Hosted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) – Présidé par le Centre de toxicomanie et de santé mentale (CAMH) en partenariat avec la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada (CSMC)

The Cannabis Knowledge Exchange Forum is the national event that will bring together policy-makers, researchers, professionals working in primary care, mental health and addictions, public health, education and social services to share the latest research and information, to promote evidence-informed practices, and to explore experiences and needs of diverse groups of youth with regards to non-medical cannabis use in the Canadian context.

Learning Objectives

The participant will be able to:

  1. Apply an intersectionality lens to explore and address the variety of intersecting factors influencing non-medical cannabis use in youth.
  2. Discuss the recent research findings and evidence-informed practices related to youth and non-medical cannabis use.
  3. Facilitate knowledge exchange between stakeholders from various sectors across Canada working with or supporting youth.

Overarching Themes

  • Cannabis use among diverse populations
  • Building resilience and reducing harm
  • Youth perceptions on cannabis

Simultaneous French translation will be available for selected workshops.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joanna Henderson

Dr. Joanna Henderson is Executive Director of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario and Director of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is also a Senior Scientist in the Child, Youth, and Emerging Adult Program at CAMH and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her work aims to improve access to high quality, integrated services for youth with substance use and/or mental health concerns and their families.

Keynote Speaker: Mahalia Dixon

Mahalia Dixon (she, they) is a Youth Engagement Facilitator with CAMH and has been working within the child and youth mental health and substance use sector for over three years. Rooted in her own lived experiences of mental health, Mahalia is deeply passionate about the intersections of mental health, harm reduction, and youth engagement. She continuously seeks to advocate for the reality that the most effective and relevant research, policy and service provision is centered around the needs and wants of those with lived experience.

Important Dates

  • Registration for Forum closes: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  • Call for poster abstracts: deadline to apply is Friday, December 11, 2020
    • Notifications will go out Wednesday, December 16, 2020
    • Deadline to confirm is Wednesday, December 23, 2020
  • Final program and agenda: coming soon!
  • Virtual Conference Platform launch: Friday, January 29, 2021


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