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Canadian Public Health Association

Cannabis and Public Health Forum


The 2019 Cannabis and Public Health Forum will bring together public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees to share the latest research, best practices and innovative policies that support a public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada. The two-day forum will feature a variety of peer-reviewed sessions generated through the call for submissions.

The Forum will be held concurrently with Public Health 2019, the annual conference of the Canadian Public Health Association. Delegates who registered for the Forum will be able to register for Public Health 2019 at a reduced rate. As the Forum has a limited seating capacity, registered Public Health participants are currently not permitted to attend Forum sessions. 

The Scientific Program will be developed by the Forum Steering Committee based, in part, on the submissions received through the open call. Session types will include:

  • Plenary sessions composed of a keynote speaker or panel of distinguished speakers which are planned by the Steering Committee;

  • Workshops and symposia that provide delegates with concrete skills and knowledge on various topics chosen by the Steering Committee based on the open call for submissions and the results of the peer review process; and
  • Oral and poster presentations, selected based on the results of the open call and peer review process.

Forum Objectives
Travel and Accommodations
Frequently Asked Questions
Steering Committee

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Forum Objectives

The Forum will provide:

  • A dynamic setting to profile action-oriented best practices, successful strategies and new research;
  • An occasion to explore evidence-informed interventions;
  • A forum that supports reflection and critical dialogue;
  • A supportive environment for sharing innovative ideas and approaches to public health practice, policy and research that encourages further collaborations; and
  • A multisectoral knowledge exchange forum and networking opportunity.


The Forum will provide delegates the opportunity to:

  • Articulate the current status of research, policy and practice related to the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada;
  • Identify public health challenges and related solutions, trends, emerging issues and gaps;
  • Utilize effective evidence-based public health programs, practices, structures and systems; and
  • Identify strategies for knowledge translation and exchange.


Subject to change

Tuesday 30 April

9:00—10:30 Opening Plenary
10:30—11:00 Nutrition Break 
11:00—12:30 Concurrent Sessions 1
12:30—13:15 Networking Lunch 
13:15—13:45 Poster Presentations
13:45—15:15 Concurrent Sessions 2
15:15—15:30 Break
15:30—17:00 Plenary II

Wednesday 1 May

7:00—8:45 CPHA Annual General Meeting
9:00—10:30 Concurrent Sessions 3
10:30—11:00 Nutrition Break
11:00—12:30 Plenary III
12:30—13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30—15:00 Concurrent Session 4
15:00—15:30 Break
15:30—17:00 Closing Plenary


Registration is now open.

Anyone who is interested in advancing a public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis should attend this forum. It will be the meeting place for a wide range of disciplines and sectors, at various career stages, all striving for a common goal.

Industry Involvement
Individuals with commercial interests in the cannabis industry are welcome to register for the Forum; however, a cap of 10% of the total delegate registration has been established for such individuals. Individuals with commercial interests in the cannabis industry should complete the registration process, and their acceptance as delegates will be confirmed on 18 March 2019. 

Due to the limited seating capacity, Forum delegates are not permitted to attend Public Health 2019 sessions unless they are a registered Conference delegate. If you wish to attend one day of programming at Public Health 2019, we offer discounted daily rates. At the time of registration, you will be required to select the Forum of your choice and your dates of participation for Public Health 2019. 

Member Registration

Non-member Registration


Full Forum


Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate


CPHA Member $400 $450


Non-member $450 $500






CPHA Member n/a $225


Non-member n/a $275
Public Health 2019       
  One-day add-on n/a $250

* Early-bird rate ends on Thursday 14 March


Proof of full-time student status required.

Full Forum


Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate


CPHA Member $200 $225


Non-Member $225 $250






CPHA Member n/a $125


Non-member n/a $150
Public Health 2019       
  One-day add-on n/a $125


* Early-bird rate ends on Thursday 14 March

Member Registration

Non-member Registration

Payment Options

For online registration, a Visa or MasterCard is required to complete the transaction. To request an invoice payable by cheque or credit card, contact

Indigenous Community Rate

We are pleased to offer a rate for participants from Indigenous communities. Contact to learn how to register.  

Group Registrations

We are pleased to offer a discount for staff registering from the same organization. Contact to learn more. 

The following conditions will apply: 

  • One invoice will be issued per group registration, payable by cheque or credit card.
  • If an invoice exceeds $1,500 and an organization wishes to pay by credit card, a 2.5% surcharge will be applied to recoup the service fees charged to process the transaction.   
  • Once payment is received, group participants will be issued a unique registration link. Separate registrations must be completed for each delegate.

Travel and Accommodations

The 2019 Cannabis and Public Health Forum is held concurrently with Public Health 2019, take advantage of discounts available for travel and accommodations in Ottawa

Have Questions?

Read through our Frequently Asked Questions

Steering Committee

Ian Culbert, Canadian Public Health Association (Chair)
Sandra Allison, Rural, Remote and Northern Public Health Network
Rebecca Haines-Saah, University of Calgary
David Hammond, University of Waterloo
Erin Hobin, Public Health Ontario
Fardous Hosseiny, Canadian Mental Health Association
Rebecca Jesseman, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Sapna Mahajan, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Richard Stanwick, Urban Public Health Network
Mark Tyndall, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Public Health Champion

Friends of Public Health

Public Health Supporters


AccuVax by TruMed Systems

Brock University

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Public Health Association

Cardiomed Supplies Inc.


École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Health Canada, Indoor Air Contaminants Assessment

Health Canada, Canadian Health Measures Survey

Health Canada, National Radon Program

Immunize Canada

Lakehead University

McGill University, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health

National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health

Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

University of Ottawa