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Executive Leadership Team

Michel Rodrigue, CPA, CMA, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Michel joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in 2015, bringing a wealth of management experience and a unique mix of expertise in performance management, stakeholder relations, finance and accounting, and communications.

In his former role as MHCC’s Vice President of Organizational Performance and Public Affairs, Michel brought these elements together as the architect of the MHCC’s new 10-year strategic plan, Answering the Call, which he oversaw from its inception.

Michel is driven by his commitment to the principle of mental health for all — where people have equitable access to recovery-oriented, evidence-based, culturally adapted mental health care, when and where they need it.

Before joining the Commission, Michel enjoyed a wide-ranging career in management consulting and public affairs, serving as CIO of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, Press Secretary to the Premier of Ontario, and as president of several independent firms.

A lifelong learner, Michel earned an Executive MBA from the Université du Québec in Montréal; CPA, CMA designation (Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified Management Accountant); a graduate diploma in financial accounting and management accounting from the Université du Québec in Outaouais; and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from Laurentian University.

Julie Duval

Julie Duval, CPA

Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

Julie heads up the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s key corporate and financial functions, overseeing the organization’s non-profit, charitable, and social enterprise while collaborating with the executive leadership team on strategic initiatives. She is a highly accomplished financial professional who has held progressively senior roles across the private sector as interim vice-president of finance at Minto Group and, most recently, chief financial officer at the Conference Board of Canada. Throughout her career, Julie has demonstrated exceptional leadership, financial acumen, and a keen ability to manage complex financial systems.

Outside of the office, Julie travels frequently (30 countries and counting). While living in Paris for a few years, she developed such an appreciation for wine that she plans to pursue sommelier studies in the future. She also enjoys reading mystery novels and watching the latest reality TV series. Julie holds a certificate in accountancy and a bachelor of commerce from Concordia University and is a chartered professional accountant.

Karla Thorpe

Vice President of Programs

Karla joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2014, bringing a wealth of health care leadership experience and a unique mix of expertise in research, marketing, communications and building key stakeholder relationships in the private, non-profit and government sectors.

As Vice President of Programs, Karla is responsible for strategic and operational leadership of the Programs and Priorities of the MHCC. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, she works collaboratively to ensure the alignment of business plans with the Commission’s strategic objectives and priorities.

Karla has earned a Master of Science in Statistics from Queen’s University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University. Karla also earned her Certified Health Executive designation in 2022 (awarded by the Canadian College of Health Leaders).

A graduate of the Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials Program, Karla is also an active member of the Institute for Corporate Directors. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Family Services Ottawa, a registered charity providing a wide range of accessible counselling services and educational and supportive programs for children, adults, and families in all their forms.

Rodney Mano

Rodney Mano

Vice-President, Chief People and Culture Officer

Rodney is a human resources executive who enjoys driving change, staying relevant, and helping organizations increase their effectiveness. His professional philosophy has always been to improve daily by remaining curious and continuously learning. While he has accumulated in-depth experience and expertise in people operations, talent development, performance management, and diversity and inclusion in a career that spans over two decades, Rodney considers his most cherished accomplishment the trusting professional relationships he has established during that time. His progressive leadership roles include work with highly recognized brands in consumer packaged goods, entertainment, and retail. He has a proven track record of establishing and building the people function, implementing effective people practices, and creating an environment for highly effective teams, which will serve him well in his new role at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Before joining us Rodney was the vice-president of people and culture at Habitat for Humanity GTA.

Rodney holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from York University and numerous certifications from Cornell University specializing in financial management, compensation, and strategic human resources management. When he’s not in the office, you’ll likely catch him on a basketball court. He is a passionate youth basketball coach in a program he co-founded that builds character and resilience to inspire an “anything is possible” mindset.

Shane Silver

Shane Silver

Vice-President of Social Enterprise

Shane is an accomplished business executive who, for 25 years, has been inspiring teams to think outside the box and drive sustainable growth. His people-first approach, combined with his experience in strategy, sales, marketing, and innovation, has driven success in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Shane most recently served as the vice-president of social enterprise and strategic partnerships for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, where he established a business-to-business services division, leveraged technology-based innovation, and championed strategic partnerships to diversify revenue streams and drive growth.

He previously served as the vice-president of social enterprise for the Canadian Hearing Society, where he introduced a structured sales approach to drive growth of hearing health care and assistive technology. Prior to his not-for-profit work, Shane honed his skills in the consumer packaged goods (Kraft Foods, Borden, Georgia-Pacific) and pharmaceutical industries (Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mylan).

Shane holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Schulich school of business at York University and an undergraduate degree from Western University.

Passionate about helping people live the lives they choose; he believes that balance in life is critical for our physical and mental well-being. In his spare time, Shane enjoys playing sports (albeit, more recreational now), spending time with family and friends, volunteering at a large animal rescue facility, and (optimistically/naively) cheering for Toronto sports teams.