The Addictions and Mental Health Conference is the province’s largest annual gathering of addiction and mental health workers, researchers, policy makers and knowledge brokers.

The 6th Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference took place on May 27, 28 and 29 at the Hilton Toronto (145 Richmond Street).

Thank you for attending

3 Days. 8 Streams. 48 Sessions. 400+ Attendees.

Presentations from the concurrent sessions have been posted online.


Be on the look out for photos to be posted online soon.

For those who missed it, check out the conference program below!

Program and Speakers

The Addictions and Mental Health Conference has a strong record of bringing innovative and thought-provoking content to our attendees. Check out this year’s program for what you can expect to see.

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Keynote Speakers

Thank you to our 2018 Keynote Speakers below.

Todd Leader

In this keynote address, Todd Leader will discuss current issues of public concern regarding the addiction and mental health systems in Canada. He will examine what the public is demanding of us as leaders. The future of this field must and will look fundamentally different in the years to come, in order to make any gains in health. The nature of those fundamental changes will require a paradigm shift in what we deem to be effective leadership in this field. It’s time to embrace the kind of leadership change that’s needed for the future, execute the major foundational changes needed in our systems, and create a healthier population and a healthier next generation. This is where theory and tradition end, and transformational change begins.

Leadership is a way of being, not just a skill set – ​The Future leadership of addiction & Mental Health in Canada

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

Dr. Nicole Sherren speaks about lifelong health being determined by more than just our genes: modern brain science shows that experiences early in life and at other sensitive periods of development change the brain in ways that make us more or less vulnerable to addiction, mental illness, and many other chronic diseases across the lifespan. Applying the science of brain development to prevent, intervene, and treat these predictable health problems of tomorrow is a complex challenge that requires new ideas, concrete action, and large-scale collaboration.

Can One Story Change Everything to Improve Health and Wellbeing Outcomes?


Scott D. Miller

Since the 1960’s, thousands of research studies and how-to books on psychotherapy have been published. At the same time, the overall effectiveness of psychotherapy has not improved a single percentage point. Incomes are down and fewer people are seeking psychotherapy as a remedy to their problems. In this invited address, Dr. Miller boldly asserts that the field has been looking for results in all the wrong places. After reviewing what does not work, he highlights the latest findings from the field of expertise and expert  performance, documenting three evidence-based steps associated with superior performing clinicians. Research shows that using these steps pushes therapists to reach the next level of effectiveness.

The Evolution of Psychotherapy: Oxymoron or Reality?


Community of Practice

Thank you for joining us at the Community of Practice meetings that place immediately following the Conference on May 30, 2018 at the Toronto Hilton. The next CoP meetings will take place in Fall 2018. Check back later for a confirmed date.

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The host hotel for the 6th Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference is the Hilton Toronto at 145 Richmond Street.

The special rate for the conference is $249 per night, available until Friday, May 11, 2018.

Hilton Toronto

145 Richmond Street
Toronto, ON, M5H 2L2

Sponsorship and Exhibiting

Looking to generate leads, increase your exposure and make connections with Ontario’s community mental health and addiction sector?

Sponsorship and exhibiting at the 6th Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference is an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the sector and gain access to over 400 leaders in addiction and mental health from across Ontario.

This year the Conference is taking place downtown at the Hilton Toronto from May 27, 28 and 29, 2018.

Download our sponsorship and exhibiting package with more details about the great opportunities at #AMHO2018.

Questions? Contact Jenny Santokhi at

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Thank you to our generous sponsors:

2017 Sponsors