HEATHER BULLOCK, Director, Knowledge Exchange
Heather is our fearless leader and Director, Knowledge Exchange in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Her extensive work in research and consulting spans areas like mental health and addiction services as well as knowledge exchange (KE). She recently co-taught a course on KE at the University of Toronto (U of T). In the summer, you’ll find Heather up early and rowing on the Credit River.
heather.bullock [at] camh [dot] ca
NANDINI SAXENA, Manager, Knowledge Exchange
Nandini is Manager, Knowledge Exchange in the PSSP at CAMH. She has worked in the fields of international development, citizen engagement in the development of public policy, and KE for 15 years, leading and supporting a variety of large-scale projects. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master’s in Social Work at U of T. Nandini has lived in a variety of places, including Toronto, Victoria BC (where she studied photography for one year), Ottawa, New Delhi, and small town England – but she calls Toronto “home.” She loves exploring the greener parts of the city by bike, and actively pursues yoga.
nandini.saxena [at] camh [dot] ca
ALEXANDRA HARRISON, Regional KE Lead
Alexandra is a KE Lead working in Simcoe-Muskoka (located in Penetanguishene). Her academic background includes undergraduate work in biochemistry and graduate work in sociology, with interests in health promotion, cultural competence, social exclusion, and HIV/AIDS. As a part of EENet and CAMH, she is excited to help facilitate meaningful relationships between our mental health partners. Her spare time is dedicated to an energetic two-year-old (and the occasional extra-hot latte).
alexandra.harrison [at] camh [dot] ca
ANDREA FLYNN, Regional KE Lead
Andrea is a KE Lead in our London office. She joins us after six years in CAMH’s Social and Epidemiological Research Department, where she conducted community-based research on mental health, substance use, and violence in Ontario communities. Andrea’s diverse academic background includes studies in both the biological and social sciences, ultimately leading to a PhD in Sociology. Andrea’s passion for KE in the areas of mental health and addiction is coupled with a commitment to building strong partnerships and collaborating with stakeholders to improve community well-being. Andrea is known to her friends and co-workers as a fitness enthusiast, and she loves living an active and healthy lifestyle.
andrea.flynn [at] camh [dot] ca
ANGELA YIP, Knowledge Broker
Located at the EENet Management and Resource Centre in Toronto, Angela is a knowledge broker with a background in neuroscience. She has worked for a number of years in KE and research analysis. As a devout snowboarder, Angela is one of the only team members who welcomes the winter. When there isn’t snow on the ground, you’ll find her golfing and dreaming about eclectic cuisine. (Angela pictured left.)
angela.yip [at] camh [dot] ca
APRIL NAKAIMA, Knowledge Broker
April is a knowledge broker working with the Drug Treatment Funding Program. She has worked in the areas of health promotion, community arts-based projects, health equity, and evaluation of health programs. She was a research associate at York University, research coordinator at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Research Unit in Health Behaviour and Change at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. April has co-authored several papers on evaluation and performance measurement. She studied at the University of California – Irvine, Santa Cruz, and Davis. April is of native Hawaiian and Okinawan descent and someday would like to write her ancestors’ stories.
BONNIE POLYCH, Regional KE Lead
Bonnie is a KE lead working in the west region of Ontario (Hamilton office). Her background includes mental health promotion and substance abuse prevention program planning, policy development, project management, and evaluation for both community and provincial projects. Bonnie’s Master’s of Education focused on adult health. She has taught health education/promotion courses in the community and at several post-secondary institutions. In her fun time, Bonnie enjoys photography and travelling.
bonnie.polych [at] camh [dot] ca
CRISTINA BEDWARD, Regional KE Lead
Cristina, who is trilingual (English, French & Spanish), is a KE Lead in our Ottawa office. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in Biomedical Sciences and her Masters of Public Health at the University of Waterloo. While doing her Masters, Cristina undertook a knowledge translation project with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She has worked in the health sector for close to ten years in a variety of settings and jurisdictions. Most recently she worked as a policy analyst with Public Health Ontario. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking and curling up with a good book.
cristina.bedward [at] camh [dot] ca
HEATHER LACKNER, Regional KE Lead
Heather is a KE lead in our East Area Kingston office. She has vast experience in clinical, post-secondary, and professional education settings. Her passion for working towards a more streamlined, effective system of care comes as a result of her family’s experiences of the mental health system, combined with her critical thinking and communications skills. In her spare time, you can find Heather rescuing homeless neighbourhood animals or following politics with the fervor of a hockey fan.
heather.lackner [at] camh [dot] ca
HÉLÈNE GAGNÉ, Implementation Team Manager
Hélène joins us as Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) Implementation Team Manager. She is with us on a secondment from the Program Director – Injury Prevention at the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF). Hélène holds a Master’s Degree in Applied and Experimental Social Psychology and has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of health promotion, chronic disease, and injury prevention. She is also very familiar with the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) model of implementation science and has used it in her work at the ONF. In her spare time, Hélène likes to be active with her favorite activities, such as beach volleyball, bootcamp, cycling, and gardening. Her ultimate weakness is dark chocolate!
helene.gagne [at] camh [dot] ca
ILENE HYMAN, Evaluation Coordinator
Ilene is our DTFP Evaluation Coordinator and works out of our Toronto office. She has worked extensively as a health researcher, program evaluator, and consultant with government, institutional, and community-based health agencies. She most recently worked at Ryerson University. She has a Master’s degree in Community Health, a PhD in Epidemiology, and Postdoctoral training at CAMH in cross cultural mental health. Much of Ilene’s research explores health and social equity among newcomer and racialized populations in Canada, and she’s the author of several publications examining the intersectionalities of gender, migration, racialization, and health. Outside of work, Ilene is pretty busy looking after her two sons and cycling everywhere!
ilene.hyman [at] camh [dot] ca
JAI MILLS, Steering Committee Member
Jai is the Mental Health and Addictions Co-Lead at the Central East LHIN. She is also an Integration Consultant and the Lead for the Aboriginal Strategy. She has worked in the mental health system since 1977 in both hospital- and community-based roles. Jai’s current role has allowed her to transfer her clinical and administrative skills to a systems level, and allowed her to work on a number of projects that have improved services to people with mental health and substance abuse issues. She is a strong supporter of a health care system that works from the client perspective, and believes that knowledge is key to that philosophy. Jai lives in Oshawa with her partner, their daughters, (youngest two of four), their four cats, a Labrador Retriever, and various squirrels. Regardless of the weather, Jai is an avid runner and enjoys her hobby of reading voraciously about Reformation History.
jai.mills [at] lhins [dot] on [dot] ca
JASON GURIEL, Communications and Social Media Coordinator
Jason is our communications and social media coordinator, located at the EENet Management and Resource Centre in Toronto. He brings to his role a background in KE, research communications, and English literature. As a graduate student, he helped develop a Research Snapshot format that has been adopted by several institutions. In his spare time, he worries about grammar and writes for various magazines.
jason.guriel [at] camh [dot] ca
KERI WEST, Knowledge Broker
Keri is a knowledge broker located at the EENet Management and Resource Centre in Toronto. Her background in communications spans many sectors. She has worked as a consultant in diverse areas, from health to entertainment. A focus of special concern for Keri is the health of marginalized populations including Aboriginal communities. She currently volunteers at a hospice and works with adults who have developmental disabilities. Keri loves animals and volunteered at a chimpanzee sanctuary in Uganda.
keri.west [at] camh [dot] ca
KIM KARIOJA, Program Consultant
Kim is our KE lead in Thunder Bay. She started her career with CAMH when it was the Addiction Research Foundation. Her work in health promotion was highlighted with a 2008 Tremain Award for championing employee wellness at CAMH. When not motivating coworkers to make healthy lifestyle choices, Kim is always in training for her next marathon.
kim.karioja [at] camh [dot] ca
MONIKA MUNJAL, Regional KE Lead
Monika is a KE Lead in our Toronto office, working on the OpiATE project. She has been actively involved in program development, implementation, and evaluation. She has facilitated workshops, liaised with diverse stakeholders, and provided referrals and interventions to address the issues of immigrants, including mental health. Currently pursuing her PhD, Monika holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are diversity and inclusion, and she’s particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration in addressing mental health needs. She has worked closely with addiction counselors, researchers, educators, and community organizations to increase employment opportunities and supports for people with mental illnesses and addictions. She’s very passionate about contributing towards a more streamlined system of care.
PAM GILLETT, Regional KE Lead
Pam is a KE lead in the west region of Ontario out (Hamilton office). She has worked for over 20 years in the area of fitness, wellness, health promotion, and prevention. Her work with CAMH, most recently as a health promotion lead, has included tobacco policy work, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Raised by a father who lived with bipolar disorder and as the number one support person for an older brother with schizoaffective disorder, she understands the strengths and challenges of the system from a family perspective. In her spare time she enjoys her family life with three fabulous kids, her garden, architecture and design, and travel. She confesses to be a gym rat at heart.
pam.gillett [at] camh [dot] ca
RAYMOND CHENG, Steering Committee Member
Raymond is a Policy Analyst and Knowledge Exchange Facilitator who joined the Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI) after a year-long refresher at York University in 2005. His position is informed by his previous experience included being E.D. at an ethnoracial CSI, sitting for many years on the Board of CAMH and the Clarke Institute, an English literature degree at Glendon College, and persistent enthusiasm at attending face-to-face meetings after two decades of mental health reform (and counting). Raymond is married and is owned by his ten-year old stepson, and they like to go to Raptors games together as a family.
raymond [at] opdi [dot] org
ROSSANA CORIANDOLI, Communications Associate
Rossana is our communications associate, located at the EENet Management and Resource Centre in Toronto. She brings to her role more than 20 years of experience as a medical and health writer and editor. Her academic background is in journalism and English literature. She is passionate about patient empowerment in the health care context through public education. In her spare time, Rossana enjoys putting her feet up with a good book, watching movies, going to the theatre, cooking, and travelling.
rossana.coriandoli [at] camh [dot] ca
TATYANA KRIMUS, Knowledge Broker
Tanya supports the Implementation team of the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Project (DTFP). She works closely with project leads, stakeholders, and partners to support the development of implementation plans and facilitate knowledge exchange activities. She previously worked at Public Health Ontario (PHO) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), supporting the planning and execution of multifaceted, system-level projects. Tanya completed a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Political Science and History from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s in Public Policy at University College London. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys practising yoga and watching movies.
tatyana.krimus [at] camh [dot] ca
WALTER CAVALIERI, Steering Committee Member
After a long, restless, and successful career as a stage manager, acting teacher, and arts publicist in New York and Canada, Walter settled down to study and practice social work. Initially he worked with youth on Toronto’s downtown hustlers’ stroll, and later with inner-city adults, developing and delivering street-based harm reduction and peer training programs, researching the lives and practices of street-involved drug users, and honing his skills as a gadfly. He also worked part time for nine years as a personal therapist at Ryerson University’s counselling centre and for almost as many years as a Research Officer with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine: HIV Social, Behavioural and Epidemiological Studies Unit. Walter is a co-founder of HIV Edmonton, the Canadian Harm Reduction Network, the Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force, and the Canadian Drug Policy Consortium.
walter.cavalieri [at] rogers [dot] com