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Canadian Public Health Association

Cannabis and Public Health Forum


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
Call for Submissions
Travel and Accommodations 
Frequently Asked Questions 
Steering Committee


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.


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.


Subject to change


Call for Submissions

Deadline for submissions: Thursday 1 November 2018

We are now accepting submissions for presentations at the 2019 Cannabis and Public Health Forum. Our goal is to present an integrated scientific program of research, policy and practice perspectives that encourages delegates and presenters to connect, share and learn from each other.

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. 

Individuals may submit a maximum of two (2) abstracts as Presenting Author. Data presented at a previous conference may be submitted provided that they will not have been published in full before April 2019.

Oral Presentations

Accepted oral presentations will be assigned to a 90-minute session with four or five other presentations that share a common topic or complementary theme. Each presentation will be 10 minutes followed by a 5-minute discussion period facilitated by a moderator.  Presenters may use slides to accompany the presentation.

Symposiums - Workshops

These 90-minute sessions facilitate the exchange and dissemination of research innovation, best practices, approaches and strategies to advance public health.

Speakers should offer varying perspectives on timely topics and submissions should describe how participants will be engaged throughout the session. All submissions must include up to three learning objectives that describe the information, skills, behaviors, or perspectives participants in the session will acquire through their participation. 

Submissions MUST be completed using the templates provided.
Download the most appropriate template for your submission.


  • To facilitate peer review, applications MUST be submitted electronically, using the template.
  • The abstract document MUST BE IN WORD format. Any other file type CANNOT be accepted. 
  • Use short, specific titles and standard abbreviations.
  • You may upload a maximum of two submissions as Presenting Author. Presenting authors certify that all co-authors/co-presenters agree to the submission. 
  • Application may be submitted in either official language. 
  • Deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm EST, Thursday 1 November. 
  • Keep a copy of your submission for your records.
  • Each submission will be peer reviewed and final decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the Scientific Committee.
  • Submitters will be notified of the selection by Monday 31 December 2018.

Submit your abstract


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. 


Full Forum


Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate


CPHA Member $400 $450


Non-Member $450 $500






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 


Proof of full-time student status required.

Full Forum


Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate


CPHA Member $200 $225


Non-Member $225 $250






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

Indigenous Community Rate

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

Group Registrations

We are pleased to offer a discount for staff registering from the same organization. Contact 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