at about 2000 Board Hearings—including the majority of the Board’s “end of life” cases. Mark’s term on the Board expired in 2008 and he is now in the private practice of health care law, representing health practitioners, SDMs and patients and advising and teaching health care providers. He also prepares wills and Powers of Attorney, particularly for persons with limited capacity, and is frequently retained by other lawyers to assist their clients with these important documents. He is Counsel to the law firm Whaley Estate Litigation, advising on guardianship and estate litigation matters and is a Lawyer Member of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, where he mediates and adjudicates Human rights complaints.

David Campbell, PhD

David Campbell is the Ethicist with Kingston Health Sciences Centre. He provides ethics services and support for clinicians, staff, patients, and families at the Kingston General Hospital site via ethics consultations, education, and policy review and development. As well as providing ethics leadership at KHSC, David supports ethics capacity development in the community by co-chairing the Southeastern Ontario Regional Ethics Network and participating in regional ethics councils. Before joining KHSC David was an Ethicist at the South East Community Care Centre. He has also worked as an Ethicist in hospitals in California and Alberta before moving to Kingston four years ago. David has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from McMaster University and completed a fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, AB. Before becoming an Ethicist, David was a university professor and taught courses in Bioethics, Political Philosophy, the Philosophy of Law, and Peace Studies at Conestoga College, McMaster University, and the University of Waterloo.

David has lived in four provinces and three countries and originally hails from Prince Edward Island.


If have any specific questions for our speakers about this topic, email them to infocouncilonaging@gmail.com in advance so there is time to prepare an appropriate response. 

To register, contact infocouncilonaging@gmail.com 

There are limited spaces available so REGISTER NOW to avoid disappointment.