Dr. Patrick Smith began his tenure as CMHA’s National CEO in April 2016. With a PhD in Clinical Psychology, he came to CMHA from Renascent – one of Canada’s leading providers of abstinence-based, residential addictions treatment – where he was also CEO.
Prior to this, he was the Vice President, Research, Networks and Academic Development at the BC Mental Health and Addictions Services of the Provincial Health Services Authority in British Columbia from 2005 to 2010, and was founding Head of UBC’s Addiction Psychiatry Program. From 1997 to 2005, Patrick was the Vice President of Clinical Programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and was Head of the Addiction Psychiatry Division at the University of Toronto.
He received his PhD in 1991 from the University of Nebraska and did his internship and NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine from 1990-1992. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
In addition to his clinical and research background, Patrick’s primary focus for much of his work has been mental health and addictions recovery and health systems planning and development.
As a founding member of the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions, Patrick represented Canada as a delegate to the United Nations Committee on Narcotic Drugs (UN-CND) in both 2004 and 2009 and co-chaired the development of Canada’s National Addictions Treatment Strategy.