Speaking Engagements

I enjoy speaking with groups, large or small, about the themes in No Ordinary Boy and in this blog.  Please get in touch if you’d like to invite me to speak with your class, organization, book club or group, or to participate in a panel discussion.



  • School of Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto. Workshop Co-facilitator. January 2017
  • Joint Centre for Bioethics. Guest lecturer. January 2017
  • Featured author, staff journal club, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab. January 2017

Previous talks




  • Featured author, CanMeds book club. McMaster medical school, Hamilton. September 2014
  • DesignMeets…Voices of HealthCare, Toronto. Presenter. June 2014
  • Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres annual conference, Toronto. Panelist. June 2014
  • Canadian Bioethics Society annual conference, Vancouver BC. Theoretical presentation. May 2014
  • Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism, Winnipeg. Keynote speaker and panelist. May 2014
  • Joint Centre for Bioethics. Guest lecturer. January 2014


  • Amplifying the Voices of Children and Youth with Special Needs, stakeholder consultation, Office of the Provincial Advocate, December 2013 (Participatory event, not a speaking engagement.)
  • Bioethics Week, special presentation for nursing, panelist. Sick Kids Hospital.  November 2013
  • University of Toronto medical students. Guest lecturer. May 2013
  • 16th Annual Obstetric Ultrasound: Setting the Standard for 2013, Panelist, “Sex and Ultrasound”.  February 2013
  • Genetics Grand Rounds, Sick Kids Hospital (Toronto). “Bias and Influence in Decision-making”. January 2013


  • Fetal Medicine Update 2012, Mount Sinai Hospital. “Ethics of Fetal Intervention”, Panelist. October 2012
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds presentation, Toronto East General Hospital, June 2012
  • Silent Voice, Keynote, Annual General Meeting, May 2012
  • Professional Writers’ Association of Canada, Toronto.  Panelist, Narrative Non-fiction, May 2012
  • Joint Center for Bioethics, University of Toronto.  Guest Speaker, May 2012
  • Grand Rounds presentation, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, April 2012
  • Bloom Speaker Series, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.  Presenter, February 15 2012
  • Silver Creek Preschool, Toronto.  Guest Speaker, February 9 2012
  • CBC Radio One, Blue Sky (Saskatchewan).  Interview and call-in show.  February 6 2012, 12:30 pm (Central)
  • CBC Radio One, Alberta at Noon (Alberta).  Interview and call-in show.  February 6 2012, 12:30 pm (Mountain)
  • Indigo bookstore, Mount Sinai Hospital.  Book signing, January 26 2012 12-2 pm
  • CBC Radio One, Ontario Today.  Interview and call-in show. January 19 2012
  • Medical Student Program, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.  Presenter, January 11 2012


  • National Developmental Pediatric Update Conference (“Child Update Conference”), Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto. Workshop co-presented with Maria McDonald, Bioethicist, “Negotiating the Gray Zone:  Ethical Issues in Health Care Decision Making”. November 2011
  • Navigating Contentious Cases in the Public Eye: A Working Symposium, The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto), panelist. October 2011