Conference 2018: Draft Program Released & Call for Award Nominations is open!

Building Safe & Inclusive Communities:

The Public Health Approach

November 15th & 16th, 2018

The Sutton Place Hotel

845 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC


Draft Program Released!

Call for Award Nominations is now open


We are excited to release our official draft program for our upcoming conference, Building Safe and Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach, happening from November 15th to 16th, 2018 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. If you haven’t registered to attend, click here or copy the link below to complete your registration to BC’s premier public health event!


The conference schedule is packed with a number of excellent presentations touching on all aspects of building safe and inclusive communities. We would like to thank everyone who submitted an abstract. The review process is over and results of the review has been emailed to each author, if you submitted an abstract please check your inbox for your results and presentation time. Please note presentation times may change as the schedule is finalized.


This year’s plenary sessions will feature a number of world renowned experts in their respective fields; including Bridget Penhale, an expert in mental health and senior violence prevention from the University of East Anglia in the UK, Finn Kjærulf, program manager at the Danish Institution Against Torture, Dr. Irvin Waller, violence prevention expert from the University of Ottawa, Rachel Davis, executive director at the Prevention Institute in the US, Dr. Bernie Pauly, a professor and health equity specialist at the University of Victoria, Dr. Arturo Cervantes, an injury prevention and road safety expert from the University of Anahuac in Mexico, Dr. Mariana Brussoni, expert on risky play at BC Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer for BC.  Stay tuned for our final round of speakers to be announced!



We welcome you to submit a nomination for our Public Health Association of BC’s Awards!  The awards will be announced at the Annual General Meeting, happening at lunch during the first day of the conference on November 15, 2018.  If you know an individual, organization or corporation that has done exceptional work within the realm of public health in BC, we encourage you to go to our Awards Page by clicking here or copying the link below to read about our awards and submit a nomination!  Please submit your nomination by Thursday November 1st, 2018 in order to ensure your nomination is reviewed for this year’s awards.



If you are still looking for accommodations in Vancouver during the conference, please consider taking advantage of our exclusive rate at the Sutton Place Hotel. Room rates starting at $195/night plus tax is available for conference registrants and subject to availability. Follow the link below and use the group code PHABC2018 to reserve your room today!



We would like to take this time to thank all of our sponsors for this year’s conference, without them we would not be able to host this event year after year and we are eternally grateful for their support and commitment to public health in BC and beyond.


Platinum Sponsors

Community Action Initiative

Ministry of Health

Compassion, Inclusion and Engagement


Gold Sponsors

First Nations Health Authority

Vancouver Coastal Health


Silver Sponsors

Nurse & Nurse Practitioners of BC

Doctors of BC

Northern Health

Interior Health

BC Centre for Disease Control


Red Cross Canada

Bridge 4 Health


If your organization is interested in sponsoring our conference, please contact Christina Harding at to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and incentives.



The evening before the conference, November 14th, 2018, we will be hosting our annual public forum at SFU’s Fletcher Theatre in Harbour Centre at 555 West Hastings Street. Join PHABC, Red Cross Canada and Prevention of Violence Canada for an engaging evening where a number of WHO’s Global Violence Prevention members will speak about violence prevention initiatives taking place in BC, Canada and the world. Entry to this event is free and open to the public but given space limitations, please RSVP by clicking here or copying the link below to register via Eventbrite.



As always, keep checking back on our events page for the most up to date information on the conference. We look forward to seeing everyone in Vancouver this fall!