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Osgoode’s Certificate in Health Law, now in its eighth year, was developed to better prepare individuals and their organizations to overcome the most common legal pitfalls in the health care arena.

Now offered via webcast, attend from anywhere in Canada!

Over five intensive one-day modules, which include lectures, case studies, small group discussions, live simulations and demonstrations, you will learn what you need to know about contemporary issues in health law.

Our truly outstanding faculty comprising lawyers, health care professionals, patient rights’ advocates, ethicists, risk managers and insurance industry experts will equip you with the practical knowledge and strategies you and your organization need to be better positioned to make sound, professional judgments, improve patient care and safety, and to take the necessary steps to minimize risk.

What You Will Learn

  • The role of the legal system in health care delivery: the framework
  • Capacity and consent to treatment; substitute decision-making
  • Refusing treatment and withdrawal of treatment
  • Live demonstration: mock Consent and Capacity Board hearing
  • The role of Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) and other agents in the community with fiduciary obligations
  • First contact: the law relating to ambulance services and operators
  • Malpractice in health care – standard of care, causation and assessing damages
  • Live Simulation: Examination for Discovery
  • Privacy and health law: the key legal principles
  • Privacy challenges in the wider health care community
  • Collaborative care – problems and pitfalls
  • The regulation of health professionals
  • Human rights and ethical challenges – end of life and human reproductive issues
  • Risk management – responding effectively to risk in specialty areas
  • Coroners’ inquests – what to expect if you are involved in the process


Program Directors

  • Wendy Whelan, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Daniel Girlando, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Advisory Board

  • Dr. David A. Cameron, Regional Supervising Coroner, North Region Sudbury Office, Office of the Chief Coroner
  • Kate Dewhirst, Kate Dewhirst Health Law
  • Professor Joan M. Gilmour, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Cathy Szabo, President & CEO, Providence Care
  • Kristin L. Taylor, VP Legal Services and General Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Neil M. Abramson, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Valerie Armstrong, Director, Quality & Risk, North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network
  • Dr. Robert S. Bell, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Ontario)
  • Dr. Kerry Bowman, Clinical Ethicist, Mount Sinai Hospital and University of Toronto Centre for Bioethics and the Centre for Environment
  • Amanda Brennan, Manager Information, Privacy & Legal Counsel, Ornge
  • Dr. David A. Cameron, MD, LLB, CCFP, Regional Supervising Coroner, North Region –Sudbury Office
  • Cindy D. Clarke, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Logan Crowell, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Kate Dewhirst, Kate Dewhirst Health Law
  • David S. Eden, M.D., Regional Supervising Coroner – Inquests, Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario
  • Duncan Embury, Neinstein & Associates
  • Jillian Evans, Morris + Stoltz + Evans LLP
  • Barry Glaspell, Barry Glaspell Class Actions
  • Kate Hunt, Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Daphne Jarvis, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Rebecca Jones, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • Anna L. Marrison, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Christopher W. Parkes, General Counsel, Legal & Enterprise Risk Services, William Osler Health System
  • Meghan Payne, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Lonny J. Rosen, CS, Rosen Sunshine LLP
  • Polly Stevens, Vice President, Healthcare Risk Management, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)
  • Anita Szigeti, Barrister, Anita Szigeti Advocates
  • Kristin L. Taylor, Vice-President, Legal Services and General Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Janice Vauthier, Chair, Health Professions and Health Services Appeal and Review Boards (HPARB & HSARB) and the Ontario Hepatitis C Assistance Plan Review Committee (OHCAP)
  • Michele Warner, Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Wendy Whelan, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP



Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 10 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Health Law. Participants must attend all program modules and successfully complete the take-home assignment to receive a certificate.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Myrsini Zacharakis at mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

March 20, 26, April 3, 24 & 30, 2018
5 days over 6 weeks
In Person or Webcast


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$3,395 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and other licensed medical professionals
  • Representatives from hospitals, psychiatric facilities, long term care facilities, CCACs, and community service provider agencies
  • Health care risk managers
  • Privacy officers, security officers and compliance officers for health care institutions
  • Patient representatives
  • Ethicists
  • In-house counsel to health care institutions
  • Health law practitioners
  • Government and public policy advisors

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“The information in this course should be mandatory in all health care training programs”
Janice Janz, RN, University Health Network – Toronto Western Hospital

“This phenomenal course stimulates and encourages me to go back to my hospital to review and determine if we have the right policies and procedures in place”
Barbara Guidolin, Vice-President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive, Georgian Bay General

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.