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Leadership and Results

Leadership and Results

CMHA is a registered charity, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. They meet regularly throughout the year to monitor organizational operations. The vision and mission are made possible with the work and support of our Board.

2019-2025 Strategic Plan
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Our Board is guided by a strategic plan, which is updated on an annual basis. This report highlights our progress toward achieving our strategic goals, and shares stories of the wonderful work that our staff and volunteers are doing as we pursue mental health for all.

Leadership Team

Rebecca Shields

Chief Executive Officer

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Rebecca has been in senior leadership positions for over 25 years and considers herself fortunate to be enjoying a prolific career in the social profit sector.

She has earned nationwide recognition for her leadership in community development, inclusion for persons with disabilities, LGBTQ rights, support for youth at risk, mental health and addictions, equity, diversity and inclusion, and innovation. Currently, she is catalyzing innovation in a community framework for belonging that focuses on advancing community-based solutions for integrated and values-based care. Rebecca plays an integral role in Ontario’s restructuring of the health care system, serving as co-chair of the Ontario Health Central Region Mental Health and Addiction Table and serving on committees for planning and performance for both the Centre of Excellence for MHA and Ontario Health Central Region Health System Recovery Table. She leads the MHA Table for Southlake Community Ontario Health Team and is a member of three others. She is leading the development of the York Region Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Hub, co-chairs the Region’s Human Services Planning Board, and chaired the Region of York’s Service Coordination Council for Mental Health and Addictions for its three-year mandate.

Riyaz Abdulrasul

Riyaz Abdulrasul

V.P. of Finance and Technology

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Riyaz Abdulrasul is a finance leader with over 25 years of strategic and operational leadership experience in large organizations, in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He joins CMHA York Region and South Simcoe as Vice President Finance and Technology, with responsibility for providing strategic leadership and oversight over Information Technology, Information Management, Financial Services, Financial Planning and Analysis, Payroll, Procurement, and Business Services. Most recently he served in a leadership role at Southlake Regional Health Centre, and previously with Mackenzie Health, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Riyaz is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University. He has applied his skills in strategic thinking and operational excellence in a couple of Director roles on boards and currently sits on the board of a health-related enterprise. His executive interests include strategic planning, performance improvement, corporate governance, fiscal accountability, change management, and excellence in patient care

Chris Cecchini

Chris Cecchini

V.P. People, Culture, & Organizational Effectiveness

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Chris has a broad suite of executive human resources expertise, including labour relations, occupational health, and safety, pay equity, recruitment and retention, legal compliance wellness, compensation administration, and mediation.

Prior to joining CMHA, Chris held the position of VP, Employee Experience and CHRO at Southlake Regional Health Centre for over four years. He also spent three years as Chief Human Resource Officer and Senior Director at Orillia’s Soldier’s Memorial Hospitals, as well as Vice President of Human Resources at Sun Country Health Region in Saskatchewan, where he was responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources portfolio across 28 healthcare facilities.

Chris holds the Certified Human Resources Executive designation (CHRE), the highest designation for Human Resources professional, a Master of Arts in Work and Society, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Labour Studies and Sociology.

He is also a part-time professor teaching business and management at Georgian College in Barrie.

Frances Reinholdt

Frances Reinholdt

V.P. Clinical Operations

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Frances is a proven leader committed to achieving results, improving outcomes of care, and creating an exceptional experience for clients, healthcare providers, and system partners. For the past 30 years, she has contributed her clinical and operational expertise through senior leadership and front line roles at leading hospitals and healthcare organizations including Trillium Gift of Life Network, Mackenzie Health, Closing the Gap, and Scarborough Health Network. Recognized as a systems thinker with an ability to achieve success and change agendas through partnerships, engagement, and collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders, Frances’ role at CMHA includes leadership for the Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Hub.

Frances is very proud to be a Registered Nurse. She has a bachelor’s degree in health studies from York University and a master’s in leadership from the University of Guelph.

Richard Tam

Richard Tam

Senior Advisor, Strategic Integration

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Richard Tam is an experienced healthcare executive and has held many senior leadership roles. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer at Mackenzie Health. He has been in the healthcare industry for over 20 years and has played a pivotal role in implementing financial best practices and developing new business models with a focus on innovation and technology-enabled healthcare delivery. Richard actively participates in various committees in the health and technology sectors and the local community.

Richard has extensive experience in numerous fields including Healthcare Funding Reform, Information Technology, Capital Projects, Financial Services, Information Management Decision Support, Clinical Support Services, Business Development, Payroll, Parking, Facility Management, Support Services and Procurement. Richard is a strategic leader in the development of the Information Communication & Automation Technology (ICAT) Healthcare framework and the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHTs) in Mackenzie Health.

In 2016, Richard was the recipient of the Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Richard holds an MBA from York University, a BSc from the University of Manchester and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Ontario.

Board Members

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Laura Bhoi

Chair of the Board

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Laura Bhoi is the Chief Executive Officer of Renascent Fellowship and Foundations, one of Ontario’s longest-standing treatment providers, with facilities in Toronto and Brooklin, Ontario. Prior to working at Renascent, Laura held senior leadership roles at Toronto-based addiction treatment centre, Bellwood Health Services, including the position of President from 2009 to 2015. Laura’s career also encompasses marketing management in the private sector and working with the hospital sector for the Ontario Ministry of Health. Laura earned a B.A. in Psychology (Honours) at Queen’s University, an MBA in Health Services Management at McMaster University and a certificate in Addiction Studies, also at McMaster.

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Melissa Tamblyn

Vice-Chair

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Melissa Tamblyn is a technology leader with over 25 years of experience working in a variety of sectors including health care, retail, technology and non-profit. Melissa is a Partner at Ernst and Young and leads their national Microsoft practice. She has previously held leadership roles at Microsoft Canada, Plan International Canada and Cancer Care Ontario. Leading her own consultancy for close to 10 years, Melissa worked across the Canadian health sector for public and private organizations, advising on strategy, technology design, delivery and quality management. She is a certified project management professional and hold a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration, both from Queen’s University.

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Brian Edmonds

Treasurer

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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 impact of social determinants of health, change management, corporate governance and performance improvement. Brian recently retired from the role of Vice President Support Services and CFO of CAMH, however has returned to providing interim executive leadership and strategic consulting advice, as well as sits on the Board of Directors for three non-profit organizations.

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Joshua Campbell

Director

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Joshua has been in the real estate industry since 2005. He started his Real Estate Broker career with Coldwell Banker and has since evolved and founded the entity of Knowledge Broker. Joshua founded Pinnacle Ridge Capital, a company with divisions in mortgage financing, property management and property development. Joshua holds a Bachelor Degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies (BACS) from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.Joshua is also actively involved with the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, Newmarket Smart City Council, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Western and Ryerson University Alumni, York Region Humane Society, Inn From the Cold and Southlake Regional Health Centre. Joshua, his wife Kristy and their two children, Maeve and Clive can often be seen supporting their community at local events around the Town of Newmarket.

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Maneesha Goonasekera

Director

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Maneesha Goonasekera is a Talent Management and Organization Development expert with broad global experience in developing talent strategies and improving organization effectiveness in Fortune 500 companies within the consumer goods and automotive industries. She has leveraged her expertise in talent acquisition, employer branding, leadership development, succession planning, engagement, organization design, talent management and total rewards to successfully build organization capabilities and transform culture. Her international career which includes expatriate assignments in Melbourne, Jakarta and New York has inspired her to be an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. Maneesha is currently serving as a Senior Advisor of Talent Management, Organization Development and Compensation for the Conference Board of Canada. She is a strong supporter of mental health and strategies that ensure a healthy work environment for all. She joined the CMHA Board of Directors in 2018, and is a member of the Governance Committee and HR Task Force. Maneesha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and is a Certified Talent Management Professional and Certified Change Management Practitioner.

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Brad Harrington

Director

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Brad Harrington became the Vice President, Finance & Operations at Oak Valley Health in February 2021.

Brad is the former Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at the Quinte Healthcare Corporation and the inaugural Chief Financial\Information Officer at the Sherbourne Health Centre in southeast Toronto. Brad has held numerous other roles with Ontario hospitals and has consulted in an Information Systems capacity during his career.

Brad has always given back to the communities in which he has worked and resided and has volunteered on numerous health care boards, including being a current Board Director with the Canadian Mental Health Association – York & Simcoe and being the current Chair of the Board for Belleville Quinte West Community Health Centre.

Brad has an undergraduate honours commerce degree and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor. Brad is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Brad is also a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CHE) and a Chartered Director (C.Dir) from McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.

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Inna Koldorf

Director

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Inna Koldorf is a lawyer and a partner with KPMG Law LLP’s Labour and Employment Law group, where she focuses on Employment Law, Labour Law, Human Rights Law, and Workplace Investigations. Having advised and represented unions and employees earlier in her career, Inna brings a unique perspective to the counsel and representation that she now provides exclusively to employers. Inna is also an accredited workplace investigator, and investigates harassment, violence, health and safety, fraud and conflict of interest allegations raised in the workplace.

Inna has served on Boards of Directors of various not-for-profit organizations, The Ontario Labour Relations Board Advisory Committee, as well as the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association Labour and Employment Law Section, where she still serves as a Member-At-Large. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers and the Association of Workplace Investigators. She regularly contributes to Continuing Professional Development programs for lawyers, and has been quoted in several news publications on current issues in employment law.

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Devon Mymko 

Director

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Devon has over 18 years of diverse experience in health care, having worked in hospitals, the community, seniors living, clinics, eHealth, and as part of provincial programs. Devon is currently Principal Consultant at Dartridge Group where he specializes in supporting public health agencies and private operators through business development, transformation, and strategic planning initiatives.

With an extensive background in Canadian home care, Devon has worked for government, not-for-profit, and for-profit agencies, previously leading a portfolio of over $210 million dollars and 4200 indirect reports across 4 provinces. In addition to his extensive leadership experience with private operators, Devon has completed numerous high-impact workforce modernization projects for health authorities in ON, MB, AB, and BC and believes in leveraging technology to increase access and quality.

Devon received his MHA from the University of British Columbia and BA from the University of Manitoba. In his free time, he enjoys traveling throughout Western Canada visiting family and catching any live sporting, concert, or theatre event that he can.

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Cindy Lau

Director

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Monica Lam

Director

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Monica Lam (she/her) is an experienced case manager, currently working with the Regional Municipality of York. As a registered social worker, Monica has expertise in advocacy, research and policy, community outreach, and program development. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Social Work from York University, and Master of Social Work from Ryerson University. On her free time, Monica publishes articles based off her lived experiences; using it as a platform for advocacy.

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Farhana Mahbub

Director

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Farhana Mahbub is the Head of Global Markets Strategic Initiatives and Integration in Global Markets Supervision, RBC Capital Markets. In this current role, she is responsible for all global strategic and regulatory initiatives within Global Markets Supervision. Prior to RBC, she worked at CIBC, Canada Life and Teva Pharmaceuticals. In these roles she led large scale programs and change management in risk, regulatory compliance and retail functions.

Ms. Mahbub holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Toronto and Masters in Business Administration from Ryerson University (Ted Rogers School of Management). She also holds several industry designations some of them includes Chief Compliance Officer (CSI), Project Management Professional (PMI), Lean Six Sigma (McGill University) and Change Management certifications.

Outside of work, Ms. Mahbub is mother of three boys and she lives with her husband and children in Markham, Ontario. She is passionate about philanthropic work and advancing women in leadership roles, and gives back to the community by either serving on the Board, playing an advisory role or as an Ambassador for many nonprofit organizations: Women in Leadership Foundation, Aiza’s Teddy bear Foundation, Women on Board, UK, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Foundation, Royal College of Dentists of Canada and Canadian Mental Health Association (York/ Simcoe).

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Sony Gokhale

Director

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Sony is a seasoned corporate and commercial lawyer. Her legal experience includes coveted roles at top tier law firms such as Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and DLA Piper as well as leadership roles with companies in the technology sector and other high growth industries. Sony has worked with some of the most emerging, high profile and top performing private and public sector clients. She has led public and private company acquisitions, acted as corporate secretary and legal advisor to a board of directors, established and maintained compensation committees, audit committees, special projects and conflicts of interests committees.  Additionally, she has subject matter expertise in strategic commercial contracting with a focus on large scale digital innovation projects, software as a service, consumer protection, privacy, e-commerce and procurement and licensing of technology products and services. 

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Sri Ramachandran

Director

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Sri Ramachandran is a finance and business executive with significant experience in: Strategy Development, Mergers, Due Diligence, Acquisition Integration, Business Strategy, Corporate Finance, Financial Modelling, Multimillion-dollar P&L Management, Multi-unit Operation Management; Project management; Strategic Analysis, Business Planning, Organizational Restructure and Change management; In-depth knowledge of Canadian, American and European accounting and reporting standards and IFRS; Corporate and regulatory financial planning and reporting; Diverse Industry Knowledge.

Sri’s career experience, including as a Director / CFO for over 25 years, not only covers various corporate business sectors but also of non-profit sectors. Sri lives his values in all he does and is committed to building strong relationships as they are key to all aspects of life. Sri holds a Masters Degree in Theology and his Professional affiliations and certifications include:

Chartered Professional Accountant (Canada) – CPA, CGA, Certified Public Accountant (Lic. Oregon – USA) – CPA, Chartered Management Accountant (UK) – FCMA, Chartered Certified Accountant (UK) – FCCA and Chartered Global Management Accountant (UK) – CGMA.

Winnie Wong

Director

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As Chief Marketing, Brand and Communications Officer at OCAD University, Winnie Wong is responsible for leading OCAD U’s brand, marketing and communications. She oversees the university’s strategic positioning, branding and identity, marketing, creative services, web and mobile, social media, communications, media relations and issues management. A Senior Global Marketing Executive with over 25 years of experience, Winnie has a successful track record in leading integrated marketing and communications, digital media, strategy, business development, partnerships and marketing innovation for global organizations.

Prior to OCAD U, Winnie led Brand Marketing Experiences at Rogers Communications overseeing all brand experiences across Rogers Media, Rogers Enterprise and Rogers Consumer business units. In addition, Winnie led the Strategic Partnerships, Sponsorships and Events group at Rogers. Winnie has also held senior marketing and executive positions at Microsoft, Intel, TVO, eBay, American Express and Ogilvy Worldwide. Winnie is the recipient of Microsoft’s Marketing Award for her work on Microsoft’s CRM launch and has also received the Business Impact Team Award from Rogers. She is also the recipient of numerous creative and design awards at OCAD U and was a multi-discipline judge for the Canadian Marketing Association awards. Winnie holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) in Marketing, Strategy and Global Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto (Trinity College).

Winnie is passionate about healthcare and will begin a new position in September, 2022 leading Marketing and Communications nationally for the College of Family Physicians of Canada where she will play a key role with the organization in leading family medicine to improve the health of all people in Canada—by setting standards for education, certifying and supporting family physicians, championing advocacy and research, and honouring the patient-physician relationship as being core to the profession.

At Sunnybrook Hospital, Winnie is an advisor for the Patient and Family Advisory Council, the Chair of the Patient Resource Working Committee and also a member of the Quality Improvement Committee for Patient Care. Winnie is also a huge supporter for organizations such as CAMH, Jack.org, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Shining Through (Autism for youth), Ovarian Cancer, etc.

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Lisa Di Prospero

Director

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Lisa is the Director for Practice-Based Research and Innovation & the Education Research Unit at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC). In 2017, she was appointed the Vice-Chair of the Research Ethics Board at SHSC. Previous to this appointment, she was the Professional Leader and Manager of Education and Research for Radiation Therapy at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (since 2010). She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Associate Member at the Institute of Medical Sciences, School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree in biology at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Rainbow and graduated from the Toronto-Sunnybrook School of Radiation Therapy in 1996. Throughout her professional career, Lisa has held a number of appointments in both research and education. Previous to joining Sunnybrook, she was a Professor in the undergraduate Medical Radiation Sciences program at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences/The University of Toronto (since 2001). She continues to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Lisa has authored and co-authored numerous articles and continues to mentor and coach both intra- and inter- professional colleagues. Lisa was named the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences (JMIRS) in 2013 to 2019 and is currently Emeritus EIC, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Lisa currently serves on committees for both the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO) and the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). Lisa is currently completing her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Health Services Research. 

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