OPA Council


Executive Committee

 
President

Dr. Renata M. Villela

I work in independent community practice in Thornhill, focusing on individual long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and on couples therapy.  I am on the OPA Council to optimize advocacy for our patients and for our profession.  I am also serving as the Co-Chair of the Coalition of Ontario Psychiatrists and as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Medical Association's Section on Psychiatry.

 
Past President

Dr. Javeed Sukhera

I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in outpatient practice, full time clinical academic at Western University and PhD scientist in health professions education. I am from London, Ontario. I joined OPA council to advocate for a more humanistic, recovery-oriented mental health system for all.

 
President-Elect

Dr. Angela Ho

I am a psychiatrist in Toronto working on a case management team for marginally-housed individuals with psychotic, substance use and trauma disorders. I also provide couples therapy and am a Lecturer with the University of Toronto. I am affiliated with Inner City Health Associates, St Michael's Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. I joined OPA Council to contribute to the psychiatric profession through policy development, advocacy, and education. I enjoy collaborating with and learning from my council colleagues and appreciate the many opportunities to lead projects and effect change.

 
Treasurer

Dr. John Davine

I am an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. I am on OPA Council to help advocate for psychiatry, and our patients. I want to help advance educational initiatives in psychiatry.

 
Secretary

Dr. Valérie Primeau

Valerie Primeau, MD, FRCPC is a bilingual psychiatrist in North Bay.  She has been actively involved in the treatment of concurrent disorders.  She assisted in the implementation of medically supervised withdrawal management beds at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) acute inpatient psychiatry unit, and is the physician lead for the rural implementation of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Integrated Care Pathway on alcohol use disorder and depression.  Most recently, she has been appointed the physician lead for the implementation of a Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic at the Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing.  She currently sits on the Health Quality Ontario Alcohol Use Disorder Quality Standard Advisory Committee and is helping revise the Withdrawal Management Standards with Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.  She is highly involved in resident education and is currently the North Bay Site Director, Psychotherapy Coordinator and Academic Coordinator for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Psychiatry Residency Program.

 

Council Members

 

Dr. Yusra Ahmad

My name is Yusra and I am a psychiatrist practicing in Toronto, ON.  My interests involve tackling the root causes of suffering & trauma on a social & global scale including structural inequalities, socioeconomic disparity, gender-based violence, racism, discrimination and displacement due to war & conflict.  I believe in creative approaches to therapy & community building.  I have developed a program called Mindfully Muslim which incorporates mindfulness, poetry & faith-based practices that help address the mental health needs of the Muslim community.  I also have a strong interest in the power of storytelling through film & have worked on the primetime medical drama, Transplant.  I joined the OPA because of my desire to advocate for the voiceless & the marginalized & to do my part to work towards a more balanced, healthier, vibrant & beautiful world, one in which everyone is afforded the dignity, respect & opportunity to live up to his/her/their full potential.  

 

Dr. Jordan Bawks

I am a senior psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto. My clinical and academic interests are in psychotherapy and medical education. Joining the OPA council is an important means of furthering my work in advocacy and education; a place where I can help shape the future of psychiatric practice in Ontario for the benefit of our patients, learners and practicing physicians.

 

 

Dr. Desi Brownstone

I am a private practice psychiatrist. I also do sessional in a community health centre. I am married with 3 children. I enjoy plays, art, music, wine, scotch and playing golf badly. I live in London, Ontario

 

Dr. Kenneth Fung

I am Staff Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Asian Initiative in Mental Health at Toronto Western Hospital and Associate Professor with Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. I am on OPA Council to promote and advance the mental health care in Ontario through collaboration in education and advocacy.

 

Dr. Hussein Hirjee

I am an early career psychiatrist working in private practice in Toronto and will be joining University Health Network’s community mental health program. I have a background in computer science and am interested in the applications of technology to improve mental health care including patient outcomes and provider workflow. Outside of work, I enjoy food and cooking and often look forward to trying new restaurants and recipes. I joined the OPA to expand my professional network and advocate to improve the quality of psychiatric care, service, and education in our province.

 

Dr. Maryna Mammoliti

Dr. Mammoliti graduated from University of Ottawa medical school followed by Psychiatry residency at Western University and practices in private practice with focus on psychotherapy, ADHD, trauma-informed care and physician health as well as a regular locum at CAMH ER and Telepsychiatry in Toronto. She regularly supervises students in her office as an Adjunct Professor at Western University and a strong advocate for women in medicine as well as promoting physician wellness and safety, collegiality, field of psychiatry. She is a mother of four and gets to practice DBT skills on a daily basis with her four busy children.  

 

Dr. Lyndal Petit

I work as a consult liaison and outpatient perinatal psychiatrist at the Ottawa Hospital, General Site where I also lead the Consult Liaison Team. Academically, I am an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, the undergraduate education site director at the General Site and a regular medical student and resident supervisor and lecturer. I joined the OPA because of its mental health advocacy and leadership. In 2020, I joined the OPA's Mental Health Law Reform Task Force, and I was impressed with how individuals, families and frontline physicians came together to identify areas needing mental health law reform and areas that would improve patient access to care. I joined the OPA Council to move these important issues forward.

Dr. Karen Shin

My practice focuses on adult general psychiatry, and is based out of St. Michael’s in Toronto, where I am the Medical Director of the Ambulatory Mental Health Service. My clinical roles include working in an acute ambulatory mental health clinic, participating in collaborative care within a St. Michael’s family health team, co-leading psychiatric services for an intensive case management program and developing a dedicated practice in cognitive behavioural therapy. As part of my work, I am an Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto, and have the privilege to educate learners from the Faculty of Medicine. Joining the OPA is important to me because it provides an opportunity to bridge my experiences in clinical practice with advocacy for our profession and patients alike. A strong, thoughtful and unified voice from our profession advances all aspects of mental healthcare in our community. 

Dr. Diane Whitney

I currently practice as a community based psychiatrist in Thunder Bay ON and in the past I have practiced in Toronto and London, Ontario.  My clinical practice focuses on patients with mood, anxiety and PTSD, and frequently my patients are first responders, health care providers and military veterans.  Currently I am the Program Director for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Program.  I am a passionate teacher of Psychiatry & Family Practice residents and medical students from various medical schools.  I have joined the OPA Council due to my interest in Patient Advocacy as well as a desire to further the educational efforts of the OPA.

 

 

MIT Council Members

Dr. Ben Joseph

As a family man, I have called Northern Ontario my terra firma for the last 17 years. In my previous capacity as a Forensic Scientist, I have assisted in cases within the Coroners & Criminal Justice system, worked with legal counsel (including Pro Bono and Legal Aid), testified at tribunals, inquests and at all levels of court in Ontario. 
 
Currently, I am a 3rd year Psychiatry Resident at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (Sault Ste. Marie site). In addition to other extracurricular activities, I represent District 9, as a Delegate and Secretary for the Ontario Medical Association. 
 
Through my service on the OPA council, I hope to network with peers and lend skills in member engagement and advocacy.

 

 

Dr. Emily Yung

I am a psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto and based at Mount Sinai Hospital. I completed my masters in Psychiatry at McGill and then worked in mental health education at the McGill student mental health service before medical school. Joining the OPA enables me to not only learn more about the mental health system experienced by our patients, learners, and colleagues but also advocate for a better system of care, education, and support. For fun, I enjoy baking and hiking.

 

 

 

Council Members' Duties and Responsibilities

Summary:  

Council Members function within the mandate of the OPA Constitution and By-laws, and are responsible, collectively, to govern and lead the Association by:

  • Determining the vision, mission, values or beliefs of the Association;
  • Setting and approving goals and objectives including overall operating and financial plans designed to achieve certain goals and objectives;
  • Identifying and managing any and all risks to the Association;
  • Verifying the integrity of internal control and management information systems;
  • Ensuring cost-effective, efficient operations within legal requirements, ethical and quality standards;
  • Monitoring communications within and outside the Association;
  • Recruiting, orienting and training new Council members; and,
  • Adopting a strategic planning process to determine short term and long term goals and objectives for the Association.

Council members serve for a three-year term, may serve for two consecutive terms and are not eligible for re-election for a period of three years following the end of their second term and then may only serve one additional term.  Two Council members shall be Members-in-Training, elected for a term of two years, one Member-in-Training to be elected in each succeeding year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares for and attends all meetings of Council and the Annual General Meeting and any other General and Special meetings of the Association;
  • Establishes and reviews documents such as the values, vision and mission of the Association;
  • Complies with the Constitution and Bylaws and policies of the Association and ensures compliance by others;
  • Reviews strategic plans, goals and objectives, financial information and the annual budget;
  • Formulates and approves policies and procedures;
  • Actively promotes and supports the Association and its activities;
  • Discloses a conflict of interest to Council as soon as he/she becomes aware of the conflict;
  • Remains informed about Association issues and concerns and Council matters;
  • Identifies the needs of the members, emerging issues and opportunities for the profession of psychiatry;
  • Contributes to the Association’s newsletter;
  • Recruits new members;
  • Fulfills other assignments as Chair or committee members, and other duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • Full Member of the Association (9 of the positions) or Member-in-Training (2 of the positions) Elected to office, or, through vacancy only, by appointment.

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