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Catherine Zahn: Stand with pride, confidence in all you do

Joseph Rotman, Chancellor of Western University ​with Catherine Zahn, CAMH President and CEO

​In recognition of her exceptional contributions to mental health care and neurology, Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) received an honorary degree from Western University during its 303rd Convocation ceremony in London, Ontario today.  

“Western is very pleased to honour Dr. Zahn for her important contributions in steering mental health into the mainstream of health care and into the public spotlight," said Western University's President and Vice-Chancellor Amit Chakma.

"This honorary degree celebrates Catherine's leadership as president of CAMH and as an internationally recognized scholar who has been a catalyst for system change in the fields of technology assessment, chronic disease management and her specialty, epilepsy," said Chakma.

Dr. Zahn joined CAMH as President and CEO in December 2009 at a critical time for the organization. CAMH's bold transformation agenda includes its ambitious redevelopment project, integration and enhancement of clinical programs, expansion of research and innovation capacity, and continuing public education and social advocacy to challenge the stigma attached to mental illness.

“I’m grateful for this honour from Western University and proud to share this celebration with parents, family, friends, and especially the graduates of the class of 2014,” said Dr. Zahn. 

Today is a memorable day and represents the accomplishments of many years, the creation of a lifetime of connections, the discovery of new friends, and the realization of hopes and dreams.”  

At the convocation ceremony, Dr. Zahn shared leadership lessons gained through influential life and professional experiences, including the recent years at CAMH.  

“The people served by CAMH have schooled me in courage and compassion and complexity.  They’re people of great worth who fight lonely, brave battles in their difficult walk through life,” she said. 

Dr. Zahn also spoke about the humanity andinspiration found in individual stories of recovery, “full of spirit and tenacity.”

Prior to coming to CAMH, Dr. Zahn was Executive Vice President, Clinical Programs and Practice, at the University Health Network (UHN). She held senior leadership roles in that organization for 12 years. Previous UHN positions included Vice President and COO of Toronto Western Hospital, Program Medical Director for Neuroscience and Division Head for Neurology. She was also the inaugural chair holder for the Krembil Family Chair in Neurology. 

Dr. Zahn encouraged the graduates to eagerly embrace the next chapter in their live and to,“savor this day as you walk together in your achievement.”












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