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Statement by Chuck Bruce, Mental Health Commission of Canada board chair, announcing three new board members

From Mental Health Commission of Canada

I am pleased to announce the following appointments to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) board of directors:

Didier Jutras-Aswad, Montreal, Que. — Didier is a psychiatrist at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), where he helped to develop the addiction psychiatry unit, an ultra-specialized treatment program for people living with both drug addiction and mental health problems. He is a clinical associate professor at the Université de Montréal and president of the Centre of Expertise and Collaboration in Concurrent Disorders for its integrated health and social services network (RIUSSS). He is also a Quebec health research fund (FRQS) clinical researcher at the CHUM research centre, where his work focuses on various aspects of drug addiction and related mental health problems. In addition, he leads clinical trials designed to evaluate interventions and care models for these conditions. Much of his research is devoted to understanding the effects of cannabis use on health as well as developing new intervention modalities to reduce its harmful effects.

André Delorme, Granby, Que. — Initially trained as a mathematician specializing in information technologies, André Delorme has been a psychiatrist for over 25 years. He works within an assertive community treatment team at Granby Hospital’s Integrated Centre for Health and Social Services (CIUSSS) in Estrie. Dr. Delorme also has extensive experience as an administrator. After serving as head of the CIUSSS psychiatry department and director of professional and hospital services, he became head of psychiatry at the CHUM Research Centre, and then director of mental health and director general of mental health at the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services. He is also on the Frayme board of directors. In 2017, he was selected as one of 150 CAMH Difference Makers in mental health.

Sarika Gundu, Toronto, Ont. — Sarika has extensive experience working with leaders and staff on creating and sustaining mentally healthy workforces. She currently leads Deloitte Canada’s wellness and benefits program. She formally pioneered the development of a national workplace mental health program at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National Office called the Workforce Mental Health Collaborative. She currently is a technical committee member for the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Sarika has held previous board positions including board director for Ontario Workplace Health Coalition, Links2Care and vice chair for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Halton Branch). She holds a Master of Science in Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Psychology.

In keeping with the MHCC’s commitment to increasing diversity in positions of influence, our new directors reflect our nation’s rich linguistic and cultural mosaic. Our board is further enhanced by members with strong policy backgrounds, significant clinical and research expertise, and experience in the creation of mentally healthy workforces.

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