First Name

Gillian Maxwell




Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, I am a founder and executive member of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC), and focus my attention on community engagement, strategic planning and fund development. My training is in mediation and negotiation, and I am well known in British Columbia as the host and facilitator of a number of public forums at Simon Fraser University’s Wosk Centre for Dialogue, as well as a speaker on harm reduction initiatives at international conferences in the U.S. and Europe.
I have been a member of the Vancouver Police Board and a Trustee of AIDS Vancouver, and during the 2010 Winter Olympics brought SafeGames2010, a large-scale harm reduction initiative, to Vancouver’s Olympic celebrations.
I am currently a member of the Advisory Board of MAPS Canada (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), and a proud recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
For several years, I served as the project director of Keeping the Door Open: Dialogues on Drug Use (KDO), a community-based coalition organizing dialogues on problematic substance use to educate the public and inform public policy in Vancouver, and was the spokesperson for the Campaign for Community Safety to advocate for the permanent status of INSITE, the internationally recognized supervised injection facility in Vancouver.