Organ donation

Dr. Bill Wong, Dr. James Downar and Dr. Michael Hartwick

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On November 23, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team, Dr. Bill Wong, Dr. James Downar and Dr. Michael Hartwick to learn about organ donation. This session will be completely free of charge. 


Please note that this webinar will not be recorded. We encourage you to attend live on November 23 in order to learn more about organ donation.


Dr. Bill Wong is an anesthesiologist practicing at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga/Etobicoke where he is currently the Program Chief and Medical Director of Anesthesiology. He has been involved with medical assistance in dying since legislation was passed in 2016. His medical practice is predominantly hospital-based, however, he does provide medical assistance in dying to patients in the community. He specializes in cardiac anesthesiology, echocardiography, and critical care. He is also involved in many hospital committees including being the Medical Director for Assistance in Dying and the Chair of the Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutics Committee of the hospital. The current pandemic has also led him to participate and lead in various pandemic activities including airway teams and vaccination clinics. In 2018 Dr. Wong received recognition for his clinical and administrative work from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario when he received the CPSO Council Award. Recently he was also the recipient of a Trillium Gift of Life Hospital Donation Champion Award for his work engaging stakeholders, hospital partners and community partners in viewing organ and tissue donation after MAID as a standard practice and positive opportunity at the end-of-life. 

Dr. James Downar is a Critical Care and Palliative Care physician in Ottawa. He graduated from McGill Medical School and completed residency training in Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Palliative Care at the University of Toronto. He has a Master’s degree in Bioethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. He is the chair of Palliative and End-of-Life Care at the University of Ottawa, the co-chair of the Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative, the chair of the Ethical Affairs Committee of the Canadian Critical Care Society, and the co-chair of the Ontario Palliative Care Network’s Provincial Education Steering Committee. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, has been principal investigator on over a dozen peer-reviewed grants and is a former Associated Medical Services Phoenix Fellow. Dr. Downar also led several provincial and national efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was involved in planning for medication shortages for both critical care and palliative care and led the development of a critical care triage system in the event of a major surge in critically ill patients. His research interests include communication and decision-making for seriously ill patients and their families; Palliative Care for the Critically Ill; and Palliative Care for Noncancer Illnesses.

Dr. Michael Hartwick is an Associate Professor in the Divisions of Critical Care Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He works as an Intensivist at The Ottawa Hospital and is the Medical Lead for the Critical Care Response Team at the General Campus. Dr. Hartwick also practices as a Palliative Care physician with The Ottawa Hospital's Palliative and Supportive Care Consultation Service. Since 2014, Dr. Hartwick has worked as a Regional Medical Lead and Donation Support Physician for Trillium Gift of Life Network.

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)

November 23, 2021 at 3:00pm - 4:15pm