Media Advisory - Problematic Substance Use and The Workplace: Conference Board of Canada Event

OTTAWA, Feb. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Substance abuse is linked to absenteeism, lost productivity, on-the-job accidents and injuries, and workplace violence and harassment. All of these factors have substantial costs to Canadian employers and the economy as a whole, yet despite the negative impact on organizations, this issue continues to receive too little attention.

The Conference Board of Canada's Problematic Substance Use and the Workplace conference will provide an in-depth look at the state of problematic substance use in the workplace and the best practices employers are using to address the issue. Leaders in HR, wellness, health and safety and law will discuss topics, such as:

  • Risk management - ensuring you have the right level of oversight in place to match the risk;
  • Developing an effective substance use policy for today's work world;
  • The potential impact of marijuana legalization on the workplace;
  • Human rights and other legal issues associated with problematic substance use.

When: March 2, 2017                         

Where: Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor St E, Toronto, Ontario     

Who: Speakers include:

  • Yvone Defreitas, Director, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Tom Gabriel, EFAP Consultant, Crisis & Addiction Counsellor, Toronto Police Association
  • Dr. Tony P. George, Chief of Addictions, CAMH, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Allan Kehler, Author, College Instructor, Speaker
  • Megan MacRae, Director, Employee Relations, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Frank Saunders, Vice-President, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs, Bruce Power

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This conference is sponsored by Cann Amm Occupational Testing Services and Homewood Health.

Media Accreditation is required.

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SOURCE Conference Board of Canada

For further information: For more information or media accreditation, contact: Natasha Jamieson, Communications Coordinator , The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 307, E-mail: or Juline Ranger, Director of Communications, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 431, E-mail:


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