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Wednesday, November 14
 

8:30am EST

What Can Canada Learn from the US Experience?
Hear from one of America’s leading experts on cannabis and Colorado’s former “Marijuana Czar” on the impact legalization of recreational cannabis had on that state and others. What has been the impact on children, youth and their families and communities? What was surprising? What lessons can we learn? What advice does he have to offer?

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Freedman

Andrew Freedman

Co-Founder, Freedman & Koski, Inc.
Andrew Freedman is Co-Founder and Senior Director at Freedman & Koski, Inc., the first American consulting firm that works with government, research institutions, communities and private businesses to get cannabis legalization right. Andrew was the first Director of Marijuana Coordination... Read More →



Wednesday November 14, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am EST
Colony Ballroom (Main)

9:45am EST

Trend Watch: What’s the Latest Evidence?
Theme: Surveillance/ Evidence

Some of Canada’s leading health cannabis and public health researchers will share their insights about the state of evidence, current trends, and what population health indicators to keep an eye on that will tell the story of cannabis in Ontario for years to come.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Haines-Saah

Rebecca Haines-Saah

Health Sociologist, University of Calgary
Dr. Rebecca-Haines Saah is a Health Sociologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Her research focuses on adolescent mental health and substance use and the lived experiences... Read More →
avatar for Roberta K. Timothy

Roberta K. Timothy

Assistant Lecturer in Global Health, Ethics and Human Rights, York University
Roberta K. Timothy is Lecturer in Global Health, Ethics and Human Rights at York University. Specializing in the areas of intersectionality and ethics in health work; health and race; transnational Indigenous health; and anti-oppression/anti-colonial approaches to mental health, Dr... Read More →



Wednesday November 14, 2018 9:45am - 10:30am EST
Colony Ballroom (Main)

10:30am EST

Posters & Exhibits
Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Colony Ballroom (Main)

11:00am EST

Cannabis and Indigenous Communities
Indigenous communities across Ontario have varying perspectives on the potential opportunities and concerns presented by the legalization of cannabis. From employment and economic development opportunities, jurisdictional issues, use of cannabis as a medicine to its potential risks and harms. Hear from an Indigenous leader about what this new regime can mean for his and other Indigenous communities and how he and his colleagues have been preparing for this change.

Speakers
avatar for Wade Cachagee

Wade Cachagee

President, Cree-Tech Inc
Wade has been the President of Cree-Tech Inc., a 100% Aboriginally owned company, providing GIS/Geomatics services to Indigenous communities, government and the forestry/mining/energy sectors for over 23 years.  He was also Chief of the Chapleau Cree First Nation, elected when he... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Giovanni Room

11:00am EST

Substance Legalization, Harm Reduction, and Mental Health: What are the Connections?
Hear from experts on how a public health approach that prioritizes harm reduction, social justice, and lived experience can amplify the voices or understand the experiences of marginalized populations living at the intersection of social inequities, cannabis use, and mental health.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Bondy

Susan Bondy

Associate Professor and MPH Program Director, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
avatar for Rebecca Haines-Saah

Rebecca Haines-Saah

Health Sociologist, University of Calgary
Dr. Rebecca-Haines Saah is a Health Sociologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Her research focuses on adolescent mental health and substance use and the lived experiences... Read More →
avatar for Sergio Rueda

Sergio Rueda

Independent Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Sergio Rueda is an Independent Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry; the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; and the Institute of... Read More →



Wednesday November 14, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Colony Ballroom (Main)

11:00am EST

What do We Know about the Health Effects of Cannabis?
Tackle some popular myths and misconceptions and explore the facts around the health effects of cannabis. Learn about emerging health and safety topics such as: 
  • Second and third-hand exposure 
  • Addictiveness and allergies 
  • Short and long-term effects (e.g. adverse effects, therapeutic use) and third-hand exposure 

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Kaufman

Pamela Kaufman

Scientist, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Dr. Pamela Kaufman is a Scientist with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU), and an Assistant Professor with the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division (SBHS) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto. She leads externally funded multi-disciplinary... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Leece

Pamela Leece

Public Health Physician, Public Health Ontario
Dr. Pamela Leece is a Public Health Physician with the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP) department at Public Health Ontario. She is an Assistant Professor cross-appointed with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of... Read More →



Wednesday November 14, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Armory Room

12:00pm EST

Lunch
Wednesday November 14, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Colony Ballroom (Main)

12:15pm EST

Cannabis Edibles: Overview and Discussion
Join us at lunch to hear Dr. Sergio Rueda, CAMH, provide an overview of cannabis in edibles including a prevalence of use; reasons for use; differences between edibles and inhaled cannabis, and challenges with overconsumption. Bring your questions and contribute to an engaging discussion of considerations and strategies within the public health context.

Speakers
avatar for Sergio Rueda

Sergio Rueda

Independent Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Sergio Rueda is an Independent Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry; the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; and the Institute of... Read More →
avatar for Heather Thomas

Heather Thomas

Public Health Dietitian, Middlesex-London Health Unit
Heather attended the University of Western Ontario where she completed her BSc in foods and nutrition. Heather became a Registered Dietitian in 1994 and has extensive experience in the public health sector, primarily with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Her current portfolio focuses... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 12:15pm - 12:55pm EST
Armory Room

12:15pm EST

Lunch Workshop: Tools for Schools in Upstream Prevention
How can we engage the school community so that they have the knowledge and tools to support youth decision making and their resiliency in the face of a new cannabis culture. Hear about some of the tools and resources being developed to support positive youth development and prevent problematic substance use and provide feedback on the proposed new tools.

Speakers
avatar for Claire Crooks

Claire Crooks

Director, Centre for School Mental Health
Dr. Claire Crooks is the Director of the Centre for School Mental Health and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Her main research interests include the development and evaluation of mental health promotion and violence prevention programming... Read More →



Wednesday November 14, 2018 12:15pm - 12:55pm EST
Giovanni Room

1:00pm EST

What is Safe for Maternal and Child Health?
Learn how social norms around cannabis along with increased access to cannabis may intersect with pregnancy, breastfeeding, and child health. Hear about the latest research on the impact of exposure to cannabis on maternal and child health, what guidelines, tools and resources are available and explore how we can best support young families in our communities.     

Speakers
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Suzanne Turner

Chair, Family Practice Obstetrics, St. Michael's Hospital
Dr. Suzanne Turner is a family physician at St. Michael's Hospital and a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She provides comprehensive family medicine, including HIV, transgender and addictions care to an inner city population. She is one of a handful of Canadian... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Armory Room

1:00pm EST

What’s On People’s Minds and What Does It Mean for Practice?
What's on the minds of community members and service providers? Are they feeling prepared for the legalization of recreational cannabis? What information and supports do they need?‎ A local study was done by the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit to learn about the attitudes, knowledge, and use and impacts of cannabis among local residents will be presented. Hear about the results of a national study undertaken by the CPHA among health and social service providers to learn what they know and are saying about cannabis and the supports needed. Engage in a discussion about the implications of this research and how conversations about cannabis can be normalized without promoting consumption.

Speakers
avatar for Kyley Alderson

Kyley Alderson

Health Promotion Specialist, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Kyley Alderson is a Health Promotion Specialist at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. Her current work includes program planning, policy development and community mobilization to prevent and reduce harms associated with cannabis, opioid, and tobacco use. Kyley has over 5 years... Read More →
avatar for Courtney Bell

Courtney Bell

Health Promotion Specialist, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Courtney Bell is a Health Promotion Specialist at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. She is currently working on the program planning and knowledge mobilization of projects related to opioid and cannabis use at the community level. She recently graduated from her Master of... Read More →
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Thomas Ferrao

Project Officer, Canadian Public Health Association
Thomas Ferrao is a Project Officer at the Canadian Public Health Association and is currently working on a project entitled “A public health approach to cannabis (and other substances): Prevention, health promotion, surveillance and capacity building.” Specifically, Thomas is... Read More →
avatar for Greg Penney

Greg Penney

Director of Programs, Canadian Public Health Association
Greg Penney is the Director of Programs with the Canadian Public Health Association. At CPHA Greg provides leadership and strategic direction for national projects and engages with community, academic, research and national partners and stakeholders.  Greg is responsible for CPHA’s... Read More →



Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Colony Ballroom (Main)

1:00pm EST

Working across Sectors to Tackle Cannabis-Impaired Driving
Learn about key tactics and considerations for protecting the public from cannabis-impaired driving. From testing, enforcement to public awareness; what are the opportunities for collaboration? 

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Di Felice

Teresa Di Felice

AVP, Government & Community Relations, CAA Club Group
Teresa is AVP of Government & Community Relations at CAA Club Group, Canada's largest CAA club.She is responsible for the overall direction and execution of the organization’s advocacy strategies and programs, representing and raising awareness on relevant issues to CAA’s over... Read More →
avatar for Robert Mann

Robert Mann

Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH


Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Giovanni Room

2:00pm EST

The New Regime
Federal and provincial governments have been setting the stage by putting in place new legislation and regulations. Hear from leaders from each of these jurisdictions about the latest plans and the implications for public health.  

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Todres

Jesse Todres

Legal Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat
Jesse Todres is a lawyer and public policy professional. He is currently working as legal counsel to the Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat and the Deputy Attorney General and in that roles provides strategic advice on Ontario’s approach to the federal legalization of... Read More →
avatar for David Tousignant

David Tousignant

Acting Director, Strategic Policy Team in the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch of Health Canada
David Tousignant is the Acting Director of the Strategic Policy Team in the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch of Health Canada. His team played an instrumental role in supporting the passage of the Cannabis Act in Parliament, as well as providing advice with respect to various... Read More →



Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Colony Ballroom (Main)

3:00pm EST

Cannabis in Our Communities: Next Steps for a Public Health Approach
Engage with a panel of leaders representing different sectors working at the community level and beyond. Panelists will reflect on the learnings from throughout the day, share their perspectives and experience about how the legalization of recreational cannabis is affecting their organization and communities and offer suggestions about the kinds of supports and collaboration they think will be needed to optimize community health and wellbeing. 

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Larkin

Bryan Larkin

Chief of Police, Waterloo Regional Police Service
Bryan was appointed as the 7th Chief of Police of the Waterloo Regional Police Service on August 31, 2014 by the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board.Bryan began his policing career in 1991 as a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, working as a front-line Constable assigned... Read More →
avatar for Kira London-Nadeau

Kira London-Nadeau

Chair, Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Kira is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Montréal. Her research focuses on the bidirectional effects of cannabis and mental health issues in adolescence, with a focus on sexual and gender minorities. She is also passionate about drug policy... Read More →
avatar for Eileen de Villa

Eileen de Villa

Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto



Wednesday November 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Colony Ballroom (Main)