Our Board of Directors

The Ontario Mental Health Foundation is able to do its work because of the commitment, support and guidance of its Board of Directors. Their dedication and hard work - and that of the volunteer experts who sit on our panels that review, rank and recommend the funding applications - continue to make the OMHF a Canadian and global leader in funding excellent research in mental health.

The OMHF is a special operating agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; if you're interested in joining our Board, please visit the Public Appointments Secretariat, which appoints our members.

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John Trainor (CHAIR), MSW
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

John Trainor retired as Director of the Community Support and Research Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in 2013 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Trainor has been involved in international development projects for over 12 years, including in the Baltic States, Eastern Europe, Brazil and Sri Lanka. He chairs the Advisory Board of the Mental Health Initiative of the Open Society Foundations and is a member of its Global Health Advisory Committee. He spent four years as Senior Policy Advisor in mental health with the Government of Ontario, and many years chairing the National Mental Health Services Work Group of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

January 5, 2015 - January 4, 2018

Herman Gill (VICE-CHAIR), CA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Polar Asset Management Partners

Herman Gill earned a BA in Chartered Accountancy Studies (Co-op) from the University of Waterloo in 1993 and continued his internship with BDO Dunwoody Ward Mallette after graduating. In 1994, he became a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. In 1995, Mr. Gill joined Fidelity Investments Canada and held progressively responsible positions across domestic and offshore fund operation areas that included responsibilities in tax, audit, compliance and financial reporting. From 1997 to 2002, he directed the Canadian sales effort for a U.S.-based software provider Princeton Financial Systems, marketing to the Canadian institutional investments market. In July 2002, Mr. Gill joined Polar Securities as Chief Financial Officer.

May 28, 2008 - May 27, 2017

Dr. Gregory M. Brown, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Gregory Brown is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, McMaster University. His research career focused on examining brain function in psychiatric patients. Several endocrine changes were found in patients with anorexia nervosa, schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder pointing to altered brain function. This gave impetus to direct studies of brain function using positron emission tomography. Findings from these studies have given rise to widespread use of imaging to identify underlying brain abnormalities in patients and to devise treatments to correct the underlying problems.

January 5, 2015 - January 4, 2018

Dr. David Dozois, PhD, C.Psych.
Professor and Chair of Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology, Western University

David Dozois is a Full Professor of Psychology at Western University and Chair of its Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology. His research focuses on cognitive vulnerability to depression and cognitive-behavioural theory/therapy. He has published 138 scientific papers, book chapters and books, and has presented over 270 research presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Dozois served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association for eight years and served as its President from 2011 to 2012. He also served as Chair of the Grants Committee for the OMHF from 2004 to 2007.

April 2, 2014 - April 1, 2017

Dr. Trudo Lemmens, LicJur, LLM (Bioethics), DCL
Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Toronto

Trudo Lemmens is an Associate Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the university's Joint Centre for Bioethics and Centre for Ethics. He holds law degrees from the K.U. Leuven and McGill University. Dr. Lemmens has been a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Visiting Professor at the K.U. Leuven and the University of Otago and an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Health Research for the Pan American Health Organization.

May 3, 2010 - May 2, 2019

Dr. Barry MacDougall, PhD
Research Scientist, National Research Council of Canada

Barry MacDougall holds a PhD in Electrochemistry from the University of Ottawa. He held various senior positions with the National Research Council (NRC), including Group Leader and Principal Research Officer, Electrochemical Technology Group, Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology. He was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa (2005 to 2012) and served as a Visiting Scientist with the NRC from 2010 to 2012 (post retirement). Dr. MacDougall has been involved with "Chemistry in Canada Week,” sponsored by the Chemical Institute of Canada, giving presentations at high schools, and as Vice-President and President of the Electrochemical Society, Inc. has given seminars to young, promising electrochemists worldwide.

April 10, 2013 - April 9, 2019

Dr. Heather Stuart, PhD
Professor and Bell Canada and Anti-Stigma Research Chair, Queen's University

Heather Stuart is a social-epidemiologist specializing in psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services research. Dr. Stuart is a Full Professor and Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen's University, with cross appointments to the Department of Psychiatry and School of Rehabilitation. She is Senior Consultant to the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Opening Minds, Anti-Stigma Program and Chair of the Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Disorders, World Psychiatric Association. She has contributed to peer-reviewed scientific literature in areas such as mental health needs assessments; suicide and suicide prevention; and workplace mental health. She holds an MA in Sociology and a PhD in Epidemiology.

April 2, 2014 - April 1, 2017

Jijian Voronka, MA
Instructor, School of Disabilities, Ryerson University

Jijian Voronka earned an MA from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto in 2003 and is currently working toward a PhD. She is an instructor at Ryerson University in the School of Disability Studies and works for the At Home/Chez Soi project, a research demonstration project that has implemented a Housing First intervention in five sites in Canada. She serves on the Board of Directors of A-Way Express Couriers, and has served as Administrative Secretary for Friends of the Archives, CAMH, as well as an advisory board member for Good Food for Life, Foodshare. Ms Voronka is a member of the National Research Committee of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada and the Editorial Board, Resources in Feminist Research, University of Toronto Press.

April 10, 2013 - April 9, 2019