Lead Organizers

Mr. Louis Beaulieu

Chief Executive Officer, Transplant Québec, Montreal, Canada

Dr. Matthew Weiss

Scientific Director of the Forum & Medical Director - Organ Donation, Transplant Québec, Quebec, Canada

Dr. Mélanie Dieudé

Executive Director, The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada

Transplant Québec, together with the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), is pleased to invite you to attend the International Donation and Transplantation Legislative and Policy Forum to be held virtually October 14 and 15th 2021.

As described below, the Forum aims to create recommendations that can be used to improve the legislative and policy framework surrounding organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Registration is free and required for attendance and can be completed by clicking on the “registration” section. Simultaneous translation in English and French will be available.

We hope that many of you, our Quebec, Canadian, and international colleagues, will participate in this event, as well as in the Forum on the Future of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation in Quebec, which will immediately follow, focused on integrating the recommendations from the International Forum into the system in the province of Quebec.

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Transplant Québec and the CDTRP recognize and appreciate the significant financial support given by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services that has allowed for the development of these events. We also thank our many partners for their contributions.

Dr. Marcelo Cantarovich

President of The Transplantation Society

Transplant Québec and the CDTRP warmly thank The Transplantation Society and its president, Dr. Marcelo Cantarovitch, for their support as a Principal Partner of both Forums. This support in regards to the organization of the event as well as the scientific input contributed to the creation of a high quality scientific forum, and will allow for greater dissemination of the results to the international community.


The goal of the International Forum is to create evidence informed expert consensus recommendations with the objective of improving organ and tissue donation and transplantation laws and policy. Though the focus is primarily on deceased organ donation, tissue donation and living donation will be addressed as well.

This is a Quebec and Canadian initiated event, but the objective is to create aspirational recommendations that can be adapted for use in donation and transplant systems around the world.


The International Forum will take place over one and a half days from October 14 to 15, 2021. Colleagues from all regions of the world, including donation and transplantation focused researchers, clinicians, patient partners, and administrators will be present and joined by experts in law, social sciences, and bioethics. Together they will present their consensus recommendations that have been developed over the months preceding the Forum. These recommendations will represent an innovative body of work that could help guide any jurisdiction or region hoping to develop or improve their legislation and policies regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

A second forum, Forum on the Future of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation in Quebec, will immediately follow during the afternoon of October 15th. In light of the International Forum recommendations and discussions, participants from Quebec’s political and clinical domains will be joined by patient and family partners and members of the general public to begin the discussion on what to prioritize in the quest to improve the legislative and policy framework of Quebec.


The primary output will be a series of science manuscripts detailing the recommendations and the evidence base used to reach consensus.

The recommendations will also be distributed through presentations at scientific conferences, workshops, and reports in non-academic media.


The Transplantation Society, the Canadian Society of Transplantation, Canadian Blood Services, and the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement are all official partners who have contributed to the scientific content and will partner with the distribution of the recommendations.