Medical Assistance in Dying in Rural Alberta

Duff Waring


Duff Waring (BA, MA, LLB, PhD) is a philosopher/lawyer who specialized in mental health law and psychiatric patient advocacy. He began doctoral studies in philosophy at York University in 1996 with a focus on political theory and bioethics. He specializes in ethics, bioethics, and philosophy of medicine, especially psychiatry. He held a post-doctoral fellowship during 2001-2002 with the Biomedical Ethics Unit in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. He was a Research Associate from 2002-2004 with the Health Law and Policy Group in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is appointed to the graduate faculties of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Health and Osgoode Hall Law School. He teaches currently in the Philosophy Department at York University. He also teaches the Bioethics course in the Osgoode Hall Professional Development Centre’s Part-time Master’s Program in Health Law, as well as the Health, Ethics and Law course in the Faculty of Health’s Policy and Equity graduate program.

Sally Chivers


Sally Chivers is a Full Professor of English and Gender & Women’s Studies at Trent University, where she teaches about illness, disability, and aging in literature, film and popular culture. Her ongoing research focuses on the gerontological humanities, care systems, and media studies of age, gender and disability based on the belief that there are new and better stories to tell about aging, disability and care. She is particularly interested in the interplay between aging and disability in the public sphere, with a focus on care narratives in the context of austerity. Ongoing research interests in Canadian literature, film, and how artistic forms, especially literature and film, contribute to critical thought and social movements.

Monique Sedgwick


Monique is an Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Lethbridge. Monique teaches public health ethics and has worked in rural end-of-life nursing. Her research includes nursing and health services research.

Alessandro Manduca-Barone

Research Associate

Alessandro’s academic background is in economics, philosophy, and biomedical ethics. His research interests have included: consent and capacity, competence, clinical research with human subjects, clinical research with terminally ill subjects, and preventative healthcare. He has taught applied ethics and bioethics courses at York University. He has also had the opportunity to work in various health and health policy areas. He has worked as a policy analyst for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, as well as a fitness and health consultant for those with complex health issues. He currently sits on the Board of Directors as the Vice Chair for a local Community Health Centre in Toronto.

Paige Zurbrigg

Research Assistant

Paige Zurbrigg is a third year Bachelor of Health Sciences student at the University of Lethbridge majoring in Public Health. Her interests include social determinants of health, health equity, health policy, and sociology. In the future, Paige hopes to be an advocate for policy changes acting upon social determinants of health to increase health equity specifically among marginalized populations. She is grateful for her opportunity with this project as she continues to extend her knowledge on health ethics, policy and qualitative research. 

Nick Stark

Research Assistant

Nick is currently a master’s student and holds both a B.Sc. in both Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. His current thesis work centers around decision-making in relation to medical assistance in dying for psychiatric patients. Broadly, his research interests include: euthanasia, end-of-life decision-making, paternalism, patient autonomy, and clinical ethics. Nick is also a member of the Alberta Health Services South Zone Ethics Committee.

Melissa Fakunle

Research Assistant

My name is Melissa Fakunle. I currently live in Calgary, Alberta with my family. I recently graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health. I am very passionate about Health Promotion, Mental Health, and Health Policy. In my spare time I enjoy the company of my friends and family. When I’m not occupied with public health issues, I like baking cookies, reading novels, and listening to podcasts on various topics.