BC Substance Use Conference 2020

Join us at the second annual BC Substance Use Conference in Vancouver, BC. This year’s theme: “Changing Practice, Changing Policy”

** Early Bird rates available until April 20, 2020 **


We are in the midst of a longstanding crisis of drug-related harms. The scope of this crisis has only become wider and the devastation more acute in recent years, notably sparking the declaration of a public health emergency in 2016. One thing that has become obvious in the midst of this crisis is that it will take the ongoing and effective collaboration of a variety of stakeholders in order to bring about urgently needed changes across the entire continuum of care.

We welcome everyone including addiction medicine clinicians, other health care providers, researchers, people with lived and living experience, families impacted by substance use, and policymakers — from all across the province and beyond — we will strategize ways that we can finally bring about effective policies, interventions, and solutions. Also you will have ample time to connect and learn from new colleagues, as well as cement relationships with familiar friends and allies from all across our province and country.

Come to share ideas, learn from others, build new paradigms for practice, and contribute to the ongoing improvement of the public health and health care systems.

Are you interested in submitting an abstract? We are now accepting abstracts at the BC Substance Use Conference! Closes on Fri Feb 28th at 8:00 AM (PST).

Submit an Abstract

Key Speakers

Jane Philpott | MD and former Member of Parliament. Dr. Philpott served in numerous cabinet positions from 2015 to 2019, including Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government.

Leila Attar | Leila is a harm-reduction and drug-policy advocate working towards the end of the war on drugs. Leila is passionate about human rights, social justice, and intersectional issues surrounding the overdose crisis. She spends her time working with her community and as a student at Carleton University.

Leo Beletsky | Professor of Law and Health Sciences and Faculty Director, Health in Justice Action Lab, Northwestern University School of Law, Boston.

Eric Costen | Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch, Health Canada.

Terry Lake | Former Minister of Health of British Columbia.

Shanell Twan | Shanell is currently an Outreach Worker and the Core Team Supervisor at Streetworks- Edmonton’s Harm reduction program. She is also Facilitator of the local Edmonton chapter of AAWEAR (Alberta Addicts Who Educate Advocate Responsibly).

New for 2020 – Opportunities to Sponsor

The BC Centre on Substance Use envisions a better world for people who use drugs, their families and people in recovery from addiction. At the BC Substance Use Changing Policy 2020 Conference, these individuals play an integral role in the planning, collaboration and action required to make change in our province. However, for many of these individuals, the cost of attending a conference can be a heavy financial burden. You can help us ensure their lived and living experience can be a vital part of our narrative with a financial contribution to the BC Centre on Substance Use.

Every dollar donated through this conference will go towards supporting involvement of people with lived and living experience (PWLE) at the BC Substance Use Conference. Some examples of what your support will allow include:

$50 – meals for the day
$150 – meals and childcare for the day
$200 – registration and meals for the day
$500 – registration, meals, and accommodation for one night
$800 – registration, meals, and accommodation for two nights
$1100 – registration, meals, and accommodation for three nights
$1500-2000 – Full registration, meals, accommodation, and travel to conference venue for all three days

Any amount you contribute will support the items listed above. Thank you for your generous support.

Click here to donate: https://support.ubc.ca/bccsu-community-engagement


** Early Bird rates available until April 20, 2020 **