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CAMH President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn named to top 25 Women of Influence

CAMH is proud to announce that Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, has been named as one of this year’s Top 25 Women of Influence™ by Women of Influence, Inc., North America’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of women. This ranking celebrates and showcases the accomplishments of Canadian women who have achieved the highest levels of professional success and have made a significant difference in their field. Dr. Zahn, a leading neurologist and champion for mental health, was one of five women applauded for their contribution and influence in health care.

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Dr. Catherine Zahn

“The level of influence, stature and accomplishments of this year’s Top 25 Women of Influence is without question, outstanding and unparalleled,” said Carolyn Lawrence, President and CEO of Women of Influence. “Although this year’s women have varied backgrounds, professions, personalities and skills, they all share the same passion, ambition and drive to make meaningful and transformational contributions to the Canadian economy, their communities, their workplaces, and to the next generation. They are women of influence in every sense of the word.”

Dr. Zahn will be profiled alongside fellow recipientsin the winter issue of Women of Influence magazine, and from September 2to September 15, CAMH is encouraging people to vote for Dr. Zahn as the woman they would like to see featured on the cover of this marquee issue.

“At CAMH we are determined to stop mental illness from destroying lives,” says Dr. Zahn. “As part of that goal, we need to inspire a common understanding that mental health care is not separate from health care, and that with the right support, recovery is possible and achievable.”

Called CAMH’s “nuanced crusader” by the Toronto Star, Dr. Zahn joined CAMH as President and CEO in December 2009 at a critical time for the organization. Since then, Dr. Zahn has led the way for CAMH’s visionary redevelopment project, driving social change from the heart of Toronto’s Queen Street West community. She has become a beacon of hope and optimism, working to broaden access to care and treatment, fostering breakthroughs in research and discovery, and challenging the stigma of mental illness through social advocacy.

“Mental illness is the health care issue of our time,” says Dr. Zahn. “But it’s more than that. People with mental illness face prejudice and discrimination every day. I believe that the antidote to prejudice is knowledge and familiarity.  By working together and by having honest conversations, we can eliminate barriers to treatment, supportive care and social participation for millions of people across Canada.”

Dr. Zahn will be celebrated on December 4 at the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Click here for a full list of this year’s Top 25 Womenof Influence™


Why vote for Dr. Zahn? See for yourself!

“Being part of the community is part of the cure,” Dr. Zahn discusses the next phase of CAMH’s groundbreaking redevelopment project.

“Stand with pride and confidence in all you do,” at Western University’s 303rd Convocation,  Dr. Zahn talks about leadership and the way her work at CAMH has changed her.
 
Dr. Zahn shares her hope and inspiration for defeating mental illness at TEDxToronto

To vote, please visit the Women of Influence website

This flagship edition will be available November 21, 2014.

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About CAMH

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please visit www.camh.ca.

About Women of Influence

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Women of Influence Inc. is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of women. It offers solutions to women through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and media.  It produces and hosts the renowned Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series, RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and the Top 25 Women of Influence, in addition to the publishing the Women of Influence quarterly magazine. Women of Influence has a community and reach of 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, New York City, andWashington, DC. 

For more information, visit: www.womenofinfluence.ca.

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