Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

PHABC Annual Conference 2018 – Building Safe & Inclusive Communities: The Public Health Approach

November 15, 2018 - November 16, 2018

Public Health Association of British Columbia’s

Annual Conference & AGM

PHABC - Public Health Association of BC

Building Safe & Inclusive Communities:

The Public Health Approach


November 15th & 16th, 2018

Sutton Place Hotel

845 Burrard St

Vancouver, BC

V6Z 2K6

Mark your calendars! The Public Health Association of British Columbia’s annual conference will take place from November 15th to 16th, 2018 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Presentation Schedule Released!

Click here to register today!

PHABC Conference Registration Rates (including GST)

PHABC Member – 2 day $395.00
Non-Member – 2 day $480.00
PHABC Senior/Student Member – 2 day $311.00
Non-Member Senior/Student – 2 day $358.00
PHABC Member – 1 day $210.00
Non-Member – 1 day $291.00
PHABC Senior/Student Member – 1 day $153.00
Non-Member Senior/Student – 1 day $180.00




The annual conference is designed to help attendees learn new methods of fostering safe, healthy and inclusive communities by showcasing the latest work and research within the realm of public health and beyond. Some topics that will be discussed include: Violence prevention at the individual & societal level, health equity, health literacy, fostering healthy relationships, keeping communities safe during emergency response, community inclusion, using healthy built environments to foster safety and inclusion, the benefits of risky play, and more.

The public health approach to building safe and inclusive communities recognizes that the quality of both the social and physical environments will influence individual and community health and well-being. This is because health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love. Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to take decisions and have control over one’s life circumstances, and by ensuring that the society one lives in creates conditions that allow the attainment of health by all its members.


Conference Theme

This year’s theme will build on that of our annual summer school, “Building Safe & Inclusive Communities,” and will explore sub-themes of violence prevention, literacy, health equity, community inclusion, healthy relationships, emergency response and building safe, healthy and inclusive physical environments.

A public health approach to safe and inclusive communities recognizes that the quality of both the social and physical environments influence individual and community health and well-being. This is because health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love. Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to make decisions and have control over one’s life circumstances, and by creating the conditions that allow for the attainment of health by all people.

Click Here to read the think piece developed for our annual summer school, where we introduced this year’s topic.

Why Attend?

This two-day conference is a unique collaboration of key-note presentations, case studies and hands-on workshops designed to give attendees new and innovative solutions to a variety of issues within their communities and beyond. The PHABC Conference provides the opportunity for professionals throughout the province to meet, mingle, and learn during discussion groups.

We welcome participants who are working directly or indirectly on public health issues and health promoting activities across our province, including but not limited to:

Public Health Professionals Recreation Practitioners
Frontline Health Providers Program & Project Planners
Municipal Council Members Health Educators
Academics & Researchers Policy Analysts
Graduate & Medical Students Community Health Workers


Plenary Session Speakers

We are delighted to welcome a number of renowned experts in their respective fields to host plenary sessions on violence prevention, injury prevention, health equity in practice and fostering community inclusion and cultural safety. 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, Programme Manager in ‘Urban Violence – Security, Protection and Prevention Theme’ at DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture. Responsible for DIGNITYs Intersectoral Urban Violence Prevention program in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) and East Africa (Kenya and Uganda). International development professional with 25+ years of experience with policy, strategy and operational advice to – and dialogue-negotiation with – state institutions and civil society organizations in the fields of human rights and democratization; community organization and mobilization; local economic development; sustainable organizational strategies; change and innovation, and Intersectoral Urban Violence Prevention (IUVP). Has worked extensively in the fight against torture and organized violence and IUVP in oppression, conflict and post conflict situations mainly in Central America, – with rights-based development, human security and public health approaches.  Has from 2014 worked to implement Intersectoral Urban Violence Prevention (IUVP) in East Africa, and to merge IUVP with Place-based Leadership Development, to build intersectoral urban collaboratives of leaders that are able and willing to work together in urban violence reduction. Has practical experience working with NGOs, UN and State Institutions in Latin America, Africa and Europe, and has increasingly moved into Embedded Intervention Research and published papers on : Community Psychology, Violence and Trauma; Violence Prevention and Human Security; Violence Prevention through Area-based Interventions to Strengthen Civil Society and Social Cohesion in Poor Urban Areas; Violence, Health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and Leadership Development in Urban Coalitions and Violence Prevention.
  • 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.
  • Rachel Davis, incoming executive director at the Prevention Institute in the US. Rachel creates tools and materials to support local and state initiatives and educates government agencies, foundations, and community groups throughout the country. Rachel serves as Project Director for UNITY (Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth through Violence Prevention), Prevention Institute’s CDC-funded national initiative to strengthen and support the largest U.S. cities in more effectively preventing violence. Rachel co-developed THRIVE (Toolkit for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments), an interactive web-based tool to help identify and foster factors in the community environment that improve health outcomes and reduce inequity. She has written numerous publications, and prior to joining Prevention Institute in 1997, Rachel had extensive experience as a social worker for the San Francisco Unified School District.
  • Dr. Bernie Pauly, an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria School of Nursing and a Scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia. Currently, she is the Island Health Scholar in Residence and a University of Victoria Provost’s Community Engaged Scholar. Her research focuses on reorienting health and social systems to reduce health inequities and prevent harms of substance use. She is the nominated principal investigator of the Equity Lens in Public Health Program of Research (ELPH) and the Canadian Managed Alcohol Programs Study (CMAPS). She is a priority lead with the Canadian Observatory to End Homelessness and a co-lead of the Renewal of Public Health Systems and Services Research Initiative. She has received numerous awards including a British Columbia Community Achievement Award, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, a University of Victoria Community University Award and recognition as an Honorary Citizen of Victoria.
  • Dr. Mariana Brussoni, an Investigator at BC Children’s Hospital and Academic Scientist at the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit. Dr. Brussoni’s current research interests include the influence of geographic, cultural and social places on parenting related to risk and safety; developmental importance of children’s risky play; the impact of injury on children’s health related quality of life; injuries among Aboriginal populations; and, injury surveillance. She currently leads CIHR-funded research to develop an index of the playability of the built environment; and Lawson Foundation-funded research to develop an online tool, to reframe parents’ risk perceptions with the goal of facilitating children’s access to risky play. Her work has been featured extensively in national and international media.
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer for the Province of BC effective February 1, 2018. Prior to her appointment, she was the deputy provincial health officer and served as the interim provincial executive medical director of the BC Centre for Disease Control. She is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine and is board certified in preventive medicine in the U.S. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School and completed a Masters in Public Health in San Diego, residency training in preventive medicine at University of California, San Diego and in community medicine at University of Toronto. Dr. Henry has worked internationally including with the WHO/UNICEF polio eradication program in Pakistan and with the World Health Organization to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.
  • Neil Arason, a Director in public health at the BC Ministry of Health. Prior to that, he helped develop and lead the BC Road Safety Strategy in the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Neil has co-chaired an expert working group on pedestrian safety, and has worked on a range of road safety issues including child passenger safety, bicycle helmets, alcohol-impaired driving, and driver distraction. Neil is also the author of the book, No Accident: Eliminating injury and death on Canadian roads – published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. In 2015, he received a Transportation Association of Canada award for his contributions to road safety.
  • Jenny Cross, an Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Educator and Traditional Haida Knowledge Keeper in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii who has spent the last 12 years teaching Haida song, dance, language and traditional food gathering to families on Haida Gwaii. Jenny and Haida language elder Jackie Casey were the 2016 award recipients of the Child Care Recognition Award from the BC Aboriginal ChildCare Society.  Jenny and Shelly recently attended a gathering in Six Nations focused on Traditional food in Healthcare and presented at the Food Secure Canada conference in Montreal (Nov 2018) on a session called Food as a Pathway to Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Shelly Crack, a community dietitian with the Northern Health Authority who has worked on Haida Gwaii for the last 15 years and spent the first part of her career travelling to a number of Indigenous communities across northern BC from Haida Gwaii to the Gitxsan Territory.  Shelly had a strong pull to local community food work after the birth of her first daughter in 2009.  After returning from a maternity leave she began to focus on local food in schools, salad bar programs and getting local food into hospitals.  Since then, Shelly has been working with local, provincial and national partners to support schools, hospitals, and other programs to serve local and traditional food safely.
  • Paul Lacerte, a member of the Nadleh Whuten Band and belongs to the Carrier First Nation in northern British Columbia. He served as the Provincial Chief Executive Officer for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres for 20 years. In 2011 Paul and his daughter Raven co-founded the Moosehide Campaign, a grass roots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men working to end violence against women and children. He is a Managing Partner with Raven Capital Partners (the first Indigenous financial intermediary in Canada), the former Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Foundation Board of Directors, the former Board Chair for Reconciliation Canada, and a former representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014.
  • Dr. Mark Tyndall, the Executive Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control and Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health.  He also serves as a deputy Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia. He received his medical degree from McMaster University and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard University. From 1999 to 2010 he was the Program Director for Epidemiology at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and was co-lead investigator on the evaluation of Insite, North America’s first supervised injection site. He has conducted numerous community-based research projects, including epidemiologic studies of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, antiretroviral access among people who use drugs, and health care utilization among marginalized populations and has authored over 250 peer reviewed research articles.

Conference Program & Presentation Schedule

We have officially released our draft program and presentation schedule for the conference. Keep checking back on this page for the latest details.

Loader Loading...
EAD Logo Taking too long?

Reload Reload document
| Open Open in new tab

Download [832.34 KB]

Loader Loading...
EAD Logo Taking too long?

Reload Reload document
| Open Open in new tab

Download [0.98 MB]

Loader Loading...
EAD Logo Taking too long?

Reload Reload document
| Open Open in new tab

Download [1.07 MB]

Exclusive Hotel Room Rate

The Sutton Place Hotel is now officially sold out for the conference dates, we hope many of you were able to take advantage of the discount.

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.



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 Silver Sponsors
Community Action Initiative Nurse & Nurse Practitioners of BC
Ministry of Health Doctors of BC
Compassion, Inclusion and Engagement Northern Health
Interior Health
Gold Sponsors BC Centre for Disease Control
First Nations Health Authority PosAbilities
Vancouver Coastal Health Red Cross Canada
Bridge 4 Health


Networking Event

On Thursday November 15th, 2018 from 3:45pm to 5:00pm we will be hosting our networking event concurrently with our exhibitor’s booths and poster sessions. This is a relaxed event where one can enjoy some complimentary appetizers and a glass of wine or beer from our cash bar while networking with like-minded individuals, learning about new research and projects across BC from one of our 18 poster presentations and perusing the exhibitor’s booths to learn more about our partner organizations and maybe score some free swag! To learn more about this year’s exhibitors, check out below.

Loader Loading...
EAD Logo Taking too long?

Reload Reload document
| Open Open in new tab

Download [1.05 MB]

Public Event

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!


We look forward to seeing everyone in Vancouver this fall!


November 15, 2018
November 16, 2018
Event Category:


The Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2K6 Canada


View Organizer Website