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CCSA is pleased to help promote upcoming events and conferences in the substance use and addiction field. However, we do not endorse or authorize any event that receives promotion in our events calendar. We are also not responsible for the translation or accuracy of the information presented for the events in the calendar.

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Oct 28 2020

Measuring Stigma Related to Opioid Use Webinar - Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Date: October 28, 2020
Location: Virtual

Description: Learn more about the development of the Opening Minds Provider Attitudes Towards Opioid Use Scale (OM-PATOS) and how it can be used to systematically measure the attitudes and helping behaviours of first responders and health-and social-care providers towards people living with opioid use. You'll learn more about how the scale may be used for the purposes of evaluating and assessing the impact of initiatives or programs designed to reduce opioid related stigma, as well as more about the work we have been doing in assessing opioid stigma reduction programs.

Speakers: This webinar will be presented by Dr. Stephanie Knaak and Jes Beshara. Dr. Knaak, the co-creator of the OM-PATOS, is a Senior Research Consultant at the Mental Health Commission of Canada and international leader in stigma research. She also holds an Assistant Adjunct Professorship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary and is an associate member of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education. Jes Beshara is a Community Harm Reduction Support Navigator at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit in Brockville and a Peer Support Worker at Canadian Addiction Treatment Centres. She is a recent graduate of the Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker program at St. Lawrence College and has over 25 years of lived experience with opioid use.

Date and Time: October 28, 2020 12-1 p.m. ET

This webinar will be presented in English and have (available) simultaneous French translation. A recording and PowerPoint will be posted on the MHCC website in the weeks following the webinar.


Nov 9 2020

2020 Virtual CADTH Symposium

Date: November 9, 2020 - November 10, 2020
Location: Virtual

Connect with Canadian and international experts for two days of education, information sharing, and networking on the objective assessment and evaluation of health technologies

CADTH is pleased to announce that the 2020 Virtual CADTH Symposium will be held online on November 9 and 10. Additional content will be available on-demand, including an e-poster gallery. Additional workshops will be held throughout the fall, winter, and spring.

All content will be presented free of charge.

The CADTH Symposium is widely considered a “must attend” event for anyone with an interest in the assessment, uptake, and management of drugs and medical devices in Canada. We anticipate that online attendance for this year’s virtual event will exceed 1,500 delegates from across Canada and beyond. Attendees will include health researchers; health economists; senior leaders from government, regional health authorities, hospitals, and other facilities; clinicians and patients; students; and industry representatives. As one of the major health technology assessment conferences in the world, the CADTH Symposium offers a unique opportunity for delegates to learn from local, national, and international experts, and to share their own expertise and knowledge.


Nov 12 2020

2020 ISAM-CSAM Joint Scientific Conference: The World of Addiction: Now & the Future

Date: November 12, 2020 - November 14, 2020
Location: Virtual Conference Online

The annual conference of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) brings together more than 700 leaders, researchers, and clinicians in addiction medicine to share, collaborate, and connect. In addition to a conference program featuring global leaders and prominent researchers, both ISAM and CSAM offer pre-conference and post- conference educational opportunities for professionals looking to expand their skills and knowledge.

This year marks the first year that the conference will be held exclusively online in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and British Columbia’s restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people.



Nov 20 2020

Ottawa Community Action Plan Virtual Summit

Date: November 20, 2020
Location: Virtual

To support the goals and actions in the Ottawa Community Action Plan, Ottawa Public Health, The Royal, the Community Addictions Peer Support Association, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, and the Canadian Public Health Association will be hosting the Ottawa Community Action Plan Virtual Summit on November 20, 2020, from 8:30 – 11:20 a.m. We look forward to sharing our progress and empowering you to continue this momentum.

Please join us at our virtual event as we bring together the perspectives of partners and those with lived and living experience to commit to the actions we can take to move the Ottawa Community Action Plan forward.

Background: In 2019, more than 200 community members, including many of you, came together to share ideas and make a plan to reduce the impacts of the opioid and substance use crisis in Ottawa. Together, we created the Ottawa Community Action Plan, and since then, diverse community and national partners have continued to lead on the actions outlined in the plan. We’ve made great progress in some areas and others require our renewed energy and commitment to move forward in a world that is drastically different than it was just a year ago.


Nov 25 2020

HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Summit

Date: November 25, 2020 - November 26, 2020
Location: Virtual

Join the Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) and people from all sectors, ages, cultures, abilities, and genders for the virtual HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Summit November 25/26.

With three major themes and 22 world-class speakers and facilitators, the event promises something for everyone interested in and affected by mental health issues and opportunities. The interactive format includes three live half-day sessions with chat and Q&As, panel discussions, and small group conversations. See the detailed agenda for speaker and break times.

Register here for the whole event or for one or two sessions. Registration is by donation to FOF, a registered charity.


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