Diane Smylie is a Red River Métis. She worked in Ontario for community-based substance use services as a clinician and a manager for many years before becoming more involved in program evaluation, program development, system planning, community engagement and knowledge exchange initiatives, working mostly in Ontario and then in British Columbia. She has an educational background in both nursing and social work (MSW).
Before returning to Ontario in 2016 and becoming the Provincial Director of the Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program – with the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC), she worked as a Substance Use Knowledge Exchange Leader with the Provincial Health Services Authority in B.C. on initiatives to strengthen trauma-informed practice, Indigenous cultural safety and compassion; inclusion and engagement.
Diane has worked in leadership roles in the areas of harm reduction and opioid replacement therapy; women’s substance use/mental health services, trauma informed practice and Indigenous Cultural Safety.