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Through a $3-million gift to Dalhousie University's Bold Ambitions Campaign, John McCall MacBain has established the MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy to honour his late father.
McCall MacBain's $3 million gift will go to found the MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy. The addition of the MacBain Chair is expected to make Dalhousie the leader in health law and policy research in Canada and place the university among a small number of academic institutions with international impact in this field.
McCall MacBain is best known for having built a worldwide business of buy-and-sell magazines including Auto Trader, Buy and Sell, Bargain Finder and home TRADER. His global companies eventually spanned 20 countries and included more than 50 websites and 575 print title. Now based in Geneva, Switzerland, McCall MacBain oversees the McCall MacBain Foundation, whose mission is to "improve the welfare of humanity through focused grants in health, education and the environment." His first grants went to initiatives in Liberia to help rebuild a country ravaged by years of civil war.
Health Law and Policy is a fast-growing area of practice with far-reaching legal and ethical impacts across many disciplines and tackling difficult topics such as: research involving humans; end of life treatment, policy, and practice; patient safety; privacy and confidentiality of health information; neuroethics; and public health emergencies.
The Dalhousie Health Law Institute was established in 1991 as an interdisciplinary Institute supported by and serving the Faculties of Law, Medicine, Health Professions, and Dentistry. One of only two such institutes in Canada, the Dalhousie Health Law Institute offers the first and only health law and policy specialization at the JD level. The Health Law and Policy Program at Dalhousie represents the largest course offering of its kind in Canada, and approval of new courses in public health law and in environmental and health regulation will further expand this offering. The Health Law Institute has secured national grants such as the New Emerging Team Grant in Neuroethics (Canadian Institutes of Health Research). The creation of the first national neuroethics team, headed by Jocelyn Downie, builds capacity within Canada to deal with significant, novel, and pressing legal and ethical issues arising from recent advancements in the field of neurotechnology and neuroscience.
The $250-million Bold Ambitions campaign is the largest and most comprehensive in Dalhousie's history; focusing on student success and enrichment, interdisciplinary programs, and innovation and design. Its impact will deepen Dalhousie’s capacity for excellence, pushing us further to achieve our vision of becoming the very best university in Canada.
"I have named the MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy at Dalhousie University after my late father, Al MacBain, M.P., who was a 1951 Dalhousie law graduate. The aging of the Canadian population underlines the importance of this sector of the law. Dalhousie law school has a unique position of collaboration with the community to render unselfish public service. I hope that this Chair will take the needed leadership in this area of the public debate." - John McCall MacBain
"Sixty years after his father, Arthur Allister MacBain, graduated from law school Dr. John MacBain has carried forward the family tradition of embracing the Weldon tradition of unselfish public service. We are delighted to have the MacBain family legacy take a permanent seat on our faculty." - Kim Brooks, Dean and Weldon Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie
|John H. McCall MacBain |
|John H. McCall MacBain, daughter Alexandra, and student David Taylor|
|John H. McCall MacBain and student David Taylor|
|MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy|
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