Board of Directors
Cota is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that play a vital role in not only shaping Cota's mission and strategic direction but also ensuring accountability to our stakeholders. Directors are appointed for a two-year term and are eligible for reappointment to two additional terms to a maximum of six consecutive years.
CAROLYN CORNFORD GREAVES, PRESIDENTCarolyn Cornford Greaves is a Senior Manager, Corporate Employee Relations at BMO Financial Group. As a Senior Manager, Carolyn manages a team of Employee Relations Business Partners that support all lines of business at BMO across Canada. Prior to joining BMO's Corporate Employee Relations Group in 2014, Carolyn was an Associate Lawyer at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP in Toronto practicing management-side labour and employment law, human rights law, and privacy law. Carolyn was called to the bar in 2011 and earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons. B.A.) in Political Studies, with a Minor in International Relations at Bishop’s University.
JEFFREY LIVINGSTON, VICE-PRESIDENTJeffery Livingston, MBA is the National Brand Marketing & Communications Manager at Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada, and former National Senior Marketing Manager at Ceridian Canada. He has over seventeen years of senior management experience, combined with over eight years teaching marketing and corporate strategy at the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association, Sheridan College, and Dalhousie University. Mr. Livingston has volunteered at the United Way, and is the recipient of a Webby marketing award. Mr. Livingston earned a Bachelor of Administrative Studies, Honours (BAS) at Trent University, and a Masters of Business Administration, (MBA) at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Management.
ALAIN MOOTOO, TREASURERAlain Mootoo is the Vice President, Finance and Administration at Surrey Place Centre, an accredited charitable organization that provides specialized clinical services to children, youth and adults living with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and visual impairments. He has held a number of senior management and volunteer positions in the non-profit and for profit sectors with the Operation Springboard, Sherbourne Health Centre, Goodwill Industries of Toronto, March of Dimes Canada, Corus Entertainment, Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Mootoo immigrated to Canada in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is a 2018 Candidate in the Queen's University, Smith School of Business Masters of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.
KARIM BHIMJI, DIRECTOR
Karim Bhimji is the Senior Director of Corporate Services at Skylark Children Youth and Families (Skylark), a leading Toronto-based charity dedicated to children, young people and their families struggling with complex mental health and developmental needs. Karim is a chartered accountant who has over 20 years of international leadership experience across government and not-for-profit sectors. His experience includes work with the Ministry of Government Services in Toronto and a series of agencies that are affiliates of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) – international development organizations that improve the welfare of individuals in the developing world. Prior to joining Skylark in Feb 2015, Karim was the Interim Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Focus Humanitarian Assistance Canada, an organization focused on providing emergency relief to developing nations. During his time there with responsibilities over strategic and financial planning and management, including operational budgeting, grant management, investment portfolio management, treasury functions, annual reporting, risk management and the development of internal control systems and procedures. In addition to all his great work with charitable organizations, Karim has also held several Board positions in AKDN agencies such as the Audit Committee Director for Aga Khan Educational Services and Vice-Chairman of the Aga Khan National Council for Uganda and is currently serving as a Lay Minister at His Highness the Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Willowdale Jamatkhana.
RACHEL COOPER, DIRECTOR
Rachel has experience working as a front-line peer support specialist, community mental health manager, healthcare system advocate and service user educator. She is currently the Service User Co-Lead for the From Surviving to Advising program at the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry, where she supports educational curricula that pairs people with lived experience of mental health and addictions challenges with psychiatry residents in order to advance ideas and practices about recovery. Rachel has extensive experience in patient engagement and service user co-design; notably she contributed to the development and implementation of Peer Support programming at Stella's Place. She received her certification in Peer Support from the Ontario Peer Development Initiative and is a trained WRAP facilitator. Rachel holds an honours BA in social development studies from the University of Waterloo and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Health Professional Education at the University of Toronto.
LEAH DUNBAR, DIRECTOR
Leah Dunbar, BA, M.S.Ed, has over 10 years of experience in health care and education project management in Canada and internationally. She is currently the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) Project Manager at Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), managing program collaboration between six Toronto hospitals, Toronto Police Service, and the Greater Toronto Area Local Health Integration Networks. Leah gained experience as a teacher in Mississauga and Doha, Qatar before transitioning into healthcare project management including electronic medical record implementations and community programming. Leah completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies at Queen’s University in 2004 and her Master of Science in Education at Niagara University in 2005.
DANIELA SOTA, DIRECTOR
Daniela Sota is the Director of Counselling Services at the Canadian Hearing Society. She has held varied leadership positions in mental health and addictions, in both hospital and community, across populations of all ages, in the public and the private sector, in Northwestern Ontario and in Toronto. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
STEVEN TORRESAN, DIRECTOR
Steven Torresan is a paralegal candidate with Honours who has experience as a director on various advocacy and non profit boards. Currently, he is pursuing his passion in Public speaking with the organization the Dream Team. He has spoken at CAMH employee training as well as the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He is also involved in various service user education programs. Steven was the lead researcher in the At Home Unit Takeover project inducted by the Dream Team, where he interviewed people, compiled data, and lead town halls with various community stakeholders such as the police, housing providers, politicians, and service users. Steven started out in his first career as an IT specialist. He has worked it IBM, he has had his own computer business, and he has been a computer instructor, all before the age of 20. Steven finds pleasure in reading. His favorite subjects include history, philosophy, literature, poetry and legislation. He also enjoys mindful meditation, exercise, bike riding, practicing Aikido and playing with his cats, Kiki & Tika, as ways of maintaining his physical and mental health. Steven has certificates for being a wrap facilitator, photographer, an Audio Engineer, CSWET, and paralegal.
MELANIE TOWELL, CPA, CA, DIRECTOR
Melanie Towell is the Director Finance, Association of Ontario Midwives Benefit Trust, a Trust which manages the benefits administration of the Association of Ontario Midwives. She has served in several senior financial roles in the not for profit sector, including The Arthritis Society, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Ms. Towell, completed her LLB at the University of Exeter, U.K. and her C.A. at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and her CPA in Ontario.
LILY YANG, DIRECTOR
Lily Yang is the Senior Director of Quality and Patient Experience at Sinai Health System in Toronto. She has worked through the continuum of acute care and rehabilitation serving both the pediatric and adult populations. She is a Respiratory Therapist and has held a variety of administrative roles supporting patients with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and respite services at various academic health centres in Toronto. She is also a Surveyor for Accreditation Canada. Lily holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Applied Science. She has previously served on the Board of the Sherbourne Health Centre and was the co-chair of its Board Quality Committee.
DR. PAUL BENASSI, COMMUNITY PARTICIPANT
Dr. Paul Benassi is a Forensic Psychiatrist at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is cross-appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is actively involved in quality improvement at the local and provincial level, including CAMH’s Forensic’s Quality Council, Department of Psychiatry’s Continuing Practice Development Committee (University of Toronto), Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Master’s Program (University of Toronto), and Health Quality Ontario’s IDEAS program. He completed graduate training in quality improvement through the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME).
SAIMA AWAN, COMMUNITY PARTICIPANT
Saima Awan is the Director of the Integrated Care Pathways (ICP) program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She has successfully implemented innovative and sustainable solutions to enhance clinical processes, patient care and overall clinical efficiency. In her current role she has designed and developed the strategy to successfully embed and sustain Integrated Care Pathways for the Mental Health and Addictions sector at CAMH and in other health settings. The ICP program she developed, received the 2016 Award of Excellence in Mental Health and Quality Improvement by the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) at the National Health Leadership (NHL) Conference 2016. Ms. Awan was the recipient of the ARTIC grant (CAHO/HQO) in 2015 to co-lead the implementation of one of the pathways across the province at eight other health settings, including primary care. Ms. Awan received her MBA from Queens University (Canada), she also holds certifications in LEAN/Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Management Professional and Quality Improvement/Patient Safety from University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. Ms. Awan is active in multiple academic activities affiliated with knowledge exchange, knowledge translation and quality improvement.
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