President and Chief Executive Officer
- A proud Newfoundlander, Louise started her career as a registered nurse in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where she discovered an immediate 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 front-line nursing, to forensic and corrections care, to research, teaching, and large-scale hospital administration, Louise has seen mental health issues on the ground and at the highest administrative level.
- Louise became President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2010, after serving as Senior Operating Officer for the University of Alberta Hospital, one of Canada’s leading clinical, research and teaching hospitals.
- She holds degrees from Dalhousie University and Northeastern University in Boston, where she received a Master of Science with a specialization in mental health. She also received a Psychiatric Nursing Diploma with clinical practicum at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Harlow campus in Essex, England.
- In June 2015, the Canadian College of Health Leaders presented her with the Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership for her work with the MHCC in encouraging future mental health pioneers. She was also given the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her outstanding contributions to Canadian mental health.
- 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.
Vice President, Programs and Priorities
- A highly motivated visionary and an expert at building partnerships, engaging stakeholders, and inspiring change, Ed has led innovation and improvement in healthcare for over two decades.
- As Vice President of Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ed is dedicated to promoting mental health and changing the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and illnesses. By collaborating with stakeholders to improve mental health services and supports, he leads the way for change. Ed pays particular attention to reducing stigma and increasing mental resiliency through innovative measures like Mental Health First Aid, the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the Mental Health Strategy for Canada, the Knowledge Exchange Centre and Prevention and Promotion activities.
- Ed is accustomed to wearing many different hats. He was CEO of the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan and Senior Operating Officer of the University of Alberta Hospital. As an Accreditation Surveyor with Accreditation Canada, he contributes to quality and safety in healthcare across Canada and internationally. Ed is also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, holds a Master’s of Science Administration, and is a Certified Health Executive.
Michel Rodrigue, CPA, CMA, MBA
Vice-President, Organizational Performance and Public Affairs
- Michel joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in 2015, bringing a wealth of management experience and a unique mix of expertise in operations management, finance and accounting, information technology, human resources and communications.
- As Vice President, Organizational Performance and Public Affairs, Michel aligns the Commission’s operational plans and organizational processes with its strategic objectives and priorities. His track record of delivering on major initiatives and his proficient management of an organization’s various functions ensures the MHCC has the infrastructure and support required to sustain leading-edge organizational performance.
- Michel measures the impact of MHCC focus areas and their activities to supervise operations, track and report on progress, and evaluate performance.
- A lifelong learner, Michel has an Executive MBA, Université du Québec in Montreal, QC. He has his Chartered Professional Accountant - Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation; a graduate diploma in financial accounting and management accounting, Université du Québec in Outaouais, QC; and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON.
- Michel is also an alumnus from two prestigious executive education programs: the Queens Executive Program and the Harvard Program on Negotiations.
Robert (Rob) Thomas, MBA, CPA, CGA
Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer
- Rob has over 12 years of senior financial management experience with not-for-profit and privately owned organizations.
- Rob’s most recent role was as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Finance with the YMCA, both in Ottawa and St. John’s, Newfoundland.
- Rob is a Certified Professional Accountant, a Certified General Accountant and received a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
- As Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer Rob provides leadership to the overall direction and support of financial management within the Commission and is responsible for supporting the Board of Directors and Committees of the Board in discharging their fiduciary responsibilities.