CCEPA Research

CCEPA is strongly committed to enhancing the relationship between scholars and the public through collaborative programs that provide access to academic research.

In addition to granting eight Research Fellowships from 2006 – 2011, the Centre also plays host to a Scholar-in-Residence and a Public Scholar. CCEPA has also collaborated with teams of researchers on Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants.

CCEPA Scholar in Residence Program

Dr. Cathy Driscoll reprises her 2007 role as Scholar in Residence. Dr. Driscoll, from the Saint Mary’s University, Sobey School of Business, took advantage of the opportunity as CCEPA’s first Scholar in Residence to write and deepen her involvement with the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), a $2.1 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded program directed at research and dialogue in support of ethical business practices, economic, environmental and social sustainability. Dr. Driscoll is currently making headway with projects on ethical behaviour in organizations, ethical leadership and ethical initiatives in Atlantic Canadian businesses and the integration of ethics, social impact, and sustainability into business education.

In 2013 Karl Turner, a doctoral candidate at Mount Saint Vincent University, is researching the role provincial debt plays in shaping educational policy in Nova Scotia, specifically looking to answer to what extent educational policies have been altered in order for the Nova Scotia government to borrow money at favorable rates of interest. Mr. Turner is also the Registrar at the Nova Scotia Community College.

In 2011, Dr. Sylvia Burrow came to CCEPA while on leave from her position as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cape Breton University, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Dr. Burrow’s work for 2011-2012 focuses on the pressing issue of violence against women, and how such a culture of violence against women impairs women’s capacity to flourish as moral persons. She aims to fill this philosophical gap through two related approaches that together present a picture of self-defence training as a response to moral harms implicit to a culture of violence against women. The first approach assesses how a culture of violence damages autonomy through restricting choice formation and pursuit. The second approach assesses the impact of a culture of violence on women’s capacity to cultivate and sustain integrity.

In 2010, Professor Brent Cotter, past Dean of Law at the University of Saskatchewan joined us as Scholar in Residence. Professor Cotter’s interests lie with legal ethics which has become the main focus of his academic work. At CCEPA, Mr. Cotter is working on completing the 2nd edition of the National Casebook in Legal Ethics and Professionalism in which he is a contributor and co-editor. He will also be working on a project related to the essential nature of confidentiality from the personal to the ‘institutional’, including its role in legal, medical, and religious contexts.

CCEPA initiated a Scholar-in-Residence program in 2009. Dr Todd Calder, working on the topic of Evil, joined us as Scholar in Residence. During his time, Dr. Calder published, “The Prevalence of Evil”, in Evil, Forgiveness and Political Violence, ed. Andrea Veltman and Kathern Norlock and published by Lexington Book, a division of Roman and Littlefield Publishing. Dr Calder also presented a paper “The Need For Evil” at the Atlantic Canadian Philosophical Association Conference held in Sydney, Cape Breton, in October 2009.

CCEPA has a mandate to carry out and support research in applied ethics. We have supported and continue to support research by scholars from several Canadian universities. We have also facilitated research for non-profit organizations by graduate business students as part of their academic program, such as this scenario of a charitable donation by a tobacco company.

CCEPA Research Fellowships began in 2006, resulting in the appointment of eight fellows:


Dr. Benet Davetian, University of Prince Edward Island, who worked on a project titled “The Ethics of Civility and Social Cohesion.” Dr. Davetian also produced a documentary film that was shown to hundreds of high school students in PEI as part of his research monitoring the behavioural effects of viewing.


Dr. Chris MacDonald, Saint Mary’s University, who worked on “‘Greenwashing’ and the Corporate Moral Motivation.” Dr. MacDonald examined the extent to which charges of “greenwashing”, a practice in advertising that promotes environmental achievements of companies with poor environmental track records, can fit within the framework of ethical evaluation.


Dr. Amy Thurlow, Mount Saint Vincent University, who worked on “Ethics and Social Media: Redefining Public Communication in Education.”


Dr. Margaret McKee, Saint Mary’s University, who worked on a project titled “An Investigation of the Ethics Training and Education Practices of Top 101 Atlantic Canadian Companies.” Dr. McKee studied the efforts by Canadian firms to educate employees about ethical issues in the workplace.


Dr. Sean Wiebe, University of Prince Edward Island, who worked on “Ethics and Experience: Teacher-Narrated Professions in Contemporary Canada.”

Dr. Jeffrey Frooman, University of New Brunswick, who worked on a project titled “Are Moral Intentions Knowable: The Transparency, Translucency, and Opaqueness of Individuals.”


Dr. Sylvia Burrow, Cape Breton University, who worked on “Violence Against Women: Autonomy and Integrity.”

Dr. David Stuewe, Dalhousie University, who is continuing his work on a case study on the ethical use of common land, specifically in as it relates to public space in HRM.Once their work is complete we expect that Research Fellows will present their work at various CCEPA Research projects.


Public Scholar

In 2015 Karl Turner, a doctoral candidate at Mount Saint Vincent University, took on the role of CCEPA’s first Public Scholar, having been Scholar in Residence since 2013. The aim of the Public Scholar is to address knowledge mobilization. This role includes bridging the gap between research and public audiences, sparking discussion of ethical considerations of everyday issues in the public domain, as well as promoting and making accessible scholarly research in ethics. Mr. Turner’s main initiative is to establish a Nova Council on Work to study crucial areas of the provincial economy to enhance informed decision-making.

CCEPA is also exploring with selected partners the potential for joint sponsorship of research which addresses aspects of our mandate. To submit an application for the Scholar in residence program, click here.