CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference

CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2023 Conference Program Committee

CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2023 Conference Program Committee leads the development of the scientific program for the conference. 

The Conference Program Committee assists CCSA by:

  • Advising on the conference theme;
  • Reviewing and scoring submitted abstracts;
  • Providing recommendations for keynote speakers; and
  • Serving as poster judges and moderators for conference sessions.

The conference could not take place without the commitment and tireless efforts of the Program Committee members. CCSA would like to thank the members for their contributions. 

Pam Kent. PhD
Interim Director, Research, 
(Chair, Program Committee)

Julia Armstrong, 
Manager, Mental Health and Substance Use
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Sara Atif, MSc
Research and Policy Analyst

Jes Besharah 
Harm Reduction Community Support Navigator
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

Jane Buxton, MSc
Professor Emeritus, School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia

Kim Corace, PhD, C Psych, 
Vice President, Innovation and Transformation
Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Frank Crichlow, 
Lived and Living Experience and Family and Friends (LLEAFF) member
Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs

Debbie Curtis, MBA
Mental Health and Addictions Consultant
Department of Health and Community Services

Daniel Dacombe, MSc
Acting Supervisor (Prevention Education), Communications and Project Assistant
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba

Heath D’Alessio, 
Youth Mental Health Activist
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Lise Dassieu, PhD 
Research and Policy Analyst

Cathleen de Groot, MLIS
Information Specialist

Eva Flynn
LLEAFF member
Families for Addiction Recovery (LLEAFF)

Ishrat Husain MBBS, MD (Res.), MRCPsych 
Lead, Mood Disorders Service, General Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems Division 
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Anne Elizabeth Lapointe
Directrice générale
Centre Québécois de Lutte aux Dépendences; La Maison Jean Lapoint

Christine Levesque, PhD 
Research and Policy Analyst

Audrey McFarlane B.CR, MBA
Executive Director
Lakeland Centre for FASD

Opal McInnis, PhD
Senior Health Policy Analyst 
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc

Doris Payer, PhD
Knowledge Broker

Rand Teed, BA, BEd, ICPS, CCAC
Drug Class

Kate Turner, MPH
Evaluation and CQI Coordinator 
Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

John Weekes, PhD
Adjunct Research Professor 
Department of Psychology 
Carleton University

Linzi Williamson-Fox, PhD. CIHR 
Patient-Oriented Research Transition to Leadership Post-Doctoral Fellow 
Office of One Health and Wellness, Department of Sociology
University of Saskatchewan

Barbie Toll 
Administrative Assistant, Research

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