May 29-31, 2024

International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation & Canadian Bioethics Society


Welcome to the 2024 ICCEC & CBS joint conference in Montreal on “Partnering with Patients and Communities in Healthcare Ethics”.

The 18th annual International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation (ICCEC) as well as the 32nd annual Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) conference will be held jointly in the vibrant Ville de Montréal, Canada on May 29-31, 2024. Please see our program for more details on scheduling for both conferences.

Patient partnership and community engagement have long been recognized as key factors in improving patient care and population health outcomes. From participation in interdisciplinary teams to research and policymaking, patients and communities are now commonly included in the provision and development of healthcare. Living up to the ideal of meaningful partnerships is not without its challenges, especially in our post-pandemic pluralistic societies. Join us in 2024 as a diverse group of ethicists, researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, families and community partners from across the globe discuss how to harness the power of meaningful partnerships in healthcare ethics and consultation.

Can’t join us in person? A hybrid formula has been planned so that content may be accessed virtually. The online program track will focus on content especially important to international attendees who might be unable to attend due to travel constraints.

The ICCEC and CBS 2024 organizing committees recognize that the event is taking place on unceded Indigenous territory and wishes to salute those who, since time immemorial, have been its traditional guardians. The organizing committees expresses respect for the contribution of indigenous peoples to the culture of societies here and around the world.

Call for proposals | DEADLINE : NOVEMBER 15, 2023

The 2024 ICCEC & CBS Joint Conference call for proposals will be open September 15 to November 15, 2023. In line with the conference’s main theme “Partnering with patients and communities”, we are inviting proposals that investigate and question how all aspects of ethics (clinical ethics, research ethics, policy in health and healthcare, bioethics) consider patient and community engagement. Corresponding authors whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the conference will be informed at the beginning of February, 2024. All speakers must register for the conference and present at the conference venue in Montreal.

Trainees are encouraged to submit their work as dedicated sessions are reserved for student participants. Bursaries will be made available for students from low-income countries, allocated randomly amongst the proposal with the highest reviewer scores.

Conflict of interest (COI) forms must be submitted at the time of submission for all speakers. Proposals can be submitted in English or French. Bilingual moderators will be available at all sessions to assist with discussions.

Proposals will be reviewed using a structured scoring system. Reviewer scores and comments are confidential and are not available to individuals outside of the review process. Decisions to accept or decline proposals and their presentation format are final, and the sole decisions of the ICCEC & CBS scientific committee.

Abstract proposals topics:

  • Artifical intelligence and technology
  • Clinical ethics in practice
  • Education
  • Emerging issues, Diversity, Disparity and Inclusion
  • End-of-life, palliative care, assistance in dying
  • Health Humanities, Law, Philosophy, Religion and Social Science
  • International Development and Cooperation
  • Patient engagement in healthcare ethics (clinical, research, policy)
  • Pediatric ethics
  • Research ethics

Accepted proposals will be published in the Journal of Hospital Ethics

Submit your abstract online by clicking on the ''submission'' tab

Target Audience

Ethicists, researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, families and community partners.


  • In person in Montreal: at Centre Mont-Royal on May 29, 30 and 31 | Discover Montreal and meet your peers!
  • VIRTUAL live, Montreal time - Eastern Daylight Time (North America) | PLEASE NOTE: Workshop selection is not possible with the virtual format.
  • Conferences WILL NOT be recorded and made available for subsequent viewing.

Conferences will be presented in English.


Thanks to the international scientific committee and local organizing committee, an exciting program of presentations, workshops and social activities has been planned for this event. The conference will take place at the Centre Mont-Royal, located in the heart of downtown Montreal, a few steps away from the city’s world-renowned restaurants, cultural landmarks, and historic Old Port.

A preliminary program is available under the "Program" tab.


Registrations online by clicking on the "Registration" tab

Early bird fees until February 15, 2024

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Cancellation policy

In case of cancellation, the following fees will be applied:

  • Cancellation before or on April 29, 2024: 15% of the registration fee
  • Cancellation after April 29, 2024: 50% of the registration fee
  • No refund during or after the activity

This event is made possible thanks to the collaboration of

  • Éthique clinique Université de Montréal
  • Faculté de médecine de l'Université de Montréal
  • CHU Sainte-Justine
  • Fondation du CHU Sainte-Justine
  • Fondation Cité de la santé
  • Centre d'éthique CISSS de Laval




Hybrid event

Centre Mont-Royal

2200, Rue Mansfield Montréal, QC Canada, H3A 3R8

Registration period

September 14, 2023 - 12:00 until May 28, 2024 - 23:30

Submission period

September 14, 2023 - 12:00 until November 15, 2023 - 00:00

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