Children’s Mental Health Ontario is governed by a Board of Directors composed of volunteers. The Directors are eligible to serve a maximum of two 3-year terms on the Board. There are currently 13 Directors on the CMHO Board. 

CMHO BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018

 

George Arthur Ross
Director-at-large

George is currently President and CEO of George Arthur Ross and Associates Inc., a consulting services business based in Owen Sound, Ontario. Previously, George spent over 33 years in Ontario Public Service including appointments as Deputy Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Deputy Minister of Consumer Services, and Deputy Minister of Research and Innovation. George also held appointments with the Yukon Territorial Government, as Deputy Minister of Energy Mines and Resources and Acting President and CEO of the Yukon Development Corporation. An active volunteer, he serves on the Board of the YMCA of Owen Sound and as a Director of the Bluewater (Outdoor) Education Foundation.

 

Mary Kloosterman 
Board Member – Eastern Region, Board Chair

Mary has applied her experience in governance and strategic planning to professional and volunteer roles.  She worked in the YMCA movement for 20 years and has recently retired as the CEO of the YMCA of Kingston, and the CEO of RKY Camp.  She serves on the Judicial Advisory Committee, Ontario East and North, for the Federal Court of Canada and on the Economic Development Committee for Frontenac County.

 

 

Ewa Deszynski 
Executive Director - Toronto

Ewa is the Executive Director of The Etobicoke Children’s Centre in West Toronto. Ewa is a strong advocate for Child and Youth Mental Health and has over 30 years of professional and personal experience with CYMH. Ewa is the former Board Chair of a Community Health Care Centre, former Advisory and Governance member for the Centre for Excellence, and a former chair of the CMHO Advocacy committee.  She is an accreditor for the Canadian Centre for Accreditation. Ewa is the very proud parent of two adult children.

 

Charlotte Moore-Hepburn 
Director-at-large

Charlotte is a pediatrician who combines her academic clinical practice with policy work in health systems improvement, with a specific focus on child health and child health priorities. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto School of Medicine and a Faculty Paediatrician at The Hospital for Sick Children. Currently she serves as the Director of Medical Affairs for the Canadian Paediatric Society. She has developed and led policy both inside and outside government in Canada and the United States as well as leads a busy clinical practice. From 2006 to 2011, Charlotte served as the Provincial Lead for Maternal, Child and Youth Health Strategy in the Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister – Health System Strategy Division at MOHLTC. She has a degree from Princeton University and pursued further medical studies at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

  

Komal Bhasin 
Director-at-Large

Komal has over 18 years of mental health care experience in clinical, advisory, consulting and management positions. In her current role, she serves as Senior Director, Research Strategy and Operations at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Komal holds Masters degrees in Social Work (MSW) and Health Sciences (MHSc) from the University of Toronto, and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.  In addition to her role at CAMH, Komal holds a faculty appointment at Ryerson University where she teaches courses on social policy and social inclusion in the Faculty of Community Services. Komal also serves of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Society of Ontario, and previously served on the board of the YMCA GTA, the largest YMCA in the world.

 

 

Donna Duncan
Director-at-Large

Donna Duncan is an experienced public-sector executive and board member, with a deep history working within and across federal, provincial and local governments, and international agencies.  Through her firm, Brunswick Strategic Consulting, Donna works with senior leaders and boards in the public sector and in heavily regulated industries, to achieve transformative change, most often in uncertain and rapidly evolving external contexts. Donna’s career has included serving as an advisor to Ontario cabinet ministers, hospital CEOs, and university presidents.  Donna played a central role in securing the approvals and government support for the transformational redevelopment of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Donna has a B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto and an M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.

 

Stephen Doig 
Director-at-Large

Stephen brings over 35 years of experience in child welfare in British Columbia and Ontario. In addition to his community experience, he has participated on several provincial initiatives and has led large change management initiatives involving the amalgamation of two agencies in eastern Ontario. Stephen is the former Executive Director of Chatham Kent Children’s Services, an integrated children’s services agency.

 

 

Diane Walker 
Executive Director – Northern Region

Diane brings experience in organizational consulting, facilitating and training in strategic planning and governance to the Board. She has over 25 years of experience in clinical services, supervision, teaching and leadership. Diane is CEO of Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and is an Adjunct Professor and Sessional Lecturer at Lakehead University in the Schools of Social Work and Kinesiology. 

 

Gregory J. Glenn
Board Member - Kinark 


Greg is the current Board Chair of Kinark Child and Family Services, as well as Secretary Treasurer of the Kinark Foundation. Greg has spent over 40 years in the Canadian healthcare industry. During that time, he has held positions in Sales, Marketing, Government Relations and Public Affairs. A successful entrepreneur he was the President of The Glenn Group for 13 years and the Senior Vice President of The JBL Group from December 2006 until December 2015 where he was the primary government relations contact for the firm’s clients and worked with both bureaucratic and political staff.

 

Pamela Spencer
Director-at-large 


Pamela has worked extensively with public sector Boards as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel including Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto Community Housing Corporation and eHealth Ontario. Her role has included providing strategic advice and counsel to Boards on a wide range of legal, public relations, risk, conflict of interest and governance issues. She has also served as a member of the Claims & Risk Management Committee of the Board of the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada and as Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Health Law Executive and currently sits on the Governing Council of the Ontario Bar Association. In addition to her undergraduate and law degrees, she holds a Masters in Health Administration / Collaborative Program in Bioethics from the University of Toronto and is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in Health Law. In 2018, Pamela took on a new role as inaugural Legal Counsel and Safeguarding Children and Youth Focal Point with Plan International Canada Inc., an international NGO dedicated to advancing Children’s rights and equality for girls.

 

Tracy Elop
Executive Director - Carizon


Currently Tracy is the CEO of Carizon Family and Community Services and also a board member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation where she was elected to serve as Treasurer. She is a CPA by training and was recently recognized as a fellow by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Tracy is an active volunteer in her community with many years of governance experience. She has served on the Board of two hospitals and accumulated over fifteen years of service in this capacity.

 

Tesa Fiddler
Director-at-Large

Tesa Fiddler is Anishinabek with family roots throughout Northwestern Ontario. She is currently the English Literacy Development Teacher with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. In partnership with Dr. Lisa Korteweg at Lakehead University, Tesa has conducted research in FNMI education and FNMI student success. She has also taught courses at the university which specialize in FNMI education and supporting teacher candidates in their role as culturally responsive and relevant educators. In addition to her work for the Thunder Bay Catholic board, Tesa has also taught at York University, Lakehead University, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education Institute. Tesa also actively volunteers her time and expertise as a member of CMHO’s Family Action Committee, as well as a member of the Parent Council at Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and as a Governor with Confederation College. 

 


Alex Munter
Director-at-Large

Alex Munter is President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Since joining CHEO in 2011, he has helped CHEO earn recognition as one of Canada’s most admired corporate cultures and a leader in research, health technology and patient-centred care. Previously, Alex was Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Before joining the LHIN, he led Ottawa’s Youth Services Bureau, one of Ontario’s leading child and youth mental health agencies. From 1991 to 2003, he was an elected Councillor in Ottawa, where he also had lead responsibility for public health, long-term care, housing and social services.

 

Melanie Barwick
Director-at-Large

Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych is a Senior Scientist in the Child Evaluative Sciences Program of the SickKids’ Research Institute, and Head of the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit (CYMHRU) in the Department of Psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She is affiliated with the SickKids’ Learning Institute where she conducts professional development in knowledge translation, and with the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, as a scientist and member of the leadership.At the University of Toronto, she is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute for Health Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation.She is a Governing Board Director for the Wisdom to Action Network Centre of Excellence and AMREF Health Africa.