November 9th, 2017

// Media Advisory – Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction Presents a National Conference on Prevention, Harm Reduction, Treatment and Recovery

Media Advisory - Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction Presents a National Conference on Prevention, Harm Reduction, Treatment and Recovery

CALGARY, Nov. 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Issues of Substance (IOS) is Canada's only national conference that brings together addiction workers, healthcare professionals, researchers, policy makers, knowledge brokers and those with lived and living experience from across the country.

This three-day event is hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). The presentations, workshops and keynote panel discussions scheduled for this conference were carefully chosen to reflect the latest research, innovative ideas and urgent issues affecting Canadians. The conference theme is Addiction Matters.

Conference Details:


What: Issues of Substance Conference
When: November 13–15, 2017
Where: Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Centre Street S., Calgary, Alberta


We are pleased to announce that the Honourable Brandy Payne, Alberta Associate Minister of Health, will be speaking during the opening remarks on Monday. On Wednesday, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, federal Minister of Health, will be delivering a closing address. For full details, please see the schedule below.

Media are invited to attend; please see the accompanying schedule. Onsite, accredited media are to identify themselves at the registration desk to receive their media pass, which must be visible at all times. Media are encouraged to RSVP in advance to

Conference Events Open to Media


Date Session Title and Speakers Time (MST)
Mon., Nov. 13 Opening Remarks and Welcome

Rita Notarandrea, CEO, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)

Michael Prospero, Board Member, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Honourable Associate Minister of Health, Brandy Payne, Government of Alberta

9:00 a.m.
Mon., Nov. 13 Keynote Address: Alberta Family Wellness Initiative: Can One Story Change Everything to Improve Health and Well-being Outcomes?

Presented by Nancy Mannix, Palix Foundation

10:00 a.m.
Mon., Nov. 13 iPoliticsLIVE Panel: Good Health as We Age: Perspectives on Substance Use and Aging


Rita Notarandrea, CEO, CCSA

Franco Vaccarino, CCSA's Scientific Advisory Council, University of Guelph

Alastair Flint, University of Toronto

Tony George, CCSA's Scientific Advisory Council, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto

2:45 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 14 Keynote Panel: Coming to Grips with the Opioid Crisis

Moderator: Jane Buxton, BC Centre for Disease Control


Dr. Norman Buckley, McMaster University

Dr. Nicholas Etches, Alberta Health Services

Dr. David Juurlink, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, University of Toronto

Donna May, mumsDU

10:00 a.m.
Tues., Nov. 14 Public Release of the National Alcohol Strategy Monitoring Project: A Status Report with Dr. Amy Porath, CCSA 10:30—
10:35 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 15 Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Lessons Learned from the United States — Presented with support from the United States Embassy

Moderator: Peter Selby, First Do No Harm Co-chair, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Dr. Jane Maxwell, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Robin Pollini, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University School of Medicine

Kelly J. Clark, American Society of Addiction Medicine

10:00 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 15 Keynote Panel: Happy Hour: Promoting a Culture of Moderation

Moderator: Ann Dowsett Johnston, Author


Tim Stockwell, Centre for Addictions Research of BC

Hubert Sacy, Éduc'alcool

Beth Martin, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation

11:45 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 15 Closing Remarks

Includes public release of the Joint Statement of Action: A Year in Review report

Honourable Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

Rita Notarandrea, CEO, CCSA

11:45 a.m.—
12:15 p.m.


SOURCE Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction


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