Network of Networks

The Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Related Mental Health Conditions functions as a “Network of Networks.” This Network is made up of an advisory committee, community-based Reference Groups, and communities of practice where lived experience is valued as much as technical expertise.

The Centre’s Network of Networks’ model is based on the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) networks model and other evidence on learning health systems and health system transformation. As an independent intermediary, we proudly serve Canadian Veterans and their families along side several other national organizations. The Centre also partners with many international organizations in the global effort to enhance the mental health of those who have served as well as their families.

Centre of Excellence on PTSD – Advisory Committee

The Centre’s Advisory Committee directly informs the Centre’s knowledge, practice, and policy work. This Committee is comprised of representatives from four community-based Reference Groups: Veterans, Veteran Family Members, service providers, and researchers.

Our common purpose is to improve the well-being of Canadian Veterans and their families.

Through collective impact, we are working to achieve the following activities as outlined in the Centre’s contribution agreement Veterans Affairs Canada:

  • Develop and implement knowledge and expertise sharing capacity with Veterans, Veteran Family Members, service providers, researchers, and the public;
  • Develop and maintain partnerships to mobilize resources to improve the mental wellness of Canadian Veterans.

Reference Groups

The role of the Reference Groups are to provide the Centre with strategic advice and expertise on specific initiatives and priority areas, while serving as ambassadors on behalf of the Centre at external events.

There are four separate, but inter-related Reference Groups who provide recommendations to the Centre’s Advisory Committee:

  • Veterans
  • Veteran family members
  • Researchers on PTSD and related mental health conditions
  • Service providers (i.e. psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, community workers, peer supporters, family physicians, etc.) with expertise in PTSD and related mental health conditions

The purpose of the Reference Groups are to:

  • Bring diverse forms of expertise and/or experience in Veteran mental health promotion, research, practice and policy together to support the betterment of Veteran and first responder mental health;
  • Guide the work of the Centre by creating infrastructure for input, feedback, and strategic advice from a multi-disciplinary and diverse group;
  • Hold dedicated space for knowledge exchange related to PTSD and related conditions that relies on best and promising research evidence;
  • Encourage and support cross-sector collaborations related to Veteran PTSD and mental health; and
  • Expand the reach and presence of the Centre through people who can act as ambassadors across Canada.
The Centre of Excellence on PTSD is advised by a central Advisory Committee made up of representatives from our four reference groups. Members of reference groups voluntarily apply, and the groups are formed from individual Veterans, Veteran Family Members, service or healthcare providers, and researchers.Advisory CommitteeFamiliesResearchersService ProviderVeterans

Chair: Glynne Hines

Vice-Chair: Candace Bell, M.I.S.

Co-Chair: Brian McKenna, Strategic Advisor – Veterans, Centre of Excellence - PTSD

Members:

  • Alannah Gilmore, Sergeant (Retired) 
  • Bruno Paquette, Staff Sergeant, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Floyd Powder, MWO (Retired), Veterans North
  • Natalie Champagne, Corporal (Retired)
  • Simon Logan

Note: The names listed include only the individuals who have provided explicit consent to be included on the Centre of Excellence’s website. The list is not comprehensive or inclusive of all current or past Reference Group members.

Chair: Paula Ramsay, Director for Serving Families, Caregivers' Brigade

Vice-Chair: Tanis Giczi

Co-Chair: Laryssa Lamrock, Strategic Advisor – Family, Centre of Excellence - PTSD

Members:

  • Anna Miller
  • Bethany Easterbrook, MSc, PhD Student
  • Polliann Maher, Family Peer Support Coordinator, Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS)
  • Sydney Smee, Ph. D.

Note: The names listed include only the individuals who have provided explicit consent to be included on the Centre of Excellence’s website. The list is not comprehensive or inclusive of all current or past Reference Group members.

Chair: Dr. Vivien Lee, Ontario Provincial Police

Vice-Chair: Oliver Thorne, Veterans Transition Network

Co-Chair: Kelly Bradley, Director, Implementation, Centre of Excellence - PTSD

Members:

  • Dani Alarie, MSW, RSW, Nova Scotia Operational Stress Injury Clinic
  • Elaine Waddington Lamont, PhD, MSW, RSW, Women Warriors' Healing Garden
  • Dr. Felix Munger, Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention
  • Jeanette Draude, WCG
  • Jennifer Bourassa, Captain (Retired) RSW, MSW, TVB Trauma Experts
  • Jennifer Dodd, RN, MC, Edmonton Operational Stress Injury Clinic
  • Julius Brown, Provincial Director, OSI-CAN a Program of CMHA SK
  • Dr. Lorraine Patterson, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Dr. May Wong
  • Dr. Michele Todd, The Royal
  • Ruth Stanley-Aikens, Sexual Misconduct Response Centre - Dept of National Defence

Note: The names listed include only the individuals who have provided explicit consent to be included on the Centre of Excellence’s website. The list is not comprehensive or inclusive of all current or past Reference Group members.

Chair: Dr. Margaret McKinnon, Homewood Chair in Mental Health and Trauma, Professor and Associate Chair, Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Vice-Chair: Walter Callaghan, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

Co-Chair: Fardous Hosseiny, Deputy CEO and VP, Research and Policy, Centre of Excellence - PTSD

Members:

  • Abraham Rudnick, MD, PhD, Clinical Director and Professor, Nova Scotia Operational Stress Injury Clinic and Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Candice Monson, Ryerson University
  • Colleen Dell, PhD, University of Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Deborah Norris, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Dr. Duncan Shields, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Heidi Cramm, Queen's University
  • J Don Richardson, MD, FRCPC, St. Joseph's OSI Clinic/MacDonald Franklin OSI research Centre
  • Dr. Jakov Shlik, The Royal
  • Dr. Mathieu Bilodeau, VAC, CIUSSS de la Capitale Nationale
  • Shauna Mulligan, MA, Cpl (Retired), Aboriginal Veterans Autochtones, Veteran's Affairs Ombudsman Council, University of Manitoba, Indinawe maaganidog. Ozhaawaashkwa Benisii Ikwe nindizhinikaaz. Mikinaak nindoodem. Wiinibiigong Manidooba-akiing nindoonjibaa
  • Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips, HiMARC (Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium), University of Alberta

Note: The names listed include only the individuals who have provided explicit consent to be included on the Centre of Excellence’s website. The list is not comprehensive or inclusive of all current or past Reference Group members.

  • Candace Bell, MIS (Veteran Reference Group Vice-Chair)
  • Glynne Hines (Veteran Reference Group Chair)
  • Dr. Margaret McKinnon, Homewood Chair in Mental Health and Trauma, Professor and Associate Chair, Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University (Research Reference Group Chair)
  • Oliver Thorne, Veterans Transition Network (Service Provider Reference Group Vice-Chair)
  • Paula Ramsay, Director for Serving Families, Caregivers' Brigade (Family Member Reference Group Chair)
  • Tanis Giczi (Family Member Reference Group Vice-Chair)
  • Dr. Vivien Lee, Ontario Provincial Police (Service Provider Reference Group Chair)
  • Walter Callaghan, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto (Research Reference Group Vice-Chair)

Note: The names listed include only the individuals who have provided explicit consent to be included on the Centre of Excellence’s website. The list is not comprehensive or inclusive of all current or past Reference Group members.

Join the Network of Networks

Contact us for information on our Network of Networks. Please note: Advisory Committee and Reference Group membership is reviewed every three years.