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New leader appointed for key Ontario mental health program
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is pleased to name Michelle Hurtubise as the new executive director for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (the Centre), effective January 4, 2016.
Ms. Hurtubise is a highly respected leader and visionary. She has a systemic approach to achieving strategic objectives and is inclusive of stakeholders and diverse perspectives – bringing people and ideas together towards the development of a common agenda. She has in-depth knowledge and experience in service delivery, program evaluation and organization and system development.
“The appointment of Michelle as the new leader for the Centre follows a national search that was conducted earlier this year,” says Ewa Deszynski, executive director of the Etobicoke Children’s Centre and selection committee member. “She was a unanimous choice among selection committee members that included representatives from CHEO, the Centre and child and youth mental health agencies across Ontario. Her approach aligns with the Centre’s values that are inclusive of child, youth and family voice – making her the ideal fit for an organization whose mandate is to support mental health service agencies across Ontario in strengthening services and creating an accessible system of care for children, youth and families.”
Hurtubise comes to the Centre from the London InterCommunity Health Centre where she has served as executive director since 2002. During her time in this role, she led numerous initiatives across Ontario’s province-wide network of community health centres and supported the organization and sector during a time of significant change and transformation. She also has an additional 10 years’ experience in community-based health program development and operations.
“Michelle is a natural and respected bilingual leader who truly understands the needs of community programs,” said Alex Munter, CHEO’s CEO and former executive director of a child and youth mental health agency. “She will help ensure that the tools, services and training delivered to mental health agencies across Ontario support them in improving outcomes for the children and youth they serve.”
Ms. Hurtubise joins the Centre at an exciting time in the organization’s history. Not only is it at a unique place in terms of its growth and evolution, but it is supporting a sector undergoing significant change as part of the Ontario government’s work to transform the way child and youth mental health services are delivered across the province.
“I’m thrilled to accept this new role as executive director,” says Hurtubise. “The Centre is a well-known and well-respected organization. I look forward to continuing the important work of enhancing skills and knowledge at the service level, supporting collaboration and consistency at the system level and creating even greater impact in child and youth mental health.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Ian Manion for his pivotal role in establishing and developing the Centre,” says Michael Baine, chair of the Centre’s governance committee and CHEO trustee. “Under his leadership, the Centre has evolved from a good idea to what is today a leading and trusted partner in child and youth mental health. His is a true visionary and his legacy will carry on for years to come.”
About CHEO
CHEO is the pediatric health and research center in Canada’s capital -- providing outstanding patient care, pioneering breakthrough research, and training the health care professionals of tomorrow.
CHEO is one of the largest providers of child and youth mental health services in Ontario. It is also home to internationally-recognized researchers in the field of mental health, eating disorders and outcomes management. Their research has helped shape clinical programs at CHEO and beyond.
About the Centre
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health supports agencies and leaders as they use evidence to strengthen mental health services and build an accessible system of care. It offers a range of collaborative services, programs and tools that support the child and youth mental health sector in finding, using and sharing knowledge to improve mental health outcomes.
For further information, please contact:

Heather Parsons
Acting Manager Communications
Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
613-737-2297 x 3332
Cell: 613-220-1741
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