The Clinical Ethics Committee was created in 1966. Its mandate is to consider ethical issues in psychiatry and to make recommendations as they are relevant to and impact on the patients and staff of the Douglas Institute.

This includes:

  • reviewing the Institute's policies that have ethical components
  • providing guidance to health-care workers for particular clinical cases
  • educating and sensitizing the staff and public to ethical issues in psychiatry

Based on the values of respect, determination, benevolence, beneficence, confidence, justice and the integrity of each person, the Clinical Ethics Committee recognizes each person`s fundamental right to make their own informed decisions about their care and any other issue that affects their quality of life. They also recognize each person`s capacity to develop their own approach to ethical reflection.


The Committee is composed of:

  • Thomas Maniatis, MD, MSc, FRCPC, co-chair
  • Martine Lafleur, co-chair
  • Nicole Germain, assistant to the executive director
  • A representative of every clinical program or profession

Present as an observer:

  • Francine Bourassa, local complaints commissioner

Who can submit a request to the Ethics Committee?

The Ethics Committee answers questions from:

  • Clinicians and health staff
  • Patients
  • The public

What kinds of requests can be submitted to the Ethics Committee?

The Ethics Committee can be contacted regarding:

  • General ethics issues
  • Questions concerning specific cases
  • Requests for clinical team visits


Send any request to the Ethics Committee via email at: cec_At_douglas_dot_mcgill_dot_ca