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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

A volunteer Board of Directors, composed of 13 members, is responsible for governing CCSA. The directors meet face-to-face three to four times per year.

The Governor in Council appoints the Chair and up to four additional board members may be appointed. These appointments come on the recommendation of the Minister of Health after the Minister has consulted with the Board.

The Board may appoint up to eight additional directors. These appointments come after consultations with the provincial and territorial governments and with any individuals and organization representatives. They represent the business and labour community, and professional and voluntary organizations. These organizations also have a particular interest in alcohol and drug use that the Board considers appropriate.

Board members serve a three-year term. Extensions of up to two additional terms are possible.

Governor-in-Council Appointees

Vaughan Dowie, Chair (Ontario) 

Vaughan Dowie joined Pine River Institute, a residential treatment centre for adolescents struggling with addictive behaviours, in Shelburne, Ontario, as its CEO in October 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience as a senior manager in public sector and community organizations, including as president of la Commission de Protection des droits de la jeunesse, Montreal, executive director of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, Montreal, and assistant deputy minister in three different ministries of the Government of British Columbia.

Mr. Dowie has served as a volunteer on a number of boards of directors of not-for-profit organizations, both local and national in scope. He has served as board chair of the Child Welfare League of Canada and board president of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario. He has studied political science at Sir George Williams University and social work at McGill.

Immediately before joining Pine River Institute, Mr. Dowie was the Executive Head of Public Affairs at McGill University in Montreal.

Mr. Dowie joined the Board in May 2018, and serves as the Chair. He is also a member of the Executive and Performance Management Committees.

Curtis Clarke (Alberta)

Curtis Clarke is the Deputy Minister of Advanced Education for the Government of Alberta. Before joining the Government of Alberta public service, Dr. Clarke was an associate professor and coordinator of the criminal justice program at Athabasca University. In this role, he was responsible for the development of onsite and online programming, the implementation of prior learning assessment criteria, and partnership development with colleges, universities and public sector stakeholders. He has carried out studies on competency-based curriculum design, experiential learning and adult education.

In his role as president of the Canadian Association of Police Educators, board member of the National Police Sector Council and a founding member of the INTERPOL Group of Experts in Training, he has helped to design and implement national and international models of competency-based curriculum design and delivery.

Dr. Clarke holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters (Sociology) from Queen’s University and a PhD (Sociology) from York University. He has recently completed a certificate program in High Intensity Leadership from Cornell University and an executive program on Applying Behavioural Insights to the Design of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. During his career in the Government of Alberta he has held a number of positions: Executive Director, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Staff College; Cabinet Policy Coordinator, Executive Council; Assistant Deputy Minister, Correctional Services; and Associate Deputy Solicitor General.

Dr. Clarke has been a member of the Board since 2018, and serves as a member of the Audit and Risk Management Oversight and Performance Management Committees.

Christopher Cull (Ontario)

Christopher Cull is a filmmaker, the founder of Inspire by Example and creator of a clothing line to bring awareness to the issues around the prevention and treatment of drug misuse across Canada. As a filmmaker, he rec​orded his travels as he bicycled across Canada from Victoria, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 2014. His efforts were to raise awareness about prescription drug addiction. During his journey, he interviewed community leaders, patients and people along the way to help shape the documentary film, “Inspire.”

As a recovering opioid user, Mr. Cull wants his story to encourage those who need help to seek the support they require for recovery. He uses his experiences to inspire others. In 2016, he cycled across Canada a second time, this time to raise awareness about the opioid crisis and to demonstrate to others that recovery is possible.

Drawing from his personal experiences, Mr. Cull is an in-demand public speaker. He also serves as an advisor for numerous organizations on issues around the prevention and treatment of drug addiction.

Mr. Cull has been a member of the CCSA Board since 2018. He serves as a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Journey of Hope

Chris Cull, Film maker and CCSA board member, discusses his struggle with opioid addiction and his journey to recovery.

Renu Kapoor (Saskatchewan)

Renu Kapoor, who was born, raised and educated in India, has a special interest in multiculturalism and diversity, and a passion for volunteerism. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin, and has spent most of her career working in the field of social work. She worked for the Regina Health District for 37 years and is now a freelance consultant.

Ms. Kapoor has been a recognized community leader for the past 45 years. In 2011, she was chosen as Chair of the Year of India in Regina — a special project created by the governments of India and Saskatchewan to promote closer ties between countries. She has also been chosen as an Honourary Ambassador for Mosaic in Regina, served as an adjudicator for SaskCulture’s Multicultural Initiatives Fund and been appointed by the Minister of Human Resources and Development Canada to the National Committee of the Therese Casgrain National Volunteer Awards.

A dedicated volunteer, Ms. Kapoor has served on many volunteer boards, including SaskCulture, Regina Public Library (vice-chair), South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (vice chair), Regina Housing Authority, YWCA and Regina Chapter Osteoporosis Canada (chair). She has been recognized with many awards, including the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award (2015), President’s Community Award (University of Regina, 2014), Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Citizen of the Year (CTV Regina, 2010), YWCA Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Social Work Award (2004), Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal (2003), Flare Volunteer Lifetime Award (2003) and Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).

At present, Ms. Kapoor is serving on the boards of the Regina Airport Authority, Community Foundations of Canada, Cultural Connections Regina (chair) and several other local boards.

She has been a member of the CCSA Board since 2018. She serves as a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Anne Elizabeth Lapointe (Quebec)

Anne Elizabeth Lapointe has been the Executive Director of the Addiction Prevention Centre and la Maison Jean Lapointe — Prévention since 2016. A visionary and strategic leader, she has 20 years’ experience in the field of substance use and addictions, including 15 years in prevention.

Ms Lapointe proficiencies include behavioural addictions, such as problem gambling, as well as the prevention and treatment of all addictions. She has contributed to developing and evaluating the prevention programs of la Maison Jean Lapointe and the Addiction Prevention Centre. These programs reach more than 100,000 young people yearly.

Ms. Lapointe is actively involved in the community and sits on several round tables and expert committees. She has given countless conference presentations in her field of expertise, is a frequent guest on television and radio shows, and continues to share her knowledge within the community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Media Studies) and a diploma in management from the University of Montreal, and a graduate degree in addiction and ethics from the University of Sherbrooke. She is bilingual.

Ms. Lapointe joined the Board in September 2018, and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Oversight Committee.


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

Lesley Carberry (Yukon)

Lesley Carberry has lived in northern Canada for forty-five years, in northern Saskatchewan and the Yukon. She is currently retired from a long career in both public service and the voluntary sector, including work with policing, community justice, victim services and crime prevention, as well as many years in Aboriginal language revitalization and in developing community campuses for Yukon College.

Ms. Carberry currently serves as the part-time Executive Director of the Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada, with membership in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She also sits on the boards of the Teegatha’Oh Zheh Society and the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon. She is a long-term parent and caregiver of four sons affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

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). In 2019, she completed a Master’s degree in restorative practice, through the International Institute of Restorative Practices.

Ms. Carberry joined the Board in January 2017, and serves on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Oversight 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 as Vice Chair of the Board. She also serves a Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee, as well as a member of the Executive and Performance Management Committees.

Deborah Dumoulin, ​(Quebec)

Deborah Dumoulin is a business leader and practicing Chartered Professional Accountant. Ms. Dumoulin brings over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance and advisory services. She has diverse industry experience in the financial services, technology, manufacturing and non-profit sectors, and in government. She brings significant expertise in strategic planning, financial reporting, treasury, financing, governance and risk management practices. Ms. Dumoulin is currently the Chief Financial Officer at mdf commerce inc.

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 has served on multiple boards. 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) fro​m the University of Ottawa.

Ms. Dumoulin has been a member of the Board since 2015 and is Treasurer of the Board. She serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Daniel Hogan (Ontario)

Dan Hogan is currently the Substance Abuse Violence Prevention Coordinator of the Safe Schools Department of Durham District School Board. This position includes responsibility for promoting and developing strategic partnerships to address and support the well-being of the 70,000 students and 7,000 staff members in the 130 schools of the Durham Board. Other responsibilities include chair of the Durham Youth Drug Awareness Committee and chair of the Racing to a Healthy Life (former Racing against Drugs Durham).

Mr. Hogan was the day treatment supervisor of Frontenac Youth Services, Oshawa, for 10 years, operating 10 treatment classrooms for adolescents and five expelled students programs for the Durham District School Board, the Durham Catholic School Board and the Kawartha Pineridge District School Board.

In his role as Substance Abuse Violence Prevention Coordinator, Mr. Hogan works in close partnership with the Durham Regional Police Services and the Health Department of the Regional Municipality of Durham, as well as with local treatment and support networks in the Durham Region.

He has a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto, and is a Restorative Practice Conference Facilitator certified by the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Mr. Hogan joined the Board in May 2018, and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Oversight Committee.

Audrey McFarlane (Alberta)

Audrey McFarlane is the Executive Director for the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network. She was one of the founders of the Lakeland Centre for FASD and led this organization for almost 20 years. In the past 20 years she has been passionate about working with individuals with FASD, their families and service system to develop best practice service models in rural diagnosis; community outreach and prevention.

Ms. McFarlane has presented at the local, regional, national and international levels on issues related to FASD. As executive director of the national research network on FASD, she directs and encourages research in areas of FASD that are meaningful to families, individuals with FASD, policy makers and service providers, and to promote healthy pregnancies. FASD continues to challenge and motivate her to find and share solutions for meeting the needs of those engaged in this field.

Ms. McFarlane lives in a small rural community in Alberta with her husband. She has two children who are young adults. She is also the primary caregiver of her aging parents and sister with Down Syndrome.

Ms. McFarlane has been a member of the Board since 2014, and serves as Board Secretary. She also sits as a member of the Executive, and Nominations and Governance.

Julie Menten (British Columbia)

Julie Menten is a senior associate at a workplace law firm, Roper Greyell LLP, in British Columbia, where she practices in employment, labour, human rights and privacy law. A large part of her practice involves conducting investigations into workplace misconduct, bullying, harassment and sexual harassment. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Julie clerked at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Before joining the legal profession, Ms. Menten spent most of her career working with children, youth and families as a psychotherapist and clinician. She began in the helping professions as a child protection social worker on an Aboriginal family services team for the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development. After completing her graduate degree in couple and family therapy, she started a private practice and worked as a therapist for the Associated Youth Services of the Regional Municipality of Peel in Ontario, as a counsellor for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people, and as a clinician with the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System in London, Ontario, providing intensive mental health services to young people. Her goal is to leverage a decade of experience in the helping professions in her career in law, and she specializes in mental health and substance use in the workplace.

Ms. Menten believes in giving back to her community and has served on a variety of boards and advisory committees. She is the chair of the advisory committee for the Bottom Line Conference on workplace mental health with the B.C. branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. She holds a B.A. in child and youth care from the University of Victoria, an M.Sc. in couple and family therapy from the University of Guelph, and a juris doctor degree with distinction from Western University. Julie was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2013.

Ms. Menten has been a member of the Board since 2018, and serves as a member of the Finance Committee.​

Donald Nicholls (Cree Nation)

Donald Nicholls is a member of the Cree Nation of Mistissini. He has a degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario, a common law degree from University of Toronto and a civil law degree from McGill University. He was a graduate of the inaugural class of the Masters of Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona. Over the course of his career, Mr. Nicholls has worked on rights-based actions and projects in Latin America, North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Nicholls is presently the director of justice and correctional services for the Cree Nation government. His department provides programming and frontline services, and develops partnerships to ensure a community of support for individuals and groups going through substance use and addictions issues. He also serves on the boards of the Provincial Organizations for Victims Support Services, Quebec's Provincial Organization for Aboriginal Court Workers, the Knowledge Mobilization Institute and the Healthy Aboriginal Network.​

Mr. Nicholls has worked with the Quebec courts and ​Ministry of Justice to implement specialized courts related to substance use disorders. He has also been involved in projects that bring Indigenous people back to the land for treatment of substance use issues. He was the recent recipient of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution's Batsinduka Award for Peace for the innovative work he has engaged in the area of conflict resolution and mediation, and a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for his work with children and youth.

Mr. Nicholls has been a member of the Board since 2018, and serves as a member of the Finance Committee.​​

Ex-Officio Board Member

Rita Notarandrea, Chief Executive Officer

Rita Notarandrea has a passion for improving the health of Canadians. She became CCSA’s Chief Executive Officer in 2015 and under her leadership; CCSA’s work has helped reduce alcohol- and drug-related harms for Canadians.

Rita’s expertise is in demand from all levels of government and from stakeholders in the field. She is driven by the need to increase the public dialogue on substance use, given the significant toll it takes on the lives of people in our communities and the health, social and economic impact it has on our society.

Rita has demonstrated her dedication to Canadian health care through the senior roles in which she has performed throughout her career. Prior to joining CCSA, she was Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Ottawa Hospital. She also serves as a member of the Clerk of the Privy Council’s Contact Group on Mental Health. Rita holds degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa and the University of Toronto, where she earned a master’s degree in health sciences and health administration.

Dr. Stephen Lucas

Dr. Stephen Lucas, Deputy Minister, Health Canada

Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart, ​Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada

Board Alumni

The CCSA Board Alumni serves in a consulting capacity to the current CCSA Board of Directors. When called upon, members of the alumni can provide expertise, support and advice. The role of the Board Alumni also includes serving as ambassadors and advocates for CCSA.

CCSA Board Alumni membership is open to all former CCSA Board members (governor-in-council appointees, independent appointees, ex-officio and chief executive officers) who are in good standing with the Board. The selection of the Chair of Board Alumni is by appointment and the Chair serves at the pleasure of the Board.

Chair of Alumni, Beverley Clarke


Beverley Clarke worked in the healthcare system in Newfoundland and Labrador for 35 years. During that time, she held several executive positions, including deputy minister of health and community services. Throughout her career and since retirement, Ms. Clarke has maintained her interest and expertise in the addictions field. She was on the CCSA Board from 2003 to 2013 and was Board Chair between 2011 and 2013. She continues to volunteer with organizations serving the needs of this population and to provide consultation services in the mental health and addictions field with a specific focus on organizational and systems issues. She is an avid hiker and gardener.

Alumni Members

  • Nadeau, Louise, Dr. (Quebec)

  • Aubry, André, Dr. (Quebec)

  • Beauchesne, Normand (Rusty) (Ontario)

  • Blumenthal, Leonard (Alberta)

  • Boivin, Jean-Francois (Quebec)

  • Clarke, Beverley, Chair (Newfoundland and Labrador)

  • Deeks, William (British Columbia)

  • DeGagné, Mike (Ontario)

  • el-Guebaly, Nady, Dr. (Alberta) (appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 2017)

  • Fitzpatrick, Ed (Nova Scotia)

  • Fournier, Jean (Ontario)

  • Fralick, Pamela (Ontario)

  • Gervais, Karen (Ontario)

  • Hodgson, Maggie, Dr. (Alberta) (appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 2005)

  • Hodgson Schleich, Heather (Ontario)

  • Jackson Dover, Frances (Alberta)

  • Kalant, Harold, Dr. (Ontario) (appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 2012)

  • King, Barry V. (Ontario)

  • Lavack, Anne M., Dr. (British Columbia)

  • LeCavalier, Jacques (Quebec)

  • Lewis, Leanne (Ontario​)

  • Liston, A.J. (Bert), Dr. (Ontario)

  • Loock, Christine, Dr. (British Columbia)

  • MacKillop, Barry (Ontario)

  • Maloney, Mark (Ontario)

  • Marley, Marnie (British Columbia)

  • Morrison, R.A. (Sandy) (Ontario)

  • Nicholson, J. David (Prince Edward Island)

  • Perron, Michel (Ontario)​

  • Plecas, Darryl B., Dr. (British Columbia)

  • Porter, Meredith (Ontario)

  • Prospero, Michael ​(Ontario)

  • Quirion, Rémi, Dr. (Quebec)

  • Sangollo, Pierre (Quebec)

  • ​Skirrow, Jan (British Columbia)

  • ​Stewart, Sherry H. (Nova Scotia​)

  • Thom, Margaret (Northwest Territories)

  • Tyler, Paula (Alberta)​

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