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APRIL 18-20, 2017
Toronto Marriott Downtown
Eaton Centre Hotel

Where to Draw the Line—Low-Risk Guidelines for Gambling

Wednesday, April 19, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Ballroom C&D

In 2011, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse released Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. How effective have they been? Can the same be done for gambling? Where’s the line between recreational and risky gambling?

Join this discussion of lessons learned from the development and outcomes of low-risk drinking guidelines. Then, consider how this knowledge is helping in the development of effective low-risk gambling guidelines.

Download David's presentation (PDF)

Download Catherine's presentation (PDF)


David C. Hodgins, Ph.D.

University of Calgary

David C. Hodgins is a professor in the Program in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary. He is also a coordinator with the Alberta Gaming Research Institute. He conducts research into aspects of recovery from addictive behaviours. He is registered as a Clinical Psychologist in Alberta, where he maintains a private practice.

Catherine Paradis, Ph.D.

Canadian Center on Substance Abuse
Catherine Paradis is Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse (CCSA) where she provides leadership for the implementation and the evaluation of the National Alcohol Strategy. She is one of the experts responsible for the production of Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines. Before joining CCSA, as a Chief Researcher for Éduc’Alcool, she was responsible for all the research necessary to the development of social prevention campaign, information and education.


Jamie Wiebe, Ph.D.

Responsible Gambling Council
As director of research and development for the RGC Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices, Jamie Wiebe guides the design, analysis and interpretation of projects and the development of content. She oversees a wide variety of initiatives that identify best practices to reduce the incidence of problem gambling. Previously, Jamie held research positions at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, and the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse.