CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference

Welcome to 
CCSA's Issues of Substance 2019

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction invites you to attend CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2019 conference. The three-day event — which regularly sells out — takes place November 25–27, 2019, at the Westin Ottawa Hotel and is part of National Addictions Awareness Week. 

This year, CCSA is pleased to have the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a national partner for our event. As part of their involvement, there will be a strong mental health and addiction focus in the conference program. 

The theme for this year’s conference is Evidence and Perspectives, Compassion and Action, reflecting the importance of relying on research and real-world experience as we identify sustainable solutions to meet the needs of Canadians suffering from substance use disorder.

The three-day event provides an unparalleled opportunity to share new research and best practices, and receive practical training related to substance use and addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery. It is also a unique opportunity for a broad cross-section of communities to meet. Come join us for plenary sessions, presentations, posters and interactive workshops at Canada's premier national conference on substance use and addiction!

To keep informed about CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2019, please follow the official twitter feed for the conference at @IOS_QDS

Registration for the conference is now open. Don’t delay in reserving your spot for this November!

What's new?

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

CCSA is pleased to announce that Gord Garner and Petra Schulz have agreed to join our panel for the closing plenary at CCSA’…

Mary Walsh Announced as Keynote Speaker for CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference

CCSA, along with our national conference partner, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is pleased to announce that Canadi…

Special Panel Presentation on New Cannabis Products Announced for CCSA’s Issues of Substance

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is pleased to announce a special addition to the conference progra…

All Conference News

Keynote Speakers

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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