Research Ethics Board Chair, Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto

DEPARTMENT Bloorview Research Institute 
WORK TYPE Temporary Part-time 
GRADE None Specified 
FTE 0.6 
DESCRIPTION The REB Chair (“Chair”) is accountable to the Holland Bloorview Board of Trustees through the Research Teaching and Learning Committee.

The Chair has ultimate responsibility for assuring that the REB operates in full accordance with federal regulatory requirements and guidelines governing REB functions. The Chair works collaboratively with REB members/administrative staff, institutional officials, researchers, and clients, families, and others to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of research participants, fairness and equity in the conduct of research, and an appropriate balance of the risks and benefits for both research participants and society.

Specifically, the Chair:

  • Provides leadership to ensure that all policies, standards and operating procedures are consistently applied in the REB review and approval process;
  • Effectively chairs REB meetings and promotes meaningful discussion;
  • Assists REB members in identifying potential conflicts-of-interest, and ensures that those conflicts are appropriately managed;
  • Supports effective communication between the REB and research teams;
  • Works collaboratively with the Senior Research Ethics Lead and other REB stakeholders in initiating/developing/revising REB policies and establishing quality management mechanisms;
  • Assists in determining the appropriateness of projects for REB review in consideration of the REB mandate, and assigning submitted projects to full or delegated REB review;
  • Reviews serious adverse event reports, unanticipated problems, and other post-approval submissions;
  • Assists in the selection, training and orientation of new REB members;
  • Provides leadership and guidance in identifying opportunities for ongoing development and education of REB members and researchers;
  • Serves as a resource on the responsible conduct of research for REB members, REO, researchers, and other institutional REBs;
  • Works cooperatively with all stakeholders to foster dialogue and manage disputes;
  • Assists the Vice-Chair, REB members and REO staff in fulfilling their responsibilities and encouraging ongoing professional development;
  • Holds the final responsibility for all decisions related to initial and ongoing review and approval of submissions and the activities of REB sub-committees;
  • Fosters collaborative relationships and effective communication with REB stakeholders including researchers, institutional administration, other institutional REBs, professional associations, study sponsors, and community and government agencies;
  • Leads and participates in new initiatives and participates in local, national and international conferences and workshops that promote best practices in research involving humans;
  • Serves on committees of the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network and elsewhere to foster harmonization of REB policies and review processes;
  • Collaboratively sets annual goals and objectives, reports regularly on REB activities, and makes new policy recommendations for consideration by the Research, Teaching and Learning Committee.


  • The ideal candidate:
  • Must have a graduate degree in bioethics, health research or other related discipline
  • Must be an experienced REB Chair or REB member with at least 2 years of experience
  • Must have strong knowledge of clinical research
  • Must have background and/or strong knowledge of clinical research in paediatric populations and the special considerations that exist when conducting research involving children and youth
  • Must be an authority on TCPS 2, other federal regulations, standards, and guidelines, and provincial legislation governing the ethical conduct of research and protection of human research participants

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Personal and academic integrity;
  • An interest in and commitment to the role;
  • A willingness to learn and continuously update knowledge and skills, teamwork and professionalism;
  • The ability to prioritize and manage workloads in a timely manner; and
  • The ability to positively represent the Holland Bloorview REB at local, regional, national and international levels.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION Join a world of possibility! Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. Our work environment is inspiring, innovative, collaborative and rooted in our organizational vision to create a world of possibility. We are a Top Employer for Young People, one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, and offer competitive compensation, benefit packages and programs that support ongoing learning and professional growth.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is an equal opportunity employer.

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