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
AMY KUHN, Regional KE Lead
Amy is a KE Lead working in the Northeast (located in the Sudbury office). Fully bilingual (French and English), she attended Laurentian University where she studied Political Science and Education. Amy has been with CAMH in a variety of roles including a secondement to the Social and Epidemiological Research Department where she helped organize and run the Researching Health in Ontario Communities (RHOC) in the Greater Sudbury area. Born and raised a Franco-Ontarian, Amy understands the need for more French Language services in the North and works to bring more Francophone-specific evidence to the forefront. She also moonlights as a fitness instructor and is an avid football fan and world traveler.
amy.kuhn [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
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
EMMA FIRSTEN-KAUFMAN, Knowledge Broker
Emma has a Master’s of Public Health and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from McGill University. With a background in health promotion and global health, she has contributed to various research projects, knowledge exchange portfolios, and programs in Toronto and internationally. Emma is dedicated to improving health equity and access to health services and resources for women, youth, and diverse under-served or marginalized populations. She spends her spare time practicing Spanish, doodling, and dancing.
emma.firsten-kaufman [at] camh [dot] ca
GHADA KHORAYCH, Regional KE Lead
Ghada is a KE Lead in the GTA region (Toronto office). She has worked in the KE field for several years, including with Public Health Ontario, where she developed tailored health promotion materials, and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), where she coordinated various educational events. Ghada completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sociology and minors in English and Psychology at the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Ghada’s own experience of navigating the mental health system has given her first-hand knowledge of the strengths and areas of opportunity that exist within it. She’s passionate about making changes to support the mental health of Ontarians. In her spare time Ghada loves to volunteer, to write, and to spend time with family, friends and her two monkeys—Tucker the dog and Lily the cat.
ghada.khoraych [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
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
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
LAURA THIBEAULT, KE Lead for Aboriginal Engagement
Laura is Anishinaabekwe of the Wajashk (muskrat) clan from Dokis First Nation and a KE Lead for Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach. Despite being located in the Northeast region’s Sudbury office, Laura’s role comes with a provincial mandate. Her professional experience is founded in supporting Aboriginal learners on their academic and personal journey in post-secondary education and building sustainable community capacity to support the well-being of Aboriginal children and youth. She is passionate about the wholistic well-being of Aboriginal people through nurturing the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual elements of self. She is captivated by how culture, language, knowledge, relationships, stories, and life experiences shape personal identity. Laura has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Education from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Her spare time is dedicated to her partner Derik and their dog named Nanuk, family, friends, time at camp in Dokis, fishing, crafts, traveling, and binge watching TV series on Netflix.
Laura.Thibeault [at] camh [dot] ca
MATT HOLLINGSHEAD, Regional KE Lead
Matt is a KE Lead working in the GTA region of Ontario (Toronto Office). He received his Bachelor of Social Work from Carleton University in Ottawa, and his Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Matt comes with experience promoting evidence-informed practice and knowledge exchange across Canada’s child welfare sector. He is interested in working to bridge the gaps between how formal and informal knowledge are used to make decisions that impact marginalized individuals and communities. In addition to developing as a hamburger connoisseur, he has also recently discovered the joys of professional sport spectatorship.
matthew.hollingshead [at] camh [dot] ca
MICHAEL WEYMAN, Regional KE Lead
Michael is a KE Lead in our Hamilton Office. He is on secondment to us from the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO) at CAMH, where he is an educator and addiction clinician. His work is guided by a strong value in evidence-based care and effective knowledge exchange practices. Before PGIO, Michael was a mental health clinician at CAMH and had an earlier career in information technology. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from McMaster University and a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
michael.weyman [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
SAMANTHA DELENARDO, Regional KE Lead
Samantha is a bilingual KE Lead in Ottawa, ON. Based on her MA Health Communication thesis, she co-founded the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative to support the mental health and wellbeing in student-athletes. Samantha herself was a high performance, varsity hockey player and a three-time Academic All-Canadian at the University of Ottawa. She has worked in the communications field since 2009 in the private, academic and non-profit sector. Samantha endeavours to hide her life-long jock status by frequenting the opera and sipping fine wine.
samantha.delenardo [at] camh [dot] ca
TATYANA KRIMUS, Knowledge Broker
As knowledge broker, Tanya works closely with project leads, stakeholders, and partners to support the International Innovations in Mental Health Series through the development of knowledge translation plans and facilitation of KE activities. She also creates tailored knowledge products and tools and is currently working on the development of rapid reviews, as well as contributing to an EENet Social Network Analysis. She previously worked at Public Health Ontario (PHO) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), supporting the coordination, planning and execution of multifaceted, system-level initiatives. 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. Tanya enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends, practicing yoga, and going to the 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