CMC Topic Contributors

The development of the Canadian MAiD Curriculum Project wouldn’t be possible without the passionate and dedicated efforts of many different health care practitioners, providers, assessors, care coordinators, researchers, staff, persons with lived experience, lawyers, persons with disabilities, and the CAMAP board of directors, along with the support of a variety of organizations and associations.


With genuine gratitude and appreciation, we recognize and celebrate the many people who have participated in the project along the way.

Reflection and Resilience: Mental health experts developed evidence-based models, practices and resources that are proven to reduce distress, enhance focus, safeguard resilience, and promote professional health well-being. Reflective practices designed to address the social and emotional challenges of MAiD, to increase clinician engagement and satisfaction, are woven throughout all modules and collected in a free handbook, “Reflection and Resilience Backpack: Resources and Practices to Support Your Journey as a MAiD Clinician.”

Topic ContributorLocationCredentials/Title
Alan EppelONMD (Psychiatrist and Person with Lived Experience)
Amélie GuilbaultQCMD (Psychiatrist)
Andrea FrolicONPhD (Ethicist and MAiD Director)
Diana TikaszONMSW (Trauma-informed Care Counselor/Educator)
Marianne DeesThe NetherlandsMD, PhD (Dutch Family Physician, Euthanasia Provider)
Melissa MelnitzerONMD (Palliative Care and MAiD Provider)
Tony DeBono*ONPhD (Psychologist) *Resigned in Jan 2023

Topic 1: Foundations of MAiD in Canada 
An online, self-study module which includes an introduction to the major milestones in the development of MAiD law in Canada, the federal and provincial processes, eligibility criteria, and safeguards with respect to MAiD, and an ethics primer.

Topic ContributorLocationCredentials/Title
Jocelyn DownieNSCM, FRSC, FCAHS, SJD
Julie CampbellONMBA, MN, NP(PHC)
Kevin ReelONOT Reg. (Ont.), MSc (medical ethics)
Stefanie GreenBCMDCM CCFP

Topic 2: Clinical Conversations
An online, self-study module on developing an approach to navigating goals of care discussions with particular emphasis on how to include MAiD as an end-of-life option.

Topic ContributorLocationCredentials/Title
Charles-Olivier BasileQCMDCM
Julia WildishNBMD, FCFP (PC), FRCPC
Konia TroutonBC, ONMD MPH FCFP

Topic 3: How to do a MAiD Assessment
A systematic approach outlining how to receive a MAiD request and prepare for and conduct a MAiD assessment. Particular emphasis is placed on the MAiD eligibility criteria and safeguards underlying all assessments, with a focus on assessor wellness.

Topic ContributorLocationCredentials/Title
Alexis PeplinskieONNP-PHC, MPH
Dominique DionQCMD, MSc
Donald VersluisBCBScN, MSc, PHC-NP, DNP
Edward S. WeissONMD, CCFP
Rachelle SenderONPhD, MD, FCFP
Randall TresidderNSPT, MEd; Person with Lived Experience (PWLE)
Robert WeilerSKMD

Topic 4: Assessing Capacity and Vulnerability
A deeper exploration of capacity considerations and psychosocial vulnerabilities in MAiD assessments.

Topic ContributorLocationCredentials/Title
Alexandra McPhersonABMD FRCPC
Catherine FrazeeNSOC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.)
* Resigned in August 2023
Justine DemboONMD FRCPC
Lilian ThorpeSKMD PhD FRCPC
Madeline LiONMD PhD FRCPC* Resigned September 2023
Stephen DiTommasoQCMDCM FCFP
Timothy ChristieNBPhD

Topic 5: Providing MAiD
Comprehensive, three-part modules aimed to foster skill development and promote the implementation of best practices in the provision of MAiD.

Topic ContributorLocationCredentials/Title
Carolyne MontgomeryBCNP-PHC, MPH
Dionne WalshABMD CCFP(PC)
Erica MaynardNSRN, BN, MN:ANP(f)
Osmaan SheikhBCMD, CCFP
Sally MacDonaldYKMD
Tanja DawsBCMBChB, BSC Hons, CCFP

Topic 6: Navigating Complex Cases with Confidence
Exploring complex MAiD scenarios.

Topic ContributorLocationCredentials/Title
Chantal PerrotONMD, FCFP, MDPAC(C)
Claude RivardQCMD
Janice ChisholmNSMD FRCP
Konia TroutonBC, ONMD MPH FCFP
Laurel PlewesBCRN, MSN
Valerie CooperONMN, NP Adult, CHPCN(C)

Topic 7: MAiD & Mental Disorders
Exploring the main clinical practice considerations involved in MAiD for persons with mental disorders.

Topic ContributorLocationCredentials/Title
Guillaume Barbès-MorinQCMD, FRCPC
Juanna RickettsNSPerson with Lived Experience (PWLE)
*Involvement until August 3, 2023
(In memory of Juanna Fontella Delta Lopes (Ricketts)- obituary )
Justine DemboONMD FRCPC
Laura StovelABMD FRCPC
Nick BaldwinBCMD CCFP

Francophone Clinician Review
All French modules underwent a comprehensive review by professional language translators and francophone clinicians to ensure language and terminology are consistent with that used in practice.

Francophone Clinician LocationCredentials/Title
Amélie GuilbaultQCMD
Charles-Olivier BasileQCMDCM
Claude RivardQCMD
Dominique DionQCMD, MSc
Stephen DiTommasoQCMDCM, FCFP