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Maureen McTeer

Canadian Lawyer and Author,
Former Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Mentor

Ian Capstick, Managing Partner of MediaStyle and Commentator on CBC News Channel’s Power & Politics

Ms. McTeer is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, (BA, LLB), Dalhousie University (LLM in Health law), and the University of Sheffield in the U.K. (MA, Biotechnological Law and Ethics). She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa. She has been awarded three honorary doctorates and several awards for her work in law, women’s equality and health policy. The author of four books, including Parliament: Canada’s Democracy & How It Works and Tough Choices: Living & Dying in the 21st Century, Ms. McTeer has lectured extensively, in both English and French, on law, science and public policy in Canada and the U.S. on topics as varied as keeping control at the end of life; reproductive technologies, genetics, gene editing and patents on higher life forms.

In addition to her writing, teaching and advocacy work, she has served as a lay member of several Boards, including as an original member of Canada’s Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies, the National Council of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada; the Accreditation Committee for Canadian Medical Schools, and the Advisory Board of the Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre at the Ottawa Hospital. She was a founder and chaired the Canadian Bar Association’s Eastern and Central European Legal Programs, for which she received the Rt. Hon. Louis St. Laurent award for legal excellence and the Hungarian President’s Cross. She was Commission co-Chair and helped author the Canadian Nurses Association’s report “A Nursing Call to Action – the health of our nation, the future of our health system” in 2012. (see


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