Ethics Review Board

Public Health Ontario's (PHO) Ethics Review Board (ERB) is responsible for the ethics review of evidence-generating public health projects that involve human participants, their data or their biological materials. Projects may include research, evaluation, enhanced surveillance and quality improvement.

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. As an independent board, 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.

Collectively, ERB members have expertise in a broad range of public health disciplines and methodologies, ethics, law, and community perspectives.

List of Current Board Members  

  • Judith Friedland, Chair
  • Kwaku Adomako, Public Health Ontario
  • Naideen Bailey, Non-affiliated member
  • Melissa Biksa, City of Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Julie Cowan, Community member
  • Julia Gill, Joint Centre for Bioethics
  • Billie-Jo Hardy, Well Living House, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Jeremy Herring, Public Health Ontario
  • Cameron McDermaid, Ottawa Public Health
  • Barry Pakes, Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Kevin Reel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 
  • Thomas Tenkate, Ryerson University 
  • Ruby Shanker, Women's College Hospital


Check out our submission deadlines and meeting dates.

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Updated 12 April 2019