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President and Chief Executive Officer
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  • A proud Newfoundlander, Louise started her career as a registered nurse in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where she discovered a determined passion for mental health.
  • Louise’s work has taken her across the country, where she has held a range of positions across the health sector. From direct care nursing, to forensics and corrections, to research, teaching and large-scale hospital administration, Louise has seen mental health issues at the patient’s bedside and at the highest administrative level.
  • Louise became President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in 2010, after serving as Senior Operating Officer for the University of Alberta Hospital, one of Canada’s leading clinical, research and teaching hospitals.
  • Louise holds diplomas in both registered nursing and psychiatric mental health nursing. She continued her educational pursuits with a Bachelor of Nursing from Halifax’s Dalhousie University and a Master of Science with a specialization in mental health from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Louise is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). She is also an inaugural editorial board member for the new Journal of Mental Health and Addiction Nursing.
  • In 2012, she was honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her outstanding contributions to Canadian mental health. CCHL presented her with the Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership in 2015 for her work with the MHCC in encouraging future mental health pioneers.
  • In her years of work, Louise has heard from hundreds of Canadians living with mental health problems and illnesses. Their stories are her inspiration to spark leading and lasting change for mental health care in Canada.