CAPT had its origins in the early 1990's when members of the pharmacoepidemiology community in Canada came together to organize annual conferences on pharmacoepidemiology. The first Canadian Pharmacoepidemiology Forum was held in Toronto in 1993.
The creation of the Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics was declared at the September 1995 meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE). This was followed by a further announcement at the annual Canadian Pharmacoepidemiology Forum in 1996, and the first general election of the CAPT Board of Directors in 1996/97. While pharmacoepidemiology was initial focus of the membership, the founders did not want to limit the scope of the association's potential future activities and opted for an association name which would allow for growth into other related disciplines such as pharmacoeconomics as well as the study of other therapeutic interventions.
True to this vision, the organization has evolved into a dynamic group of like-minded researchers, conducting both epidemiology and economic analyses, who are located in academic, government, consulting and industry arenas. As the voice of population therapeutics in Canada, CAPT is the only national association of its kind committed to fostering ongoing networking between practitioners, researchers and policy makers, and increasing the visibility and recognition of the organization and its members.