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Canadian Public Health Association

Cannabis and Public Health Forum

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The 2019 Cannabis and Public Health Forum will bring together public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees to share the latest research, best practices and innovative policies that support a public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada. The two-day forum will feature a variety of peer-reviewed sessions generated through the call for submissions.

The Forum will be held concurrently with Public Health 2019, the annual conference of the Canadian Public Health Association. Delegates who registered for the Forum will be able to register for Public Health 2019 at a reduced rate. Delegates to Public Health 2019 are entitled to sit in on Forum sessions as space permits.

Forum Objectives
Program-at-a-Glance
Call for Submissions
Registration 
Travel and Accommodations 
Frequently Asked Questions 
Steering Committee

Program

The Scientific Program will be developed by the Forum Steering Committee based, in part, on the submissions received through the open call. Session types will include:

  • Plenary sessions composed of a keynote speaker or panel of distinguished speakers which are planned by the Steering Committee;
  • Workshops and symposia that provide delegates with concrete skills and knowledge on various topics chosen by the Steering Committee based on the open call for submissions and the results of the peer review process; and
  • Oral and poster presentations, selected based on the results of the open call and peer review process.

Forum Objectives

The Forum will provide:

  • A dynamic setting to profile action-oriented best practices, successful strategies and new research;
  • An occasion to explore evidence-informed interventions;
  • A forum that supports reflection and critical dialogue;
  • A supportive environment for sharing innovative ideas and approaches to public health practice, policy and research that encourages further collaborations; and
  • A multisectoral knowledge exchange forum and networking opportunity.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Forum will provide delegates the opportunity to:

  • Articulate the current status of research, policy and practice related to the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada;
  • Identify public health challenges and related solutions, trends, emerging issues and gaps;
  • Utilize effective evidence-based public health programs, practices, structures and systems; and
  • Identify strategies for knowledge translation and exchange.

PROGRAM-AT-A-GLANCE

Subject to change

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Call for Submissions

The call for submissions is now closed

Oral and Poster Submissions
  • Final decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the Scientific Review Committee and submitters will be notified of the selection by e-mail on or before Monday 31 December 2018.
  • Given the very high quality of abstracts that we receive, submissions will be scheduled in the most appropriate format (oral or poster presentation) by the Scientific Committee. Accepted presenters will be notified of the presentation format in January 2019.
  • All presenters must be registered for at least one day of the Forum by 4 March 2019 in order to be included in the conference program. Exhibitor and sponsor passes CANNOT be used by presenters.
Symposium and Workshop Presentations
  • Final decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the Scientific Review Committee and submitters will be notified of the selection on or before Monday 3 December 2018.
  • All speakers who present must be registered for at least one day of the Forum by 4 March 2019 in order to be included in the conference program. Exhibitor and sponsor passes CANNOT be used by presenters.
Industry Involvement
Submitters will be asked to disclose their relationship with industry in advance of peer review. While submissions from individuals with commercial interests in the cannabis industry may be accepted (pending peer review and acceptance by the Steering Committee), program content from industry will be limited to a maximum of 10% of the overall scientific program.

Have questions? Read through our Forum Frequently Asked Questions page.

Registration

Registration opens November 2018.

Anyone who is interested in advancing a public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis should attend this forum. It will be the meeting place for a wide range of disciplines and sectors, at various career stages, all striving for a common goal.

As the Cannabis and Public Health Forum is held concurrently with Public Health 2019, registering for the Forum does not grant you access to sessions at Public Health 2019 on Tuesday 30 April. We are pleased to offer a discounted daily rate or two- day rates for forum participants to attend Public Health 2019 on Wednesday 1 May and/or Thursday 2 May.

Industry Involvement
Individuals with commercial interests in the cannabis industry are welcome to register for the Forum; however, a cap of 10% of the total delegate registration has been established for such individuals. Individuals with commercial interests in the cannabis industry should complete the registration process, and their acceptance as delegates will be confirmed on 18 March 2019. 

Participants

Full Forum

 

Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate

 

CPHA Member $400 $450

 

Non-Member $450 $500

Daily

 

 

 

 

CPHA Member n/a $250

      

Non-Member n/a $275
Public Health 2019       
  One-day add on n/a $200
  Two-day add on n/a $350

* Early-bird rate ends on Monday 4 March 

Students

Proof of full-time student status required.

Full Forum

 

Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate

 

CPHA Member $200 $225

 

Non-Member $225 $250

Daily

 

 

 

 

CPHA Member n/a $125

      

Non-Member n/a $150
Public Health 2019       
  One-day add on n/a $125
  Two-day add on n/a $275

* Early-bird rate ends on Monday 4 March

Payment Options

For online registration, a Visa or MasterCard is required to complete the transaction. To request an invoice payable by cheque or credit card, contact phforums@cpha.ca.

Indigenous Community Rate

We are pleased to offer a rate for participants from Indigenous communities. Contact phforums@cpha.ca to learn how to register.  

Group Registrations

We are pleased to offer a discount for staff registering from the same organization. Contact phforums@cpha.ca to learn more. 

The following conditions will apply: 

  • One invoice will be issued per group registration, payable by cheque or credit card.
  • If an invoice exceeds $1,500 and an organization wishes to pay by credit card, a 2.5% surcharge will be applied to recoup the service fees charged to process the transaction.   
  • Once payment is received, group participants will be issued a unique registration link. Separate registrations must be completed for each delegate.

Travel and Accommodations

The 2019 Cannabis and Public Health Forum is held concurrently with Public Health 2019, take advantage of discounts available for travel and accommodations in Ottawa

Have Questions?

Read through our Frequently Asked Questions

Steering Committee

Ian Culbert, Canadian Public Health Association (Chair)
Sandra Allison, Rural, Remote and Northern Public Health Network
Rebecca Haines-Saah, University of Calgary
David Hammond, University of Waterloo
Erin Hobin, Public Health Ontario
Fardous Hosseiny, Canadian Mental Health Association
Rebecca Jesseman, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Sapna Mahajan, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Richard Stanwick, Urban Public Health Network
Mark Tyndall, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control