The Ontario Psychiatric Association is the provincial voice of Ontario's Psychiatrists. The OPA serves to:
- Facilitate the exchange of scientific information
- Promote the optimal level of professional development and practice
- Advocate for the mentally ill and their families
- Represent members to governments, universities, and other medical associations
- Promote the prevention of mental disorders in the province of Ontario
Introducing Dr. Mathieu Dufour – OPA 2018 President
The Ontario Psychiatric Association is delighted to welcome Dr. Mathieu Dufour to the position of President for 2018.
Dr. Mathieu Dufour is a bilingual forensic psychiatrist working at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. He completed his training in general and forensic psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He graduated from Sherbrooke University medical school.
Dr. Dufour holds different administrative positions at The Royal. He is the Associate Chief (Ottawa) at The Royal. His portfolio includes Quality, building on his previous experience as the Clinical Director, Quality and Patient Safety, at his institution. He is also the Clinical Lead for the Forensic Transitional Housing teams as well as the Brief Assessment Unit in the forensic program. He has sat on the Council of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and on the Coalition of Psychiatrists of Ontario for numerous years.
Clinically, Dr. Dufour provides care to forensic patients in inpatient and outpatient settings. He also attends regularly the Mental Health Court. He provides expert opinions to the court on issues related to fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibilities. He is also an expert on risk assessment and testifies regularly in front of the Ontario Review Board.
Dr. Dufour is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s faculty of medicine. He regularly participates in teaching activities for residents, medical students and the general public. He is involved in several research projects. He won different teaching and leadership awards.