January 2016

President & CEO of CAMH, Dr. Catherine Zahn - Mental Health: The Most Pressing Health and Economic Issue of Our Time

11:45am-1:30pm | Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel - Grand Ballroom - 525 Bay Street, Toronto

Now is the time for courageous leadership in mental health. The conversation has galvanized attention across the country, people with lived experience have bravely shared their stories, research into the most complex organ of the body – the brain – is reaching a tipping point, novel and improved treatments and care models are emerging. Still, many people are not getting the care and supports that they need. Businesses are reporting disability claims related to mental illness that are affecting productivity and bottom lines. Governments talk about strategy but have failed to invest in a response that reflects the burden of illness or mirrors the swift response to concerns about access to care that we have seen for non-psychiatric illness. It will take a deep commitment to real transformation to effectively address the global health and economic issue of our time. The transformation presumes a shift in our attitude as well as our system. It demands a forceful challenge to the status quo on the care and support for people with mental illness. Commitment to this transformation will ignite discovery and innovation. I believe that it can and will lead to a world where everyone believes that life is worth living.

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- 12:00pm Formal remarks begin - 12:50pm Lunch is served -

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President & CEO of CAMH, Dr. Catherine Zahn - Mental Health: The Most Pressing Health and Economic Issue of Our Time

Dr. Catherine Zahn, C.M.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Dr. Catherine Zahn, C.M.

Dr. Zahn was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in 2009. CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health hospital.

She received her MD from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T) and an MSc in Health Administration from U or T. Dr. Zahn is a Professor in the U of T Faculty of Medicine. She has made numerous contributions to health care in Ontario through her leadership in hospital integration, technology assessment and mental healthcare system improvement.

Recent honours include membership in the Order of Canada, Doctor of Laws degrees (honoris causa) from Western University, (London, Ontario) and Ryerson University, (Toronto, Ontario) and recognition as one of Canada’s 25 most influential women.

The International Association of Business Communicators has also named her Communicator of the Year. She serves on a number of health-care related boards and committees, and on the Board of Governors of Upper Canada College.

Dr. Zahn is a champion for the integration of psychiatry and neuroscience, passionately working to steer mental illness into the mainstream of healthcare, promoting equitable access to healthcare resources for people with mental illness.

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