Where did the CPA come from?

The Canadian Psychedelic Association grew from a diverse group of individuals all wanting to do their part to usher psychedelics into the mainstream in a conscious and considered way. Our founding team includes people who have been active in Vancouver’s vibrant psychedelic community for decades, as well as medical and therapeutic professionals who are newer to the scene, but through their own experiences and research are waking up to the value of these powerful modalities.

In late 2019, we officially became a Canadian not-for-profit organization. We recognize the audacity of creating a national organization of this nature and at the same time feel that Canada is the perfect place for such an entity to be born. The professional psychedelic community is already well connected in Canada and there is opportunity to foster some real cohesion moving forward. We respect the incredible healing potential of these sacred substances, and hope to nurture a thriving community of people all dedicated to realizing the full potential of humanity.

MDMA Medicine

Our roadmap

The CPA has had working groups dedicated to ethics, research, communications and public relations, as well as a steering committee to help guide the organization for the past year.

We have launched a membership structure to help us steer the CPA forward in the best way possible with community feedback and input. Throughout this process, we will continue to develop our platform and keep our inaugural membership updated while we continue to forge alliances with local, national, and international players in this space and beyond.

Our values

Kindness

Kindness is the ultimate gift. Even if opinions differ or misunderstandings occur, remaining kind in all situations helps ensure that relationships flourish. The CPA invites everyone to be curious, accepting, and compassionate, with an open heart in all interactions.

Integrity

For the good of all on this planet, we foster honest, consistent, and uncompromising principles. The CPA is committed to being transparent, collaborative and open to improving at every level.

Responsibility

Responsibility is simply the ability to respond. Everyone has the capacity to take full responsibility for their actions and reactions to all circumstances that present in life. The CPA encourages everyone to take ownership of themselves and their place in the world.

Transformation

Transformation is a pivotal part of the human journey, from the moment of birth to death, from constriction to expansion, from disease to healing and from separation to unity. 

We strive to remember who we are, why we have come here, and are grateful to have the opportunity to grow with the support and guidance of plant medicines and psychedelics.

Abundance

Recognition of the abundance that is everywhere is a common gift from our plant medicine and fungi teachers. It can reveal the essence of our authentic self - joy, generosity, curiosity, and gratitude. To play with all sentient beings coming from abundance creates limitless possibility for all.    

Courage

It takes courage to speak of things that need to be upheld or to evolve. The CPA is passionate about elevating humanity. We know the power of psychedelics to activate and uplift our way of being, and their ability to be a catalyst in our awakening.  This knowledge inspires us to take a stand and a leadership role in our communities. 

Inclusion

The CPA seeks to serve all people. Inclusion requires that we always ask who is not in the room and why not. We want to actively dismantle barriers to the active participation of all people who resonate with the purpose and aims of the CPA. We also align with the principles of equity and justice in our aim to be a diverse community that values connection and collaboration at the core of all our efforts.

Accountability

Through humility and transparency, the CPA encourages individuals, groups, and society to be held to a high standard of ethical action and restoration of harmony through healing our relationship to one another and our world. 

Empowerment

As sovereign beings, we have the choice and chance to be empowered in every moment, and with every breath, this is our birthright. The CPA supports the empowerment of all beings to live in safety, harmony and peace, while supporting each other to live fulfilled lives in service to ourselves, others, and our planet.

Sacredness

Sacredness binds all of us together in a graceful and eternal surrender to the beauty and joy around us. Profound wisdom can be found through our sacred connection to ourselves, each other, and the shared web of life surrounding all of us. Everything in life is sacred, from our relationship to others to the way we walk, talk, and breathe. We honour each action we take and every word we say with intention, love, and respect. 

Board members & Staff

Our current board is made up of a variety of backgrounds in the psychedelic space, from medical professionals to integration specialists and retreat space facilitators. Our board composition will rotate over time as new people join and others leave. Fresh perspectives and a variety of backgrounds are necessary for the long-term health and diversity of the CPA. The intention of the board is to constantly seek feedback from the community to find the best ways the CPA can be of service.

Want to join our board or want to propose someone? Get in touch!

Advisory board members

Our advisors provide guidance to our board on a host of subjects including technology, diversity, inclusivity, Indigenous wisdom, medicine, research, and more.

Law and Justice

Indigenous Advisory Board

Volunteer appreciation wall

The Canadian Psychedelic Association is a non-profit that is powered by people just like you. We like to empower our volunteers in roles they enjoy and allow them to lead initiatives, create new ones, and be an integral part of the CPA family.

Here's some of our wonderful volunteers.

Matthew McKenna

Cass Kolt

Paige Watson

Tyeson Demets

Braydon Murphy

Peter Carscadden

Kristin Yates

Andrew Lee

Joe Levin

Michelle Gagnon

Emily Goldstone

Noemi Fifield

Lauren Young

Vanessa Sacco

Prasenjit Das

Sheida Livai

Natalia Brajak

Vincent Gravel

Sebastien Clermont

Roxanne Hallal

Robin Bishop

Kerry Helston

Johnny Stork

Elias Moskona

Christine Wilson

Gordon Barret

Tyler Bryden

Sean Grabowski

Manty Biring

Jason Guille

Diversity, inclusion, and social justice

The CPA belongs to all Canadians who value the role of psychedelic medicines in the betterment of our society and in our individual and collective healing. Valuing inclusion requires that as members of the CPA we always ask ourselves who is not in the room and why. We want to actively dismantle barriers to the full participation of all Canadians who resonate with the purpose and aims of the CPA.

We also align with the principles of equity and justice in our aim to be a diverse community that values connection and collaboration at the core of all our efforts. We aspire to both unity around our shared mission, vision, and values and to diversity in member ownership of the CPA.

We acknowledge we still have work to do on these important issues and invite growth, education, and collaboration.

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Connect with the board

We love to hear from leaders across the country who would like to share their unique perspective and wisdom on topics like organizational development, legal, advocacy, medical, research, and many more topics of interest at the CPA. Join one of our weekly video board calls and let's build and foster bridges of collaboration towards our shared goals.

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Diversity, inclusion, and social justice

The CPA belongs to all Canadians who value the role of psychedelic medicines in the betterment of our society and in our individual and collective healing. We hope that fostering engagement and dialogue around these issues within the psychedelic movement supports a process of social transformation and justice. With humility we acknowledge that we will frequently fall short of our own aims, and we commit to continuing to learn and grow in this process.

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