CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference

Welcome to 
CCSA's Issues of Substance 2019

Thank you so much!

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), along with our national partner the Mental Health Commission of Canada, would like to express our gratitude to the more than 650 delegates who attended CCSA’s Issues Substance 2019 conference.

The event in Ottawa was a resounding success. Delegates spent three days sharing information, networking and learning from each other. They listened to over 100 presentations, saw over 90 posters, and were inspired and informed by 11 keynote speakers.

The feedback we received on the conference has been overwhelmingly positive. As CCSA begins to plan the next Issues of Substance conference, we will take into consideration the suggestions delegates submitted.

Due to the passion and interest people had for the conference, the event sold out almost two months in advance. We will be looking to make CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2021 bigger and better so even more people can attend.

Keep up to date on the latest news about CCSA’s Issues of Substance conference by following the official twitter feed for the conference at @IOS_QDS. By the summer of 2020, we should be able to let you know where we plan to hold the 2021 event.

See you in 2021!

If you would like to join the mailing list for CCSA’s next conference, complete the Information Requests form and put “CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2021” in the field labelled “Describe the information you are looking for.”

What's new?

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CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2019 conference 2019 is officially SOLD OUT

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Gord Garner and Petra Schulz Added as Panelists for Closing Plenary at CCSA’s Issues of Substance

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All Conference News

Keynote Speakers

Guy Freedman

President and Senior Partner
First Peoples Group

Mary Walsh

This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Petra Schulz

Moms Stop the Harm

Gord Garner

Executive Director
Community Addictions Peer Support Association

John Clare

Director General of Strategic Policy
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch of Health Canada

Ian Culbert

Executive Director
Canadian Public Health Association

David Hammond

School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo

Stephanie Lake

University of British Columbia

Jacqueline Relihan

Youth Engagement Facilitator
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Tom Stamatakis

Canadian Police Association

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