Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

The Senior Leadership Team at CCSA is comprised of nine people. They are responsible for ensuring CCSA achieves its strategic goals. The team develops strategic directions that align with the mandate of the organization and its core functions.

Rita Notarandrea, Chief Executive Officer 

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Rita is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and its overall management. She is accountable for the performance of CCSA, its projects, programs, staff and associates. In partnership with the Chair, Rita enables the Board of Directors to fulfill its governance role, and facilitates the optimum interaction between management and the Board of Directors. She also provides direction for the formulation of CCSA's mission, strategy and annual objectives, and leadership in their achievement.

Rhowena Martin, Vice-President, Operations and Strategies

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Rhowena provides operational leadership and direction in implementing the organization’s mandate to address substance use and addiction. She gives ongoing strategic leadership and advice to the CEO, while using strong business and operational planning to cultivate organizational excellence and efficiency. She also oversees 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

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Glenn leads the development, implementation and monitoring of the strategic initiatives necessary to advance priorities in the substance use and addiction field. He provides strategic advice to the CEO, while ensuring that best practices guide CCSA’s work in stakeholder engagement and knowledge mobilization. Glenn is responsible for the deliverables of the Research, Policy, and Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization divisions.

Amy Porath, Director, Research

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Amy ensures that CCSA advances knowledge in the substance use and addiction 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. She encourages collaborations with and among researchers linked with the addictions field to monitor emerging trends and bring multi-disciplinary perspectives to addictions research.

Rebecca Jesseman, Director, Policy

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Rebecca builds and manages policy capacity at CCSA by providing subject-matter expertise, policy analysis and strategic advice. She works in collaboration with CCSA’s external facing divisions to communicate key messages and assists in the knowledge mobilization of research findings to promote evidence-informed policy and practice.

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

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Bob manages CCSA's financial and reporting systems. He ensures they have the capacity to meet the Centre’s strategic directions, and internal and external reporting requirements. He acts as the leading interface between management and the Board of Directors' Finance and Audit Committees on financial matters.

Darlene Pinto, Director, Human Resources

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Darlene leads the design and implementation of progressive, innovative and cost-effective employee programs and practices. These programs and practices enhance CCSA’s working environment and culture to increase employee engagement. She supports CCSA employees by delivering results in human resource policy development, performance management, professional development, staffing and compensation.

Scott Hannant, Director, Public Affairs and Communications ​

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Scott leads the promotion of CCSA as Canada's national, unique voice on substance-related issues. He uses a range of public affairs, government relations and communications services and advice to support this mandate. He also supports the strategic directions and activities of other divisions through marketing, communications, design, publishing and translation.

Ahmer Gulzar, Director, Information Systems and Web Services​

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Ahmer optimizes the use of tools and processes to achieve organizational efficiency and effective information management and information technology practices. He is also responsible for enhancing CCSA’s online presence and performance.

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