The BC Substance Use Conference: Coming Together

The BC Substance Use Conference: Coming Together

Hosted by The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)

Target Audience:

Physicians, nurses, allied health, residents

Course Format: Keynote speaker, panel presentation, multiple streams, awards dinner and much more!
  • May 23, 2019 to May 25, 2019
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
39 Smithe St
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The BC Substance Use Conference 2019 is the first annual conference hosted by the BC Centre on Substance Use, bringing together key stakeholders from around the province to discuss provincial efforts to treat and care for people with substance use disorders. This three day event will include research, education, and clinical care guidance presentations and workshops across several topics within substance use including opioid, alcohol, and cannabis use disorders.

Our event will be held at the JW Marriott in Vancouver, BC (39 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0R3) from Thursday, May 23rd - Saturday, May 25th. We have also reserved rooms at this hotel for your convenience and have discounted early registration rates until February 15th, 2019.




Subject to change

5:00 - 6:00 PM Registration
6:00 - 6:05 PM Welcome
6:05 - 7:30 PM Health Authority Specialty Presentations - Innovative Implementation
7:30 - 8:30 PM Safer Supply - Presentation + Panel
8:30 - 9:00 PM Networking + Art Viewing + Silent Auction
** 6:30 - 8:00 PM Artwork Displays & Silent Auction **


Subject to change

07:00 - 08:00 AM Registration
08:00 - 09:00 AM Breakfast, Poster Viewing
09:00 - 09:30 AM Introductions | Cheyenne Johnson, Edler Welcome
09:30 - 10:45 AM Welcome | Hon. Judy Darcy
09:45 - 10:45 AM Keynote | Mae Katt
10:45 - 11:00 AM Break and travel time to breakout sessions
11:00 - 12:00 PM Indigenous Informed Primary Care & Cultural Safety // Frontiers on Harm Reduction Practice and Policy | Sara Young (Moderator) & Panelist: Eris Nyx, Charlene Burmeister, Cheri Newman, Kevin Donaghy, & Paul Choisil
11:00 - 01:00 PM What's Next in OUD Care Workshop & Case Based Learning | Dr. Paxton Bach, Dr. Christy Sutherland & TBC
11:00 - 01:00 PM Fellow and Trainee Research Presentations
1:00 - 02:00 PM Lunch & Poster/Exhibit Viewing
02:00 - 03:00 PM The Youth Perspective | Dr.Vicki Klassen (Moderator) & Panelists: Dr. Sharon Vipler, Matthew Piercy, Carmen Verdicchio, Elise Durante, & Alison Gear // Sexual and gender identity: Implications for substance use care | Peter Hoong (Moderator) & Panelists: Rod Knight, Rodney Stehr, AJ Lowik, & Caroline Mniszak
02:00 - 03:30 PM How Patients Want to Be Treated | Dr. Ramm Hering (Moderator) & Panelists: Dr. Cole Stanley, Leslie McBain, Laura Shaver, Hawkfeather Peterson, Gary Lising, & Zak Matieschyn
02:00 - 03:30 PM Fellow and Trainee Research Presentations
Travel time - return to plenary
03:30 - 05:00 PM Psychedelic Medicine in the Treatment of Addiction and Related Mental Health Issues | Dr. Ken Tupper (Moderator) & Panelists: Dr. Gabor Mate, Dr. Nitasha Puri, Zach Walsh, & Joanna Simundic
05:00 - 06:00 PM Time for guests to get ready for dinner
06:00 - 09:00 PM Dinner and Awards Banquet (Lifetime Achievement Award and Presentation)


Subject to change
08:00 - 09:00 AM Registration
09:00 - 09:30 AM Breakfast & Networking
09:30 - 10:45 AM How We Talk About the Opioid Crisis | Garth Mullins, Chereece Kiwatin & Others TBC
10:45 - 11:00 AM Break travel to breakout sessions
11:00 - 01:00 PM Detox in 2019, Preredictive Alcohol Withdrawal Severity Scale Implementation | Dr. Rupi Brar, Dr. Sharon Vipler, Dr. Ron Joe, Dr. Jeff Harries, Dr. Gerrard Prigmore & TBD // Low-risk Cannabis Guidelines for Primary Care
1:00 PM How to Advocate For Our Loved Ones | Leslie McBain, Family Engagement Lead, BCCSU; Co-founder; Moms Stop the Harm
11:00 - 01:00 PM Peers Stakeholders Breakout Session | Ann Livingston
11:00 - 01:00 PM Recovery Stakeholders Breakout Session
11:00 - 01:00 PM Advocacy at the Front Lines: Practical tools to enact change (presentation followed by workshop) 01:00 - 02:00 PM Lunch & Networking
02:00 - 03:00 PM Combined Stakeholder Meeting (How can community work better with primary care providers) | Ted Patterson, Dr. Patricia Daly, Miranda Compton, Dr. David Byres, Leslie McBain, Dean Wilson, & Marshall Smith // OAT Patient Handbook: Debrief & Discussion
02:00 - 03:00 PM AUD + Guideline Recommendations| Dr. Paul Sobey (Moderator) & Dr. Keith Ahamad // Real World Polysubstance Use Management & Cases | Dr. Mark McLean, TBC
02:00 - 03:00 PM Creating and Strengthening High-Functioning interdisciplinary Care Teams: Research & Practice | Maura MacPhee, David Byres, & TBC // Implications of Cannabis Legalization
Return to Plenary Room
04:00 - 04:30 PM Why Does This Matter? | Guy Felicella
04:30 - 05:00 PM Closing Remarks | Dr. Evan Wood

Skills Gained

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders from around the province to discuss provincial efforts to treat and care for people with substance use disorders
  • Select the appropriate pharmacological and psychosocial treatment interventions based on the best evidence as well as individual patient needs, circumstances, and preferences
  • Provide safe and effective treatment to patients and their families throughout the induction, maintenance, and/or discontinuation process across the continuum of care for substance use disorders
  • Appreciate the complexity of substance use disorders, diversity of care, and providing access to evidence-based support services
  • Promote recovery, safety, wellness, and harm reduction to improve patient care and support for those with substance use disorders
  • Describe new evidence-based research findings and innovative implementation models from around the province


Early bird registration: Mon. Mar 11, 2019 | Add to calendar +

Early bird rates:

-Physician $250
-Allied Health (nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, pharmacists, clinical counsellors) $200
-Resident/Student (proof of status required on-site) $200
-Health Authority Rep, Government $150

Registration includes: Thursday afternoon sessions and activities, Fri & Sat full day of presentations with breakfast, lunch and breaks
plus ONE ticket to the Awards Dinner & Presentation on Friday evening.

Cancellations and Refunds


JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
39 Smithe Street
V6B 0R3
Vancouver  British Columbia  V6B 0R3

Special conference rates: starting at $289 CDN/night for attendees available before Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Use direct booking link provided and click on "Make your Selection" and then ATTENDEE to receive access to the special rate. Taxes and parking are extra. Please note that rooms sell out quickly, and you may not get the conference rate if you book late. Current online rates for the Parq start at $649 a night, so our group rate is an exceptional deal.

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