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
Dr. Jean-François Boivin (Quebec)
Dr. Jean-François Boivin is a professor emeritus in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health of McGill University. He is also a consultant in infectious diseases at the Department of Public Health, Montréal General Hospital, and a staff investigator with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital. Dr. Boivin has conducted epidemiologic research in a number of domains, including screening, health services organization, the health of street youth, drug injection practices and infections, and drug injection behaviours.
Dr. Boivin has served on numerous scientific and professional committees and boards, including the Advisory Board of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Scientific Council of the Institut de recherché en santé et sécurité du travail du Québec, the Scientific Council of the Mutuelle générale de l'éducation nationale (France), and the Québec Regional Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Boivin holds a medical degree from Laval University (Québec, 1973) and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard University (1981). He completed a medical specialty in community medicine at the Université de Montréal (1990).
Dr. Boivin has been a member of the CCSA Board since 2009 and serves as Treasurer. He also serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Executive 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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Prospero, B.Ed, M.A. (Ontario)
Michael Prospero is the former Superintendent of Education for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. This position included responsibility for providing innovative leadership and administrative efficiency for 16 elementary schools and three secondary schools. Other responsibilities included Safe Schools, Health and Safety Program and Special Education
Until his retirement in 2010, Mr. Prospero was involved in education for 34 years as a teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal and Superintendent.
He has a B.A. from the University of Toronto, a B.Ed. from York University and a Master's Degree in Education from Niagara University.
Mr. Prospero has been a member of the CCSA Board since 2009 and serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Executive and Nominations and Governance Committee.
Paula Tyler (Alberta)
Paula Tyler has had a long and distinguished career in the field of human services. Paula retired as the President of the Norlien Foundation in 2014. Previously, Paula was Vice President, Child and Women's Health and Specialized Clinical Services for the Calgary Health Region. Prior to this, she served as Vice President and CEO, Mental Health at Capital Health in Edmonton, Alberta. Her other professional experience includes the position of Chief Executive, Child Youth and Family Services for the Government of New Zealand and Deputy Minister for Alberta Children's Services. Ms. Tyler has also held several other senior executive positions with the Alberta Government including Deputy Commissioner for Children's Services and Assistant Deputy Minister for Alberta Family and Social Services. As well, Ms. Tyler has been active in community volunteer work; she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Calgary YMCA and has served in a number of senior volunteer roles locally, provincially and nationally in the area of disabilities.
Ms. Tyler has been a member of the CCSA Board since 2009 and serves as the Vice-Chair, Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.
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.