E1- Confronting the Tsunami: The Fourth Wave of Mental Health and Addiction

1. Mental health and addiction support in primary care

  • Date:  Friday, October 9, 2020
  • Concurrent Session E
  • Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Style: Panel Discussion (45 minutes-session)


Ontario was already in the midst of a mental health and addiction (MHA) crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic even hit – wait lists for mental health resources, especially for children, were at an all time high and opioid-related deaths continued to steadily increase. The pandemic has only magnified the crisis and has highlighted how crucial it is to invest in much needed MHA supports, especially for those more vulnerable populations. Hear from the CEOs of AMHO, CMHA and CHMO as they speak about the 4th wave of the pandemic – the mental health and addiction burden – and what needs to be done to ensure the mental health and wellbeing of all Ontarians.


Kim Moran

Kimberly Moran, CEO, Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Kimberly Moran is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth with a focus on strengthening healthcare policy, systems and patient outcomes in Canada and internationally. She is recognized as a leading and fierce advocate of access to quality and timely child and youth mental health. Her passion for improving the delivery of child and youth mental health treatment runs deep and is rooted in her family’s lived experience with mental health as a mother of a daughter who became seriously ill.


Kim is a Chartered Professional Accountant, who brings more than thirty years of senior leadership experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors including as CEO of UNICEF Canada and Special Advisor to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  She has advised health system stakeholders at all levels of government in Canada and internationally. Currently, Kim is a member of the Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine. Established October 2018, this is an independent, voluntary expert advisory council, which reports to the Premier and the Minister of Health. She also chairs the Finance Committees for two Boards, Seneca College and Canadian Mental Health Association – Toronto.

 Camille Quenneville

Camille Quenneville, CEO
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division

Camille Quenneville is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. Before joining CMHA Ontario, Camille channeled her passion for mental health care in senior leadership roles in the educational, governmental and children’s mental health sectors. She has served in senior roles at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Children’s Mental Health Ontario, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. Camille is an alumnus of the University of Windsor and the University of Toronto.

 Adrienne Spafford

Adrienne Spafford, CEO, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario


Adrienne is a values -driven leader with 15 years of experience in public policy, advocacy, communications, and stakeholder relations. Passionate, focused, and collaborative, she is well-known among Ontario's health care sector for her commitment to quality and humanity in the delivery of care - nowhere more so than in the area of mental health and addiction.

Adrienne has a strong track record of success in senior public and corporate affairs roles and has worked in some of the most highly-regulated sectors in Ontario. Adrienne has held senior positions at the Ontario Long Term Care Association, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Infrastructure Ontario, and with a former Premier of Ontario. Adrienne began her career as a consultant for private sector clients on culture and gender diversity at Catalyst Canada, Inc.