Upcoming Events

(Unless otherwise specified, events are held at the Ted Rogers School of Management, at 55 Dundas Street West, in Toronto.)


Alex Wellington
Ryerson Department of Philosophy
“Yes Means Yes, or Does It?: Complexities of Consent for Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Labour”
Thursday March 12, 2015 
Room: TRS 3-129

Defenders of the moral justifiability of commercial surrogacy and the sex trade rely upon variants of market freedom perspectives to support their positions. A market freedom perspective typically rests upon the presumption of capacity to consent, on the part of competent adults, in normal circumstances. Feminist and other critics of commercial surrogacy and the sex trade, by contrast, seemingly attack the presumption of consent, particularly when they advocate for criminal prohibition of the activities of buyers, sellers, and intermediaries or facilitators of market transactions relating to sex and surrogacy. Criminal prohibitions are preferred by some to regulatory oversight. Ultimately, looking more deeply and broadly into the foundations of the contesting positions on commercial surrogacy and the sex trade leads to the realization that even those who are committed to gender equality and social justice should reconsider the advisability of undermining the core concept of consent, and the desirability of criminal prohibitions.

Admission is free, but seating is limited, so please REGISTER.

Chris MacDonald and Katherine Rittershaus
“Conflict of Interest Policies at Canadian Banks”
April 8, 2015 from 2-3:30 pm
TRS 3-099

Conflict of interest (COI) is an important issue for many institutions, but it is of crucial interest to banks. Institutions whose success depends centrally on public trust must be especially careful to avoid any situation that might, fairly or unfairly, tend to jeopardize that trust. So banks must be especially cautious about Conflict of Interest. Clear policies are the foundation upon which proper management of Conflict of Interest is built. But previous studies suggest that COI is poorly understood, and that COI policies are sometimes poorly written. This presentation presents the results of an examination of the COI policies of Canada’s ‘big 5′ banks, suggests areas of improvement, and ranks the 5 banks’ policies in terms of quality, completeness, and clarity.

Admission is free, but seating is limited, so please REGISTER.

Hershell Ezrin
“Public-Private Partnerships: Ethical Issues in Outsourcing Government Responsibilities”
March 30, 2015
TRS 1-073

What are the ethics surrounding the possible outsourcing of previously dedicated government services and facilities? With a significant cutback in government capacities over the past twenty years, is it even realistic to expect that the public sector can design, fund, operate and maintain needed infrastructure? In an era when there is a $200 billion infrastructure gap just for Canadian municipalities but political leaders at all levels are convinced the public wants balanced budgets, where will the dollars come from? And how should political leaders try to sell their publics on private involvement?

Distinguished Visiting Professor Hershell Ezrin will explore these themes drawing upon his experiences as a senior leader at all three levels of government.

Admission is free, but seating is limited, so please REGISTER