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Announcing Mental Health Difference Makers from Ontario

National sesquicentennial program recognizes 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health

TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2017 /CNW/ - From more than 3,700 names put forward from across the country, 43 people from Ontario will be honoured as Canadians who are changing the course of mental health.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) launched Difference Makers: 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health in January 2017, with Morneau Shepell as Presenting Partner. Canadians were invited to nominate someone who has made a difference through research, philanthropy, advocacy, social change or inspiration. Nominations closed on Canada Day, 2017.

Media are invited to attend an event celebrating honourees and are required to confirm their attendance through

Event details:


Celebration of Difference Makers: 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health


Tuesday, November 28, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST


Lennox Hall, Toronto Region Board of Trade, 77 Adelaide St. West, Toronto, ON M5X 1C1


The event will feature the following presenters, who are also available for interviews:

  • Stephen Liptrap, President and Chief Executive Officer, Morneau Shepell; National Committee Member,
    150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health
  • Sandi and Jim Treliving, National Co-Chairs, 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health
  • Louise Bradley, Nominations Co-Chair, 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health
  • Asante Haughton, Difference Maker
  • Brian Hansell, Difference Maker
  • Rachelle Viinberg, Canadian Olympian
  • Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and Chief Executive Officer, CAMH; National Committee Member,
    150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health


This event will celebrate the following Difference Makers:

Alicia Raimundo                                               

Jean-François Claude

Asante Haughton

Jeffrey White

Dr. Benjamin Goldstein

Jeremy Dias

Benjamin Leikin

John Kastner

Brian Hansell

Kaitlinn Gammon

Caroline Fei-Yeng Kowk

Dr. Kwame McKenzie

CJ Watters

Dr. Leena K. Augimeri

Doug Burnside

Liping Peng

Elder Little Brown Bear / Ernest Matton

Lisa Brown

Enza Tiberi Checchia

Liz Stone

Eric Windeler

Lynn Courey

Esther Rhee

Mark Farrant

George Cope

Mary Deacon

Mersedeh Jahanzadeh

Shawn Pendenque

Dr. Michaela Beder

Shelley Dobson

Hon. Michael Kirby

Stacy-Ann Buchanan

Michael Landsberg

Steve Lurie

Philip Upshall

Stewart Skinner

Dr. Pushpa Kanagaratnam

Susan Gapka

Rick Goodwin

Vincent (Vince) Matthew Savoia

Rick Green

Wendy Preskow

Sam Fiorella


Media in attendance are encouraged to check in with the onsite media coordinator at the event: Heather MacDonald,  

This is our final regional celebration as all names and stories of the 150 CAMH Difference Makers have now been released, you can read them all at In 2018, we will build upon the momentum created across Canada with the celebration of these inspiring individuals to engage Canadians in a national dialogue on mental health.

About CAMH
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world-leading research centre in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information visit or

About Morneau Shepell
Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrated approach to employee assistance, health, benefits and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. As a leader in strategic HR consulting and innovative pension design, the Company helps clients solve complex workforce problems and provides integrated productivity, health and retirement solutions.  Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves approximately 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations. With more than 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit

For the full list of 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health visit

SOURCE Morneau Shepell Inc.

For further information: To interview any of the honourees, please contact: Karen Cleveland, CAMH Foundation, 416.535.8501 x 30798,; Heather MacDonald, Morneau Shepell, 416.390.2625,