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Canadian Public Health Association

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Forum


The 2019 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Forum will bring together public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students, trainees and community members to share the latest research, best practices and innovative strategies to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health events. The one-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.

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

Registration Information
Travel and Accommodation Information
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 significant public health events;
  • 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.

Thursday 2 May

9:00—10:15 Plenary I
10: 15—10:45 Nutrition Break
10:45—12:00 Concurrent Sessions 1
12:00—13:00 Networking Lunch and Poster Presentations
13:00—14:30 Symposium
14:30—14:45 Break
14:45—16:00 Plenary II


Registration is now open.

Anyone who is interested in advancing a public health approach to significant health events 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.

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






Member $250
  Non-member $275
Public Health 2019    


One-day add on $250


Proof of full-time student status required.





Member $125
  Non-member $150
Public Health 2019    


One-day add on $125

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 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response 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)
Ayham Alomari, Canadian Red Cross
Tom Koch, University of British Columbia
Andre LaPrairie, Public Health Agency of Canada
Brian Schwartz, Public Health Ontario

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