Kevin Reel, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee
Kevin studied occupational therapy a long, long time ago in Toronto. He then worked, lived and studied in the UK for many years, where he also got his MSc in Medical Ethics. He returned to Toronto for a Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. Since then, he has worked as a practicing healthcare ethicist.
Kevin is a registered occupational therapist in Ontario and an Assistant Professor with the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto and a faculty member with the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC). He is Chair of the Canadian Association of Practicing Healthcare Ethicists/Association canadienne des éthiciens en soins de santé, as well as a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto and the Sexual Health and Disability Alliance International.
In his spare time, he likes to play with power tools and kitchen appliances…usually to separate ends.
Tracy Howell, Co-Chair of The Steering Committee
Tracy has over 20 years of experience in Community Support Services (CSS) in various capacities including Senior Leadership, Program Management, Human Resources, Quality Improvement and Training & Development. She is passionate about issues related to client satisfaction and experience. Tracy was the lead person for a community committee that developed a shared survey tool that allows “like” organizations to compare their results.
In her last job (22 years) she worked as Director, Client Services for a large community-based organization. In this role she was responsible for both Supportive Housing and the Attendant Outreach Programs. She also served as the lead person for all ethics related activity/issues. Tracy was the organization’s Accreditation Coordinator from 2007 to 2021.
Tracy is active in the Attendant Services community. She frequently provides training on a variety of topics such as Professionalism, Boundaries, Documentation. As well she serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for a community support service agency.