Recent decisions by the Canadian government concerning harm reduction, opioids, cannabis and sentencing are signalling a new approach to managing illicit drug use in Canada.
Meanwhile, a new US administration promises to strengthen an already punitive narcotics regime with consequences for control efforts abroad as well as for cannabis policies in many US states.
This fast-changing landscape makes now the right time to bring together leading voices from across the country to look across the next decade and help identify new opportunities and directions for drug policies in Canada.
On April 4 - 5, 2017, join us as more than 120 researchers, policy-makers, public health officials, law enforcement professionals, drug users and community organizers meet in Ottawa to examine the future of Canada’s domestic and international drug policies and highlight the next opportunities for reform.
Hear from more than a dozen speakers and participate in four discussion streams to help shape recommendations concerning:
• International control and management
• Decriminalization, regulation and harm reduction
• Integrating policing & public health
• Strategies for health and social equity
Tickets and a full conference program will be available in early February.
Community organizations and students: $50
Pay What You Can tickets are also available on request for those facing financial hardship.
Canada’s Drug Futures Forum is principally funded by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation with additional support from the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy, the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.
Advisory partners of the Forum include the Global Strategy Lab at the University of Ottawa, the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs, moms united and mandated to saving the lives of Drug Users (mumsDU), and the Drug Users Advocacy League (DUAL) of Ottawa.
Prof. Timothy Caulfield, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta
Dr. Jean Daudelin, Norman Paterson School of Public Affairs, Carleton University
Dr. Jocelyn Downie, Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dalhousie University
Elaine Feldman, Centre on Public Management and Policy, University of Ottawa
Dr. Steven J. Hoffman, Global Strategy Lab, University of Ottawa
Dr. Lisa Kerr, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
Donald MacPherson, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Donna May, mumsDU
Jillian Stirk, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
Dr. Mark Tyndall, BC Centre for Disease Control
Jordan Westfall, Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs
Dr. Dan Werb, Chair