Dr. Kevin Sabet

Our Keynote Speaker

Author, consultant, advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, and assistant professor, Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. He is currently the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and the President of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). His book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, was published by Beaufort (Midpoint) in 2013. In 2011, he stepped down after serving more than two years as the senior advisor to President Obama’s drug control director, having been the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration.


Dr. Bill MacEwan, Head of Psychiatry, St Paul’s Hospital – "Housing and Mental Health"

Dr. MacEwan is Head of Psychiatry at St. Paul’s Hospital and is the clinical lead in the Hotel Study, a cohort study of the health, addiction and mental health of 500 residents of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Dr. MacEwan has worked in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for the last 14 years and is currently focusing on the needs of individuals served by Downtown Community Court. This approach is coordinated with the Primary Outreach Service (POS) of Vancouver Coastal Health and with St. Paul’s Hospital Urban Psychiatry program.


Dr. Marvin Krank, Professor of Psychology, former Dean of Graduate Studies, UBC

Conference Topic: Early school-based prevention of substance use initiation.

Dr. Krank is Professor of Psychology and former Dean of Graduate Studies at UBC's Okanagan campus. He co-chaired the Canadian Council on Substance Abuse committees on Prevention Standards and served on the United Nations scientific advisory committee on prevention program evaluation. Currently, he is researching the effectiveness of methods to prevent or delay the initiation of substance use in adolescents. He is also developing and testing an evidence-based prevention curriculum (Healthy Automatic Behaviors, Intentions and Thoughts, HABIT) for elementary schools.


Doug Rogers, M. Ed, ME, CCAC, CCADC, ICADC, Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor for SD#22 (Vernon)

“Substance Abuse Prevention and Teens, what works?” Doug Rogers is the Substance Abuse Prevention Counsellor for SD#22 (Vernon). He has taught for over 27 years in Vancouver, Burnaby, Vernon and Washington State and has given hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout British Columbia and the Western United States. Doug has undergraduate degrees from UBC (BPE, B.Ed) and postgraduate degrees from both UBC (MPE) and UVIC (M.Ed). He is also a Canadian (CCADC, CCAC) and internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor (ICADC). The main focus of his work and research in SD#22 is to support students and families so that they can live healthy and drug free lives.


Jesse Miller - Social Media Expert

Jesse Miller is a national speaker presenting and consulting to schools, non-profit groups and companies across Canada since 2007. Jesse is in high demand as a keynote speaker on the topics of social media awareness, Internet safety & online content evaluation. During the 2010/2011 school year, his awareness programs for schools in the province of British Columbia reached over 175,000 student participants.Using behaviour changing presentation techniques, Jesse has an un-matched ability to motivate his audience to evaluate their online profiles, to assess privacy and address mobile connectivity issues. The approach, designed through multimedia based awareness campaigns, delivers a message of awareness to an audience who previously had no idea of their vulnerabilities when participating in online environments.