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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction


Mar 28 2023

Webinar: Frequently Asked Questions from Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health

Location: Virtual

Date: March 28, 2023

Join us for a free webinar: Frequently Asked Questions from Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health

Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health was released on Jan. 17, 2023. Since then, the project has received keen interest from the public and stakeholders to understand the research on the effects of alcohol and how to reduce alcohol-related harms.

Frequently Asked Questions from Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health is a unique opportunity for you to ask questions to those directly involved in the production of Canada’s new guidance. They will also answer these commonly asked questions: What are the key takeaways from the guidance? How did the experts come to the conclusions they did? How can this new knowledge be integrated into people’s lifestyles?

In a conversational style, this 60-minute webinar will host Q&As between the public and some of the project’s leading experts, including Dr. Catherine Paradis, Dr. Peter Butt, Dr. Kevin Shield, Dr. Nancy Poole, Dr. Samantha Wells, Dr. Erin Hobin and Dr. Tim Naimi.

Register today and join the conversation.

Learn more about the webinar hosts 

Dr. Catherine Paradis

Dr. Catherine Paradis is an Interim Associate Director, Research at CCSA. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Montreal and has worked in the alcohol field for more than 20 years. Dr. Paradis is a co-chair on Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health committee and was one of the experts responsible for producing Canada’s 2011 Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.

Dr. Paradis also led the implementation of the Postsecondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) and the development of its framework. She has been involved in research projects focused on alcohol policies in municipalities and on campuses, and alcohol advertising and marketing. Dr. Paradis actively participates in numerous scientific advisory committees, focusing on issues related to health and substance use in Quebec, Canada, Australia, France and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Peter Butt

Dr. Peter Butt is a graduate of McMaster University School of Medicine and an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, with additional certification in addiction medicine. Dr. Butt is a co-chair on Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health committee, and he chaired the first Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines technical advisory committee in 2011.

Dr. Butt serves as a mental health and addiction consultant in the Saskatchewan Health Authority to assist with the improvement in the quality of care and the development of clinical care pathways.

His previous work with CCSA has included the National Alcohol Strategy, co-chairing the Standard Drink Labelling committee and alcohol use knowledge mobilization on Canadian postsecondary school campuses.

Dr. Kevin Shield

Dr. Kevin Shield is an independent scientist at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research and the Head of the World Health Organization Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Addiction and Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is also an assistant professor in the Epidemiology Division of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He previously worked at the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a Research Fellow.

Dr. Nancy Poole

Dr. Nancy Poole is the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, a research and knowledge exchange centre hosted by BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre in Vancouver. She is also the Prevention Lead for the CanFASD Research Network, guiding a pan-Canadian network of researchers, service providers, policy analysts and community-based advocates working on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevention.

Dr. Samantha Wells

Dr. Samantha Wells is the Senior Director and Senior Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH. She is also an Associate Professor in the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University, and in the School of Psychology at Deakin University in Australia. Dr. Wells examines aggression and victimization experiences among young people in drinking situations, including male-to-male physical aggression and male-to-female sexual harassment and aggression.

Dr. Erin Hobi

Dr. Erin Hobin is a senior scientist at Public Health Ontario. She is an associate professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and is a collaborating scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating population-level interventions to reduce and prevent chronic disease and health inequities. Dr. Hobin led an alcohol labelling experiment in Yukon, which was the first study in Canada and internationally to develop and test evidence-informed alcohol container labels on multiple outcomes in a real-world setting. Dr. Hobin is a member of the World Health Organization’s international technical advisory group on alcohol labels.

Timothy Naimi

Timothy Naimi is the Director at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and his master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Epidemic Intelligence Service program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a Preventive Medicine Residency with CDC. He has worked as a physician for the U.S. Indian Health Service, a senior epidemiologist with the Alcohol Team at CDC and a professor in the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine. His research interests include alcohol epidemiology, the health effects of substance use and the impact of alcohol and cannabis policies.

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