Dr. Evan Wood is the Director of the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use based at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. He is also a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, where he helps lead the university’s efforts in the area of addiction prevention and treatment through a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Dr. Wood is a general internal medicine specialist and diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine whose clinical, research and educational focus has been on improving systems of care for patients with alcohol and drug addiction. He was also the founding Director of the Canada Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship, a US National Institute on Drug Abuse funded research-training program for physicians with a background in addiction medicine based out of UBC and St. Paul’s. Dr. Wood has provided expert advice to the BC Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has consulted for the World Health Organization, and regularly serves on the US National Institutes of Health peer review committees. He is actively engaged with all levels of government as well as with family groups, persons in recovery and peer groups representing persons who use drugs, working to chart a new course for society’s response to substance use.