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Board Of Trustees Bios


David Wilson

David Wilson

​David Wilson spent most of his career in the financial services industry. From 1968 until 2005, he was involved in various banking activities while employed by the Toronto-Dominion Bank, Dominion Securities Corporation and the Bank of Nova Scotia. When he left Scotiabank in 2005, he was Vice Chair with responsibility for overseeing and leading the global wholesale activities of the bank. In 2005, he was appointed by the Government of Ontario as Chair and CEO of its crown agency, the Ontario Securities Commission, for a five year term.

During the past 30 years, he has been involved in a number of corporate boards and community organizations. He was a director of Rogers Communications Inc. for 26 years. He has been a director/trustee of the following not-for-profit entities: United Way of Greater Toronto, National Ballet of Canada, and Art Gallery of Ontario. He was a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto for nine years during which period he chaired the U of T’s Presidential Search Committee and the U of T’s Business Board.

He is Chair of the CAMH Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. He is also a director of Cidel Banking Corporation, a chartered bank.​


Virginia Cirocco

Virginia Cirocco
Virginia Cirocco is a former senior executive with Shoppers Drug Mart having retired in 2009 as Executive Vice President, Pharmacy. 

She is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Toronto, holds an M.B.A. from Schulich School of Business and has obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors after completion of the Director Education Program through Rotman School of Business and the ICD. 

Since her retirement, Virginia has provide
d consulting services to the pharmaceutical and distribution industry and currently sits on the Board of Bayshore HealthCare. She has been active as a volunteer for many not-for-profit organizations.  Virginia serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee and Campaign Cabinet, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto and has received their Arbour Award for volunteer service. She also serves as a Director, Israel Cancer Research Fund, and was Chair Fundraising Committee, Blueprint for Pharmacy and a member of committees of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, Womens’ College Hospital and the Art Gallery of Ontario.   She also supports Bridge to Health and has volunteered on their medical mission to Uganda.


Verlyn Francis 

Verlyn Francis
Verlyn Francis is the Principal Consultant at Isiko Dispute Resolution Consultants and specializes in the effect culture or worldview on disputes. She previously practiced law in Toronto for 17 years. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997. She completed a Master of Laws in 2016, specializing in Alternate Dispute Resolution, from the same institution. Verlyn is a certified adjudicator and a certified mediator.

Verlyn is a member of ADR Institute of Canada, and th
e Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. She is also a member of the Ontario Bar Association and Toronto Lawyers Association, Women’s Law Association of Ontario, and Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. She has served on the Boards of Toronto Board of Trade and Toronto Community Foundation. She is past Chair of the Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund, and founding Chair of the Gold Key Awards of Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association. She has most recently sat on the Board of the Ontario Arts Council and was Chair of the Governance Committee. She has authored journal articles on culture and conflict, psychological support in truth and reconciliation commissions; and spoken on topics related to culture and conflict in clinical care, family and estate law to institutions, legal groups and the community.

J. Ian Giffen
J. Ian Giffen

J. Ian Giffen serves as a Corporate Director and as an Advisor to technology companies and investment funds.  He is currently a director of Absolute Software Inc (ABT.TSX), Kinaxis Inc ( KSX.TSX) and a number of private companies and previously served on the Advisory Board of OMERS Ventures.

Mr. Giffen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario).and has a Designation in Corporate Finance.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and worked with KPMG in Glasgow from 1978-1982.​

He has a strong interest in supporting organizations that enable people to overcome disadvantages to achieve independence in regard to both financial stability and mental health. He currently serves on the Board of the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank and has served with a number of charitable organizations including the Out of the Cold Program and the University of Toronto’s Transitions Year Program and is a recipient of the University‘s Arbor Award for volunteer service .

Christine Hart

Christine Hart is President of Accord/hart & associates inc., one of Canada's leaders in conflict management.  For thirty years, as a lawyer, mediator, facilitator and arbitrator, she has practiced, taught and written in the fields of dispute resolution, commercial, regulatory and environmental law.

Elected an M.P.P. in 1987, she served an apprenticeship as Parliamentary Assistant in the Ministries of Health, Environment and Treasury, and was appointed to the Ontario Cabinet in 1989. After public life, Christine went on to successfully create and implement for Ontario's Superior Court, the first court-connected mediation program in Canada.  She founded Accord/hart & associates inc. in 1998 to focus on preventing and resolving disputes in both the public and private sectors. 

For many years, Christine has been involved in mental health issues through her service as a Member of the Ontario Consent & Capacity Board, the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, and her participation in health policy issues while in government. A CAMH Trustee since 2011, she is a member of the Governance and Property Committees, having chaired the latter for the last three years.

Throughout her career, Christine has been an active participant in her community. She is a Director of The General Insurance OmbudService, and is a past Director of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), where she chaired the committee responsible for overseeing the building of T1, Goodwill Toronto, Sheridan College, Kingsway College School, Roots of Empathy, the Canadian Stage Company and a variety of other not-for-profit organizations, as well as a member of the Board of the Ontario Bar Association.



Thomas Hofmann

Thomas Hofmann has 20 years of experience in financial management, organizational strategy, and mergers and acquisitions, primarily with Royal Bank of Canada. In 2007, he left the financial industry to focus on volunteering in the non-profit sector.

In addition to his current role as CAMH Trustee, Thomas served as a Director of WoodGreen Community Services from 2007 to 2016, including 3 years as Board Chair. He continues to volunteer with WoodGreen, as a member of the Quality, Resources and Audit Committee and as a tutor in the after-school program. 

In 2012, he co-authored and edited
From Strategy to Implementation: An integration toolkit for community-based health service providers. This book on mergers, published for the Toronto Central LHIN, is based on WoodGreen's highly successful integration with Community Care East York. Thomas holds a B.Sc. in biology from Mount Allison University, an MBA in finance from McGill University, as well as the CPA, CGA designation.​


Bill Hogarth

Bill Hogarth was the Director of Education at York Regional District School Board for 16 years. He is a collaborative senior leader who, in periods of both expansion and consolidation over the past 40 years in two school boards, has had a broad range of experiences: expertise in developing and implementing strategic plans, Board policy, Ministry regulations, as well as curriculum and professional development programs. He is presently Chair at Seneca College and recently received a Honourary Doctorate York University.

Vivian Koen

Vivian Koen is Vice President, Strategic Transactions and Review at The Bank of Nova Scotia. She has more than 15 years of experience in mergers & acquisitions, investment banking, and finance in Toronto and New York. Vivian’s prior experience includes roles at global financial institutions including RSA Canada, CIBC, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley.

Vivian holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a past board member of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mark Krembil

Robert Mark Krembil is the President of the Krembil Foundation, a family foundation that supports medical research.  Prior to 1996, Mark held senior positions in banking and system’s information.  In 1996, he became a partner in a Canadian retailer and eventually transitioned to the Krembil Foundation. 

He has a BA in Economics from the University of Toronto, and currently serves on the board of Brain Canada Foundation, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation and the University of Toronto Governing Council.

Medhat Mahdy

Medhat Mahdy is the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toronto and President of YMCA Ontario. He has an extensive background in charitable sector leadership and strategy – as well as a 38-year relationship with the YMCA, as a member, volunteer, donor and leader. He brings a deep understanding of the social determinants of health, and a conviction that we owe every one of our kids the opportunity to grow stronger every day in spirit, mind and body. 

He has served in a variety of leadership capacities at both the YMCA of Greater Toronto and YMCA Canada. An architect of the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s current 10-year strategic plan, Strong Start, Great Future, he is committed to building 10 new YMCA Centres of Community across the GTA in order to help advance the Y’s vision that “our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.” 

He holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Toronto and has served on a number of high profile task forces, including the Government of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Panel.


Eileen McMahon

Eileen McMahon is a senior partner at Torys LLP, a member of Torys’ Executive Committee and Chair of Torys' Food and Drug Regulatory and Intellectual Property Practices. She has practiced law for 30 years in the life sciences and health care fields.

She is a member of the board of the National Cycling Institute (NCI) and of the HHS committee of TOHealth!  Eileen was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Credit Valley Hospital and a founding officer and director of the Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association, and is and has been engaged in other not-for-profit work.  

Eileen has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women (Women's Executive Network).  Eileen also mentors young women in the legal profession. .

Tim Powers

Tim Powers is the Vice-Chairman of Summa Strategies and the Managing Director of Abacus Data, an opinion research company, both headquartered in Ottawa, where he is involved with communications, public affairs, and government relations. Tim has served as an advisor to both national and provincial party leaders, as well as federal cabinet ministers. He was an aboriginal affairs negotiator for the federal government and an academic research fellow. Tim is a regular political commentator, appearing frequently on CBC’s “Power and Politics” and VOCM radio in Newfoundland and Labrador.

He is the Chairman of the Rugby Canada Board of Directors and the Lead Director of the Park Lawn Corporation.


Murray Segal

Murray Segal is a lawyer in private practice and counsel to the Toronto firm of Henein Hutchison LLP. Up till 2012 he was a long time Deputy Attorney General for Ontario and the former Chief Prosecutor for the Province. He advises a number of public institutions including Legal Aid Ontario and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. He is the author of several legal texts.

He is a member of the Quality Assurance Committee for the CMHA(GTA) and is a member of the Independent Committee for Canadian Senate Appointments. He sits on the Ontario Board of Review.


Adelina Urbanski

Adelina Urbanski has spent her career collaborating to building healthier, more inclusive and resilient communities.  She is an experienced senior executive with the ability to develop a compelling vision leading to service excellence. 

Ms. Urbanski has served in municipal government for over 30 years, having served almost 18 years as the Commissioner in Halton, and York Regions.  A strong mentor and leader, she has received recognition and awards for her work such as the Ontario Municipal Social Services Lifetime Achievement Award, the Comprehensive Housing Strategy, the Truth About Youth Study, and the Emergency Housing Project.

She has been on the Boards of a series of organizations such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Housing Services Corporation, TransForm, and the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association.  She has also provided consultative advice to various provincial Task Forces and working groups hosted by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario such as the Provincial Fiscal and Service Delivery Review, the Social Assistance Task Force, and the Housing Partnership Table.  As the recently retired Commissioner of Community and Health Services for York Region, she played a lead role in the Human Services Planning Board, the Seniors Strategy, and the Immigration Settlement Strategy.

Ms. Urbanski holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, a certificate in Municipal Administration, and holds a Chartered Director’s designation from the Director’s College; a joint initiative of the McMaster DeGroote School of Business and the Conference Board of Canada.   


Robert Walsh

Robert (Bob) Walsh has 30 years of experience in the addiction and substance abuse fields working in various non-government organizations (including his role in volunteer services early in his career at the Donwood Institute).  Bob is the former Executive Director of the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control (CCTC)  and CEO of Alcohol and Drug Concerns. 

Bob has a PhD in Public Health and Health Systems from the University of Waterloo (as well as a Master’s in Public Health).  He also holds a MBA from The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.



Victor Willis

Victor Willis has worked for the past 25 years in a number of community agencies. Since 1999, he has served as the Executive Director of Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre (PARC). PARC is a valuable community resource whose purpose is reflected in its mission: “A community where people rebuild their lives.” During his tenure as the Executive Director of PARC, he has lead significant growth at this organization including the development of an innovative new supportive housing facility.

In addition to being the Executive Director at PARC, Victor is a community leader who has held numerous senior volunteer positions. Currently, he is a Board member of the Daily Bread Food Bank and the Parkdale Business Improvement Association and acts a Co-Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Mental Health and Addictions Populations Panel and Chair of the Centre’s Strategic Population panel.

Dr. Catherine Zahn

President and CEO, CAMH

Dr. Zahn was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in 2009.  CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health hospital and the country’s largest academic health science centre focused on mental illness.  Prior to this appointment, she held senior executive positions at the University Health Network (UHN) for twelve years. 

She received her MD (honours) from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T), where she completed her residency training in neurology.  She holds an MSc in Health Administration from U of T and has completed the Directors’ Education Program at the U of T Rotman School of Management.  

r. Zahn is a Professor in the U of T Faculty of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  She is a Fellow and former board member of the American Academy of Neurology and has made numerous contributions to health care in Ontario through her leadership in hospital integration, technology assessment, chronic disease management, stroke care coordination and mental health care system improvement. She is a champion for the integration of psychiatry and neuroscience, working to steer mental illness into the mainstream of medicine and promoting equitable access to health care resources for people with mental illness.

ecent honours include membership in the Order of Canada, Doctor of Laws degrees (honoris causa) from Western University, (London, Ontario) and Ryerson University, (Toronto, Ontario) and the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement (York University). She has also been awarded the U of T Faculty of Health Policy Management and Evaluation Prize for Innovation and has been named Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators.

r. Zahn serves on a number of health care-related boards and committees, as well as on the Board of Governors of Upper Canada College. She has been Chair of the Health Care/Health Sciences Division of the United Way Campaign Cabinet and serves on numerous committees, including the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the University of Calgary School of Medicine.

Tom Milroy
Chair, CAMH Foundation Board of Directors

Mr. Milroy is director of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (“RBI”), and a member of the Audit and the Conflicts committees. He is also on a director of Interfor Corporation and a member of the Audit and the Environment and Safety committees.  He was a director of Tim Hortons Inc. and a member of the Audit committee prior to its acquisition by the predecessor of RBI. Mr. Milroy is a managing director of Generation Capital (a private company).

Mr. Milroy retired from BMO Financial Group in January 2015.  He acted as senior advisor to the CEO of BMO Financial Group from November 2014 to January 2015.  From March 2008 to December 2014, Mr. Milroy served as CEO of BMO Capital Markets, where he was responsible for all of BMO Financial Group’s businesses involving corporate, institutional and government clients globally. In 2014, BMO Capital Markets had revenues in excess of $3.7bn and net income of approx. $1.1bn,  in each case a growth of 50%+ over 2008, and employed approximately 2400 people in Canada, the United States and international markets. 

Mr. Milroy was a member of the BMO Financial Group’s Executive Committee, Operating Committee, Management Committee, Risk Management and Reputational Risk committees, as well as various other oversight committees. Over the course of 21 years with BMO, Mr. Milroy held progressively senior positions within the investment banking group.  From August 1988 to June 1993, Mr. Milroy worked in the Mergers and Acquisition group of a U.S. investment banking firm in New York and Toronto.  Prior to that, he spent a year with a Canadian investment banking firm.  He began his career practicing securities law in a Toronto-based law firm.

He is the Chair of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation and the Campaign Co-Chair for CAMH’s Breakthrough Capital Campaign. Additionally, Mr. Milroy is on the Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute and on the Capital Markets Institute (CMI) Advisory Board.

Mr. Milroy holds a Bachelor of Law and Master of Law from Cambridge University, an LLB from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Milroy is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.


Dr. Benoit Mulsant
University of Toronto Representative on the Board, Chair, Department of Psychiatry
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Dr. Mulsant is a Professor in, and the Chair of, the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Over the past 25 years, the over-arching goal of his research work has been to improve the treatment of older persons with severe mental disorders, including those with psychotic depression, treatment-resistant depression, or late-life bipolar disorder. More recently, he and his collaborators have been involved in identifying pharmacogenetics and neuroimaging biomarkers of treatment outcomes. Dr. Mulsant has authored and co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles and 50 book chapters and invited publications. He has been an investigator on grants with funding totaling more than $140M in direct costs (including more than half as principal investigator or team leader). He has a small clinical practice focused on older patients with severe mental and cognitive disorders (dementia). He has been listed in both Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in Canada.

Dr. Mulsant earned his MD from the School of Medicine, Laval University, Quebec; he completed his internship in internal medicine and neurology at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, and Montreal Neurological Hospital, and his residency in psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and is a triage editor for the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.


Dr. Nisha Ravindran
President, Medical Staff Association

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Rani Srivastava
Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice

Dr. Srivastava began her role as Chief Nursing Executive and Chief of Professional Practice at CAMH in 2010.  In this role, she oversees the Professional Practice Office, which includes Professional Practice, Quality and Safety, Ethics and Client Relations.  She also holds the position of Assistant Professor at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor at York University, Toronto and Dalhousie University, Halifax.

She is recognized as an industry leader in the area of diversity and cultural competence education.  Dr. Srivastava is the author and editor of a textbook entitled the Healthcare Professional’s Guide to Clinical Cultural Competence and has written several book chapters and articles on topics such as culture, religion, ethics, and family centered care. She is a passionate advocate for integrating issues of equity, diversity, and access into day to day practice, at the individual and organizational level and developing academic practice environments through evidence, inquiry, and scholarship.  She regularly serves as a consultant, speaker, and workshop facilitator for a variety of audiences.  

Dr. Srivastava received a Bachelor of Nursing with Honors from Dalhousie University and earned a Master of Science in Nursing, and PhD, from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the executive committee for Academy of Chief Executive Nurses (ACEN) and serves on the board of Aurat Health Services, a non-profit agency dedicated to empowering South Asian women through education and community support.


Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos

Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos is a Clinician Scientist and the Physician-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  She is also the Director of the Division of Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  Prior to joining CAMH,   she served as the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital, leading the development of a number of innovative health solutions for people experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges. Dr. Stergiopoulos has a keen interest in mental health policy, community development and the redesign of our system of mental health care for the purpose of system improvement. She champions equitable access to high quality health care for people experiencing social disadvantage, and the inclusion of service users in both service delivery and research. 

Dr. Stergiopoulos received her MD (with distinction) from Dalhousie University and completed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  She holds a MHSc in Health Administration from the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.  Her clinical interests as a general psychiatrist include acute, chronic and collaborative care models of service delivery for people with serious mental illness.  Her program of health services research, funded by CIHR, focuses on the design, implementation evaluation and dissemination of interventions aiming to improve housing stability, service coordination and recovery of adults experiencing serious mental health and addiction challenges and social disadvantage.  

Past honors include a Merit Award by the Canadian Association for Medical Education, the Henry Durost Award for her contributions to creative professional activities from the Department of Psychiatry, and numerous community awards for her leadership in program development and community capacity building in mental health.



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