Donor Coordinator Network - a Community of Practice

A community of practice for donor coordinators who support deceased donation

In 2020, Canadian Blood Services established a national Donor Coordinator Network. This national community of practice aims to support donor coordinators in offering deceased donation as a standard component of end-of-life care by continuing to:

  • Foster community building and national collaboration
  • Strengthen clinical and social support for a small and specialized community of healthcare professionals
  • Provide resources and opportunities to share and learn about emerging cases/issues
  • Support national development and implementation of consistent clinical strategies and approaches

The network offers: 

  • Educational Webinars (linked below)
  • E-newsletters

Are you a donor coordinator interested in joining this network? If so, please contact: 

Recorded webinar presentations


Death definition and determination in real life

September 13, 2023

Dr. Andrew Healey 


Lessons from Spain: Next Steps Towards Improving ICU Donation Services

June 9, 2023

Dr. Mario Royo Villanova


May 15 2023 | Presenter : Dr. Samara Zavalkoff

Preventable harm in the Canadian OTDT system: Missed organ donor identification and referral



March 30, 2023 | Presenter: Dr. Sam Shemie

Paradigm Shift to a Brain-Based Definition & Determination of Death


March 1, 2023 | Presenter: Dr. Kim Wiebe

Medical Assistance in Dying and Organ Donation


December 13, 2022 | Presenter: Dr. Dennis Djogovic

Alberta SEND program: Specialists in End-of-Life Care, Neuroprognostication, and Donation

November 7, 2022 | Presenter: Laurie A. Lee

Survey of Current Practices in Pediatric and Neonatal Donation and Transplant in Canada

September 26, 2022 | Presenter: Dr. Kim Wiebe

Title: Organ and Tissue Donation following MAiD

April 14, 2022 | Presenter: Caroline Tait

Title: Voices, rights, and health care equity: The importance of including First Nations and Métis health leaders in organ donation and transplantation decision-making


January 20, 2022 | Presenter: Dr. Amanda van Beinum

Title: Healthcare professionals’ experiences and responses to perceived autoresuscitation events

September 28, 2021 | Presenter: Dr. Andrew Healey
Title: Expanding the Lung Donor Pool using Non-Perfused Organ Donation

June 1, 2021 | Presenters: Shauna Coffey
Title:  Tissue Donation - The Southern Alberta Experience
April 29, 2021 | Presenters: Jia Lin & Sarah Pol
Title:  Experiences of Family Veto among Organ and Tissue Donor Coordinators in Ontario



March 30, 2021 | Presenter: Dr. Sonny Dhanani
Title: DePPaRT study: insights and implications

December 16, 2020 | Presenter:  Ms. Vanessa Silva e Silva, Lead Researcher, BRIC Study 

Title:  Burnout among Donation Coordinators: Progress with the BRiC Study and Preliminary Results

Materials: The BRIC study (Burnout and Resilience in Organ and Tissue Donation Coordinators) information and publicatons can be found here

January 26, 2021 | Presenter:  Ms. Cynthia Isenor,  Health Services Director at Nova Scotia Health Authority for the Critical Care Program

Title:  The LEADDR Program: Legislative Evaluation – Assessment of Deceased Donation Reform


The Donor Coordinator Network is brought together by Canadian Blood Services