Ethics Centre

The University of Sudbury's Ethics Center is a service, research, and coordination unit that focuses on contemporary ethical issues. In acting as an information, expertise, resource and communication hub, the Centre is perpetuating the University’s ideals of increasing awareness of ethical issues amongst the public and offering support to those addressing them.

Mission Statement
The University of Sudbury’s Ethics Centre seeks to provide a forum for dialogue and the transfer of knowledge regarding contemporary ethical issues. In particular, the 4 following axis are pursued:

Issues of recognition, integration, accommodation and the fight against discrimination for linguistic, cultural, religious, and ethnic minorities, as well as for Indigenous peoples, migrants, women, homosexuals and transgender people.

National and international Economic inequalities; the structure of the market and the firm; policies and measure of redistribution; the Welfare State and public services.

The new powers on life due to the progress of medicine, genetics, and prosthetics; abortion and euthanasia; ethical decisions in hospital settings; new media and virtual interactions; the massive collection of data and privacy.

The impact of human activities on our environment; pollution and global warming; our relationship and duties toward nature and animals.

Organizational Goals
The goals of the Ethics Centre are:
  • To develop a resource and information centre on contemporary ethical issues, as well as those specific to the community;
  • To promote dialogue among different social groups, communities, and institutions of the region;
  • To provide an opportunity for interested individuals to become involved in a systematic reflection on ethical issues and in practical research in response to the community's needs;
  • To create a network for communication among people of different disciplines and those engaged in ethical reflection and research;
  • To educate the public at large about ethical and social values.

Media Presence
The Ethics Centre contributes two monthly columns exploring ethical issues:
In English: Look for the column “Right and Wrong” in the Northern Life.  The archives can be found at
In French: Look for our articles in Le Voyageur.  The archives can be found at

Potential Collaborators
The Centre is always looking for partners and collaborators. It aims to share information and resources with community members and organizations over the long-term.  

Resources sharing would take the form of:
  • Collaboration with community organizations facing ethical challenges
  • Engagement in the public debate regarding moral questions
  • Promoting interdisciplinary research on contemporary ethical issues
  • Providing information, analysis, and clarifications regarding current ethical issues
  • Providing a space in which people can meet for discussion and action with regards to ethics
Interested individuals and groups should contact Professor François Côté-Vaillancourt, Director of the Ethics Centre - 

The Ethics Centre at the University of Sudbury is proud to launch a new series of podcasts, in English and French, which will explore contemporary issues of ethics with specialists in the field.

Whether it is for a class assignment or for your own enjoyment, click here for our podcasts.

If you would like to suggest a topic, or volunteer your own research for a future podcast, please contact Dr. François Côté-Vaillancourt by email at, or by calling 705-673-5661, ext. 203.

The Ethics Centre is also responsible for the ethical supervision of student research projects at the University of Sudbury.

Documents for download:

      Join your favourite professors and fellow students for free-flowing discussions to take place during lunch... a perfect place to get to know what your professors truly think!
Did we mention that there will be free food?

      12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Ludger & Amanda Michel University Commons (1st floor lounge)

September 20 Conference Day
September 27 Case Study Day: Should you kill the fat man?
October 4 Book Club Day: Must you pay your debts?
October 18 Catching Up With The News
October 25 Conference Day
November 1 Case Study Day: Would you eat your cat?
November 8 Book Club Day: Should animals have rights?
November 15 Catching Up With The News
November 22 Case Study Day: Should you report a drunk coworker?
November 29 Book Club Day: Are we our brain? What is consciousness?

Conference Day:
A 10-min presentation by a professor on his or her work, followed by an open discussion of that topic. An “academic show-and-tell” if you will.

Case Study Day: An ethical case study will be presented and debated openly. Who is right; who is wrong; what shade of grey will win the day?!

Catching Up With The News: A casual meeting in which we try to come to term with living in such a crazy, imperfect world. How much can we complain about the U.S.? Find out!

Book Club Day: A discussion centered on a short text or article, because even reading is more fun with other people!

Note: Click on the links in the table to read the articles.

      All are welcome. Presentations will be in English with the possibility of asking questions in French.

      : François Coté-Vaillancourt –

A FEW PAST Activities
The Ethics Centre organizes education and awareness activities for students, faculty, and the general public.  

Marc Françcois Bernier Panhandling Blanket Drive  Nov 2013
Knowledge Hwy Oct 2013 EC Its Not Easy Being Green Oct 2013 Homeless in Sudbury janvier 2013

      The Ethics Centre seeks to bring together a collection of resources to assist the community in responding to the ethical issues they encounter. If you are looking for information related to ethics, please do not hesitate to contact the Centre. We will either be able to direct you to existing resources, or help you in your research.

In the Library

Databases and Collections

Journals and E-Books

Ethics Centre Logo
The Ethics Centre Logo was created by Paul Gomirato, PG Advertising and Design Inc., in 1998.
    Its background is defined by two contrasting shades, which demonstrate the ambiguity of the human condition and the possible conflict involved in an ethical issue. The "S" crossing both areas refers to the reflection required to understand an ethical issue in all its complexity. It also identifies the University of Sudbury. Three horizontal and parallel lines form the letter "E" for Ethics and represent the idea of movement and creativity in searching for an ethical position. The colour green was chosen to symbolise serenity in the face of difficult ethical problems and hope of finding the way to personal and collective fulfilment.
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François Côté-Vaillancourt
Director of the Ethics Centre
Professor of philosophy

University of Sudbury
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6

705-673-5661, ext. 203