Conference 2018: Join us at POVC’s National Town Hall on Nov 14th, Conference Presentation Schedule Released!

Building Safe & Inclusive Communities:

The Public Health Approach

November 15th & 16th, 2018

The Sutton Place Hotel

845 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC


Less than two weeks until we open our annual 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, 845 Burrard Street. We hope you are all as excited to attend it as we are to host it! If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, it’s not too late! Click here or copy the link below to register.


We have released the detailed schedule for this year’s oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops. This year’s call for abstracts exceeded our expectations for the number and quality of submissions and we thank everyone who submitted theirs. We are humbled by the response and pleased to be able to provide a safe place for so many public health professionals to share their work and research with like minded individuals. To see the full schedule and other conference related information check out our events page by clicking here or following the link below.


If you have already registered to attend the conference, we will be releasing the full conference program via email by the end of this week. This will provide our registrants with any and all conference related information including speaker biographies, location information, the final schedule, and so much more! Print versions of the conference program will also be available at the registration table both days of the event, please do not feel the need to print it out beforehand.


Please consider joining us the night before the conference, November 14th, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, for Prevention of Violence Canada’s 14thNational Town Hall, Building Safe and Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach, at the Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Room 1900) in SFU’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver, 515 West Hastings Street. This event is co-hosted by PHABC, Prevention of Violence Canada and the Canadian Red Cross and will serve as the unofficial opening of the PHABC conference.

We are excited to welcome a number of speakers from POVC’s partner organizations and members of the World Health Organization’s Global Violence Prevention Alliance to Vancouver for this event. Speakers will include; Dr. Irvin Waller from the University of Ottawa, Finn Kjærulf from the Dignity Institute in Denmark, Rachel Davies, executive director for the Prevention Institute in California, Sarah Burke from the Canadian Red Cross, Shannon Turner, executive director for PHABC, Dr. Arturo Cervantes from Anahuac University in Mexico, and Dr. Gord Miller from the University of Victoria. They will discuss their work on preventing violence and building safe, inclusive communities locally, nationally and internationally. Special guests include Carol Todd from the Amanda Todd Legacy Society, Judi Fairholm from the Canadian Red Cross and Blake Havard will be performing.

This event is free to attend and open to the public; coffee, tea and water will be served. Doors are at 6:30pm, the panel will begin at 7:00pm and finish at 8:30pm with the final half hour, until 9pm, reserved for networking. Please RSVP by following Eventbrite link below to reserve your FREE seat today!


With the conference coming up so soon, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our Scientific Program Committee co-chairs; Dr. Sandra Allison (Chief Medical Health Officer, Northern Health) & Ann Pederson (Director of Population Health Promotion, BC Children’s Hospital), our SPC members; Shannon ClarkeMichael SpowartDr. Gord MillerMaureen RowanDr. Irving RootmanShannon TurnerChristina HardingJackie WuSarah DyerZoe Tessier & Chantal Percival, and our abstract reviewers; Richard HanPaola Ardiles, Brittany BinghamHeather Ouellette & Dr. Theresa Healy, for their dedication and support in creating this year’s program and schedule. We could not have planned this conference without all of you and for that we are eternally grateful.


Don’t forget to check on our events page for the most up to date information about our conference and we hope to see many of you next week in Vancouver!