Canada’s universities share solutions to students’ high-risk drinking

June 6, 2014

HALIFAX – Concerned with the impacts of high-risk drinking on Canadian campuses, university leaders are coming together next week to discuss ways of reducing alcohol-related harms among students and explore opportunities for future collective action.

University presidents, vice-presidents and directors of student services are participating in a day-long workshop in Halifax co-hosted by Acadia University and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Monday, June 9, 2014.

Members of the media are invited to attend the luncheon address by Ann Dowsett Johnston, public policy advocate and author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol. Ms. Dowsett Johnston will explore the impact of alcohol and alcohol-marketing on women – particularly female postsecondary students. A question and answer session will follow her remarks.

Also open to the media is a video address by Dr. Jim Kim, president of The World Bank and former president of Dartmouth College which led the National College Health Improvement Program’s learning collaborative on high-risk drinking in the United States. Ray Ivany, president of Acadia University, and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer will provide responding remarks and lead a question and answer session.

Interview opportunities are available with Mr. Ivany and Christine Tausig Ford, vice-president of AUCC.

Dr. Jim Kim’s opening video address and remarks by Ray Ivany of Acadia University, and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer
Monday, June 9, 2014
8:45–10:00 a.m.
World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ann Dowsett Johnston’s luncheon talk
Monday, June 9, 2014
11:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia


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