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National Advisory Group


Robin Walker, MD

Integrated Vice President, Medical Affairs and Medical Education,
St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre, London Ontario

Professor of Paediatrics,
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London Ontario

Denise Alcock, PhD
Former Dean,
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Former Director,
School of Nursing, University of Ottawa

Founding Director,
Departments of Child Life and Nursing Staff Development and Research, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)


Denise Avard, PhD               
Research Director,
Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University


Rachel Bard, RN, MAEd.

East Champion,
Canadian Health Leadership Network

Canadian Nurses Foundation

Former Chief Executive Officer,
Canadian Nurses Association

Former Deputy Minister,
Public Health and Medical Services, Department of Health, New Brunswick


Julie Bernier

Acting Director,
Statistics Canada Health Analysis Division


Leanne Boyd, RSW, MSW, Advanced Certificate in Community Child/Adolescent Psychiatry

Director of Policy and Research and Manager of Policy Development, Research and Evaluation,
Healthy Child Manitoba, Province of Manitoba

Director, Policy Development, Research and Evaluation,
Manitoba Eco-Network

Simon Davidson, MD, BCH, FRCP(C)
Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa

Chief Strategic Planning Executive,
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

Regional Chief of the Specialized Psychiatric and Mental Health Services for Children and Youth,
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)/Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (ROMHC)

Medical Director of the Mental Patient Service Unit,
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Ian Graham, PhD, FCAHS
Senior Scientist,
Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Margo Greenwood, PhD
Associate Professor,
Departments of First Nations Studies and Education, University of Northern British Columbia

Academic Lead,
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health

Vice President,
Aboriginal Health, Northern Health Authority

Astrid Guttmann, MD, MSC.
CIHR Applied Chair in Child Health Services and Policy Research

Senior Scientist and Program Leader,
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Staff Physician, Hospital for Sick Children

Associate Professor,
Paediatrics and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto


Denis Leduc, MD, FAAP, FRCP(C)

Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
McGill University Health Centre

Kira Leeb, MA
Department of Health System Analysis, Canadian Institute of Health Information

Ian Manion, PhD
Clinical Professor,
School of Psychology, University of Ottawa

Executive Director,
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO

National Child and Youth Health Coalition


Juan Andrés Léon, PhD

Chief, Maternal and Infant Health Section,
Public Health Agency of Canada

Patrick McGrath, OC, PhD, FRSC
Canada Research Chair,
Children’s Health, Dalhousie University

Departments of Psychology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, Dalhousie University

Integrated Vice President Research and Innovation,
Capital District Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

Donna Mergler, PhD
Professor Emerita,
Department of Biological Sciences
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Health and Wellbeing, Society and Environment, Université du Québec à Montréal

Mousmanis, Patricia, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Child and Adolescent Committee for the College of Family Physicians of Canada

Joint Action Committee on Child and Adolescent Health (JACCAH)

Healthy Child Development Program for the Ontario College of Family Physicians

Education Committee for the 18 month Enhanced Well Baby Visit Program, Province of Ontario

Early Brain and Biological Development and Early Learning ( EBBDEL) Group for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Kevin Pottie, MD, MClSc
Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH)

Family Physician and Principal Scientist,
Bruyère Research Institute for Population Health

Associate Professor,
Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa


Peter Rosenbaum, MD, FRCPC
Developmental Paediatrician

Canada Research Chair
Childhood Disability Research, Dissemination and Mentoring

Paediatrics & Clinical and Health Services Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University


Katherine Scott, MES

Vice President, Research and Policy,
Canadian Council on Social Development

François Weldon

Acting Director General,
Social Policy, Strategic Policy and Research Branch, Human Resource and Skills Development Canada

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