Exploring the Role of the Federal Government in Mental Health7:30am-9:00am | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa
In partnership with the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Psychological Association, The Economic Club of Canada is pleased to host a representative from each major federal political party as they share their perspectives on the role of the federal government in supporting the mental health of Canadians. While the federal government has direct responsibilities for a number of populations (e.g. First Nations, Corrections Services, Military, Public Servants), it also has an important collaborative and strategic role to play with the provinces and territories when it comes to the provision of mental health services and supports to Canadians.
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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and for Western Economic Diversification
Member of Parliament, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo
Cathy McLeod is the Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo. Cathy McLeod was first elected to the House of Commons in October 2008 and was re-elected in 2011. Ms. McLeod was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health in February 2015 and for Western Economic Diversification in September 2013.
Previously, she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour in September 2013, and to the Minister of National Revenue in January 2011.
Cathy served as Mayor of Pemberton in 1996, where she established herself as a community leader and someone who is dedicated to the needs of the community.
Cathy graduated as a registered nurse from the University of Western Ontario in 1981 and served in that capacity for a number of years. Her dedication to healthcare was further enhanced when she managed a number of health care centers, including Pemberton, Logan Lake, Chase and Kamloops Downtown Health Centre. More recently, she has completed a Master’s Degree, graduating with Distinction, in International Primary Health Care from the University of London.
Prior to entering federal politics she worked for Interior Health in a leadership role focused on primary health care reform.
Kerry Mothersill, Ph.D.
Canadian Psychological Association
Dr. Kerry Mothersill is a registered psychologist and a diplomat, founding fellow, and certified supervisor of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology at the University of Western Ontario in 1980 and completed an extramural training program in Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.
He began his career at the Ottawa Civic Hospital before joining the hospital system and the University in Calgary in 1982, where he remains active today.
Dr. Mothersill is a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. His current roles include:
• Psychology Professional Practice Leader in the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS);
• Coordinator of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Team for the Outpatient Mental Health Program at AHS;
• Coordinator of the Regional Psychological Assessment Program at AHS;
• President of Spectrum Psychology Group;
• Partner at Connect Psychological Services;
• Adjunct professor with the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary;
• President of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for 2014-2015; and
• Past Chair of the Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centers Section (CPA).
Dr. Mothersill was recognized as the 2013 Psychologist of the Year by the Psychologists Association of Alberta.
Murray Rankin,Q.C., M.P., Official Opposition Critic for Health, Deputy Critic for National Revenue, Member of Parliamen
Murray Rankin is the Member of Parliament for Victoria. In Ottawa, Murray has served as the Official Opposition critic for National Revenue and Pensions, leading national initiatives to expand the Canada Pension Plan and tackle the problem of offshore tax havens.
Murray currently serves as the Official Opposition critic for Health and chair of the BC caucus.
Murray is a nationally recognized expert in environmental and public law, who has been involved in many landmark legal cases in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada.
For over 30 years, Murray has been associated with the University of Victoria, first as a full Professor of Law and subsequently as an Adjunct Professor. Before being becoming an elected official, he was also co-chair of the Environmental Law Centre, a University of Victoria student-run legal clinic, and he had a private law practice in Victoria.
Murray has dedicated his life to fighting for the environment. He was president of the West Coast Environmental Law Association and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
He has been a director of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and he has also led a team of legal experts fighting to stop the Enbridge pipeline.
With law degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard, Murray was a managing partner in the Victoria law firm Arvay Finlay for over a decade. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999 and is fluent in French.
For years Murray coached minor league baseball at Beacon Hill Little League as well as soccer with Bays United.
A resident of Victoria for the past 35 years, Murray currently resides in Oak Bay with his spouse Linda and their two sons, Benjamin and Mark.
Padraic Carr MD, FRCPC, Dip. ABPN, DFAPA, FCPA
Canadian Psychiatric Association
Dr. Padraic Carr is a clinical professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta and the Facility Chief for the Department of Psychiatry at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. The main focus of his clinical practice is the care of adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As Facility Chief he is responsible for the delivery of clinical services, strategic and policy advice, quality monitoring and improvement, supporting teaching and research, and broader regional issues such as physician resource planning.
Advocacy for patients and psychiatrists has long marked Dr. Carr’s career.
Dr. Carr was one of the first psychiatrists to work with Primary Care Networks – an innovative program in Alberta linking specialist with primary care doctors. He was also instrumental in developing the Clinical Associate Program at the Grey Nuns Hospital to facilitate emergency care for mental health patients. In his numerous liaison roles, he has engaged with over 40 hospital and regional committees.
A medical graduate from the University of Alberta, Dr. Carr received his certification in psychiatry in 1995 and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology a year later.
He has long been involved with his provincial and national psychiatric associations. An active member of the Alberta Psychiatric Association since 1992, he served as president from 2005 to 2006. At the national level Dr Carr joined the Board of the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2012. In the past he has served on the CPA Membership Affairs (2005-2012) and Professional Standards and Practice Committees (2000-2005), authoring papers on important topics such as mandatory outpatient treatment. In 2013 he received the designation of Fellow of the CPA.
Dr. Carr has remained committed throughout his career to giving voice to psychiatry within the larger house of medicine at the provincial, national and international levels. As a resident, he served as President of the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Alberta and as the Treasurer and Member at Large of the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents.
In 2006 Dr. Carr was instated to the Board of Directors of the Alberta Medical Association, including election to two terms on the AMA Executive. Since 2007, he has served as an Alberta delegate to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) General Council, sponsoring at this year’s Council a resolution committing the CMA to working toward ensuring that information regarding police assistance for mental health issues be omitted from data shared by Canadian with US authorities.
He has also been active internationally. Over an eight-year span, Dr. Carr served as the Western Canada Representative and Deputy Representative to the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He was also named President of both the Edmonton Chapter and Western Canada District Branch of the APA. In recognition of this work he received the designation of Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2004.
The Honourable Hedy Fry, M.P., M.D.
Vancouver Centre; Federal Liberal Critic for Health; Chair, BC Federal Liberal Caucus
Honourable Hedy Fry was first elected to Parliament for Vancouver Centre in 1993 becoming the first rookie to defeat a sitting Prime Minister. She has been re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
Hedy Fry was born in Trinidad and Tobago where she graduated as class Valedictorian, winning a full scholarship for a Masters degree in English Literature at Oxford, England. She had done her undergraduate in French, English and Spanish literature, though her passion turned to medicine and she relinquished the scholarship to study medicine in Dublin, Ireland. Accepted into the program, she had one year to fulfill the academic requirements, which meant an intensive immersion in science from high school level to the equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in a single academic year. She completed her degree in Medicine with Honours at the Royal College of Surgeons.
She immigrated to Canada in 1970. She practiced family medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in the West End of Vancouver for two decades and was a local, provincial and national leader in medical politics. She served as president of the Vancouver Medical Association (VMA), BC Medical Association (BCMA), and the Federation of Medical Women, during which time she was hailed as a powerful and successful negotiator. She hammered out a deal with then-premier Bill Vander Zalm that ended with a groundbreaking agreement that included Canada’s first retirement plan for doctors. Further, Dr. Fry led the CMA to recognize self-governance of aboriginals as crucial determinants of Aboriginal health. She was a spokesman for the CMA on issues of health, health financing and reforms, frequently speaking to US audiences about Medicare. Prior to being elected to Parliament, Dr. Fry was well-known to Canadian audiences as a panellist on the long-running national CBC television program Doctor, Doctor.
Dr. Fry began in 1993 as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. She spent 6 years from 1996-2002 in Cabinet serving as Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Minister for the Status of Women. She was on a number of Cabinet Committees regarding health, social policy, volunteerism, homelessness and same-sex benefits. She was also the Minister responsible for the Vancouver agreement.
As a Minister, Dr. Fry represented the Canadian government as Head of delegation at many high-profile, multilateral Conventions of the United Nations, Francophonie, Commonwealth, Organization of American States and Council of Europe, most notably Canada’s 4th Report to the UN Commission on Human Rights, UN’s Beijing Plus 2000 and the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in Durban. There, Canada played the key role in expunging the Teheran document of all anti-Semitic language and hate speech against Israel. In preparation for the WCAR, Dr. Fry initiated the first UN Youth Against Racism Secretariat, culminating in a youth NGO convention at Durban. Recently, she was appointed the Special Representative on Gender Issues of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly (PA).
In 2006, Dr. Fry ran for the Leadership of the Liberal Party as the first immigrant woman to do so with her “True Grit” campaign. Dr. Fry served as Opposition Critic for Sports and the 2010 Olympics, and for Canadian heritage. Currently, Dr. Fry serves as BC Federal Liberal Caucus Chair and the Federal Liberal Health Critic.
She lives in Vancouver and has three sons. She continues working hard at key priorities of representing her constituents and fighting for issues such as helmet laws, animal cruelty, environmental health and a multiplicity of others.
Zul Merali, Ph.D.
Vice President Research, The Royal; President & CEO, uOttawa Institute of Mental Health Research
Founding Scientific Director, Canadian Depression Research & Intervention Network
Zul Merali (PhD) is President/CEO and Scientific Director of the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research as well as the Founding Scientific Director of the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network. He is full professor in the faculties of Medicine (Departments of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Psychiatry) and Social Sciences (Psychology) at the University of Ottawa. He is also a research professor at the Institute of Neuroscience at Carleton University. Dr. Merali’s research endeavours, supported by grants from CIHR and NSERC, strive to characterize the body’s response to stressful and appetitive events, and the relationship of stressors (including early-life trauma) to mood and anxiety disorders. Another focus of his research is to determine how pharmacological interventions (pharmaceutical and natural products) may attenuate stress-induced pathophysiology. In this vein, he and his colleagues have isolated several anti-anxiety compounds from a variety of rare plants. Dr. Merali’s research extends from the behavioural to the cellular and molecular levels, and involves experimental animals as well as human subjects. Dr. Merali has published over a hundred and eighty scientific papers, more than 20 book chapters and over 200 conference presentations.