Chancellor's Forum

The crisis dominates headlines with tragic statistics: two Albertans die every day from an opioid overdose.

How did we get here? How do we stop this?

Evidence and experience from the front line show it's time to shift our efforts. How will we address the human and social conditions at the root of this crisis?

On April, 8, 2019, a panel of five experts participated in a lively and provocative conversation about this issue. The School of Public Health is pleased to have been the academic partner for the 2019 Chancellor's Forum, hosted by the Office of the Chancellor and Senate.

Panel video Talking about substance use Opioid crisis Love, respect, dignity See beyond


Kathryn Dong

Director, Inner City Health and Wellness Program and Addiction Recovery Community Health (ARCH) Team, Royal Alexandra Hospital; Addiction Medicine Physician, ARCH Team; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

Elaine Hyshka

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health,University of Alberta; Scientific Director, Inner City Health and Wellness Program, Royal Alexandra Hospital; Co-chair, Minister's Opioid Emergency Response Commission

Donald MacPherson

Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition.

Mike Serr

Chief of Police, Abbotsford Police Department; Chair, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Drug Advisory Committee.


Shanell Twan

Outreach Worker and Community Liaison, Inner City Health and Wellness Program, Royal Alexandra Hospital; Member, Alberta Addicts Who Educate and Advocate Responsibility and, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs.

Ryan Jespersen, Host, The Ryan Jespersen Show, 630 CHED

Closing remarks
His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton