Ethics Review Board

Our Ethics Review Board (ERB) reviews projects conducted on behalf of Public Health Ontario and Ontario’s public health units.

The ERB is an independent board that includes members who are public health professionals and researchers from PHO and other public health, health care and academic organizations. Collectively, ERB members have expertise in a broad range of public health disciplines and methodologies, ethics, law, and community perspectives.

The ERB helps to ensure that projects are consistent with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, Second edition (TCPS 2), PHO’s Framework for the Ethical Conduct of Public Health Initiatives, as well as other relevant regulations, policies and guidelines. The ERB has the authority to approve, reject, propose modifications to or withdraw approval of any eligible projects submitted for review.

The ERB also participates in the development of best practices for addressing emerging ethical issues in the conduct of public health evidence-generating initiatives across the province.

List of Current Board Members  

Member Expertise/Discipline
Elizabeth Peter (Chair) Nursing, Philosophy, Bioethics
Samiya Abdi Equity, Social Impact, Social Determinants of Health, Health Promotion and Evaluation
Lisa Berger Public Health Medicine
Kayla Burt Epidemiology
Jeff D’Souza Bioethics, Health Equity, Public Health Ethics, Global Health Ethics
Rob Haile Public Health Planning, Health Promotion and Evaluation
Omolayo Idowu Public Health Nursing
Navneet Johal Ethics and Compliance, Law, Gerontology & Health Studies
Anna Majury Public Health Microbiology
Juhee Makkar Ethics, Law, Health Policy
Andrea Martel Indigenous Health Research
Michael Montess Public Health Ethics, Bioethics, Clinical Ethics 
Marvelous Muchenje Public Health Promotion, Social Work, HIV Programs and Services
Jay Shaw Ethics, Artificial Intelligence


Check out our submission deadlines and meeting dates.

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Updated 10 June 2024