Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Media Contact

Our experts are available for speaking engagements and media interviews. Please contact us with your request.

Rebecca Jesseman, MA
Senior Research Associate


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


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 originally joined the Centre in August 2006. She left to become Director of Program Planning and Operations, Mental Health and Addictions, with Health PEI in February 2022, while maintaining an associate role at CCSA.

Rebecca draws on her previous experience with Public Safety Canada and Health Canada, and as the former board chair for the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre Community Advisory Board. She holds a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Ottawa.

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