CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference

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

September 20, 2019

CCSA is pleased to announce that Gord Garner and Petra Schulz have agreed to join our panel for the closing plenary at CCSA’s Issues of Substance. 

Garner is the executive director of the Community Addictions Peer Support Association and the chair of the annual Recovery Day Ottawa event. He supports the four pillars of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy — prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement — while advocating for better cohesion among participants delivering the strategy.

Schulz is one of the co-founders of Moms Stop the Harm, an 800-member network of Canadian families whose loved ones died from drug-related harms or who have struggled with substance use. She lost her 25-year-old son, Danny, to accidental fentanyl poisoning in 2014. She is firm in her belief that substance use is a matter involving human rights and health, not a criminal activity.

They will be part of the panel discussion for If I Were the Minister of Health: Best Advice for Addressing Substance Use and Addiction. The panelists will present their insights on how the minister can improve care and address important issues related to addiction and mental health in the Canadian healthcare system.     

Joining Gord and Petra on the panel are the previously announced Ian Culbert, Executive Director, Canadian Public Health Association, Stephanie Lake, University of British Columbia, and Tom Stamatakis, President, Board of the Canadian Police Association.

The closing plenary panel will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, in the Confederation Ballroom at the Westin Ottawa Hotel. Simultaneous interpretation in French will be available for those in attendance.

The additions of Gord and Petra bring the total number of keynote speakers at CCSA’s Issues of Substance to 10. 

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