Section: About Us
The Hon. Michael Kirby, Founding Chair
The Hon. Michael Kirby is the founder and Founding Chair of Partners for Mental Health. He retired from the Senate of Canada in 2006, after 22 years of service. From 1999–2006, he chaired the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology which, under his leadership, produced 11 health care reports, including the first-ever national report on mental health, mental illness and addiction: Out of the Shadows at Last. He was the founder of and former Chairman of the Board for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Mr. Kirby has held numerous senior appointments in the civil service. He was Secretary to the Cabinet for Federal-Provincial Relations and Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council from 1980–83, and was deeply involved in the negotiations which led to the patriation of the Canadian Constitution and the adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Prior to entering government in 1970 as the Principal Assistant to the Premier of Nova Scotia, he taught at the Schools of Business Administration and Public Administration at Dalhousie University, as well as at the Business Schools of the University of Chicago and the University of Kent, England.
James Morrisey, Chair, Partners for Mental Health
James Morrisey FCA is Chair of the Board of Partners for Mental Health. Mr. Morrisey is a retired partner of Ernst & Young where he led the Canadian firm's Tax Knowledge Network and was CEO of its Electronic Publishing subsidiary. In the community, he served as Past Chair for both the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research. He is also Chair, Immaculata High School Foundation Inc., and Treasurer, The Sally Letson Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He is the Past Chair of numerous other organizations, including: Tides Canada Initiatives; Ottawa General Hospital Research Institute; both Audit and Finances Committees, Ottawa General Hospital; and Finance Committee (and Treasurer), Ottawa Health Research Institute. He is also Past Treasurer, Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada, and Eastern Ontario Young Offenders Services.
Peter Coleridge, President and Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
Peter Coleridge has more than 20 years of experience at the provincial, national and international levels in health promotion, population health, public policy, public education, educational resource material development and training, planning, change management, and marketing and strategic communications. He has extensive knowledge of mental health and mental illness, substance use and interrelated health and social issues such as cardiovascular disease, maternal and newborn health. Mr. Coleridge is currently the President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. He served previously as the National CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Mr. Coleridge has held other leadership positions including: Vice President, Education and Population Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia; Vice-President, Education, Communications and Health Promotion, Centre for Addiction and Mental, Ontario; and senior management positions with the former Addiction Research Foundation, and the Health Promotion Branch and Substance Abuse Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health. He has previously served as a Special Advisor for the Global Business and Economic Roundtable for Addiction and Mental Health, is a founding member of the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions and has held academic appointments with the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University.
Aimée Israel, LLB
Aimée Israel LLB has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer and entrepreneur and has developed extensive experience in operations, business development and governance within both small and large organizations. Over the course of her career, she has practised corporate law at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and served as in-house counsel to Cadbury plc. She also co-founded a health and wellness company, LifeSpeak Inc., which delivered expert-led digital content to more than 15 million people across North America. In 2008, she was named one of Profit Magazine’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs. Ms. Israel is passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and promoting resiliency and serves on the board of the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. She graduated with her LLB from University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Stephen MacCulloch, Chief Executive Officer, Jones Collombin Investment Counsel
Stephen MacCulloch has been involved in investment banking since 1987, and is currently the CEO of Jones Collombin Investment Counsel. He previously served as the Vice-Chairman of Global Investment Banking at Scotia Capital, where he worked with many of Scotia's largest corporate clients across Canada. Mr. MacCulloch also sits on the Boards of Alpine Canada and the Montreal Chest Institute and is member of campaign committees for The Arthritis Society - Quebec Region, Fondation Ressources Jeunesse, and Centraide of Greater Montreal. He graduated with a B.A. (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario and then studied French at l'Université de Grenoble in France. Mr. MacCulloch brings corporate and charitable experience to Partners for Mental Health. He believes mental health promotion it is a worthy cause that doesn't get the attention it deserves. He has seen people suffering and recovering from mental health issues, and would like to see Partners for Mental Health contribute significantly towards the prevention, treatment, removal of stigma and public education around mental illness.
Eric Windeler, Founder, Jack.org
Eric Windeler is a powerful advocate for youth mental health. In March 2010, he lost his 18-year-old son Jack to suicide. To honour Jack’s memory, Mr. Windeler established Jack.org, a youth mental health outreach program. Since its inception, Jack.org has launched several impactful initiatives focused on creating conversations about mental health and encouraging young people to take care of themselves and their peers. These have ranged from province-wide workshop initiatives, strategic investments in youth-facing technologies, the first-ever national student-led mental health summit (Unleash the Noise) and Canada's Ride for Youth Mental Health (Ride for Jack). Mr. Windeler has defined his presence as a leader in the mental health community through the impressive successes Jack.org has experienced and as such, has received commendable recognition from others in this field. In May of 2013, Mr. Windeler was the recipient of the Champion of Mental Health award from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and a recipient of the QE Diamond Jubilee Medal, celebrating his outstanding contributions to the field of Canadian mental health.