Conferences & Presentations

We are very thankful to have been invited to share our research findings in presentations at academic conferences and with other audiences. Here is what we have been up to so far and what is to come:    


Issues of Substance: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse National Conference

Issues of Substance 2015: Addiction Matters – Montreal, Quebec

November 2015

Maddy was invited to attend the Issues of Substance Conference to assist in running an information booth about What’s Your Cap? and all of the great work Dr. Colleen Dell has done. It was incredibly valuable to see what other universities across Canada are doing to address issues with alcohol.

maddy IOS 2015

CACUSS – Vancouver, British Columbia
May 25, 2015
Kara and Kaitlyn were invited to present at the large Canadian conference about WYC’s successes, primary goals, and where we expect the campaign to go over the next year!


Canadian Coalition Meeting – Vancouver, British Columbia
May 23, 2015
Kara and Kaitlyn had the opportunity to act as student delegates along the University’s Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, Patty McDougall, at the Canadian Coalition Meeting, comprised of university leaders determined to make a change in the culture of alcohol at their institutions.

USSU Experience in Excellence Awards – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
March 29, 2015
WYC was very fortunate to win the Vera Pezer Student Group of the Year award, and was presented the title at the Experience in Excellence Awards in March. This feat would not have been possible without the ideas and assistance of past, present, and future employees, volunteers, and advisors!


Saskatchewan Alcohol Meeting – Saskatoon Saskatchewan
March 23, 2015
We had the opportunity to attend a day-long meeting hosted by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institution on March 23rd. The meeting brought together members of the Saskatchewan community including educators, police, community workers, doctors, brewery owners, government workers and even a representative from the national initiative. All members were there to discuss the impacts of alcohol in Saskatchewan, their work with prevention and moderation and strategies moving forward for the province. WYC is very proud to have been invited to the conversation. We look forward to the future discussions and collaboration with some of the greatest Saskatchewan minds in health.

Alberta Health Services Student Leader Presentation – Edmonton, Alberta
May 26, 2014
Kaitlyn and Dani were invited to present for the AHS to student representatives from post-secondary institutions all around Alberta about the campaign. AHS has been working to implement a toolkit to assist their campuses in developing a culture of responsible drinking. Students were able to listen to previous WYC successes and challenges, and ask questions accordingly.

Five Hills Health Region – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
May 8, 2014
Kaitlyn was welcomed to present to stakeholders of the FHHR encouraging them to provide resources for the development of an alcohol moderation campaign at their local SIAST.


CanFASD Workshop – Saskatoon, SK
January 20-21, 2014
Bev Drew, a member of our advisory committee, represented What’s Your Cap? and did a presentation on the needs around FASD education on a university campus.

Issues of Substance: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse National Conference – Ottawa, ON
November 4-6, 2013
Justine Shenher and Adam Slobodzian were invited to do an oral presentation entitled “Lessons Learned: One Year Into the University of Saskatchewan’s What’s Your Cap? Campaign.”


Dani Robertson-Boersma entered a poster about the What’s Your Cap? Campaign into the poster competition and took home first place. Congratulations!

dani IOS

5th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Vancouver, BC
February 27-March 2, 2013
Justine Shenher and Christina Meeds McGowan were invited to sit on the Network Action Team’s panel entitled “Shining a Light on Canada’s Multi-Layered Approach to FASD Prevention” under the heading of Prevention Through Research.
A video of our presentation can be found here!
A playlist with all of the panel presentations in order can be found here!

Christina (top) and Justine (bottom) at the 5th International FASD Conference!

Christina (top) and Justine (bottom) at the 5th International FASD Conference!

Celebrating Success
Poster Competition in the College of Graduate Studies and Research – University of Saskatchewan
October 2-3, 2013
Dani Robertson-Boersma presented a poster on the What’s Your Cap? initiative research and won first place in her category of Social Sciences/Humanities/Fine Arts.

FASDlive – Saskatoon, SK
September 12-13, 2012
Dani Robertson-Boersma, Justine Shenher, and Christina Meeds McGowan presented on their work on the campaign and the effect it can have in preventing FASD.

2012 Insights & Innovations Conference – Vancouver, BC
February 29 to March 2, 2012
Heather Davis and Dani Robertson-Boersma were invited to present the initiative at the 2012 Insights & Innovations conference. Their hour long workshop focused on the initiative’s developmental process and recent activities and outcomes.

The University of Saskatchewan Health Sciences Research Day, 2012
March 9, 2012
Heather Davis and Dani Robertson-Boersma presented the findings from the Environmental Scan at the poster competition in the Epidemiology, Social, Cultural, & Population category. They won second place in their category!

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute’s Hammered: A Sober Look at Youth and Alcohol
March 16, 2012
On March 16, 2012 the Initiative hosted the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute’s Hammered: A Sober Look at Youth and Alcohol Photovoice Exhibit in Place Riel. The project’s coordinator, Joe Rogal, along with initiative employees and volunteers, were on site to discuss the social consequences of risky drinking. Participants focused on the social pressures to drink as a youth in Saskatchewan.

Innovations in Qualitative Research Conference – Saskatoon, SK
June 11 to 13, 2012
Heather Davis, Justine Shenher, and Dani Robertson-Boersma presented findings from the Rapid Assessment at the Innovations in Qualitative Research Conference Poster presentation session.