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Our Board of Directors

CMHA counts on the leadership of its volunteers to advance its mission and strategic directions. We are indebted to the members of the CMHA National Board of Directors for their efforts in promoting mental health for all the people of Canada.

CMHA National Board of Directors 2020-2021

Officers, elected annually by the Board

Karen Hetherington

(Chair)

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Karen Hetherington

Karen Hetherington is a former Faculty Lecturer at the McGill University School of Social Work and teaches in the Mental Health Certificate Program at the University of Montreal. Karen has a Master’s degree in psychoeducation and vast experience in the healthcare system in clinical, administrative and ministerial roles.

Founding member of several mental health community organizations in Quebec, Karen is also the CEO of OPTION MILIEU, a small consulting firm that specializes in planning and training in mental health. She has acted as Senior Consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) focusing on mental health program and policy development in Latin America and the Caribbean. As President of the Canadian Mental Health Association Quebec Division, her major interests lie in mental health prevention and promotion.

Greg Radu

(Vice-Chair)

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Greg Radu

Greg M. Radu, MD, MBA, FRCPC is Associate Dean, Learner Well-Being and Success in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University and Chair, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Committee on Student Affairs. He is committed to advancing sustainable well-being based on inclusion of well-being and health in all policies, programs and services; promotion of well-being and highest possible quality of life for all to contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society; and improving public policy and leadership, and program development to support people and communities to achieve their full potential and to foster a more fair and equitable world.

David Delong

(Secretary)

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David Delong

David DeLong  is the Director, Human Resources, Base Metals at Teck Resources. Experienced in board governance, policy and strategic planning, he served on the Selkirk College Board of Governors for 6 years as Chair of the Advocacy Committee and Chair of the HR Committee. David has a Master of Science -Safety Management, BA, BPE, and diploma in Strategic Human Resources Management and a certificate in Workplace Mental Health La. With over 30 years of experience in managing employee assistance and health and wellness programs, David has a strong understanding of aboriginal affairs, addictions, corporate relationships, and mental health in the workplace David has been on the BC Division Board since September 1, 2015 and has been chair of the Board since Dec 1, 2018.

Amanda O’Sullivan

(Treasurer)

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Amanda O’Sullivan

Amanda O’Sullivan, CPA, is a Senior Enterprise Transformation Consultant working with Mariner Innovations. She is based in New Brunswick and has been part of CMHA NB’s Board of Directors for the past 4 years. Her areas of expertise include: Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Technology, Strategic Planning and Change Management. Amanda’s involvement with CMHA comes from wanting to make a difference to families and communities who are struggling with their mental health.

Directors-at-Large, elected by the eligible voting delegates/members

Sharon Pitawanakwat (Ontario)

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Sharon Pitawanakwat (Ontario)

Sharon Pitawanakwat brings 30 years of senior leadership experience obtained from a variety of not-for-profit organizations including serving as CEO for 6 years with CMHA-Thunder Bay. Sharon’s Indigenous heritage, extensive experience with Accreditation, leadership experience and executive coaching skills will bring a diverse, forward thinking, curious, and innovative mindset to the role of Director-at-Large. Sharon’s deeper passion is the creation of inspired, self-aware and fulfilled leaders and teams who are committed to creating happy, engaged and inspiring workforces. As a practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga Sharon brings a peaceful and balanced presence to all her endeavors. Sharon is currently the Executive Director of Serenity House, a residential addictions treatment centre for men in Ottawa.

Leah Napier (Ontario)

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Leah Napier (Ontario)

Leah Napier has spent her career in financial services as an analyst, marketer, general manager, champion of change and people leader. She is currently the Vice President of the Retail Credit Card Business for RBC. Throughout her career, Leah has sought to create an environment of inclusivity; leading many Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, including serving as head of the Women’s Diversity Network. Leah holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.

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Ginette Poulin (Manitoba)

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Ginette Poulin (Manitoba)

Dr. Ginette Poulin is a Family Physician with specialization in Addictions Medicine and a Registered Dietitian (B.Sc., B.Sc (H.N.S.), RD, MD, CFPC, CISAM, CMCBT) originating from Thompson, Manitoba and after having ventured to various provinces and countries to pursue her studies, she has returned to her home province where she is currently practicing medicine in a variety of settings. Experienced in both rural and urban health care; she delivers health services through emergency, hospital, clinic, and inner city house calls. She has a special interest and international certification in Addictions Medicine, offering services in Opiate Replacement Therapy and Residential Programs. She serves vulnerable populations including those that reside in the inner city and marginalized populations provincial-wide along with those suffering from mental health and addictions issues. She is bilingual (French and English) and has good working knowledge in Spanish. She has taken on Leadership roles in medicine serving as Medical Director at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and also as the Director of the Mentorship and Clinical Enhancement Program for International Medical Graduates at the College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. She serves on numerous committees including physician examination and qualification standards with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Medical Council of Canada. She is the clinical lead (Prairie Node for CRISM – Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse) for the development of National Guidelines for best practices in the clinical management of Opioid Use Disorder. She advocates for the vulnerable and her patients’ needs with positions such as co-chair of the Manitoba Provincial Opiate Replacement Committee, Manitoba Monitoring Drug Review Committee, and as a Board Member of Main Street Project. She strives to contribute in the improvement of health care – its delivery, access, as well as its quality for all Manitobans alike. She works on National standards of practice, delivery of evidence-based care and de-stigmatization of Addictions and Mental Health as a national speaker, advocate and consultant.

Keisha Campbell (Ontario)

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Keisha Campbell (Ontario)

Keisha Campbell has over 15 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry. She joined TD Bank in 2004 as a trader in the Direct Investing business and has held progressively senior roles in areas such as Product Management, Communications, Wealth Management, Training, Relationship Management, Sales Leadership, HR and Customer Experience. Keisha has supported businesses in Central and Atlantic Canada, with clients in the UK, Caribbean and Asia.

In her current capacity, Keisha develops customer, community and colleague strategies a key part of TDBG’s Canadian Retail operations. Her strengths in leadership, relationship building, adaptability, innovation, problem solving and people development continue to serve her well in leading and advising our senior executives.

Keisha is also a TD Champions Award recipient.

National Council for Persons with Lived Experience, elected by the eligible voting delegates/members

Leora Simon

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Leora Simon

Leora Simon is a research coordinator/ administrator at McGill University in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. She has a strong background in biomedical research and completed her Master’s in Experimental Medicine at McGill following a research-intensive B.Sc. on mechanisms of human disease at UBC. Leora’s passion for improving health care lead to early involvement in patient engagement initiatives such as Patient Voices and the Community Engagement Advisory Network. She was the previous coordinator of the Integrated Research Network for Patient-Oriented Research at McGill and has participated on numerous advisory committees including the McGill Primary Care Research Network and ACCESS Open Minds.

Leora is the current Chair of the National Council of Persons with Lived Experience.  She has been the Quebec representative on the council since 2018.

Division Representatives, elected by eligible voting delegates/members

Dave DeLong (British Columbia)

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Dave DeLong (British Columbia)

David DeLong is the Director, Human Resources, Base Metals at Teck Resources. Experienced in board governance, policy and strategic planning, he served on the Selkirk College Board of Governors for 6 years as Chair of the Advocacy Committee and Chair of the HR Committee. David has a Master of Science -Safety Management, BA, BPE, and diploma in Strategic Human Resources Management and a certificate in Workplace Mental Health La. With over 30 years of experience in managing employee assistance and health and wellness programs, David has a strong understanding of aboriginal affairs, addictions, corporate relationships, and mental health in the workplace David has been on the BC Division Board since September 1, 2015 and has been chair of the Board since Dec 1, 2018.

Karen Hetherington (Quebec)

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Karen Hetherington (Quebec)

Karen Hetherington is a Faculty Lecturer at the McGill University School of Social Work and she also teaches in the Mental Health Certificate Program at the University of Montreal. Karen has a Master’s degree in Psychoeducation and vast experience in the healthcare system in clinical, administrative and ministerial roles.

Founding member of several mental health community organizations in Quebec, Karen is also the CEO of OPTION MILIEU, a small consulting firm that specializes in planning and training in mental health. She has acted as Senior Consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) focusing on Mental Health program and policy development in Latin America and the Caribbean. As President of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Montreal Branch and Quebec Division), her major interests lie in Mental Health Prevention and Promotion.

Francis Moriarty (Nova Scotia)

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Francis Moriarty (Nova Scotia)

Francis Moriarty I have been on the Board of the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association for one year. At the request of the local Board I agreed to become the Nova Scotia Division’s representative to the National Board, as it has become apparent how important knowledge transfer between the two levels allows for a more cohesive and unified plan for client advocacy and programming.

I am the mother of five children, one of whom suffered from severe mental health issues. This, combined with over forty years as a family doctor, has made me acutely aware of the issues surrounding mental health and the lack of resources for both the family and the person dealing with the illness. Over the years in my professional role, I have sat on many committees looking at how to improve mental health service delivery within the formal healthcare system. There is often a disconnect between what is “medically” available and what organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association provide. My hope is that with proper advocacy both can be working partners in the road to recovery for those suffering from mental health issues over the spectrum of the illness.

Ross Manning (Alberta)

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Ross Manning (Alberta)

Ross Manning is a Vice President & Partner with IBM Global Business Services located in Calgary and is responsible for leading the Natural Resources practice within Canada. Ross joined IBM in August 2011 and is a recognized as a Global thought Leader as a member of IBM Global Industry Academy.

Ross is an innovative and motivated executive who brings a broad range of experience in digital transformation and operational excellence to companies operating in the natural resources value chain to create competitive differentiation. Prior to IBM, Ross worked for Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise Services where he led HP’s largest and most complex information technology, applications and business process outsourcing opportunities. In addition, Ross also held a position on the U.S. Energy leadership team. He was responsible for providing solutions and services in the U.S. market covering the Utilities, Oil and Gas, Energy Services, and Engineering industries. Before HP, Ross was the Vice President of Energy and Transportation at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), a role that focused on the Utilities, Energy, Engineering and Transportation marketplace.

In Ross’ 35-year career, he has proven his expertise in: value chain optimization, organizational transformation, digital reinvention, operational excellence, and employee development. He has strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as an ability to build strong teams that contribute to continued success in a key sector of the Canadian economy.

Earlier in his career Ross worked for Xerox Canada Ltd. for 17 years in various senior roles. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta and has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics, Political Science and Psychology.

Currently, Ross is the Past President of the board for the Calgary Region of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and a member of the Alberta Board of the CHMA. Ross previously volunteered for 10 years with the United Way of Calgary including his role as Co-Chair of the Leaders Committee. His other interests include golf and skiing. Ross is also an avid triathlete and is a four-time Ironman finisher. He and his wife Sharon have two children, Christian and Carly.

Monique Levesque-Pharoah (Manitoba)

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Monique Levesque-Pharoah (Manitoba)

Monique Levesque-Pharoah As a fundraiser with over 15 years experience, Monique Levesque-Pharoah is currently the Director of Partnerships & Events at the Health Sciences Centre Foundation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She enjoys working with organizations and donors to improve patient care at Manitoba’s hospital.

Monique holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management (Honours) and as owner of Unique Communications & Training, has professional experience in employee development, communication & leadership as well as conflict resolution.

She was a selected profile leader in the book, Why Winnipeg? A Profile of Community Leadership with Leadership Winnipeg in June 2015. She is a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Monique served on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors from 2016-2018 helping to set the strategic direction for this world-wide organization.

Her support in the mental health field has spanned over a decade. From 2007 – 2009, Monique served on the board for SSCOPE, a non-profit, registered charity that provides employment to people with lived experience. While serving as District Governor for Toastmasters International, a Toastmasters club was built to support mental health consumers in communication in leadership. In 2015, her final presentation to attain her Distinguished Toastmasters designation was to facilitate a panel on mental health.

In 2019, Monique was voted on the Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba & Winnipeg board and served as Vice-Chair in those 2 years. She recently was voted as the Chair for CMHA Manitoba & Winnipeg.

Having family and friends with lived experience provides Monique with deeper understanding of and a passion for mental health support.

Jasmine Beriault (Saskatchewan)

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Jasmine Beriault (Saskatchewan)

Jasmine Beriault is currently a Human Resources Manager with Sask Central. She has over twelve years of professional experience having worked for both the federal and provincial governments, as well as the not-for-profit sector.

Jasmine is Cree and a member of Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan.

She is a strong proponent for lifelong learning and is currently working towards her Master’s in Human Resources Management. Mental health is a subject of interest for her on both a personal and professional level; and she is committed to engaging pathways within the community and workplace that support individual wellbeing.

Louise Paquette (Ontario)

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Louise Paquette (Ontario)

Louise Paquette Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Louise Paquette spent 10 years working in the corporate world in Toronto after graduating from Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Languages. She returned to her hometown to join the healthcare team at Health Sciences North before accepting a position with the provincial government as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Administrative Officer. She went on to become the Executive Director of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario and was named Woman of the Decade for her leadership and the difference she made in northern communities. As CEO of the Northeast Local Health Integration Network for 7 years, Louise distinguished herself by working closely with health care providers, particularly the Northern CMHA organizations and other providers of mental health and addiction services.

Appointed by the Minister of Health to his Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Table, Louise then set up an inter-ministry and provider table in an effort to bring together all the partners and identify opportunities in the mental health and addictions portfolio.

Louise recently retired after a career spanning 41 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the CMHA National Board. She has always been an active volunteer and continues to support community organizations and charitable events. She has served on the Ontario CMHA Board for the past two years.

Cecil Villard (Prince Edward Island)

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Cecil Villard (Prince Edward Island)

Cecil Villard, the President of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Mental Health Association PEI Division, has contributed a plethora of knowledge and expertise to the mental health service, stemming from a career of over 36 years in government. Throughout his career, Mr. Villard spent 15 years as the Executive Director of Mental Health Services in Prince Edward Island, 10 years as the Executive Director of the Provincial Psychiatric Hospital and the Provincial Acute Care Hospital and 10 years as the Executive Director of five different community hospitals. In addition to holding these positions, Villard has served in various leadership roles including the PEI Representative for the National Home Care Board and a National Board member for both the Special Olympics and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Villard’s work with the Special Olympics has been both national and internationally recognized.

Greg Radu (Newfoundland & Labrador)

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Greg Radu (Newfoundland & Labrador)

Greg M. Radu, MD, MBA, FRCPC is Associate Dean, Learner Well-Being and Success in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University and Chair, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Committee on Student Affairs. He is committed to advancing sustainable well-being based on inclusion of well-being and health in all policies, programs and services; promotion of well-being and highest possible quality of life for all to contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society; and improving public policy and leadership, and program development to support people and communities to achieve their full potential and to foster a more fair and equitable world.

Melissa Wood (Yukon)

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Melissa Wood (Yukon)

Melissa Wood originally hails from Oshawa ON and re-located to Whitehorse, Yukon for work two years ago. She has both a personal and professional passion for mental health and breaking down the stigma of mental illness. Prior to moving to the Yukon she completed a Post- Graduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion at Centennial College in Toronto, ON.

She is also a peer support volunteer for Canadians struggling with body focused repetitive behaviours with CBSN (Canadian Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviour Support Network).

When she is not working or volunteering she is practicing her tap dancing. She looks forward to working along-side fellow board members across the country to promote and support mental wellness for Canadians.

National Chief Executive Officer

Margaret Eaton

National CEO, the Canadian Mental Health Association

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Margaret Eaton

Margaret joined the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) as National CEO in January of 2020. Along with a deep compassion for those facing mental health and addiction issues, she brings with her over 20 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector.  

A natural problem-solver and connector, Margaret is excited by the opportunity for CMHA to work collaboratively with key partners across Canada to reimagine the mental health system in Canada A key priority in this effort is to reduce mental health inequities experienced by Indigenous peoples in this country. She models openness about her own anxiety and depression with a firm personal belief in the power of sharing and healthy dialogue.  

Prior to joining CMHA, Margaret served for seven years as Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), a multi-stakeholder council that brings leaders together to create and champion solutions to better integrate immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) labour market. At TRIEC, she was instrumental in increasing the impact and scale of the organization’s work, spearheading key partnerships with LEAP the Centre for Social Impact and supporting other cities to replicate the successful TRIEC model of immigrant integration with partners in Helsinki, Finland and Stirling, Australia.  

Previously, she served as President of ABC Life Literacy, a national organization that inspires adult Canadians to increase their literacy and essential skills. She was also active in publishing in leadership roles with the Association of Canadian Publishers and Magazines Canada.  She has also held marketing and fundraising roles in leading Canadian arts organizations including the Stratford Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory of Music.    

She has volunteered as a mentor for TRIEC and for the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends where she supported immigrant professionals to find career success.  Margaret has also volunteered on numerous boards and committeesincluding the Toronto Newcomer Leadership Table, Ontario Office of the Fairness Commissioner Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee for the Ontario government’s first Culture Strategy, Panelist for the federal government’s Report on the Employment Challenges of New Canadians, CERIS, WorkInCulture, Bad Dog Theatre, BookNet Canada and the Canadian Copyright Institute.   

In 2012, she was awarded a Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to literacy and culture. 

Margaret has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. 

National Executive Coordinator

Kelly Puddister