Ottawa symposium on drinking and driving on May 17

Dr. Brian Jonah will
report on the national
plan to reduce
the number of
drunk drivers on
Canadian roads.

J. Goss + Associates will be covering the Centre for Responsible Drinking Symposium. The Centre reports: "There have been many improvements to strengthen the drunk driver system in the past ten years, and new strategies, supported by research, have informed the development of effective policies and practices."

The Centre reports: "Increased coalescence around the need for a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, sanctioning and rehabilitation has emerged across disciplines to create a growing trend in the drunk driver system. As such, this is an important opportunity to take stock of what has been learned from experiences nationally and to leverage the progress that has been achieved to inform our current approach to this problem, and to identify future priorities."

Objectives of the Symposium

Highlight the range of strategies used in Canada to manage drunk driving.
Explore lessons learned from the implementation of a wide range of interventions.
Share experiences drawn from private, public and community approaches to increase awareness of the risks and change driver behaviours.
To identify important priorities moving forward.


"The conference will bring together nationally recognized experts from diverse communities and disciplines across Canada, including researchers, government representatives, law enforcement officials, grassroots organizations, and treatment professionals to share new knowledge, experiences, and perspectives regarding opportunities to address the problem. The conference will involve a blend of formal invited, interactive presentations and discussion groups.   The event is free of charge to participants," the Centre for Responsible Drinking reports.

The Centre for Responsible Drinking presents the Drinking and Driving Symposium
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel
Thursday, May 17, 2012

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

8:30 am  Registration

9:00 am  Opening Remarks

Mr. Ian Faris, President and CEO,
Brewers Association of Canada

9:15 am  Opening Plenary – Current impaired driving framework in Canada
Robyn Robertson, President and CEO Traffic Injury Research Foundation

9:35 am  Panel Discussion on Impaired Driving Policies

A two-tiered system to deal with drinking and impaired drivers 
Sheilagh Stewart, Crown Counsel, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Use of low-BAC strategies in Canada 
Dr. Kwei Quaye, Assistant Vice President, Traffic Safety and Driver Services, SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance)

Sobriety checkpoints and random breath testing
Dr. Jim Fell, Research Scientist, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

10:35 am Health Break

10: 50 am  Part I: Panel discussion on Impaired Driving Strategies

Community prevention and advocacy 
Anne Leonard, Executive Director, arrive alive DRIVE SOBER
Matt Evans, Executive Director, Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID)

Impaired driving enforcement 
Bill Grodzinski, Chief Superintendent (Retired), Highway Safety Division, OPP

Awareness and education  
Lisa Thompson, Ministry of Transportation, Ontario

Impaired Driving Strategies: Part II

Alcohol monitoring technologies 
Dr. Ward Vanlaar, VP Research, TIRF

Remedial Impaired Driver Programs 
Wendy Schilling, Program Manager, Alberta Motor Association

Treatment interventions 
Dr. Louise Nadeau, Professor, Psychology Faculty, University of Montreal

12:40 pm  Lunch

1:20 pm  Canada’s Road Safety Vision and Impaired Driving Strategy 

Allison Rougeau, Executive Director, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators
Dr. Brian Jonah, Senior Researcher, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA)

2:00 pm  International Law Review 

2:20 pm  Discussion Groups: Future Priorities

3:00 pm  Concluding Remarks
Mr. John Sleeman,  Chair, Brewers Association of Canada

3:15 pm  Exhibit and Technology Showcase

3:30pm  Closing Reception