In October 2018 we held the first Stimulus conference ever in Edmonton Alberta! Over 850 people came together in an effort to accelerate thinking towards better responses to substance use and drug policy related harms in Canada. It was an overwhelming success. Our participant evaluation demonstrated that Stimulus 2018 was an important experience for those who came and contributed immensely to increasing knowledge about innovation, best practice and strategies for positive change in Canada.
Communities across Canada continue to be in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis, illegal drug markets continue to flourish and people who use drugs continue to be criminalized and marginalized within systems of health, social care and economic support. We are inviting you to be a sponsor of Stimulus 2020. You can sponsor lifesaving work.
Stimulus 2020 is expected to attract between 900 and 1,100 participants. The people who will attend include nurses, social workers, people who use drugs, physicians, family organizations, corrections staff, front-line workers, researchers, and others from across the country. Traditionally at our events, we keep registration costs as low as possible so more people can attend. Many are working in a non-profit capacity. We will demonstrate community action, mentoring and community development by providing numerous scholarships for people with lived experience and others on the front lines. Some other areas of expense include bringing in plenary speakers, translation and interpretation services, conference programs/bags, venue, audio/visual and refreshments.
As chair of the National Planning Committee I look forward to discussing this conference with you, please feel free to contact me at 778.782.9355 or Donald_MacPherson@sfu.ca. We look forward to your participation in Stimulus 2020.
You can view highlights from the 2018 Stimulus conference here.
Director | Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Donald_MacPherson (at) sfu (dot) ca