Speakers – Recovery Capital Conference – Toronto

September 13th and 14th, 2018.  

 Keynote Speakers

Decriminalization and Portugal Public Health Policy

Dr. Manuel Cardoso, Deputy General – Director of SICAD

Understanding the integrated approach of Portuguese drugs policy, Understanding  decriminalization legal framework.



Medical Consequences and Medicinal Properties of Cannabis 

Dr. Jag Khalsa,

MS, Ph.D., Special Volunteer, NIDA/NIH; Retired as Chief, Medical Consequences, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA



Concurrent Disorders: The Complexity of Recovery

Ann Dowsett Johnston, bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Followed by a Lived Experience Panel on Building resilience with Recovery Capital moderated by Ann Dowsett Johnston, best-selling author




Recovery Capital: When Wealth and Poverty Have the Same Price

Dr. Julian M. Somers – Simon Fraser University

Over the past 10 years a series of studies in British Columbia have involved people experiencing complex addictions. This research has used a variety of methods: economic analyses; cohort studies; randomized controlled trials; qualitative interviews; and comparative outcome studies. Many of these studies have focused on integrated multi-agency interventions.



The Science of Recovery – Recovery Management and the Future of Treatment

Dr. John Kelly – PhD. Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard University

Describe the clinical course of addiction based on clinical scientific findings



Using Public Health Approach to Promote Recovery 

Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, American Psychological Association

The notion of recovery-oriented systems of care has evolved. I will describe what a recovery-oriented system of care is and compare it to a traditional “black box” approach for mental health and addiction.




Beyond Cannabis Legalization: Refocusing on Community Development

Andrew Freedman, Director Freedman & Koski

Evaluating the success of these legalization efforts has been almost as divisive as legalization itself, with some claiming that the sky has fallen and others claiming only upside. Freedman understands something that few else can.



Building Recovery Capital: Mining, Defining and Utilizing

Rebecca Jesseman

Director of Policy Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

Building Recovery Capital: Mining, Defining and Utilizing

Gord Garner

Executive Director, Community Addictions Peer Support Association



The Mindful Path to Habit Transformation: a four-quadrant model

Larry Peltz

This workshop will present a brief model of identifying four categories or quadrants of experience—the pluses and minuses of maintaining vs. relinquishing a habit.



Recovery Coaching Workshop

Dr. Ray Baker, MD, Consultant in Recovery Medicine

Recovery coaching, the most important element in recovery oriented care requires a unique set of competencies delivered by trained paraprofessionals. This session will review required attitudes, knowledge and skills


Bridging Addiction and Mental Health Recovery

Dr. Brian Rush, PhD, Scientist Emeritus, CAMH and Principal, VIRGO Planning and Evaluation Consultants Inc



Bridging Addiction and Mental Health Recovery

Mary Bartram, PhD, RSW, Researcher and consultant

Recovery has long been a key concept in both the addiction and mental health sectors. But does the concept of recovery in addictions mean the same thing as in the mental health field?


An Integrated Treatment Model for Addiction and Trauma/PTSD

Dr. Michele Pole PhD, with an Introduction by Hamish White

In this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of two disorders that co-occur at high rates, addiction and trauma disorders.



The Pitfall in the use of Opiates in the Treatment of Non-Cancerous Chronic Pain

Dr. Jean-Pierre Chiasson, MD,

FASAM, CCSAM, MRO, Founder and Medical Director, Nouveau Depart, EHN Canada




Youth & Recovery Capital


Recovery Capital for Adolescents and Emerging Adults: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Application

Dr. Emily Alden Hennessy, MPhil, PhD

Adolescent recovery from substance use disorders is a complex and dynamic process requiring multiple individual and contextual resources.




Recovery Support in Education: Recovery High Schools and Collegiate Recovery

Kristen Harper, Founder and CEO of Recovery Cube

Adolescent and emergent adults in recovery from substance use disorder are confronted with the challenge of protecting their new way of life everyday campuses.


Protecting Addicted Youth

Angie Hamilton, Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR)

We have a duty to protect addicted youth. Are we protecting them? What more can be done?



Workplace Wellness

 Part One

8 Tips for Leaders on how to deal with Mental Health in the workplace

Christine Burych President, StarlingBrook Leadership





Part Two

Panel discussion on Collaborative Case Management and Return to Work moderated by Paul Wittes, Director, Clinical Management, Morneau Shepell – panel to include:

  • Jennifer Fodden, Team Lead, Clinical Support Programs, Morneau Shepell
  • Michelle Harper, Director of Best Practices for Group Disability benefits, Manulife Financial
  • Sol Sax MD FRCPC, Medical Director, GE Canada
  • Edna Laming, RN, BA, COHN(C) , Senior Occupational Health Program Manager, GE Canada
  • Chris Howe, Acting Captain, Niagara Fire Department

Addressing PTSD with Concurrent Substance Use Following Occupational Trauma

Dr. Hester Dunlap

Lead Psychologist, Trauma and Psychological Injury Program, Bellwood Health Services




Mind-Body Health Breaks – By Evonne Sullivan

Yoga Teacher – Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Evonne Sullivan specializes in yoga, mindfulness & meditation for mental health and addiction recovery. She works with a variety of organizations, businesses and special events, as well as partnering with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health teaching for the mood & anxiety, trauma, concurrent disorders and medical withdrawal units. Through her Yoga for Wellness & Recovery program and EvonneSullivan.com she creates a supportive, trauma-informed environment for the mind-body health and healing of individuals, families, clinicians and professionals.