Opioid Symposium: Agenda

(Program current as of September 4, 2018 and may be subject to change.)

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The Globe and Mail Centre
351 King Street East, 17th Floor, Toronto, ON
September 5-6, 2018

Together, We Can #StopOverdoses

Meeting objectives

  • Place the voices of people with lived and living experience at the centre of the discussion
  • Promote increased access to treatment and harm reduction
  • Recognize the different aspects of the opioid crisis and discuss opportunities for collaboration

Day 1: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (EDT)

7:30 - 8:30

Participant registration / Continental breakfast / Meet and greet

8:30 - 9:00

Welcome / Opening remarks and prayer

  • Kahontakwas, Diane Longboat, Elder, Traditional Healer, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
9:00 - 9:15

"Snap Shot": Setting the Context: Telling the Data Story

  • Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer
9:15 - 10:45

Panel discussion: Examining the Factors That Lead to Problematic Substance Use

Objective: To discuss factors that lead to problematic substance use and identify potential areas for action on prevention.

Moderator: Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer


  • Leila Attar
  • Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nova Scotia
  • Caitlin Etherington, Director of Prevention, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Rebecca Haines-Saah, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
10:45 - 11:10

Networking break / Kiosk visits

11:10 - 12:40

Concurrent session A: Learning from people directly impacted by the opioid crisis

  • A1. Canada Is In Crisis: What Needs to Change and How We Can Get There
    (Organized by the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs)

    Moderator: Rick Sproule, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs, Overdose Prevention Ottawa


    • Shanell Twan, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs, Alberta Addicts Who Educate And Advocate Responsibly
    • Alexandra de Kiewit, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
    • Olympia Trypis, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
    • Jordan Westfall, Executive Director, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
  • A2. Moms Stop The Harm: A Journey from Grief to National Advocacy
    (Organized by Moms Stop The Harm)

    Moderator: Lorna Thomas, Co-Founder, Moms Stop The Harm


    • Leslie McBain, Co-Founder, Moms Stop The Harm
    • Petra Schulz, Co-Founder, Moms Stop The Harm
    • Marie Agioritis, Moms Stop The Harm
    • Amy Graves, President, Get Prescription Drugs Off The Street Society
  • A3. Unintended Consequences: The Impact of the Opioid Response on People Living with Chronic Pain
    (Organized by Pain BC and the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Partners)

    Moderator: Nicki Kahnamoui, Director, Strategic Initiatives Pain BC


    • Linda Wilhelm, Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance
    • Billie Jo Bogden, People-patient of Eastern Ontario Pain Lifestyle Education Centre
    • Dr. Vincent Raymond
    • Laura Robertson, Chronic Pain Support Services
  • A4. People - Confronting Stigma, Educating and Raising Hope by Telling Our Stories
    (Organized by the Community Addictions Peer Support Association)

    Moderator: Gord Garner, Executive Director, Community Addictions Peer Support Association


    • Kier Knight
    • Logan Carroll
    • Adar Shire
    • Chris Cull, Founder, Inspire by Example
12:40 - 1:00

Grab-n-go lunch

1:00 - 1:30

"Snap Shot": How Fentanyl Changed My Life

  • Dr. Darryl J. Gebien, currently non-practicing ER physician in long-term recovery, Lived Experience Educator

"Snap Shot": Building the Evidence Base

  • Dr. Samuel Weiss, Scientific Director, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
1:40 - 3:10

Concurrent session B: Addressing Stigma Associated With People Who Use Drugs and People Living With Chronic Pain

  • B1. Changing the Conversation In and Through the Media
    (Organized by The Globe and Mail)

    Moderator: André Picard, Health Reporter and Columnist, The Globe and Mail


    • Donna May, Founder, mumsDU (moms united and mandated to saving the lives of Drug Users)
    • Dan Werb, Executive Director, Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation
    • Evelyn Pollock
    • Nick Boyce, Director, Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training Program
    • Conor Lavelle, Resident physician, healthcare journalist, and patient advocate
  • B2. Barriers to Healthcare

    Moderator: Karen Howlett, National Reporter, The Globe and Mail


    • Cindy MacIsaac, Executive Director, Direction 180
    • Dr. Ginette Poulin, Medical Director, Addictions Foundation Manitoba
    • Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, Providence Health Care
  • B3. Barriers to Treating Chronic Pain

    Moderator: Lynn Cooper, Co-Chair, Patient and Public Education Working Group (National Faculty)


    • Dawn Richards, Vice-President, Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance
    • Dr. Manon Choinière, Administrator, Association québécoise de la douleur chronique
    • Dr. Owen Williamson, Chair, Academic Pain Directors of Canada
  • B4. Changing the Conversation in the Workplace

    Moderator: Michel Perron, Executive Vice President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research


    • SanDee Vandal, Manager, Program Operations Branch, Service Canada
    • Garth Mullins, BC Association for People on Methadone
    • Jennifer Hollington, Assistant Deputy Minister, Communications and Public Affairs Branch, Health Canada
    • Vicky Waldron, Executive Director, Construction Industry Rehab Plan
3:10 - 3:30

Networking break / Kiosk visits

3:30 - 5:30

Plenary session: Federal Consultations - We Want to Hear From You

Restricting the Marketing and Advertising of Opioids in Canada

  • Ed Morgan, Director General, Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada

Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy

  • Michelle Boudreau, Director General, Controlled Substances Directorate, Health Canada
  • Donald MacPherson, Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
  • Chief Bryan Larkin, Waterloo Regional Police Service

Day 2: Thursday, September 6, 2018 (EDT)

8:00 - 8:15

Welcome - Overview of the day

8:30 - 10:00

Panel discussion: Impacts of the Opioid Crisis on Indigenous Communities

Objective: To discuss the current impact of the opioid crisis in Indigenous communities across Canada.

Moderator: Dr. Tom Wong, Chief Medical Officer of Public Health & Executive Director, Office of Population and Public Health, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada


  • Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, Family Physician, Standoff Clinic, Blood Tribe Department of Health
  • Mae Katt, Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Gabrielle Fayant, CEO and Co-founder, Assembly of Seven Generations and Special Youth Advisor to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Karen Pictou, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Native Women's Association
  • Lorna Bird, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
10:00 - 10:30

Networking break / Kiosk visits

10:30 - 12:00

Federal, Provincial, Territorial, and Municipal Armchair Discussion: Responding to the Opioid Crisis

Objective: To discuss actions taken to respond to the opioid crisis and priorities for the way forward.

Moderator: André Picard, Health Reporter and Columnist, The Globe and Mail


  • The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
  • The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
  • The Honourable Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, British Columbia
  • His Worship Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver
  • His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
12:00 - 12:45


12:45 - 2:15

Concurrent session C: Innovative Approaches to Treatment And Prevention

  • C1. New Practices in Correctional Services

    Moderator: Andrea Woo, Journalist, The Globe and Mail


    • Dr. John Weekes Waypoint Centre for Mental Health
    • Henry de Souza, Director General, Clinical Services and Public Health, Correctional Services Canada
    • Dr. Benedikt Fischer, Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    • Howard Sapers, Advisor on Corrections Reform, Ontario Provincial Government
  • C2. Increasing Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Prevention Services in Indigenous Communities

    Moderator: Valerie Gideon, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada


    • Dr. Shannon McDonald, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority of BC
    • John Dixon, Director, Mental Health and Addictions, Dilico Anishinabek Family Centre
    • Julia Bareham, Pharmacist Manager, Prescription Review Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
    • Marcie Pruden, Youth Community Dialogue Facilitator, Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society
  • C3. Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

    Moderator: Rita Notarandrea, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction


    • Dr. Marie-Eve Goyer, Quebec Regional Director, Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
    • Dr. Mark Tyndall, Director, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
    • Stacey Petersen, Executive Director, Fresh Start Recovery Centre
    • Dr. Peter Selby, Clinician Scientist, Addictions Division and Director, Medical Education, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    • Alexandra de Kiewit, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
  • C4. Treatment for Chronic Pain

    Moderator: Dr. Fiona Campbell, President, Canadian Pain Society


    • Paul Ross
    • Dr. Norm Buckley, Executive Director, Chronic Pain Network
    • Dr. Hance Clarke, Director, Transitional Pain Program, University Health Network (Toronto)
    • Dr. Aliza Weinrib, Clinical Psychologist, Transitional Pain Service, Toronto General Hospital
2:15 - 2:45

Networking break / Kiosk visits

2:45 - 3:45

Concurrent session D: Compliance and Enforcement

  • D1. Addressing the Illegal Supply

    Moderator: Joanne Crampton, Assistant Commissioner, Federal Policing Criminal Operations, Royal Canadian Mounted Police


    • Paul Beauchesne, Chief Superintendent, Serious and Organized Crime and Border Integrity, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    • Johny ‎Prasad, Director, Commercial Program Compliance and Outreach Division, Programs Branch, Canada Border Services Agency
    • Jean-Philippe Caron, Chief Postal Inspector and General Manager, Security and Investigation Services, Canada Post
  • D2. New Approaches to the Opioid Crisis in Law Enforcement from the Front-lines

    Moderator: Chief Bryan Larkin, Waterloo Regional Police Service


    • Deputy Fire Chief Mark Griffioen, City of Surrey, British Columbia
    • Staff Sergeant Conor King, Victoria Police Department
    • Deputy Chief Tim Farquharson, Peterborough Police Service
    • Kris Nyrop, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, City of Seattle and King County
  • D3. Therapeutic and Restorative Approaches in the Justice System

    Moderator: Miranda Compton, Operations Director, Overdose Emergency Response Centre at BC Ministry for Mental Health and Addictions


    • Robin Cuff, Director, Toronto Drug Treatment Court and Manager, Aboriginal Services, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    • Lerena Greig, Executive Director, Parents Empowering Parents
    • Guy Felicella, Harm Reduction Educator
4:00 - 4:15

"Snap Shot": I Died Six Times - Let's End the Stigma of Harm Reduction

  • Guy Felicella, Harm Reduction Educator
4:15 - 4:30

Closing remarks and closing prayer

  • The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
  • Kahontakwas, Diane Longboat, Elder, Traditional Healer, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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