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Envisioning a Canada

without Suicide

Annual National Conference 2019: Réconciliation - Honouring the Other

  • 16 Oct 2019
  • 8:30 AM
  • 18 Oct 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton, 101 Street Northwest, Edmonton AB


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Email [email protected] your student card/ID
  • 1 day registration. Following the keynote speaker, delegates will have opportunity to attend the regular conference track or participate in the Healing Day. A scholarship is available for those who wish to attend the Healing Day only and have been impacted by suicide.
  • Not a full day of workshops or presentations.

Full conference means conference and gala.

If you want to attend the conference and pre-conference, you will be able to add the pre-conference on the following page. For additional information or any questions regarding the conference, please email [email protected]
Registration is closed

at the Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta

Conference Mission

The act of reconciliation represents why we invite our members, allies and communities to gather yearly: together we heal from the impact of suicide on our lives, together we establish new goals for preventing suicide, together we harmonize our efforts towards a Canada without suicide. This conference is Canada’s premiere meeting of attempt survivors, of those living with grief, of caregivers, researchers, clinicians, and also of community leaders who are eager to forge new bonds and improve our networks’ engagement towards those at risk. We can break patterns of isolation, marginalisation and oppression by creating a space where researchers can  share new knowledge, clinicians can share best practices and survivors can share their experiences. This web of intersections has the power to heal harm done collectively to the social fabric.

Currently in Canada, the theme of Reconciliation invites us to take stock of Indigenous perspectives to our approaches, but the conference also serves to present all types of progress in suicide prevention.

L’acte de la réconciliation représente la raison pour laquelle nous invitons nos membres, nos alliés et nos communautés à se réunir une fois par année: ensemble nous nous rétablissons de l’impact du suicide sur nos vies, ensemble nous fixons nos nouveaux objectifs pour prévenir le suicide, ensemble nous harmonisons nos efforts envers un Canada sans suicide. Ce congrès est la rencontre par excellence au Canada de victimes de tentatives, de personnes endeuillées, de proches aidants, chercheurs et cliniciens, ainsi que de leaders communautaires avides de forger de nouveaux liens et d’améliorer l’engagement de nos réseaux envers ceux et celles qui sont à risque. Nous pouvons briser l’isolement, la marginalisation et l’oppression en créant un lieu où les chercheurs peuvent partager des nouvelles connaissances, où les cliniciens peuvent partager des pratiques exemplaires et où les victimes peuvent partager leur vécu. Cette toile d’intersections a le pouvoir de guérir les torts collectifs infligés au tissu social.

Présentement au Canada, le thème de la Réconciliation nous invite à prendre conscience des perspectives autochtones envers nos approches, mais le congrès sert également à faire connaître tous les types de progrès en prévention du suicide.

Registration is now available!

Early Bird pricing for conference only is $350 and $445 for full conference for those who register and pay by September 30, 2019. Full conference rate includes conference and gala. Option to attend on specific days or the whole conference and special prices for students and seniors (please email [email protected] with your proof/identification). Funding available for those who have been impacted by suicide and only want to attend the Healing Day event (see below for more information). 

Preliminary program

Complete program here

Healing Day for delegates impacted by Suicide: Wednesday October 16.

The Healing Day will occur after the opening keynote speaker on Wednesday October 16 and will be an experiential day with workshops, events, and sessions designed for those who have been impacted by suicide. This includes people who live(d) with suicidal thoughts, people who have attempted suicide, people who care for someone who lives with thoughts of suicide or has attempted suicide, and people who have lost someone to suicide. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend the regular conference sessions if they would prefer. Scholarship information below.

Pre Conference Workshop- Connect: Suicide Prevention Training: Tuesday October 15 - 9:00am-4:30pm, lunch provided, at the Sutton Place Hotel - FULL

All day workshop with lunch provided Connect: Suicide Postvention Training is a proactive planning tool to respond to a suicide or sudden death of a student, teacher or member of the community. Please note: The Connect Program can accommodate 30 participants max.

Gala Wednesday, October 16 - Music from the Mysterious Barricades

Some of the Keynote Speakers:

Jorgen Gullestrup, suicidologist from Australia
Suicide prevention in the construction industry since 2007:

Professor Dr. Clem Martini, author from Calgary, AB
Writing for book publishing, live theatre, film and television, including Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness.

 Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson is a Métis from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. Her lifelong work has become an extended conversation about healing from historic trauma.

 Dr. Mark Kaplan, Professor of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. For over two decades his research has focused on using population-wide data to understand suicide risk factors among veterans, seniors, and other vulnerable populations. 

Additional Information:

For additional information or any questions regarding the conference, please email

Healing Day Scholarship: Thanks to a generous donation that was made in memory of Darla and Elias, CASP has 25 scholarships to cover those who wish to attend the 1 day Healing Day and have been impacted by suicide. These scholarships are available first come, first serve and if selected, you will be reimbursed on the day of the event. This is only available to those who wish to attend the Healing Day and does not apply towards the whole conference. Please note that the scholarships only apply to registration costs for the Healing Day, not expenses associated with travel or attending the conference. The scholarships are open to people with lived experience of suicide, including people who experience(d) suicidal thoughts and behaviours, people who support someone with suicidal thoughts or behaviours, and people who have lost someone to suicide. Please complete scholarship request form here:

Air Travel: WestJet is offering 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Edmonton, Alberta. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit to make a booking online. 

Travel from: October 9-25, 2019 

Coupon Code * Guest Web/Travel Agent Web: M34LE73

Promo Code * Travel Agent GDS only: WOO67

Location & Hotel Information: The Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton

Group Name: CASP Annual National Conference 2019
Group Code: ED191015CAS
Call to book:  1 866 378 8866
Email to book:
Booking Link:

Additional Hotel Accommodation Recommendations

  • Edmonton Coast Plaza at 10155 105 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1E2 (has an airport shuttle bus)
  • Holiday Inn Express Edmonton at 10010 104 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Z1 (also next door to the Red Arrow inter-city bus for ease of out of town travelers)
  • Matrix Hotel 10640 100 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3N8



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