Impact Ethics

Françoise Baylis

CRC, Professor

Phone: 902-494-6458

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• Listen to "Conversations with My Mother", The Walrus Talks
• Listen to "Breaking the Wall Between Gene Science & Ethics", Falling Walls


Baylis, F. Breaking the wall between gene science and ethics: How philosophy can provide frameworks for a global biotech revolution. (9 Nov 2016). Falling Walls Conference. Berlin, Germany.

Baylis, F. Conversations with my mother. (20 Oct 2016). The Walrus Talks The Art of Conversation. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

Identity. Relationships. Belonging. Persons with Dementia. Dialogue on Aging: Geriatric Services Conference. Tapestry Foundation for Aging. Vancouver, BC. 29 Apr 2016.

I'm Still a Person (Part 1 of 2).
I'm Still a Person (Part 2 of 2).
Keynote presentation to Tapestry Foundation for Health Care's Geriatric Services Conference. Vancouver, BC. 29 Apr 2016.

Pay-for-Plasma Panel Discussion. Nova Scotia Health Coalition. 25 Apr 2016.

Françoise Baylis: bioéthicienne. Carte de Visite, Télévision française de l'Ontario (TFO). Dans son bureau de l'Université Dalhousie à Halifax, la bioéthicienne Françoise Baylis doit soupeser le pour et le contre des soi-disant progrès médicaux, pour déterminer si les bénéfices pour la santé d'une personne peuvent nuire aux droits d'une autre... Ces questions, Françoise Baylis se les pose tous les jours. On vit plus vieux. On vit en meilleure santé. Les progrès de la science sont partout. Des avancées technologiques viennent en aide aux couples qui ont du mal à concevoir un bébé. Mais ces progrès sont-ils réellement positifs pour la société? 12 Feb 2016.

Baby-making: The harms of commercial contract pregnancy.Mason Institute. 12 Mar 2015.

Science in the city: Research ethics: The obligations to include pregnant women in research. McMaster TV. 14 Feb 2012.

Just in time: Health research and the pharmaceutical industry. Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA). 15 Feb 2010.

Whose business is it anyway? Science and the corporate world. (Trust in Science Part 4). Situating Science│Atlantic Node. Mar 2007.


Françoise Baylis is a philosopher whose innovative work in bioethics, at the intersection of policy and practice, has stretched the very boundaries of the field.  Her extensive publication record spans many topics, including research involving children, the role of bioethics consultants, women's health, human embryo research, and novel genetic technologies. Her work challenges readers to think broadly and deeply about the direction of health, science and biotechnology.

A public intellectual for the modern age, Baylis brings her ethical sensibilities, informed by best practices, theory and common sense, to a wide range of public issues. She is a frequent guest on CBC and Radio Canada and the author of many news stories with a “behind the scenes” look at ethical issues. Her current research focuses on women’s health with particular attention to assisted human reproduction and research participation. With a personal mantra to make the powerful care, Baylis contributes to national policy-making via government research contracts, membership on national committees and public education. This work – all of which is informed by a strong commitment to the common good – focuses largely on issues of social justice.

Baylis holds the Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy. This research aims to move the limits of mainstream bioethics and develop more effective ways to understand and tackle public policy challenges in Canada and abroad.