Jennifer L. Gibson

PhD (University of Toronto)
MA (University of Western Ontario)

Professional Interests

organizational ethics, priority setting/resource allocation, ethics program development in health organizations, ethics evaluation and effectiveness, policy ethics, pandemic planning, public engagement


Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (2014 - present).

The Ross Upshur Award for Excellence in Course Direction (inaugural winner), University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (2012).

Current Grants

Gibson JL, Upshur REG, Baker R, Culyer T, Frolic A, Gibson B, Hawryluck L, Mitton C, Nelson S, Thompson A.
“Ethics & values in health policy: improving care transitions for Ontario patients across the continuum of care”.
Source: CIHR

Gibson JL, Denis J-L, Mitton C, Ritvo P, Simpson C, Velji K.
“Organizational ethics in health care: a national survey of health executives, managers, and ethicists.”
Source: CIHR

Gibson JL, Secker BL.
“Ethics program evaluation in Canada: synthesizing research evidence and expert experience to improve ethics quality in health institutions”
Source: CIHR

Peacock SJ, Burgess M, Bryan S, Dobrow M, Gibson JL, Hoch J, Mitton C.
“Evidence, values, and priority setting methods in cancer control.”
Source: CIHR

Quinonez C, Bensimon C, Gibson JL.
Resource allocation in publicly funded dental care: defining an ethically-defensible basket of essential services.
Source: CIHR

Thompson A, Cadarette S, Gibson JL, Lemmens T.
“SAFER: Study to articulate a framework for ethical reflection in post-market pharmacovigilance”
Source: CIHR

Peacock S, Hoch J, Barbera L, Barer M, Berry S, Browman G, Culyer A, Dobrow M, Doll R, Elwood M, Evans B, Gallagher R, Gibson JL, Harvey B, Henry D, Hodgson D, Krahn M, McBride M, Mittman N, Morgan S, Ringash J, Sawka C, Sullivan T, Sutcliffe S, Upshur R.
“Centre for Health Economics, Services, Policy, and Ethics (HESPE) Research in Cancer Control”
Source: National Cancer Institute of Canada

Other Affiliations

  • Co-Leader, Societal Values & Public Engagement Program, Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC)
  • Research Team Member, Division of Health Policy & Ethics, Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative (THETA)
  • Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics



Additional Recent Publications

Gibson JL(PA), Bean S, Chidwick P, Godkin D, Sibbald R, Wagner F. Ethical framework for resource allocation during the drug supply shortage. Prepared for the Drug Supply Technical Advisory Group, Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, 20 March 2012.10 pp.  Accessible at:

Gibson JL, Mitton C. Priority Setting in the LHINs: A Practical Guide to Decision-making, 2009. 32pp. Accessible here

Gibson JL. Ethical Frameworks for Resource Allocation in Critical Care. Prepared for the Ethical Issues of Access Pillar, Critical Care Strategy, Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, 2006.

Gibson JL.Expanded Criteria Donor (EDC) Kidney Wait Listing and Allocation: An Ethical Analysis for the Trillium Gift of Life Network. Prepared for the Wait List Working Group, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, 2006.

Upshur REG, Faith K, Gibson JL, Thompson AK, Tracy S, Wilson K, Singer PA. Stand on guard for thee: ethical considerations in preparedness planning for pandemic influenza. A report of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Pandemic Influenza Working Group. University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, 2005. 29 pp. Accessible at: