2018 CSAM Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference

October 25, 2018 - October 27, 2018

All Day

900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2W6

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Crisis, Controversy and Change/La Crise, la Controverse et le Changement

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 30th annual Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific conference to be held in Vancouver, BC October 25 through 28, 2018.

Conference committee began planning shortly after our successful annual conference in Niagara Falls in 2017.  We have invited a broad array of plenary speakers and will be providing multiple symposia within four separate tracks as well as poster sessions and social events. 2018 will feature an all-day symposium on addictions for members of the Nursing Profession. The Fundamentals, CSAM’s day-long course of sequential presentations on screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders will be offered following the main course on October 28. This year’s theme, Crisis, Controversy and Change” speaks to the issues that will be we are currently facing and that will be explored at the conference. The conference will act as a venue for researchers, educators and clinicians from different disciplines to meet, present their research, exchange ideas and collaborate on future courses. The CSAM Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented as well as awards recognizing the best posters. Additionally, this year CSAM will grant four bursaries to assist students whose abstracts are chosen for presentation within symposia.

The venue and broad array of scientific and social offerings will make this year’s scientific conference an outstanding event. We sincerely hope to see you there and have the opportunity to speak with you personally.

Paul W. Sobey MD and Jenn Brasch MD
Conference Co-Chairs for CSAM 2018 and past Conference Co-Chairs for CSAM 2017

2018 Schedule

Download your copy of the draft schedule for the 2018 conference here – 2018 Schedule


Vancouver is world renowned for its scenery, multi-cultural environment, and culinary offerings. Feature sites including Stanley Park, historic Gastown, Granville Island and Botanical gardens make it one of North America’s most sought-after destinations.


Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, CA

We are now accepting hotel reservations for our upcoming event. Through this website, Hotel Reservations you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations at any time and receive updated information about the event.

CSAM Nursing Symposium

In partnership with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, we are pleased to announce that the CSAM 2018 conference will feature an academic nursing symposium, aimed at engaging nurse researchers, educators, and clinicians. On Friday, October 26, 2018 nursing professionals will be invited to share academic research, participate in skills-building workshops and engage in interdisciplinary dialogue about how to optimize health care service delivery to individuals with substance use disorders and their families. A detailed agenda will be posted in the coming weeks.

Nursing professionals are invited to submit academic abstracts for poster or oral presentation during the nursing symposium (please enter “nursing” in the Notes section during the submission process). One-day registration for the CSAM Nursing Symposium is available, for those unable to attend the full conference. To connect with the planning committee or for questions specific to the nursing symposium, please contact: csamconference@gmail.com

Download Nursing Symposium PDF

Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

People who inject drugs (PWID) represent approximately 90% of newly acquired hepatitis C (HCV) infections. Clinicians working with PWID play an important role in reducing HCV-related morbidity and mortality through early diagnosis and treatment. With the advent of new, well-tolerated, short-course direct acting antiviral (DAA) HCV regimens with cure rates >95%, there is an opportunity to vastly improve the health outcomes of people living with HCV.

This course is designed for addiction medicine specialists, family physicians and other medical staff working with people who inject drugs. Through online learning and a face-to-face workshop, delivered by local experts, participants will gain the skills to confidently manage hepatitis C in their setting.  MORE INFORMATION

Bill Reid Gallery Tour

We are pleased to offer an off-site Social event for Friday, October 26th at the Bill Reid Gallery which features a vast array of Northwest Coast Indigenous Art.

William Reid Jr.  (1920-1998) born in Victoria, was an accomplished Canadian artist whose work was featured on the Canadian $20 banknote. As a community activist, he became a pivotal force in building bridges between Indigenous peoples and other peoples.

The venue is located at 639 Hornby Street – 3 blocks away from the conference at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This is Canada’s only public gallery opened in 2008 dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast.

The Social reception will run from 5:30-8:30 and will offer guided tours for those wishing to see the exhibits. canapes will be offered as well as a cash bar.

Tickets are $30 per person and limited to 200.  BUY TICKETS

Sponsor Exhibit Invite

2018 Information & application form for exhibiting at the 2018 CSAM-SMCA Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference in Vancouver BC Oct 25-27, 2018.

2018 Information and Application Form

Day of Fundamentals

Registration Now Open



Early to August 31, 2018. Superpass includes three-day conference and one-day Fundamentals course.

Refund Policy:
Cancellation by August 15 – refund minus 10%
Cancellations by Sept 29 – refund minus 25%
No cancellations accepted after Sept 30, 2018

Main Conference October 25 – October 27, 2018
Member Early Regular SuperPass
Physician $620 $720 $770
Associate $370 $445 $495
Student/Resident $170 $220 $270
Non Member Early Regular SuperPass
Physician $720 $820 $870
Associate $470 $545 $595
Student/Resident $175 $225 $275
One Day Registration $350 (any day of main conference)

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