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 15 Directors on the CMHO Board. 

CMHO BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018

 

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 (CYMH) and has over 30 years of professional and personal experience with CYMH. Ewa is presently the 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, one of whom had a mental health diagnosis as a child.

 

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 has developed and led policy both inside and outside government in Canada and the United States. Charlotte also 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.


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.

 

Komal Bhasin
Director-at-Large

Komal has over 15 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). She is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.  Komal holds Masters degrees in Social Work (MSW) and Health Sciences (MHSc) from the University of Toronto.  In addition to her role at CAMH, Komal is on faculty at Ryerson University where she teaches courses on social policy and social inclusion in the Faculty of Community Services. Komal also serves on the board of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, the largest YMCA in the world.   

 

Don Buchanan
Director-at-Large

Don brings expertise in knowledge exchange to the Board. Don is the Knowledge Mobilization Officer at the Evidence-Based Education and Services Team (E-BEST), Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. He has collaborated on knowledge exchange projects with a range of organizations including the McMaster Child Health Research Institute, the Offord Centre for Child Studies, and the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. Don spent more than 30 years as a clinician and administrator in the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at McMaster Children's Hospital.

 

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
Executive Director – Southwest Region

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 Executive Director of Chatham Kent Children’s Services, an integrated children’s services agency.

 

Peter Kinch
Director-at-Large, Board Chair

Peter is an International Director of Ernst & Young where he leads a team distributing risk management measures that identify and assess risks of the Firm’s Assurance Practice as part of its system of quality control. He balances his professional life as an active volunteer at the governance level with large and small not-for-profit organizations that advocate for social justice based on the concept of human rights and equity. Peter’s areas of interest include effective board governance linked to an organization’s vision and mission, risk management and strategy.

 

Mary Kloosterman
Board Member – Eastern Region

Mary has applied her experience in governance and strategic planning to professional and volunteer roles.  She has worked in the YMCA movement for 18 years and is currently working toward certification in Imagine Canada governance standards for the YMCA of Kingston.  Mary is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Pathways for Children and Youth in Kingston, Ontario. She is CEO of the YMCA of Kingston, and the CEO of RKY Camp (a camp founded by the YMCA of Kingston, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs).

 

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.

 

 

Robbin Tourangeau
Director-at-Large

Robbin Tourangeau has worked in the field of public policy and advocacy for the last 20 years, providing strategic advice and leading the development of many important initiatives and programmes both inside and outside government. Currently, Robbin is serving as the Founding Executive Director of the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure.  Prior to working at LCDRI, she spent 10 years at the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) where she worked on files related to Indigenous education, mental health, accessibility for persons with disabilities, and research and innovation. In addition, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor on Social Development in the Office of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and as a senior policy analyst responsible for social and municipal/Aboriginal policy at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.  

 

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.

 

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.

Children's Mental Health Ontario
2305-180 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5G 1Z8

Phone: (416) 921-2109
Fax: (416) 921-7600
Email: info@cmho.org 

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday (9:00 AM- 5:00 PM)


Please note that our organization does not directly provide mental health services.  If you are in a crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.

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