Conference 2018: First Round of Speakers Announced & Exclusive Hotel Room Rate Available Now!

Building Safe & Inclusive Communities:

The Public Health Approach

November 15th & 16th, 2018

The Sutton Place Hotel

845 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC


First Round of Speakers Officially Released!

Stay at the Sutton Place Hotel with our Exclusive PHABC Room Rate



We are excited to announce our first round of speakers for our upcoming conference, Building Safe & Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach, happening November 15th and 16th, 2018 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Registration is on now, click here or copy the link below to register for the premier public health event of the season!



We are delighted to welcome a number of members from the World Health Organization’s Global Violence Prevention Alliance to host a couple of plenary sessions focusing on safety, violence prevention and injury prevention. These speakers include:


  • Bridget Penhale, a Reader in Mental Health of Older People at the University of East Anglia in the UK. Bridget is a member of the UK National Social Care Research Ethics Committee, Chair of the University of East Anglia Research Ethics Committee, Board member of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), and is recognised nationally in the UK for her work on adult safeguarding/protection and internationally for her work on elder abuse. Bridget has published material on decision-making and mentally incapacitated adults, social work and older people and extensively on elder abuse.
  • Finn Kjaerulf, a programme specialist in the area of urban violence at DIGNITY, the Danish Institute Against Torture. Finn is an international development professional with more than 20 years of experience as a policy, strategy and operations advisor to state institutions and civil society organisations. He has in recent years worked in the fight against torture and organised violence in conflict and post-conflict settings in Central America and South Africa, within a knowledge-driven, human security and rights-based development perspective.
  • Dr. Arturo Cerventes Trejo, a professor and Chair of Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Anahuac University in Mexico. Dr. Cerventes has also served as general director of the Mexican National Center for Injury Prevention where he led the design and implementation of the Mexican National Program for Road Safety and was lead author of policy for the National Road Safety Strategy 2011 – 2020. As head of the National Center for Injury Prevention, he authored the National Specific Action Program for Road Safety and the National Specific Action Program for Violence Prevention, 2007 – 2012. Dr. Cerventes is also a founding member and research associate at the Mexicans against Corruption and Impunity think-and-do tank.
  • Dr. Irvin Waller, an author and university professor at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Waller is a prize winning champion of victim’s rights, collaborative policing, and violence prevention and his life work is using science and logical practice to get victims´ rights and stop street and intimate partner violence across the world. Dr. Waller has received many international awards, including for his role as the founding executive director of the UN-affiliated International Centre for Prevention of Crime. The US National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and the World Federation for Mental Health both recognized his pioneering work leading to the magna carta for victims – the UN Declaration on Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power.



Stay tuned for our second wave of speaker announcements and the release of our full program!


If you submitted an abstract for consideration please note that our reviewers are currently in the process of evaluating all the submissions. Please be patient as they work through the high volume of submissions received and keep an eye on your inbox for your results in the next couple of weeks! Best of luck to everyone who submitted their research!



We are also delighted to announce a special conference hotel room rate of $195/night(plus tax) for all PHABC conference attendees at the Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver. This discounted rate is only available for the nights of November 11th-18th, 2018 and is subject to room availability.


To access this rate copy or click on the link below and use the group code PHABC to book.



Join PHABC and members of the Global Violence Prevention Alliance on November 14th, 2018 at SFU’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver as we celebrate the opening of our conference at our annual public forum. The event is free to attend and open to the public. It will serve as chance for the public to learn more about public health while providing networking opportunities for public health professionals.


We will be releasing more information about our public event shortly, including the link to register via Eventbrite, and we hope to see you there.