Conference Vision and Objectives

The vision of this conference includes knowledge-sharing, networking and promoting best and/ or innovative practice in the field of harm reduction within the local context.

Objectives of conference organizers:

-Challenge myths, stereotypes and stigma

-Provide a forum for networking; locally and regionally

- Provide a forum for the safe and open exchange of ideas

- Share strategies and technical information that is evidence-informed

-Encourage use of innovations locally for program development and implementation

Who Should Attend?

This conference is intended for front line workers including educators, health care workers, enforcement/justice workers and social service providers as well as those working in primary care and those in management positions.


Hotel Rooms

There is a block of hotel rooms on hold at the Valhalla Inn at a rate of  $124 + HST/ Night.

Individuals making their own reservations should contact the Hotel at 1-800-964-1121 or (807) 577-1121 or by fax at (807) 475-4723 or email at

The Hotel will honor reservations received by the above date. Reservations received after this date are subject to space availability and rate availability. Please quote booking number 181003HARM.


Please direct all conference questions to  

Kari Chiappetta or 807 621-6225


Harm Reduction 2018

Innovative Solutions 

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit, with support from the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy, present:

Harm Reduction 2018

Innovative Solutions

Wednesday October 3  & Thursday October 4, 2018

Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay

Registration Fee: $100 + HST

(includes lunch both days + all conference material)

Conference Agenda

There will be a mixture of plenary and concurrent sessions throughout the 2 days.  Session topics include:

  • Community Managed Alcohol: Supporting a peer -run alcohol harm reduction program
  • Rapid Access Addiction Medicine: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Addiction Disorders
  • Human Trafficking
  • Clearing the Smoke: Tobacco and Harm Reduction
  • Mental Health and the Trans Experience
  • Joint Mobile Crisis Response Team- Innovative Partnerships
  • Understanding Cannabis
  • Resiliency on the Front Line
  • Update on Opioid Dependence in Ontaro
  • and more...

Download Conference Agenda Here