Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

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Rebecca Jesseman, MA
Director, Policy


Expertise: 

Rebecca is a leading expert on cannabis, drug policy, decriminalization, harm reduction, substance regulations, corrections, criminal justice, stigma and treatment systems.

Biography: 

Rebecca Jesseman is a respected and recognized subject-matter expert on drug policy. She believes that policy change should align with evidence, and respond to evolving health and social needs. She provides trusted counsel and expert commentary and presentations at the national and international levels. She has received invitations to share her expertise with the Canadian parliament, numerous provincial governments, law enforcement, educators and service providers.

Rebecca is CCSA’s longest-tenured expert, originally joining the Centre in August 2006. In addition to her role at CCSA, Rebecca currently serves as chair of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre Community Advisory Board. Previously she served as president on the Board of Directors for the House of Hope.

Rebecca draws on her previous experience with Public Safety Canada and Health Canada, and as a part-time professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa. She also holds a Master’s degree in criminology from the University of Ottawa. 

In her free time, Rebecca is a passionate motorcyclist. 

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