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Senior Leadership Team


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Rita Notarandrea, Chief Executive Officer 

Biographical Information

Responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and overall management of the organization's activities, with responsibility for the performance of CCSA, its projects, programs, staff and associates. In partnership with the Chair, enables the Board of Directors to fulfill its governance role, and facilitates the optimum interaction between management and the Board of Directors. Gives direction to the formulation of CCSA's mission, strategy and annual objectives, and leadership to their achievement.​

Rhowena Martin, Vice-President, Operations and Strategies

Responsible for providing operational leadership and direction in implementing the organization’s mandate, strategic goals and objectives to address substance use and addiction. The Vice-President, Operations and Strategies, provides ongoing strategic leadership and advice to the CEO and cultivates organizational excellence and efficiency through overall responsibility for business and operational planning, as well as responsibility for the Public Affairs and Communications, Information Systems and Web Services, Quality and Performance Measurement, and Human Resources divisions.

Glenn Brimacombe, Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships and Priorities

Responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for developing, implementing and monitoring strategic initiatives necessary to advance priorities in the substance use and addiction field. The Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships and Priorities, provides strategic advice to the CEO and ensures that best practices guide CCSA’s work in stakeholder engagement and knowledge mobilization, while also having overall responsibility for the Research, Policy, and Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization divisions.

Bob Bissonette​​​, Director, Finance (interim)​

Responsible for ensuring that CCSA's financial and reporting systems are effective so that it has the capacity to meet its strategic directions, and internal and external reporting requirements. The Director of Finance acts as the leading interface between management and the Board of Directors' Finance and Audit Committees on financial matters.

Darlene Pinto, Director, Human Resources

Responsible for leading the design and implementation of progressive, innovative and cost-effective employee programs and practices to enhance the working environment and culture so as to increase employee engagement. Ensures ongoing support of CCSA employees by delivering results in Human Resource policy development, performance management, professional development, staffing and compensation.

Ahmer Gulzar, Director, Information Systems and Web Services​

Responsible for optimizing the use of tools and processes to achieve organizational efficiency and effective information management and information technology practices. The Director of Information Systems and Web Services is also responsible for enhancing CCSA’s online presence and performance.

Rebecca Jesseman, Director, Policy

Responsible for building and managing policy capacity at CCSA by providing subject-matter expertise, policy analysis and strategic advice. The Director, Policy, works in collaboration with CCSA’s external facing divisions to communicate key messages and helps in the knowledge mobilization of research findings to promote evidence-informed policy and practice.

Scott Hannant, Director, Public Affairs and Communications ​

Responsible for promoting CCSA as Canada's national, unique voice on substance-related issues by providing a range of public affairs, government relations and communications services and advice to support CCSA's leadership priorities and activities. Ensures support of CCSA's strategic directions and the activities of other divisions through marketing, communications, publishing and translation.

Amy Porath, Director, Research

Responsible for ensuring that CCSA advances knowledge in the substance abuse field by providing the best available evidence and research-based policy analysis to inform national policies and professional practice, and to respond to gaps in knowledge. Shows leadership in encouraging collaborations with and among researchers linked with the addictions field to monitor emerging trends and bring multi-disciplinary perspectives to addictions research.