Board of Directors

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Heather Chalmers, PhD

Co-Chair


 

  
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Dr. Chalmers has been trained in a multi-disciplinary context; specifically, she has degrees in Physical Education, Business, Education, and Developmental Psychology and is an Associate Professor at Brock University. Prior to joining Brock, Heather worked within community and governmental agencies. Given her educational and experiential background, she examines issues and experiences in childhood and adolescence from a varied perspective, believing that a holistic examination of issues will allow for a deeper understanding and an increased likelihood of making positive impacts in the lives of young people. Dr. Chalmers continues to work closely with governmental, treatment, and youth-serving community agencies to help policy makers and agencies integrate new knowledge into their programs and services.

 

 

 

Sherri's HeadshotSherri Evans, MBA, CHRL

Co-Chair


 

  
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Sherri Evans joined NEI Investments, now part of Aviso Wealth, in May 2011 and serves as Chief People Officer for Aviso. NEI is the market leader for socially responsible investing within Canada and boasts the largest Environmental, Social and Governance research group in the country.

Sherri has specialized in HR for more than 17 years, and during that time has become an expert in strategic business partnering, talent acquisition, employee relations, organizational and leadership development, and has led many critical and successful human resources initiatives. Prior to joining NEI, Sherri held progressive leadership positions with Hudson's Bay Company (Retail), Cygnal Technologies (Telecommunications), and Assante Advisory Services (Financial Services).

Sherri holds a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University, and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from George Brown College. Sherri is proudly a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association and has earned the CHRL designation.

 

 

 

Susan's HeadshotSusan Goodman, MA

Vice-Chair


 

  
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Susan Goodman is an experienced leader in government and community agencies in the health and social services field. She has thorough knowledge of key program areas and operational issues across various types of organizations, with a proven track record in group facilitation, project management, strategic planning, and program design and implementation. As Chair to GREO's Board, she plays a key role in supporting the work of all our directors.

She is currently the President of Policy Planning Plus Inc., which helps to launch and manage new projects, develop operational and governance policies, conduct reviews, and facilitate board development sessions. Previously, she was the Executive Director for Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Council and has recently retired as a long-term member of the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board. Susan currently sits on the Board of Directors of Lynwood Charlton Centre Foundation and the Hamilton Council on Aging, and is a founding member of the Hamilton Community Foundation's Women 4 Change Field of Interest Fund.

 

 

 

Chris' HeadshotChris Hersh, HBA, LL.B

Treasurer


 

  
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Chris is the head of the Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group at Cassels Brock. Chris has considerable experience advising clients on all aspects of competition law, including mergers and acquisitions, criminal matters, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising, as well as pricing and distribution issues. Additionally, Chris advises clients regarding foreign and cultural investment review.

Chris regularly writes and speaks in Canada and abroad on all aspects of competition and is recognized by Chambers Global and Who's Who Legal as a leader in his field. In 2010 he was also selected as one of Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers under 40. Chris has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario Law School and as a guest lecturer at the Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M. program. Chris is currently the Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Antitrust Litigation Working Group.

Chris has an extensive competition litigation practice and acts for clients involved in matters before the Competition Tribunal, trans-border criminal investigations/prosecutions, as well as defendants and institutional plaintiffs in class actions brought in respect of price-fixing cartels.

 

 

 

Gerry's HeadshotGerry Cooper, Ed.D

Member-at-Large


 

  
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Although he remains as a special advisor to the Vice-Dean–Medical Education and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Gerry recently retired from Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry where he served as Associate Dean of the Windsor Campus from 2011–2018. Prior to his time at Western he was Associate Dean, Learner Affairs at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and before that he managed the Northern Ontario Region for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Gerry's professional contributions span four decades and include mental health, addictions and concurrent disorders’ training programs, the production of many educational materials regarding community action, methadone maintenance therapy, tobacco cessation, treatment utilization and medical education, and his work has been published in several leading professional journals.

Gerry has also been associated with a number of impactful initiatives at CAMH (Toronto), the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (Ottawa), Western University (London), the Association of the Faculties of Medicine of Canada (Ottawa), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (Washington, DC). In 2001 Gerry's doctoral thesis was recognized by the US National Problem Gambling Council through their Outstanding Dissertation Award. In 2018 he received The Douglas Bocking Award which is given annually to a faculty member at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of medical education over the last four years.

 

 

 

Steven's HeadshotSteven A. Goodman, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Member-at-Large

 


 

  
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Steven lends a wealth of experience to the GREO Board as past Treasurer, past Vice-Chair, and past chair of the Executive Committee. He is a current member of the Finance Committee.

Steven received his CPA, CA designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1975. He was elected a fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario in 2016. He was the founding partner of Goodman Mintz, LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants (since 2006). He also holds the Canadian professional director qualification from the Institute of Corporate Directors – ICD.D.

Steven was recently chair of the Board of Directors of Port Hope Community Health Centre, and on the board of the Textile Museum of Canada (Chair of the Finance Committee). Steven has served on several committees of the Ontario and Canadian Institutes of Chartered Professional Accountants.

 

 

 

Eileen's HeadshotEileen Mahood, R.N.

Member-at-Large

 


 

  
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Eileen Mahood brings a strong background in healthcare and management to her role as Member-at-Large at GREO. Trained as a nurse, Eileen has worked as a senior executive for more than 30 years in the private, broader public, and public sectors of health care management.

In 2001, she founded EJ MAHOOD Inc. and now supports project management, policy development, program delivery, negotiation, and organizational change with a wide variety of clients, including medical professionals, hospitals, and non-profit agencies. She is also a leader in her community, serving on a number of healthcare boards and community organizations.

 

 

 

Wayne's HeadshotWayne Skinner, MSW, RSW

Secretary


 

  
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Wayne has had an extensive career in addiction and mental health, working at the Addiction Foundation and then, from 1998 to 2016, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He was Head of CAMH's Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario and Deputy Clinical Director in the Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatment Program. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Wayne has participated in a wide range of provincial, national and international initiatives related to addiction and mental health policy and evidence-informed practice. He co-authored "A Family Guide to Concurrent Disorders" (CAMH, 2007), "Substance Abuse in Canada" (Oxford University Press, 2010), and "Motivational Interviewing for Concurrent Disorders" (WW Norton, 2013). He edited "Treating Concurrent Disorders: a practical guide for counsellors (CAMH, 2005) and co-edited "Fundamentals of Addiction: a practical guide for counsellors" (CAMH, 2014). He has collaborated on research related to problem gambling, mutual aid recovery pathways, and families affected by concurrent addiction and mental health problems. He led the founding of the Journal of Gambling Issues (JGI), the first online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal focusing on problem gambling, serving on the editorial board since 2000. He is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and offers workshops and consultation to professionals nationally and internationally.

   



 

Jim Armour, APR, CAAP

Member-at-Large

 


 

 

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