Dr. Julie Ponesse, PhD

Chief of Bio-Medical Ethics for The Wellness Company Canada

From Dr. Ponesse:

"In Canada over the last few years, “health care” has felt more like an oxymoron than an institution. But it didn’t need to be that way. We can do better, we will do better, for ourselves and for our children. 

I joined The Wellness Company because we need a healthcare revolution in Canada. We need to create a system that sees health as more than just a biomedical state, that addresses the whole person with utmost respect and care so that each patient can flourish according to her own goals and principles. 

The Wellness Company treats the physician-patient relationship as a sacred relationship of healing in which privacy, trust and consent are paramount."



About Dr. Ponesse

Dr. Julie Ponesse holds a PhD in Philosophy (Western, 2008) with areas of specialization in Ethics and Ancient Philosophy. She has a Masters in Philosophy with Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Ethics from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Dr. Ponesse has published in the areas of Ancient Philosophy, Ethical Theory, and Applied Ethics, and has taught at universities in Canada and the US for 20 years.

In the fall of 2021, Dr. Ponesse was terminated after she refused to comply with her university's COVID vaccine mandate. In response, she recorded a special video directed to her first-year ethics students. That video went viral. In December 2021, Dr. Ponesse released a book titled My Choice: The Ethical Case Against Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates, a personal account of the battle and its aftermath that examines the ethical and philosophical dimensions of our pandemic response.

Dr. Ponesse is a 2023 Brownstone Fellow and the Chief of Medical Ethics for The Wellness Company Canada.


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