Kwame McKenzie, Medical Director at the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health (CAMH) has been appointed the new CEO of the Wellesley
Institute, effective March 24, 2014.
McKenzie has over 20 years’ experience in research into the social
determinants of health, policy development and as an advisor at the
highest levels of government. He will lead
a team of researchers and analysts at the Wellesley Institute.
Dr. McKenzie will continue to serve as Medical Director
of Underserved Populations and Director of Health Equity
CAMH. He is also Director of Equity Gender and Population Health in the
Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a board
member of the United Way of Toronto.
and the Wellesley Institute both promote health equity and social
change with the aim of improving the health of individuals and
populations by targeting the social factors
that cause illness and impede recovery,” says Dr. Catherine Zahn, CEO
of CAMH. “Dr. McKenzie's work at CAMH and the Wellesley Institute are
very complementary and we believe that this arrangement can create
powerful synergies that will have a positive impact
on the mental health of Ontarians.”
Wellesley Institute is Canada’s only independent think tank focused on
health equity with the resources necessary to make an impact. We welcome
Dr. McKenzie and look forward
to realizing his ambitious plans to bring new energy and talent to the
Institute,” says Liz Janzen, co-chair of the Wellesley Institute.
believe Toronto is very fortunate to have an organization like The
Wellesley Institute, and leading the Institute through this next period
of growth is a real privilege,” says
Dr. McKenzie. “Good health is something that all Torontonians want, for
themselves and their community. I want to place The Wellesley Institute
at the forefront of understanding how social, environmental and
economic forces shape the health of Toronto residents.”
About CAMH and the Wellesley Institute
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.
Wellesley Institute is committed to improving health and decreasing
inequities in health for people in the Greater Toronto Area. It does
this through research and policy development
on the social determinants of health.
For further information, please contact Kate Richards, CAMH Media Relations at (416) 595-6015