CCSA reports annually to Parliament and the provincial and territorial legislatures and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that meets three to four times a year. The Board is composed of 13 members. The Chair and four of those members are appointed by the Governor in Council. Other directors, known as members-at-large, are recruited from a number of sectors, including the business community, labour groups, and professional and voluntary organizations. Board members serve a three-year term, which may be extended up to two additional terms.
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Ex-Officio Board Members:
Gary Bass (British Columbia)
Gary Bass spent over 39 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at a variety of locations across Canada. He retired in May 2011 as the Deputy Commissioner for Canada West, which included the three northern territories, the prairie provinces and British Columbia. Prior to that, he was the Commanding Officer for "E" Division RCMP (BC) and Deputy Commissioner for Pacific Region, BC and the Yukon.
Before moving to senior management positions in the RCMP, Mr. Bass spent most of his career involved in major crimes, terrorism and organized crime investigations. Since retiring from the RCMP, he has been working at the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies at Simon Fraser University as a Senior Research Fellow with interests in policing and related criminal justice issues.
Mr. Bass is a member of the Board of Governors of Commissionaires BC and of the Board of Directors of the Vision Quest Recovery Society. He is currently serving on the Premier of British Columbia's Blue Ribbon Panel for Crime Reduction, which will be making recommendations to the Premier next year on changes to the criminal justice system in British Columbia.
Mr. Bass has been a member of the Board since 2013 and serves on the Finance Committee
Lesley Carberry (Yukon)
Lesley Carberry (retired) shares her time with her adult sons living with pre-natal alcohol exposure, volunteering in her community and running a small consulting company that undertakes work in strategic planning, governance and training. She serves as secretary–treasurer for the Teegatha’Oh Zheh Society, is a parent member of the FASD 10-Year Strategic Planning Group, and is involved with numerous community organizations.
Ms. Carberry’s combined experience in consulting and positions with the Yukon government Department of Justice spans more than four decades. Recognized for her work in restorative practices, facilitation and conflict resolution, she has led various initiatives in victim services, community justice, crime prevention and policing, with a focus on First Nations and rural communities.
She is the recipient of distinguished awards for performance from the Yukon Department of Justice and the Premier’s Award of Excellence, and was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012. Ms. Carberry completed the course work required for a Master’s degree in Social Work (University of Northern British Columbia) and holds a Bachelor of Social Work (University of Regina) and Bachelor of Arts (University of Manitoba). She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in restorative practices through the International Institute for Restorative Practices.
Ms. Carberry joined the Board in January, 2017, and serves on the Finance Committee.
Curtis Clarke (Alberta)
Curtis Clarke is the Deputy Minister of Education for the Government of Alberta. Before joining the Government of Alberta public service, Dr. Clarke was an associate professor and coordinator of the criminal justice program at Athabasca University. In this role, he was responsible for the development of onsite and online programming, the implementation of prior learning assessment criteria, and partnership development with colleges, universities and public sector stakeholders. He has carried out studies on competency-based curriculum design, experiential learning and adult education.
In his role as president of the Canadian Association of Police Educators, board member of the National Police Sector Council and a founding member of the INTERPOL Group of Experts in Training, he has helped to design and implement national and international models of competency-based curriculum design and delivery.
Dr. Clarke holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters (Sociology) from Queen’s University and a PhD (Sociology) from York University. He has recently completed a certificate program in High Intensity Leadership from Cornell University and an executive program on Applying Behavioural Insights to the Design of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. During his career in the Government of Alberta he has held a number of positions: Executive Director, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Staff College; Cabinet Policy Coordinator, Executive Council; Assistant Deputy Minister, Correctional Services; and Associate Deputy Solicitor General.
Dr. Clarke has been a member of the Board since 2018.
Christopher Cull (Ontario)
Christopher Cull is a filmmaker, the founder of Inspire by Example and creator of a clothing line to bring awareness to the issues around the prevention and treatment of drug misuse across Canada. As a filmmaker, he recorded his travels as he bicycled across Canada from Victoria, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 2014. His efforts were to raise awareness about prescription drug addiction. During his journey, he interviewed community leaders, patients and people along the way to help shape the documentary film, “Inspire.”
As a recovering opioid user, Mr. Cull wants his story to encourage those who need help to seek the support they require for recovery. He uses his experiences to inspire others. In 2016, he cycled across Canada a second time, this time to raise awareness about the opioid crisis and to demonstrate to others that recovery is possible.
Drawing from his personal experiences, Mr. Cull is an in-demand public speaker. He also serves as an advisor for numerous organizations on issues around the prevention and treatment of drug addiction.
Mr. Cull has been a member of the CCSA Board since 2018.
Linda Dabros (Ontario)
Linda Dabros brings more than 25 years of public-sector experience in strategic planning, policy and regulations development, human and financial resource management, and multi-sectoral consultations working with federal, provincial and territorial committees, and international delegations to her board position with CCSA.
As the former director general with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), Ms. Dabros set strategic goals and managed the Commission’s research, policy and international programs, leading a team that prepared reports to Parliament and submissions to United Nations treaty bodies. Key priorities were addressing issues facing Indigenous peoples and engaging stakeholders at the national and community levels.
Prior to her work with CHRC, Ms. Dabros held executive positions with Health Canada (Canada’s Drug Strategy), the National Crime Prevention Centre (research, consultation and social policy development with federal, provincial and territorial governments, academia and NGOs) and the Privy Council Office. Ms. Dabros serves as a volunteer on the management committee of Arteast, a not-for-profit organization that promotes visual arts in Eastern Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Carleton University.
Ms. Dabros joined the Board in January, 2017, and serves on the Nominations and Governance Committee.
Vaughan Dowie (Ontario)
Vaughan Dowie joined Pine River Institute, a residential treatment centre for adolescents struggling with addictive behaviours, in Shelburne, Ontario, as its CEO in October 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience as a senior manager in public sector and community organizations, including as president of la Commission de Protection des droits de la jeunesse, Montreal, executive director of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, Montreal, and assistant deputy minister in three different ministries of the Government of British Columbia.
Mr. Dowie has served as a volunteer on a number of boards of directors of not-for-profit organizations, both local and national in scope. He has served as board chair of the Child Welfare League of Canada and board president of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario. He has studied political science at Sir George Williams University and social work at McGill.
Immediately before joining Pine River Institute, Mr. Dowie was the Executive Head of Public Affairs at McGill University in Montreal.
Mr. Dowie joined the Board in May 2018, and serves as the Chair and as a member of the Executive Committee.
Deborah Dumoulin, CPA, CA (Quebec)
Deborah Dumoulin is a business leader and practicing Chartered Professional Accountant. Ms. Dumoulin brings over 18 years’ experience in audit and assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, most recently as Partner, Audit and Assurance, at their Montreal office, leading a portfolio of public and private clients. She has diverse industry experience in the financial services, technology, manufacturing and non-profit sectors, and in government. She brings significant expertise in accounting, financial reporting, and governance and risk management practices. Ms. Dumoulin is currently providing management consulting services to a Canadian bank.
Ms. Dumoulin strongly believes in giving back to the community and is passionate about social issues. She is an active member of the Quebec Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and the Quebec Council for the Girl Guides of Canada. She has presented at numerous professional conferences. She has led several women in leadership initiatives, co-chaired fundraising events and participated in volunteer activities aimed at empowering and connecting people to make a difference in their local communities.
Ms. Dumoulin is a member of l’Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec and the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours in Accounting) from the University of Ottawa.
Ms. Dumoulin has been a member of the Board since 2015 and serves on the Finance Committee.
Daniel Hogan (Ontario)
Dan Hogan is currently the Substance Abuse Violence Prevention Coordinator of the Safe Schools Department of Durham District School Board. This position includes responsibility for promoting and developing strategic partnerships to address and support the well-being of the 70,000 students and 7,000 staff members in the 130 schools of the Durham Board. Other responsibilities include chair of the Durham Youth Drug Awareness Committee and chair of the Racing to a Healthy Life (former Racing against Drugs Durham).
Mr. Hogan was the day treatment supervisor of Frontenac Youth Services, Oshawa, for 10 years, operating 10 treatment classrooms for adolescents and five expelled students programs for the Durham District School Board, the Durham Catholic School Board and the Kawartha Pineridge District School Board.
In his role as Substance Abuse Violence Prevention Coordinator, Mr. Hogan works in close partnership with the Durham Regional Police Services and the Health Department of the Regional Municipality of Durham, as well as with local treatment and support networks in the Durham Region.
He has a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto, and is a Restorative Practice Conference Facilitator certified by the International Institute for Restorative Practices.
Mr. Hogan joined the Board in May 2018.
Renu Kapoor (Saskatchewan)
Renu Kapoor, who was born, raised and educated in India, has a special interest in multiculturalism and diversity, and a passion for volunteerism. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin, and has spent most of her career working in the field of social work. She worked for the Regina Health District for 37 years and is now a freelance consultant.
Ms. Kapoor has been a recognized community leader for the past 45 years. In 2011, she was chosen as Chair of the Year of India in Regina — a special project created by the governments of India and Saskatchewan to promote closer ties between countries. She has also been chosen as an Honourary Ambassador for Mosaic in Regina, served as an adjudicator for SaskCulture’s Multicultural Initiatives Fund and been appointed by the Minister of Human Resources and Development Canada to the National Committee of the Therese Casgrain National Volunteer Awards.
A dedicated volunteer, Ms. Kapoor has served on many volunteer boards, including SaskCulture, Regina Public Library (vice-chair), South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (vice chair), Regina Housing Authority, YWCA and Regina Chapter Osteoporosis Canada (chair). She has been recognized with many awards, including the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award (2015), President’s Community Award (University of Regina, 2014), Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Citizen of the Year (CTV Regina, 2010), YWCA Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Social Work Award (2004), Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal (2003), Flare Volunteer Lifetime Award (2003) and Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).
At present, Ms. Kapoor is serving on the boards of the Regina Airport Authority, Community Foundations of Canada, Cultural Connections Regina (chair) and several other local boards. She has been a member of the CCSA Board since 2018.
Anne Elizabeth Lapointe (Quebec)
Anne Elizabeth Lapointe has been the Executive Director of the Addiction Prevention Centre and la Maison Jean Lapointe — Prévention since 2016. A visionary and strategic leader, she has 20 years’ experience in the field of substance use and addictions, including 15 years in prevention.
Ms Lapointe proficiencies include behavioural addictions, such as problem gambling, as well as the prevention and treatment of all addictions. She has contributed to developing and evaluating the prevention programs of la Maison Jean Lapointe and the Addiction Prevention Centre. These programs reach more than 100,000 young people yearly.
Ms. Lapointe is actively involved in the community and sits on several round tables and expert committees. She has given countless conference presentations in her field of expertise, is a frequent guest on television and radio shows, and continues to share her knowledge within the community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Media Studies) and a diploma in management from the University of Montreal, and a graduate degree in addiction and ethics from the University of Sherbrooke. She is bilingual.
Ms. Lapointe joined the Board in September, 2018.
Audrey McFarlane (Alberta)
Audrey McFarlane is a founder and the Executive Director for the Lakeland Centre for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Cold Lake, Alberta. She also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD), a national research network linking researchers, service providers, government and families.
Ms. McFarlane holds a degree in Community Rehabilitation, and has dedicated the past 20 years to working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and providing training on FASD. She developed the first adult FASD diagnostic and assessment clinic in Canada, the first training curriculum and manual for Canadian FASD diagnostic assessment clinics, and the only residential alcohol and drug treatment program for pregnant women in Alberta.
Ms. McFarlane’s duties at the Lakeland Centre have included developing a rural, community-based model for FASD diagnostic services for children and adults, a rural-based mentorship program for high-risk women, and best practice models for working with families who are affected by FASD. Her work has been published in the
Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and the
Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.
The models of rural service delivery for individuals with FASD and their families developed by Ms. McFarlane and the Lakeland Centre have been recognized as best practices by all levels of government.
Ms. McFarlane has been a member of the Board since 2014 and serves as a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and Finance Committee.
Julie Menten (British Columbia)
Julie Menten is a senior associate at a workplace law firm, Roper Greyell LLP, in British Columbia, where she practices in employment, labour, human rights and privacy law. A large part of her practice involves conducting investigations into workplace misconduct, bullying, harassment and sexual harassment. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Julie clerked at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
Before joining the legal profession, Ms. Menten spent most of her career working with children, youth and families as a psychotherapist and clinician. She began in the helping professions as a child protection social worker on an Aboriginal family services team for the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development. After completing her graduate degree in couple and family therapy, she started a private practice and worked as a therapist for the Associated Youth Services of the Regional Municipality of Peel in Ontario, as a counsellor for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people, and as a clinician with the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System in London, Ontario, providing intensive mental health services to young people. Her goal is to leverage a decade of experience in the helping professions in her career in law, and she specializes in mental health and substance use in the workplace.
Ms. Menten believes in giving back to her community and has served on a variety of boards and advisory committees. She is the chair of the advisory committee for the Bottom Line Conference on workplace mental health with the B.C. branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. She holds a B.A. in child and youth care from the University of Victoria, an M.Sc. in couple and family therapy from the University of Guelph, and a juris doctor degree with distinction from Western University. Julie was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2013.
Ms. Menten has been a member of the Board since 2018.
Donald Nicholls (Cree Nation)
Donald Nicholls is a member of the Cree Nation of Mistissini. He has a degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario, a common law degree from University of Toronto and a civil law degree from McGill University. He was a graduate of the inaugural class of the Masters of Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona. Over the course of his career, Mr. Nicholls has worked on rights-based actions and projects in Latin America, North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Mr. Nicholls is presently the director of justice and correctional services for the Cree Nation government. His department provides programming and frontline services, and develops partnerships to ensure a community of support for individuals and groups going through substance use and addictions issues. He also serves on the boards of the Provincial Organizations for Victims Support Services, Quebec's Provincial Organization for Aboriginal Court Workers, the Knowledge Mobilization Institute and the Healthy Aboriginal Network.
Mr. Nicholls has worked with the Quebec courts and Ministry of Justice to implement specialized courts related to substance use disorders. He has also been involved in projects that bring Indigenous people back to the land for treatment of substance use issues. He was the recent recipient of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution's Batsinduka Award for Peace for the innovative work he has engaged in the area of conflict resolution and mediation, and a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for his work with children and youth.
Mr. Nicholls has been a member of the Board since 2018.
Ex-Officio Board Members
Rita Notarandrea, M.H.Sc., C.H.E.
Rita Notarandrea was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) through a Governor-in-Council appointment on July 28, 2015. Ms. Notarandrea works with all levels of government as well as the not-for-profit and private sectors to ensure that addiction is recognized as a health issue, that it remains on the national agenda for action and that collective efforts are galvanized to reduce alcohol- and drug-related harms on the health of Canadians.
Before being appointed CEO, Ms. Notarandrea held the position of interim CEO for a 10-month period, and that of Deputy CEO for eight years. As the Deputy CEO, Ms. Notarandrea was accountable for the overall operations of CCSA. This position entailed establishing strategic and operational goals and ensuring that CCSA remained responsive to environmental trends and had the strategies and processes in place to deliver on the mission and vision of the organization and to assess performance and achievements.
Under Ms. Notarandrea's leadership, CCSA has led many first-ever national initiatives, including an overarching action plan on problematic substance use. During her tenure, CCSA has developed national strategies for mitigating the harms of alcohol, for professionals working in the field and for youth drug use prevention. These strategies represent new ways of thinking and working together to deliver practical and tangible results for Canadians, harnessing collective action for collective impact
Prior to joining CCSA, Ms. Notarandrea enjoyed more than 22 years of leadership success in the healthcare sector. She held a number of senior positions with major health service organizations, such as the Royal Ottawa Hospital, a 207-bed psychiatric hospital, where she was Chief Operating Officer. Her expertise lies in moving from strategy to action, and her accomplishments in this area relate to her leadership role in innovative approaches such as developing and implementing an innovative long-term care facility targeted specifically at those with mental illness; redeveloping the hospital through a public–private partnership; and developing new programs and services related to a renewed vision for the hospital.
Currently, Ms. Notarandrea serves as a member of the Mental Health and Addictions Technical Committee of the Health Standards Organization and of the Clerk of the Privy Council's Contact Group on Mental Health. She also participates on the expert committee implementing international standards for the treatment of drug use disorders at the World Health Organization. She holds an Honours B.A. in Psychology from Carleton University and a Masters in Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Deputy Minister, Health Canada
Malcolm Brown, Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada.