Peter Coleridge: Building Collective Impact

The need for collaboration and innovation in mental health has never been greater. In this session, CMHA’s National CEO will reflect on the past, present and future and invite us to envision a stonger and more unified national association to make our mark on the movement that is building – a movement toward changing the face of mental health and mental illness and to that of understanding, acceptance and support at all levels in society.   He will also provide an overview of CMHA’s strategic planning process designed  to create momentum and change within the national association and to achieve collective action and strength as leaders in mental health across Canada.

Peter Coleridge is the National Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association, and has over 20 years of experience at the provincial, national and international levels in health promotion/population health, public policy,  public education, educational resource material development and training, planning, change management, and marketing and strategic communications.  He has extensive knowledge of mental health and mental illness, substance use, and a number of other inter-related health and social issues such as cardiovascular disease, and maternal and newborn health.

Peter has held a number of  leadership and senior management positions including: Vice President, Education and Population Health and Senior Advisor, BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, An Agency of the Provincial Health Authority in Vancouver, British Columbia; and  Vice President, Communications, Education and Community Health, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario. He has also served in Director roles with the former Addiction Research Foundation, and the Health Promotion Branch and Substance Abuse Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health. He has a Masters of Health Science (Health Promotion), a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), and formal training in public relations and executive health leadership.

Peter is s an Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health and Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, and an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University.  He is also Special Advisor, Global Economic Roundtable on Mental Health and Addiction, a founding member of the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions, and serves as the Chair, National Board of Directors, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange.