Conference 2022 September update: More featured speakers announced! Call for abstracts & early bird registration closing soon! Seeking Volunteers & Sponsors.

Featured Speakers


PHABC is thrilled to feature the following speakers for our 2022 Conference, “Our Planet, Our Health: Creating Well-Being Societies and Making Peace with Nature.”

Our speakers include the Co-chairs of the Scientific Program Committee (which organizes the Conference program): Dr. Margot Parkes and Dr. Trevor Hancock. Margot is a Professor at UNBC School of Health Sciences, Co-lead of the UNBC Health Research Institute and an Honorary Professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Now a retired Professor and Senior Scholar, Trevor spent the last 30 years consulting for communities, governments, health care organizations and the World Health Organization.

PHABC is honoured to spotlight Dr. Danièle Behn Smith, the Province’s Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor. She works closely alongside Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer. We are pleased to headline Jade Yehia, the BC Ministry of Health’s Climage Change and Health Lead. Our outstanding list of speakers also remarkably include: Dr. Shannon Waters, the Medical Health Officer at Island Health; Dr. Lindsay McLaren, Professor of Population and Public Health at the University of Calgary; and of course, Jessica (Jessiquita) Madrid, the front-line Team Lead for Xaaynanga Naay (Skidegate Health Centre) at First Nations Health Authority.

The list of speakers will only continue to grow with high-calibre presenters. Follow PHABC on social media, and read our website news, to stay updated.

Read Speakers’ Biographies

Conference Details

Dates: November 9th and 10th
Venue: Victoria Conference Centre
Address: 720 Douglas Street Victoria, BC

Early-Bird Registration

Call for Abstracts


PHABC’s 2022 Conference is now open for abstract submissions. The abstract submission deadline is September 30th at 5:00pm PST.

If you have research on or are part of a promising practice you think aligns with our conference themes, we welcome your contribution to our dialogue. The conference plenary sessions will focus on four inter-related themes:

  1. Making Peace with Nature for Public Health
  2. Ecojustice/Eco-social Equity and Public Heath
  3. Well-being Societies
  4. Local (Practice) and Action

The conference organizers request that you submit abstracts that align with one or more of the four themes of the conference; however, additional themes may also be identified from the selected abstracts.

We encourage submissions from the full spectrum of public health practice and endeavor to be inclusive of quality submissions even if they do not fit under the above thematic areas.

All successful abstract submissions will have access to a discounted conference registration rate. Learn more

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Our conference is only possible thanks to the continued efforts of numerous volunteers and the support of various partners and sponsors. Your support will help ensure public health professionals and community partners have access to evidence-based knowledge to improve public health and environmental health outcomes locally, and globally.

If you are interested in sponsoring the PHABC conference, or if you would like more information about the details of our request, please reach out! We welcome the opportunity to discuss any arrangements with you and answer any questions you may have.

As a sponsor for this event, your organization can be seen as a positive force for change in this province and beyond.

Contact us to learn more

Conference Promotions

Hotel Discounts: Conference attendees will receive discounts to partner hotels. Once registered, you will be provided with a discount code.

Volunteers: All volunteers will be provided FREE tickets to the event. For more information on volunteering, contact


Awards Nominations Open

Do you know someone or an organization in the public health community whose hard work and dedication deserves recognition? Nominate them for a PHABC award!

Check out the award categories and nominate today.

Winners will be announced at the annual PHABC conference. Learn More

Conference Promotions Toolkit

Is your organization interested in further amplifying the conference promotions?

PHABC has a promotions toolkit prepared for partners’ dissemination. The toolkit includes graphics and templates for social media, newsletters, and an About the Conference booklet.

To request the toolkit, which will be circulated in September, please contact Selenna Ho, PHABC’s Communications Director at