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Margaret Eaton

National Chief Executive Officer

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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. 

Theresa Yim

National Executive Coordinator

Finance and Operations

Kathy Luan

Director, Finance and Operations

Christine Chan

Finance Manager

Zainab Jibril-Babaita

National Operations Coordinator

Wilbert Agustin

National Human Resources Coordinator

Neel Shah

National Manager, Salesforce

Jessie Cabanilla

Interim National Senior Accountant

Marketing Communications

Hilary Lanyon

National Director, Marketing and Communications

Alex Bremshey

National Bilingual Manager, Marketing and Communications

Jess Bouchard

National Manager, Digital Marketing

Avni Desai

National Social Media Specialist

Emma Higgins

National Communications Specialist / Media Contact

Lisa Howlett

National Communications Officer

Jamey Vella

National Digital Graphic Designer

Geneviève Tardif

Translator and Translation Coordinator

National Programs and Services

Denise Silverstone

National Director, Programs and Services

Katherine Warzecha

National Project Portfolio Manager, Programs and Services

Lee Taylor

National Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Talk Suicide Canada

Allison Dunning

National Manager, Peer Support Canada

Maria Masina

National Coordinator, Programs and Services

Myera Iftikhar

Coordinator, Volunteer and Stakeholder Engagement – Talk Suicide Canada

Workplace Mental Health

Shoraez Shahjahan

National Senior Manager, Workplace Mental Health

Katharine Coons

National Senior Manager, Workplace Mental Health

Rian Cunningham

National Business Development Representative

Mathew Kennedy

National eLearning Program Design Lead

Monique Ayoung

National Coordinator, Workplace Mental Health

Alexandra Petrisano

National Workplace Mental Health Trainer

Rucha Shelat

National Account Manager, Workplace Mental Health

Research and Public Policy

Sarah Allison Kennell

National Director, Public Policy

SM Leduc

National Government Relations Advisor

Leyna Lowe

National Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Deb Wise Harris

National Senior Writer and Editor

Rebekah Sears

National Lived Experience Specialist

Ammar Adenwala

National Research and Policy Analyst

Fund Development

Krista Slade

National Chief Philanthropy and Partnerships Officer

Erin Terwissen

National Senior Manager, Community Giving

Caroline Kent

National Senior Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Amelia Sproule

National Senior Manager, Individual Giving Programs

Sharbani Roy

National Manager, Data Services and Donor Relations

Federation Relations

Norah Whitfield

National Director, Federation Relations

James Thibeault

National Manager, Quality Assurance

Kelly Puddister

National Knowledge Exchange Specialist

Lise Danielle Matthews

National Conference and Event Planner

Web 2.0

Michael Gladstone

National IT Consultant

Kamyar Ghajar

National Web Developer

Aytak Sheshkalani

National Junior Web Developer