Michael Bay

Michael Bay JD, Associate Professor (PT), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Canada.

Called to the Bar in 1984, Michael practices health law and is an educator, lecturer, and consultant in the fields of mental health, consent, capacity, and health privacy law. He was recently engaged in the review of community treatment order legislation on behalf of the Ontario. Michael established Ontario's Consent and Capacity Board and served as its Chair and CEO from 1995 to 2002. He was previously the Director of the province's Mental Health Law Education Project, consultant to the Ministry of Health, Chair of the Psychiatric Review Board (Toronto West), mental health counsel to the Ministry of Health, and Executive Assistant to the Minister of Health.

Michael was recently awarded the prestigious 2003 SOAR Medal by the Ontario Society of Adjudicators and Regulators in recognition of his outstanding service to the administrative justice system of Ontario.

Michael is widely published and has addressed hundreds of audiences of physicians, allied health professionals, police, other professionals, consumers, families and members of the wider community across Canada and overseas.

Competing Interests/Conflicts of Interest: None to declare in the past year.