Less Harmful Summit 2022

Less Harmful Summit 2022

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Arcadian Court

401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower, 8th Floor

Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4

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A full-day event featuring speakers on mental wellness, substance use disorders, human trafficking and harm reduction.

About this event

The Less Harmful Summit is a full-day conference for health care and social service practitioners featuring speakers who are advancing less harmful approaches to substance use, protecting vulnerable people and restoring human resilience.

Speakers include a keynote address from harm reduction and recovery advocate, Guy Felicella and Dr. Rob Sealey, a leading Canadian medical cannabinoid physician. We’ll also have the opportunity to learn from addiction medicine specialist and NORS founder, Dr. Monty Ghosh and Ann Dowsett Johnston, a psychotherapist and bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. Constable Jennaye Norris of the Blood Tribe Police Department will speak on tackling human trafficking and neuropsychopharmacologist, Dr. Leah Mayo will share insights on breakthrough pharmacotherapies for stress-related psychiatric disorders.

This event will include breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch.

About LHC:

Less Harmful Coalition is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization. Through education and advocacy, we aspire to advance pragmatic approaches to substance use and help people live longer healthier lives.

Speakers:

Guy Felicella

Guy Felicella grew up in a middle-class home in Richmond but fell into addiction at a young age. He spent 30 years in the repeated cycle of gangs, addiction, treatment and jail.

Today, Guy has escaped the grips of the turmoil that kept him suffering and resides with his wife and three young children with multiple years of recovery and sobriety under his belt.

Guy is passionate about advocating for the vulnerable people who still suffer in addiction and educating communities on harm reduction to eliminate the stigma that exists around it. Currently Guy works for Vancouver Coastal Health, Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction and the BC Centre on Substance Use. In addition, Guy attends various school districts and post-secondary institutions to educate students on addiction.

Guy spent nearly his entire life suffering in addiction and now he is using his experience to change the hearts and minds of people to the idea that recovery is harm reduction and harm reduction is recovery. Gone are the days where it’s either harm reduction or recovery; it’s both!

Dr. Monty Ghosh

Dr. Monty Ghosh is an assistant clinical professor at both the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. An internal and addiction medicine practitioner, Dr. Ghosh specializes in patient advocacy and caring for people experiencing homelessness and addiction. He is also a lead researcher and policy advocate in these realms, both federally and provincially. Dr. Ghosh was recently recognized for his contributions and leadership in the medical field as a 2021 recipient of the Canadian Medical Association's Award for Young Leaders (Early Career).

Dr. Robert Sealey B.Sc. M.D.

Since 2001, Dr. Sealey has been involved in both the clinical and research aspects of medical cannabis including a substitution approach for other substances as a novel approach to harm reduction. This includes his participation in a North American task force that produced guidelines on the use of cannabis to help address the current opioid crisis.

Given his experience, thousands of patients across Canada have been referred to Dr. Sealey for the consideration of cannabinoid-based therapy management in conditions that have not responded to standard therapy.

Sensing a void in knowledge and misinformation regarding the use of medical cannabis in clinical practice, Dr. Sealey has also travelled around the world as an invited keynote speaker at numerous public and professional events.

Leah Mayo, Ph.D.

Leah is a neuropsychopharmacologist with a particular interest in novel cannabinoid- and psychedelic-based pharmacotherapies for stress-related psychiatric disorders. Mayo attended both the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago and more recently assumed the role of Assistant Professor in the Centre for Social and Affective Neuroscience at Linköping University in Sweden. Her next role will take her family to Canada as the University of Calgary’s Parker Research Chair in Psychedelics with the Department of Psychiatry, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education.

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