This year our main conference theme is “Collaborating to create new pathways towards recovery, empowerment and social inclusion".  For this conference, recovery refers to people striving to live satisfying, hopeful lives and contributing to society even if they are experiencing mental health or substance use problems.  The theme emphasizes the essential role that people with lived and living experience play as partners and leaders in collaborative care and the need to work together to strengthen recovery-oriented practices and policies in Canada and internationally.  The theme also recognizes the importance of promoting social inclusion and equity for people living with mental health and/or substance use challenges, cultivating and empowering communities, and addressing social determinants of health and well-being.