Dr. Catherine Zahn, C.M.
President and Chief Executive Officer, 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.
Dr. 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.
Recent 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.
Dr. 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.
Vice-President, Human Resources
As Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development, Kim Bellissimo is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function, encompassing talent development and succession, organization effectiveness and development, health and safety, labour relations and volunteer resources. She is also responsible for Enterprise Risk and Emergency Preparedness at CAMH.
Kim brings a wealth of experience in leadership development, change management and the creation of innovative Human Resources programs and services. She has successfully led transformational projects with broad organizational impact. Her major accomplishments include developing the OPS Talent Management Program, creating a Tobacco Free campus at CAMH and leading the implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Kim believes in a proactive and strategic approach to Human Resources and has a great track record of building high performing teams.
Vice President, Redevelopment and Support Services
Mr. Cunic is the Vice President, Redevelopment and Support Services at CAMH. A dynamic and results-driven strategic professional with over 25 years of private and public sector project leadership expertise, he is responsible for the CAMH Redevelopment Project, Environmental Services, Nutrition Services, Security, Parking, Leasing, Facility Planning and the Plant Operations and Site Maintenance portfolios.
He has been instrumental in leading CAMH’s transformational 25 year multi-phase redevelopment project. He has successfully delivered the first two phases and expects to successfully complete the next phase in late 2019. The final phase of redevelopment is expected to be delivered by 2025. He has also led the development of a highly consultative and comprehensive Strategic Plan for the Support Services portfolio which will improve integration and support to clinical services.
A Professional Engineer holding an MBA with a specialization in Project Management, Mr. Cunic has previously led large healthcare redevelopment initiatives at Humber River Regional Hospital, The Credit Valley Hospital and Bridgepoint Health. Prior to working in healthcare organizations, he was a project manager for a large general contractor where he led healthcare redevelopment initiatives.
Mr. Cunic is known for his project leadership proficiency, high quality of work, and successfully delivering tangible results. He is committed to design excellence which incorporates beauty and functionality and developing robust support services which support excellent quality of care and improve the patient experience.
Foundation President and CEO
Ms. Gregersen joined the CAMH Foundation as President and CEO on January 5, 2009. She came to CAMH from the National Arts Centre, where she was the Executive Director of Development and the CEO of the National Arts Centre Foundation in Ottawa. During the eight years she spent at the NAC, Ms. Gregersen made a remarkable impact on performing arts and arts education fundraising. She created the NAC Foundation and recruited an exceptional board of trustees, built a talented and professional fundraising team, and implemented a comprehensive development program. The results have been remarkable-- she raised more than $42 million for the performing arts and education in communities all across Canada.
Before joining the NAC, Ms. Gregersen spent 15 years in healthcare development - her relationship with CAMH came through her work at the NAC Roundtables on Health and the Arts. Until 2000 she was Senior Director of Philanthropic Programs at The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation in Toronto, where she was responsible for directing a record-breaking $86 million Research Endowment Campaign. She also initiated a comprehensive Major and Gift Planning program, raising over $20 million for the Foundation annually.
Dr. Damian JankowiczVice-President, Information Management, Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer
Dr. Damian Jankowicz is responsible for all aspects of information management and technology at CAMH, as the leader of CAMH’s Information Management Group.
Through partnerships with clinicians, researchers and educators, his group leverages technology and information to enrich CAMH’s mission to transform lives.
His priorities include fostering a data culture that drives decision-making, advancing CAMH’s leading electronic health record system, applying the power of computational methods to enrich research, supporting a safe and smart hospital redevelopment, and innovating for patient engagement.
A PhD graduate of McMaster University, where he specialized in computational modelling, Dr. Jankowicz brings veteran IT leadership experience from within CAMH and from the Ontario hospital sector.
Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
With more than 20 years of experience in academic health care, Ms. MacArthur is a results oriented leader, and both visionary and pragmatic in team building and commitment to quality. With a diverse background in community care, health care informatics, privacy, and project and operations management, she has demonstrated success across varied portfolios. Notably, she was an early leader in standards based project management, and expanded one of the first health care project management offices in North America. Ms. MacArthur also led the largest single Cerner implementation in Canada. In less than two years, clinical information systems maturity at CAMH rose from the bottom 15% to the top 1% of Canadian health care organizations. She also pioneered numerous regional initiatives to drive health system integration in referral management, imaging and electronic health records.
Ms. MacArthur holds a Bachelor of Psychology (honors) degree from the University of Waterloo, a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is currently completing an Executive MBA. Most recently she held the position of Vice President, Information Management and Performance Improvement and Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer at CAMH. Prior to her roles at CAMH, she held positions within government, consulting, community and acute care. She has been Executive Director, Shared Information Management Services (SIMS) at the University Health Network. She has also held Board and leadership roles in the areas of quality of care, community integration and privacy. Her current interests include healthcare analytics, quality and safety and expanded clinical research.
As the Vice-President of Research and inaugural Director of CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, Dr. Pollock has led an expansion of CAMH’s research enterprise. He leads a team of more than 110 scientists and 500 research staff committed to making discoveries to improve the quality of life for people served by CAMH and beyond, through brain science, clinical research, and social and epidemiological research. Dr. Pollock also serves as Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology.
Dr. Pollock earned his MD from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto, and his PhD in pharmacology from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. He is a practicing geriatric psychiatrist, listed in Best Doctors in Canada and Best Doctors in America and served as the President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Pollock's research includes clinical studies examining neurochemical selectivity, pharmacometrics and effects of conventional or newly derived agents for the treatment of depression and the behavioral disturbances of dementia. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed publications and is listed by ISI as among the 1% most cited authors in geriatric psychiatry.
His research has been recognized by the Distinguished Investigator Award of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association, the Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry by the American College of Psychiatrists, and the 2014 William B. Abrams Award in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Interim Vice President, Corporate Services & CFO
Brian Edmonds is a Chartered Professional Accountant/C.A. and holds a Masters Degree in Health Sciences Administration from the University of Michigan. His executive interests include strategic planning, fiscal accountability, the development of new funding models for health care, change management, corporate governance and performance improvement.
Most recently, Brian was the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Ontario Healthcare Procurement Alliance, and took the organization through an integration with Plexxus, a leading healthcare Shared Service Organization. Prior to that, for approximately ten years, Brian provided interim executive leadership and strategic consulting advice to a variety of Ontario-based teaching and community, private and public health service providers as these organizations looked for performance improvement opportunities. Through these engagements, Brian has worked with many hospitals going through capital redevelopment and negotiated for the subsequent operating funding. Brian has worked extensively with the full Board and the Audit and Finance Committees of many hospitals to develop appropriate governance processes and tools.
For seven years prior, Brian was the Vice President, Finance of the Trillium Health Centre, where he was instrumental in the introduction of the Strategic Framework and developed tools to enhance decision-making and fiscal accountability.
Dr. Ivan Silver joined the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in December 2011 as its first Vice President of Education. Prior to this he was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Faculty Development (2002-2009) and the Vice-Dean of CEPD (2005-2011) in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Silver is a full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a practicing psychiatrist at CAMH where his focus is geriatric psychiatry.
Dr. Silver has built a national reputation as a clinical educator. Among his many awards and honours is the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship, a national award that recognizes outstanding contributions to university teaching across all faculties. He is a member of the Teaching Academy of the University of Toronto who have an advisory role to the Vice-Provost and the President of the University of Toronto regarding the quality of teaching. In 2014, he was recognized by both the Royal College Physicians and Surgeons and the Canadian Association of Medical Education for his long standing contributions to medical education and related scholarship nationally.
As the Vice-President of Education at CAMH, Dr. Silver is responsible for creating a learning environment that will draw students and trainees to our hospital. He is dedicated to inter-professional collaboration and related education, work-based learning including simulation and e-learning, enriching access to information for everyone at CAMH, linking education to clinical care, outcomes based education, enhancing education scholarship and innovation at CAMH, patient and family education, faculty development and linking health professional education to the principles of knowledge translation, quality and patient safety. He is continuing his education research and scholarship in the areas of feedback, professionalism, and continuing professional development.
Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer
Dr Stephen Sokolov is the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at CAMH. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.
Prior to taking this position he was the Medical Director of CAMH’s Access and Transitions Program. As a psychiatrist, he has worked in the Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Services at CAMH also serving as Clinical Head. Prior to that he served as the Deputy Clinical Director of the CAMH Mood Disorders Program and Clinic Head of the Mood Disorders Clinic. He also served as Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Acting Physician-in-Chief at CAMH.
Dr. Sokolov has earned a reputation for working collaboratively within teams and across programs to implement complex initiatives and meet challenging goals. He is committed to quality improvement, striving for service excellence and efficiency. He has played a key role in the creation of Access CAMH, planning CAMH’s emergency department renovations, enhancing our patient flow procedures, and engaging community partners to create a system of integrated mental health care.
His clinical areas of interest are difficult to treat Mood and Anxiety Disorders, General Psychiatry, and Emergency Psychiatry. His administrative interests include quality of care, performance improvement, and patient flow.
Dr. Sokolov holds an Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He has won several teaching awards and continues to supervise residents and fellows. In addition to his administrative responsibilities and academic commitments, he has an active clinical practice in his specialty of mood disorders and in the CAMH emergency department.
Vice-President, Communications & Partnerships
Ms. Spadorcia serves as the Vice President, Communications and Partnerships at CAMH. Her portfolio includes Community Engagement, Public Affairs, Public Policy, Strategic Planning and the Provincial Systems Support Program. She supports the alignment of mission critical activities which are designed to be responsive to CAMH’s many stakeholders and engaging partners and resources to better position the hospital to make a sustainable system contribution to mental health.
As a senior advisor to Cabinet Ministers at the Federal and Provincial level, Ms. Spadorcia played a key role in finding solutions that yield advancements in public policy. At the Federal level, she led the negotiations with the provinces to spearhead the first Early Learning and Child Care Multilateral Framework, as well as Canada’s Innovation Strategy, which brought the private and non-profit sectors together with governments to implement a skills and learning action plan. In Ontario, Ms. Spadorcia served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Finance, where she advised on the creation and execution of the provincial budget.
In addition to her role at CAMH, Ms. Spadorcia also serves on the national boards of Research Canada and the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions. A strong believer in investing in girls and women in Canada and internationally, she also serves as a Board Member of the global initiative G(irls)20.
As a policy and communications expert, Ms. Spadorcia is bringing awareness and understanding of mental illness to the broader public and working with governments and communities to develop policies to promote better health systems, support vulnerable populations and drive social change.
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 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.
Vice-President, Legal Services and General Counsel
Ms. Taylor joined CAMH in 2009. In her current role, she is responsible for the oversight and provision of all legal services at CAMH. Her team of 6 legal counsel addresses all legal needs of CAMH including litigation before the Consent and Capacity Board, Ontario Review Board, Ontario’s Coroner’s Office, Human Rights Tribunal and all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada. She and her team also address CAMH’s legal issues involving corporate-commercial agreements, all aspects of research agreements, corporate governance, physician credentialing, privacy law and all areas of risk management.
Prior to joining CAMH, Ms. Taylor was a partner in the Health Law Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where she began her practice in 2001 upon her call to the bar. In her role at Borden Ladner Gervais, she advised and represented a variety of health care institutions, on a wide scope of issues ranging from medical malpractice litigation, coroner’s inquests, privacy law, physician credentialing, quality of care measures, risk management and general corporate advice.
Ms. Taylor has served as Faculty Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association’s Principals and Applications of Health Law, Program Director for Osgoode Law School’s Mental Health Law Certificate course and is a Co-Editor of the Canadian Health Law Practice Manual. She obtained her law degree from Dalhousie Law School. Ms. Taylor was named one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars Under 40 in 2011 and was nominated as one of Canadian Lawyer’s Most Influential Lawyers in 2014.