Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Media Contact

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Shawna Meister, MA
Associate Director, Innovation and Evidence in Practice


Shawna’s areas of expertise include substance use affecting the workplace, impaired driving, heavy episodic drinking among post-secondary students and international relations.


Shawna Meister conducts research and turns it in to action. Prior to joining CCSA in October 2016, Shawna held positions with Compliance and Capacity Skills International, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and the Media and Democracy Group.

In her role as a research and policy analyst, Shawna has contributed to many projects. Some of her publications include A Review of Workplace Substance Use Policies in Canada, Heavy Episodic Drinking among Post-secondary Students and Withdrawal Management Services in Canada: The National Treatment Indicators Report. Shawna also contributed to State of Policies and Practices on Substance Use in Safety-sensitive Industries in Canada.

Shawna holds a Bachelor of Education with Distinction from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in political science from Carleton University.

Shawna is an avid traveler who enjoys learning about different people and cultures. She has visited close to 30 countries and has gained valuable experiences from each.   

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