Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

February 25, 2010 10:00 ET

David Archibald Lecture Series to Explore Shared and Competing Values of Alcohol in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2010) - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)—Canada's non-governmental organization dedicated to reducing the harms associated with alcohol and drugs— is pleased to announce that the 2010 David Archibald Lecture, Alcohol: Shared and Competing Values, will take place at the University of Toronto on Monday, March 1, 2010. The lecture will also be available via live webcast.

Launched by CCSA in 2008, the David Archibald Lecture Series honours the late Dr. H. David Archibald, founder of both the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario (now part of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and CCSA. The lecture is free, open to the public and brings together alcohol experts and industry leaders to discuss issues relating to substance use in Canada.

Alcohol: Shared and Competing Values will explore different viewpoints—using ethical considerations and questions—around possible collaborations between health care organizations, community agencies, academic and research institutions and the alcohol industry.

Panelists will discuss the principles of engagement for partnerships and clarify the opportunities and challenges of working together to find positive ways to collaborate in addressing alcohol-related harms.

"CCSA's Chair Lecture Series is dedicated to bringing people together to provide a forum for discussion and foster a shared understanding of complex issues associated with substance use in Canada," said Michel Perron, Chief Executive Officer, CCSA. "This year's panel participants are a testament to our capacity as Canadians to share different viewpoints on such issues and move towards common ground in creating a society free from the harms of substance abuse."

With an introduction by Michel Perron and moderated by Barbara Russell, bioethicist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Alcohol: Shared and Competing Values will offer a panel discussion between:

  • Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer for the province of Nova Scotia

  • Dr. Peter Butt, College of Family Physicians of Canada

  • Jan Westcott, President and CEO, Spirits Canada / Association of Canadian Distillers

The panelists are all members of the National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee, which guides Canada's National Alcohol Strategy—a multi-sector Strategy that provides a long-term vision of how to reduce alcohol-related harms in Canada. 

Free and open to the public, no registration is required to attend 2010's David Archibald Lecture, which will be held at:

Date: March 1st, 2010
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Bahen Centre, Room 1130,
  University of Toronto, 40 St. George Street, Toronto

For instructions on attending the live webcast please visit:

About CCSA:

With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse provides leadership on national priorities, fosters knowledge-translation within the field, and creates sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA receives funding support from Health Canada.

Contact Information

  • CCSA
    Rob Mclean
    Senior Media Relations Specialist
    613-235-4048 ext. 255