The BC Schizophrenia Society is excited to announce our 2023 Annual General Meeting & Education Session on October 21st. This year, the AGM will be a hybrid event. Members and non-members throughout the province can attend online through Zoom or in person in Richmond.   

Join us in person or via Zoom on Saturday, October 21st, 2023, to hear from our special guest, Honourable Jennifer Whiteside, BC Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and our keynote speaker, Dr. Mahavir Agarwal, on the theme of the past, present, and future of schizophrenia.   

Dr. Mahavir Agarwal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a Clinician-Scientist in the Schizophrenia Division at the Centre for Addiction at Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto. He is also the Medical Head for Clinical Research in the Schizophrenia Division and leads the Metabolic Clinic and the Clozapine Clinic at CAMH. Dr. Agarwal has won several international research awards, has over 85 publications, and his research program has been funded by federal and provincial agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), PSI Foundation, and the University of Toronto.  

His presentation embarks on a historical journey of schizophrenia, shedding light on the transformations and enduring challenges through the years. Over the past four decades, BCSS has played a crucial role in advancing progress, yet much work remains to be done. This presentation will delve into the evolving perception of schizophrenia and the dynamic changes in knowledge. Emphasis will be placed on the pharmacological aspects and how future research can profoundly impact the lives of affected families. By overviewing past, present, and future research, we seek to inspire hope and drive change for a better future. 

Event Details:  

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023 

Time: 1 – 3 pm (Door opens: 12:45 pm) 

Topic: Past, Present, and Future of Schizophrenia 

In-person Location: Brighouse, Richmond (venue information will be disclosed after registration) 

Virtual Platform: Zoom (accessible via the email address used to register for the event) 

Special Session: Sharing Your Artwork/Photographs 

To echo our theme on the past, present, and future of schizophrenia, we invite you to bring artwork or photographs that share your past, present, and future.   

Take advantage of this opportunity to co-create a visually compelling and thought-provoking gallery with us! Your contributions will enrich our discussion and help us paint a vibrant picture of our collective past, present, and future experiences. 

Important Notes:

Register now to participate in our signature provincial event of the year!  

Registration for in-person attendance.

Registration for virtual attendance.

Event Sponsor: We extend our gratitude to our event sponsor, AbbVie, for their generous support in making this event possible. Together, we strive to improve mental health care and advocate for positive change.