2024 Annual National Suicide Prevention Conference


Inspiring Hope Together

Hosted by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), this conference provides a forum for diverse perspectives including researchers, front-line clinicians, individuals with lived experience, First People’s teachings, and sector professionals from across the country.  

The theme, “Inspiring Hope Together,” emphasizes the power of unity in creating positive change. When we work together towards a common goal, we can achieve so much more than when we work alone. This theme reminds us that the act of collaboration can make a significant impact. Let’s come together to inspire hope and create positive change in our communities. 

Showcase your organization at our National Conference. We offer various sponsorship levels to accommodate your budget and goals. Whichever sponsor package you choose, your support makes a meaningful difference in addressing the vital issue of suicide prevention in Canada.

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Keynote Speakers

Called ‘The Man on a Mission’ by the Chicago Tribune, Mike Shoreman knows what it means to fall off the horse or paddleboard and climb back up again. Diagnosed with a neurological disorder in 2018, this professional coach and adventurer lost his mobility, parts of his hearing and vision, resulting in a mental health breakdown. After turning his pain into purpose and undergoing strenuous rehab, Mike became the first person to paddleboard across each of the 5 Great Lakes, raising critical awareness for mental health. Deeply dedicated to advancing the conversation in mental wellness and disability education, Mike’s Great Lakes campaign has inspired thousands from coast to coast, with his efforts being recognized by the Ontario Legislative Assembly, the House of Commons and the Prime Minister. The 2023 documentary ‘When Hope Breaks Through,’ directed by Matthew Wagner has been honoured with the Best Documentary award at the Montreal International Film Festival and is available on Survivor Net TV and PBS.   LEARN MORE

Dr. Mark Sinyor is Psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He is regional coordinator for America’s region for the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Partnerships for Life initiative. He has published more than 100 scientific papers on suicide and has a focus on safe public messaging. He is lead author of the Canadian Psychiatric Association recommendations for responsible media reporting about suicide. He has developed a curriculum for middle schoolers teaching distress tolerance using the Harry Potter novels which has been used by thousands of young people in Canada.

Carol has impacted the world as an educator, an advocate, a parent, and a leader for social change in speaking openly about the bullying, cyberbullying, exploitation, and the mental health challenges that her daughter, Amanda went through in 2012 which led to her taking her own life at the age of 15.  Carol has become a voice of global change and is driven by her passion and leadership to change the mindset behind negative behaviours and the challenging barriers of stigma by sharing Amanda’s story. Empowering youth and adults with strategies and resources to address exploitation and sextortion has become a primary focus. In memory of her daughter, Carol founded the Amanda Todd Legacy Society to create further awareness surrounding these important issues that many young people are facing around the world. Carol was recently awarded the UBC Alumni Educator of the Year for 2023. 

Brandon is the CEO of The White Hatter, where he specializes in crafting digital literacy workshops tailored for a diverse audience, including students, parents, educators, and business professionals. His primary focus revolves around promoting internet safety and privacy, with a genuine commitment to making digital experiences safer. His expertise encompasses Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), supported by a Master’s degree in professional communication, with research centered on hackers, scammers, and teenage sexting behaviors and associated challenges. Leveraging his research background, Brandon specializes in the study of hackers and scammers, analyzing their methods for manipulating consumers into vulnerable situations. Recently, his research focus shifted towards exploring teenage sexting behavior, its associated risks, and influential factors. He has received the BC Medal of Good Citizenship, an Emerging Businessperson of the Year award, and the Social Innovations Youth Award. 

Program Information

Venue Location: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, Vancouver, BC

This year’s conference theme is “Inspiring Hope Together” and will include plenary and breakout sessions covering five streams.

Indigenous/Life Promotion – for example: life promotion, innovative programming, Indigenous groups globally, ‘hope, healing and ceremony’, Truth & Reconciliation.

People with Lived Experience – for example: prevention, intervention, postvention, suicide bereavement, traumatic bereavement, prolonged grief disorder.

Populations – for example: LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC, men, post-secondary students, seniors, people with disabilities, intersectional programming, people living with mental illness, immigrants/refugees/newcomers.

Occupations – for example: first responders, hospitality industry, farmers, healthcare professionals, military/veterans, construction workers, legal professionals.

Research & Trends – for example: global trends, best practices / evidence-based practices, innovation, trauma informed practice, intersectional programming, medical assistance in dying for mental illness, DSM-6, ethics, means restriction, national and provincial strategies.

May 28, 2024 Pre-Conference Healing Day Workshops & Events (Further Details)

May 29, 2024

9:00am-5:00pm: Plenary, Keynote Speakers, & Breakout Sessions

5:00pm-7:00pm: Welcome Reception

May 30, 2024

9:00am-5:00pm: Plenary, Keynote Speaker & Breakout Sessions

May 31, 2024

9:00am-1:00pm: Breakout Sessions, Closing Plenary & Keynote Speaker

Spaces are limited. Avoid disappointment and register today!

Please note that the conference will be conducted in English and there will not be any translation services available.

Registration prices do not include the cost of transportation and accommodations.

Registration prices include:

  • Light morning refreshments Wednesday-Friday.
  • Refreshments during breaks Wednesday-Friday.
  • Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Welcome reception on Wednesday from 5:00pm – 7:00pm with light refreshments.
  • Canadian Suicide Prevention Coordinators Network (CSPCN) networking session during lunch on Thursday.

*Early Bird registration prices end on April 22, 2024 at 12:00 pm PST (Vancouver time).

Regular price registration will be in effect April 22, 2024 at 12:00pm PST (Vancouver time) until May 21, 2024, unless they sell out sooner.

Regular 3-day conference

Regular: $720.00 + fees & 5% GST

On-Site: $780.00 + fees & 5%GST

Regular: $420.00 + fees & 5% GST

On-Site: $450.00 + fees & 5% GST

REFUND POLICY – We recommend you ensure you have accommodations booked prior to purchasing your registration as the service and processing fees are NOT refundable at anytime (approximately 8% of the total cost is not refundable). The registration price and taxes portion are refundable up to May 15, 2024. After that date, there are NO refunds, but you can edit your registration to give it to another person.

Healing Day is for anyone with experiences of suicide thoughts, behaviours or loss. If you are a person with lived experience, a family member, a friend, a clinician, a caregiver or a researcher impacted by suicide, we welcome you to join us for a day of reflection, hope and healing. This pre-conference day provides attendees with experiential workshops and sessions that offer new tools and resources to support our unique healing journeys.

*Early Bird registration prices end on April 22, 2024 at 12:00 pm PST (Vancouver time).

Regular price registration will be in effect April 22, 2024 at 12:00pm PST (Vancouver time), until May 21, 2024, unless they sell out sooner.

Regular Prices – Healing Day

Regular: $49.00 + fees & 5% GST

On-Site: $99.00 + fees & 5%GST (if available)

Regular: $29.00 + fees & 5% GST

On-Site: $79.00 + fees & 5% GST (if available)

See our Refund Policy.

Hotel Accommodations

We recommend booking your accommodations prior to buying your registration since tickets are not fully refundable and the hotels could be fully booked – please read our registration/ticket refund policy. There are numerous hotels in the area.

Consider booking a room at the conference venue, The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3. Located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, just steps away from the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal and the financial, shopping and entertainment districts. From lavish bathrobes to harbourfront balconies overlooking the stunning views of Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains, this boutique hotel offers a unique Vancouver experience. Enjoy breathtaking views, warm full-service hospitality, resort-like amenities, complimentary internet and HDTV.

Parking

Underground parking is available at the venue. For guests staying at the hotel, register your vehicle at the time of check-in to receive hotel rates. $7.50 CAD hourly or $37.76 CAD per night with in-out privileges (when you register your vehicle at the time of check-in).

Unregistered vehicles are subject to regular hourly parking rates with no in-and-out privileges. Click here for PUBLIC parking rates.

All parking rates are subject to applicable taxes. Maximum height clearance of 6’0 feet, no hotel parking for vehicles over 6’0 feet in height. Parking rates are subject to change without notice.

Other Information

  • This conference is not accredited and does not qualify for continuing education credits.  
  • This is an in-person only event.

Meeting Room Map – To be announced