Clearing the Haze: Addressing Health Ethics Questions Raised by Legalization of Cannabis

Clearing the Haze Conference Broadcast Recording

Clearing the Haze Conference Program and Presentations


Guest Speaker Information

Julija Kelecevic, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton ON

Julija Kelecevic, is a Regional Ethicist working for Hamilton Health Sciences. In her role, she supports Brant Community Healthcare System,  HNHB CCAC, Joseph Brant Hospital,  Norfolk General Hospital and West Haldimand General Hospital. Prior joining HHS, Julija worked as a clinical ethicist for Alberta Health Services and as a bioethicist in Thunder Bay and the Northwest Ontario. Julija holds a medical degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and is finishing her PhD at the University of Alberta. Her primary research interests include cross-cultural ethics, interprofessional ethics, evaluation of clinical ethics consultations, innovations in education and medical humanities.

Daniel Buchman, University Health Network, Toronto ON

Daniel Buchman is a Bioethicist at the University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario, a Clinician Investigator in the Krembil Brain Institute, an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and a member of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. In his research on the ethical dimensions of chronic pain, substance use, and mental illness, Daniel draws upon an interdisciplinary methodological toolkit including conceptual bioethics, theory-driven qualitative interviews and focus groups, surveys, and knowledge syntheses.

Barbara Whynot, IWK Health Centre, Halifax NS

Barbara Whynot has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years with work experience in Obstetrics, Women’s Health, EHS Lifeflight and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). For the past 5years she has worked in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS.


Linda Verlinden, Northwoodcare Inc., Halifax NS

Linda Verlinden works as Client Relations Coordinator & Navigator for Northwoodcare Inc. in Halifax. A graduate from Cleveland State University with Certification in Patient Advocacy, Linda works closely with the clients, families and departments to ensure the clients’ voice is heard. She assists individuals in the community to navigate through the Nova Scotia Health system when folks are struggling with where to begin. As the only Nova Scotia Department of Health recognized LTC Advocate in the East, Linda brings a broad knowledge base to this growing field.


Marian Casey, Shannex Inc., Halifax NS

Marian Casey is the Senior Director Health Services, Policy and Practice and Ethics Coordinator at Shannex. As Ethics coordinator for Shannex, Marian chairs the Corporate Ethics Team which consists of Regional Ethics Chairs and other trusted partners including a pharmacist, physician and a family member. Marian served as the Director of Clinical Services for the enhanced care division at Shannex for the past seven years. Previous to this role she spent 10 years at the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and also worked approximately six years in long term care at Arborstone as a charge nurse and Director of Resident Care Services. Marian has also worked in various acute healthcare settings in the UK, Canada and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Services Management and completed the Excelling in Leadership program at Dalhousie University.

Sherry Ryan, Shannex Inc., Halifax NS

Sherry Ryan, CPHR is the Director, Employee and Labour Relations for Shannex Inc. She has deep HR experience with many sectors from Healthcare, Financial, Manufacturing and Not for Profit.  In addition to her role with Shannex, she is proud to be an Executive Board Member of reachability Association.


Dan Steeves, NSHA, Halifax NS

Dan is the Health Promotion Team Leader for the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Community Mental Health and Addictions Program, and he is also Co-Chair of Injury Free Nova Scotia. His career has included teaching children, adolescents and adults in a wide variety of settings including public schools, alternative schools and University. He has been an adolescent addictions counsellor as well as a substance abuse researcher.  More recently, Dan has been exploring the culture of substance use in Nova Scotia and how it is impacting health, learning and communities.


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