Carol Strike
Rosalie Silberman Abella Moot Court Room, Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen's Park Cres
  • May 1, 2018 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

This event is SOLD OUT and the lecture & panel will be webcasted

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Supervised injection services are critical evidence-based public health interventions that save lives daily, but are Toronto’s four sites enough? Should Canada join countries like Portugal in decriminalizing drug use to help overcome the stigma associated with addiction and improve community health?

Keynote: 5:30 p.m.
Panel: 6:30 p.m.
Reception: 7:45 p.m.


Donald MacPherson
Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Simon Fraser University

Donald MacPherson is one of Canada’s leading figures in drug policy and advocates drug policies based on principles of public health, scientific evidence, human rights and social inclusion.

MacPherson is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to improve Canada’s drug policies. The Coalition is a partner project with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University. He is involved in drug policy work at local, national and international levels. Formerly, he was North America’s first Drug Policy Coordinator at the City of Vancouver where he worked for 22 years. He is the author of Vancouver’s groundbreaking Four Pillars Drug Strategy, which called for new approaches to drug problems based on public health principles and the appropriate regulation of all psychoactive substances. MacPherson is also co-author of Raise Shit! Social action saving lives (2009) and More Harm than Good: Drug policy in Canada (2016). In 2007, he received the Kaiser Foundation National Award of Excellence in Public Policy in Canada. In 2009, he was awarded the Richard Dennis Drug Peace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform by the Drug Policy Alliance in the United States and the City of Vancouver was awarded the Canadian Urban Institutes Secure City Award for the Four Pillars Drug Strategy. MacPherson also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his work in drug policy reform. In 2017, MacPherson was presented with the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy at Simon Fraser University.


Dr. Ahmed M. Bayoumi
Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Research Scientist and Physician, St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi, MD MSc FRCPC, is a Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and a general internist and HIV physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is the inaugural Scientific Director of the Centre for Evidence and Health in All Policies. He holds the Fondation Baxter & Alma Ricard Chair in Inner City Health at St. Michael’s and the University of Toronto. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is also a Senior Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and a member of the Canadian Drug Expert Committee. He has previously served as Director of Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the University of Toronto and as president of the international Society for Medical Decision Making. His research interests include health services research, economic evaluation, decision analysis, and quality of life assessment for drug-use and HIV-related health interventions, and studies of the access to the delivery of health services, particularly to people who use drugs, people living with HIV, and other marginalized populations

Leigh Chapman 
Founder, Toronto Overdose Prevention Society
Co-founder, Moss Park Overdose Prevention

Leigh Chapman is a Registered Nurse and PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. For her doctoral research study, she conducted a qualitative case study that explored hospital clinicians’ understanding of competency assessment practices in an academic hospital. Leigh is also a doctoral research fellow at The Wilson Centre. Following the death of Leigh’s brother Brad in August 2015, Leigh has become a harm reduction activist. She is the founder of the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society and is a co-founder of the Moss Park Overdose Prevention site, which was established August 12, 2017. Leigh is also an advocate for issues related to homelessness, harm reduction, social justice, stigma, and drug policy reform.

Nazlee Maghsoudi
Knowledge Translation Manager, International Centre for Science in Drug Policy
PhD candidate, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Nazlee Maghsoudi has been deeply involved in the development of evidence-based drug policies at the grassroots, local, national, and international levels since 2013. She is the Knowledge Translation Manager at the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, where she plays a lead role in the production and dissemination of drug policy research. Nazlee is pursuing a PhD in Health Services Research at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, with specializations in health policy, knowledge translation, and addiction studies. She is Strategic Advisor at Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), having formerly acted as Chair of the Board of Directors. Nazlee is also an Outreach Volunteer at TRIP! Project, a harm reduction program in Toronto that provides education and support to youth in nightlife and party settings. She holds a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

Matt Johnson
Harm Reduction Outreach Program Coordinator
Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

Matt Johnson is the Harm Reduction Outreach Program Coordinator at Queen West Community Health Centre. He is a long-time Harm Reduction worker, advocate and one of the original organizers of the Overdose Prevention Site in Moss Park. He continues to push for greater and meaningful involvement of people who use drugs in the development and implementation of services as well as policies affecting drug users. He works for an end to the drug war, and a humane system based in respect, human rights and greater health and stability for all.


Carol Strike
Professor of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences
Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Carol Strike, PhD is a Professor and Division Head of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and an Affiliate Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital. Her research program aims to improve health services for people who use drugs and other marginalized populations. She is the lead author of the Best Practice Recommendations for Harm Reduction Programs in Canada, a resource that has been downloaded more than 20,000 times.