Megaphone Magazine Speakers Bureau

Megaphone’s Speakers Bureau, established in 2019, is a public awareness program connecting audiences with speakers who have lived experience of drug use and overdose prevention. Our speakers offer candid reflections on their experiences navigating the world as a drug user, and speak directly to developing services that meet the needs of people who use drugs, responding to overdose, and adjusting policies and practices to be more inclusive of people who use drugs. Presentations are delivered in public events or privately hosted workshops with the support of a skilled facilitator and Megaphone staff.

Attend an Event

Megaphone routinely hosts public events to build awareness and compassion in communities confronted by the overdose epidemic.

The public events are designed to help change our understanding of the overdose crisis, including why people are dying and how individuals can help stop these deaths at the policy, community, and individual level.

These events are free to attend, thanks to the support of our partners and funders.



Crime vs. Health Tuesday, March 12, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

With leading experts including Pivot lawyer Caitlin Shane, explore the impact of criminalization and how it impacts people who use drugs when accessing services. – click here to register

Who is telling my story? Tuesday, April 9th, The Post at 750

With professional storytellers, explore how the narrative of drug use across different platforms impacts how we think about drugs and the people who use them. Sarah Common, founder of Hives for Humanity will discuss Community Ethics in Cultural Production– click here to register

From isolation to solidarity Tuesday, May 14th, 312 Main

In partnership with HCMA Architecture + Design, the Speakers Bureau will explore the significance of community during the overdose crisis and how to build a community better able to support drug users. – click here to register

Can’t make an event? Visit the Megaphone Magazine growing library for samples of past events, sample speaker presentations, and other resources.


These events take place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We acknowledge the historical and ongoing colonial genocide against Indigenous peoples that make it possible for many of us to be here on this land

  • Events are free and all are welcome
  • Space is limited, advance registration is recommended
  • Doors at 6:30 pm
  • Program at 7:00 pm
  • Venue information below

If you are seeking an interactive learning experience dedicated to de-stigmatization training that can be tailored to your community or organization’s particular needs or function, consider booking a workshop. Click here for more information.


Why do we have stigma? Wednesday, Feb 6th, UBC Robson Square, room C300

The Speakers Bureau team of current and former drug users will join renowned drug policy expert Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy Coalition for a conversation linking the personal with the political. Through personal stories and expert policy analysis, we’ll learn origins and impacts of stigma, and with the help of a reflection team, will discuss how we can move forward together.

Interested in booking a workshop or attending a public event? Visit our website: http://speakersbureau.megaphonemagazi…

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