Françoise Baylis

is a philosopher whose innovative work in bioethics, at the intersection of policy and practice, has stretched the boundaries of the field.  Her work challenges others to think broadly and deeply about the direction of health, science and biotechnology. It aims to move the limits of mainstream bioethics and develop more effective ways to understand and tackle public policy challenges in Canada and abroad.

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 COVID-19, human genome editing, assisted human reproduction, and research involving women. 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 equity and social justice.

Baylis is University Research Professor at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2017 she was awarded the Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2020 received the McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Lectureship and Award for Excellence in Law and Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine. She is the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics at the University of Oregon for the 2020-21 academic year.