PEP-AH Activities, Events and Projects
In collaboration with its members, PEP-AH is holding events, organizing activities and developing research projects across the country. Come back often to this webpage to learn about opportunities.

International Summer Leadership Academy Competition Recipients Announced

The Postsecondary Education Partnership—Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 International Summer Leadership Academy for Alcohol Harm Prevention competition.

Four ambassadors — one from each PEP-AH region (Western, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic) — have been selected to participate in the event that will take place at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Health Science in Slovenia, from June 16 to 22, 2019.

The four individuals are:

Cassandra Chisholm

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alta.

Marilyn Hardy

Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Que.

Madi Sutton

Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.

Alex Vincent

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ont.

Cassandra, Alex, Marilyn and Madi will join 22 other students from 11 additional countries for six days in expert-designed and delivered courses, conferences and workshops intended to help reduce alcohol-related harms on campuses.

Before their departure for the Leadership Academy, they will plan with their institution a project or activity linked to an alcohol-related issue or problem identified on their campus. When they return from the Academy, they will use what they learned there to help them implement the project or activity.

Each of PEP-AH’s over 40 member institutions could select one candidate’s application for consideration for the competition. The PEP-AH National Committee reviewed the applications and selected one individual to represent each region.

International Summer Academy for Alcohol Harm Prevention Leadership, 2019

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and the Postsecondary Education Partnership—Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) are offering students the opportunity to take part in the seven day international Summer Leadership Academy for Alcohol Harm Prevention.

    • Date: June 16 to June 22, 2019
    • Location: University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Health Science, Slovenia
    • Academy Rationale: The Academy aims to benefit participants, campuses and PEP-AH in three primary ways
      • Prompt a shift in conversation and drinking culture on campuses;
      • Result in measurable, campus-based initiatives, led and inspired by Academy participants, aimed at reducing alcohol-related harms on campuses, to be shared across PEP-AH; and
      • Promote an evolution of students’ perception of their role in reducing alcohol-related harms on campus, which could create new or strengthened partnerships among campus administrators, students and PEP-AH.

For more information about the student application and selection process, see Competition to Attend an International Summer Leadership Academy for Alcohol Harm Prevention, 2019—Application Process and the Information package for Students and Administrators.

Kettil Bruun Society Thematic Meeting on Campus-based Interventions

PEP-AH and CCSA are sponsoring a thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society to explore the topic of excessive drinking on campuses. The meeting will bring together researchers from around the world to discuss evidence around campus-based interventions that reduce alcohol-related harms among college and university students.

For information and registration please visit our conference website at: https://kbs-campus-based-interventions.ca

  • Abstract submission and guidelines: Now available!
  • Date: Monday, September 30 to October 2, 2019
  • Location: Grand Times Hotel Sherbrooke, 1 rue Belvédère, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1H 0G8
  • Meeting themes:
    • Strategies targeting individual students designed to change students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to drinking, including education and awareness programs; alcohol norms information; cognitive-behavioural skills-based approaches; interventions by health professionals.
    • Strategies designed to change the campus climate by implementing both formal and informal alcohol-related rules and regulations shaping campus subcultures and scenes (in clubs, sports, dormitories, etc.) class schedules, building and spaces, etc.
    • Strategies targeting the surrounding community such as initiatives to limit alcohol harms in the near-campus environment (off-campus housing, nearby bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants, etc.) and safe transportation strategies to get students home (e.g. without driving) after drinking sessions,
    • Going with the flow: opportunities for public health reinforcement as lighter drinking youth move on to college.

Kettil Bruun Society Companion Meeting for PEP-AH members

PEP-AH members are invited to attend a companion meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society to learn about campus-based interventions that reduce alcohol-related harms among college and university students.

  • Registration: Coming soon!
  • Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Location: Grand Times Hotel Sherbrooke, 1 rue Belvédère, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1H 0G8
  • First meeting objectives:
    • To present summary findings from work presented at the KBS Thematic Meeting including strategies and programs targeting individual students, the campus culture and the surrounding community.

Invitation to an International summer school project meeting

PEP-AH members are invited to attend the PEP-AH and IOGT international summer school meeting. If you are interested, please contact cparadis@ccsa.ca by August 15, 2018.

  • Date: Friday, September 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia (exact location to be determined)
  • Meeting objectives:
    • Discuss different international summer school models and agree on the most appropriate one;
    • Discuss how to involve Canadian students in the project; and
    • Discuss the types of tools we might want to develop to assess the impact of Canadian students attending the international summer school on alcohol harm

Invitation to join a PEP-AH marked glass project working group

PEP-AH members are invited to be part of a working group and share ideas on the design of the marked glass research project. Funding is available for three PEP-AH representatives. If you are interested, please contact cparadis@ccsa.ca by August 15, 2018.

  • First meeting date: Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: 1396 Rue Ste-Catherine O., 2nd Floor, Suite 210, Montreal
  • First meeting objectives:
    • To learn more about marked glass projects that have been led in the U.K. by Dr. Richard De Visser;
    • To determine what the specific objective of the marked glass project should be within the Canadian campus context; and
    • To discuss the methods to be used (selection of participants and control group, background of the study, method of data collection, etc.).

Regional symposiums

The purpose of a regional symposium is to allow students to get to work with the proposed PEP-AH alcohol harm reduction framework and to foster debate on the initiatives that students consider to be essential and the most promising. The symposiums are held once a year across PEP-AH’s regions, i.e. Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Come back soon! Information regarding the 2018 Regional Symposiums available shortly.

March 31, 2017

  • Western Regional Symposium
  • Symposium Fact Sheet

March 27, 2017

March 9, 2017

March 3, 2017