Professor McDonald retired in December, 2010. He continues to remain active in research, graduate supervision and ethics consulting.
Michael McDonald was the founding Director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics (1990-2002). He received an Honours BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1969 to 1990, he was a member of the Philosophy Department at the University of Waterloo.
In 2009, the Canadian Bioethics Society gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to McDonald for his “outstanding contribution to the Healthcare Ethics in Canada”. Complete In 2006, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada presented McDonald with the designation of Honorary Certified General Accountant for his contribution to professional ethics education for the Association.
McDonald also headed the creation of two websites with Dr. Holly Longstaff and Nina Preto: www.stemcellethics.ca is an educational resource dedicated to helping Canadian stem cell researchers navigate ethical issues in their work; www.researchethicssurvey.ca is a website designed for gathering information that will promote better communication amongst and between researchers, research administrators, research participants, and research ethics committees.
McDonald’s work is located at the intersection of theory and practice in health care, business and professional life, politics, and other aspects of everyday life. He has written on such topics as the ethics of research involving human subjects, cross-cultural ethics, the rights of communities, professional and corporate responsibility, and the place of applied ethics in contemporary society. He has played an important leadership role in the development of a significant Canadian research capacity in applied ethics.
McDonald is currently a member of the following committees:
- Member, Canadian Blood Services Bioethics Advisory Committee 2016-2018
- Chair, Canadian Council on Animal Care, Animal Data Working Group, 2016-1018
- Member, Governance Committee of the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB), Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, 2008-2017