Donald MacPherson


Donald MacPherson is currently the Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to improve Canada’s drug policies, and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University. The Coalition is a partner project of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions at Simon Fraser University. Formerly Mr. MacPherson was North America’s first Drug Policy Coordinator at the City of Vancouver where he worked for 22 years. He is the author of Vancouver’s groundbreaking Four Pillars Drug Strategy, which called for new approaches to drug problems based on public health principles and the appropriate regulation of all psychoactive substances. He is a co-author of the books More Harm Than Good: Drug Policy in Canada, Fernwood Publishing, 2016 and Raise Shit: Social Action, Saving Lives, Fernwood Publishing, 2009.