October 2016

The Right to Mental Health Care: Why Canadians deserve a just Health Accord

11:45am-1:30pm | Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Now is the time for courageous leadership in mental health. Conversations about mental health have galvanized attention across the country, people with lived experience have bravely shared their stories, innovative brain research is reaching a tipping point, and novel and improved treatments are emerging. Still, too many people are not getting the care they need. Funding levels do not match the burden of illness. Wait lists continue to soar. Lives are needlessly lost. Dr. Catherine Zahn will discuss why the negotiation of a new Health Accord is an historic opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and eliminate the barriers faced by people with mental illness. If not now, when? If not us, who? Yesterday was a time for strategies – now is the time for action.

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- Lunch will be served -

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The Right to Mental Health Care: Why Canadians deserve a just Health Accord

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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