Mary Jane Dykeman

Mary Jane Dykeman
FIRM:
DDO Health Law
POSITION:
Partner
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Health, Information Technology, Privacy

A partner with the Toronto firm DDO Health Law in Toronto, Mary Jane Dykeman divides her practice between health law and data law matters. She advises clients on a broad range of health law matters including risk management and strategic advice, mental health, consent, capacity and substitute decision-making. A significant area of her practice is devoted to privacy, cyber security, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Ms. Dykeman was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998 after receiving her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1996, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Bioethics from Mount Allison University in 1989. She has acted as in-house legal counsel to two Toronto teaching hospitals.

She founded the Mental Health Law course in Osgoode Professional Development’s Health Law LL.M. program, which she continues to teach with Michele Warner; as well as Osgoode’s Mental Health Certificate Program (now co-directed by Kristin Taylor and Michele Warner, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.)

With the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, Ms. Dykeman has co-authored two Law Commission of Ontario papers on health-care consent and advance care planning, including end-of-life practice tools. Her understanding of health system co-ordination for seniors, advance care planning, long-term care and end of life enables her to provide key compliance and wise counsel. Ms. Dykeman is the primary author of two toolkits developed with AdvantAge Ontario, a member association serving the long-term care sector, on medical assistance in dying and cannabis legalization, respectively. She also works extensively on challenging patient and family issues, and more recently on tools for family caregivers with The Change Foundation.

Ms. Dykeman provides practical privacy advice in the public and private sectors, and is a sought-after speaker. She responds to privacy breaches, advises on the creation of complex shared information systems, and trains extensively on legislative requirements and emerging trends.

Frequently assisting clients on issues that create significant clinical or enterprise risk management, Ms. Dykeman is often behind the scenes, providing strategic counsel and supporting senior teams to address the most difficult issues. This includes disruptive situations involving staff, patients/residents/clients and family members; as well as on shaping public policy in emerging areas such as AI.

Ms. Dykeman is vice-chair of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto board, and deputy chair of the Research Ethics Board of Canadian Blood Services. With Dr. Julia Spence, she has a platform for family caregivers of seniors, at www.caregiver.tips.

Mary Jane Dykeman Posts

Bill 84 proposes legislative changes to support medical assistance in dying

Ontario's Bill 84, introduced Dec. 7, is a step towards the creation of a responsive framework for those who choose to provide or receive medical assistance in dying, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman. Read more

Medical assistance in dying is now legal in Canada – what’s next?

by Mary Jane Dykeman and Nareh Ghalustians. Health practitioners are also guided by the directives issued by their respective health regulatory colleges (i.e. those governing physicians, nurses and pharmacists, among others, such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s interim guidance document. Read more

Ontario passes amendments to protect patient privacy, improve transparency

Reforms to health privacy legislation that passed third reading in the Ontario legislature this week to enhance patient privacy, bring ing the province into line with several other jurisdictions, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman. Read more

Medical aid in dying law narrows scope set by SCC

OTTAWA – The federal government has introduced a long-awaited and controversial new law spelling out the conditions in which seriously ill or dying Canadians may seek medical help to end their lives. Read the law here Read more

Health sector privacy officer training offered this spring

Back by popular demand, Toronto health law firm Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP is offering three days of health sector privacy officer training, featuring 20 hours of intensive instruction from leading legal educators in the field. Read more

Dykeman, Rosen to co-chair Osgoode healthcare privacy program

Toronto health lawyers Mary Jane Dykeman and Lonny Rosen will chair the upcoming 2016 Legal Guide to Privacy and Information Management in Healthcare program, run by Osgoode Professional Development. Read more

Decision in Ontario's first physician-assisted death case 'not surprising'

TORONTO – An elderly man who won court approval Thursday to have a doctor help him die – likely this weekend – pleaded with the government to change the law permanently to legalize doctor-assisted deaths. Read more

Assisted death cases highlight larger questions around the issue

It's not clear how many Canadians have applied to the courts for physician-assisted deaths, but some experts say the first case involving a terminally ill Alberta woman has set an example for others who are bound to follow. Read more

Substitute decision-makers and the health care system

It’s a good idea to have a conversation about who will make health-care decisions on your behalf — and what those decisions should be — if you’re ever not able to decide for yourself, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman. Read more

Quebec's assisted dying law enacted as legal questions remain

Quebec is at a crossroads on end-of-life legal issues, with its medical-aid-in-dying law (formerly Bill 52) now in force after many years of public consultation, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman. Read more

Dykeman to host health privacy webinar in Osgoode elder law series

On Jan. 14, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will present the first session in a seven-part webinar series on elder law, hosted by Osgoode Professional Development and chaired by Laura Tamblyn Watts. Read more

Mental health law evolving for patients, lawyers

Although mental health has been sheltered from public discourse for many years, this area of law has been changing significantly, creating many opportunities for advocacy, Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman writes in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Dykeman to provide insight into key issues in long-term care homes

Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman will present a primer on key issues in long-term care homes at the upcoming 2015 Guide to Advising the Elderly Client program, hosted by Osgoode Professional Development. Read more

Significant decision in hospital privacy breach case

The Supreme Court of Canada will not grant leave to appeal in a landmark privacy breach case at an Ontario hospital, say Toronto health lawyers Mary Jane Dykeman and Kate Dewhirst of DDO Health Law . Financial Post Read more

Three-day program to focus on health-sector privacy officer training

Toronto health law firm Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP (DDO Health Law) is offering three days of health sector privacy officer training this fall, featuring 20 hours of intensive instruction from leading legal educators in the field, DDO partners Mary Jane Dykeman and Kate Dewhirst . Read more