LOUISE BRADLEY, MS, RN, CHE, President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Title:   Beyond City Limits: Creating a Mental Health Strategy That Works For Rural Canadians.

Originally from Eastern Canada, Louise became a Registered Nurse in Newfoundland. She also studied at Dalhousie University and later obtained a Master of Science with a specialization in Mental Health from Northeastern University, Boston. Though Louise’s experience ranges from Community Mental Health to Forensic and Corrections Health Care, she has worked primarily in the Mental Health field as a frontline nurse, administrator, researcher and educator.  She moved to Alberta to become the Senior Operating Officer for the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and, in the spring of 2009, joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada as its Chief Operating Officer. For the past 5 years she has also been a surveyor with Accreditation Canada, and is both a Certified Health Executive and an adjunct professor with the University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing.

In April 2010, Louise became President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

FRANÇOIS BENOIT, M.Sc. Scientific and administrative Lead of the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy.

Title:  NCCHPP : The challenges of sharing locally usable knowledge on healthy public policy. 
Le CCNPPS : Les défis du partage de connaissances utiles localement au sujet des politiques publiques favorables à la santé

FRANÇOIS BENOITFrançois Benoit has been working in the policy and in communication field for health organizations for more than twenty years. After his Master in Sociology, he was lecturer in Community Health, Health Ssociology and Sociology of the Organizations at the Université of Montréal and at Hautes Études Commerciales (the business school at Université of Montreal). He then occupied different managing positions in research on policy and communications for different organizations in the health sector.

More recently, he was Director, Health Policy, Research and Special Projects for the Quebec Medical Association where he worked with the different medicals provincials associations, member of the Canadian Medical Association. He then became consultant and worked among others for the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Pointe-de-l’île in the Montreal Region.

In October 2007 he was named Scientific and Administrative Lead for the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy.  

PAUL A. LAMARCHE,  B.Sc. Sociologie, M.H.A., Ph.D.

Title:"The Rural Health Care Experience: Unexplained Success"

Paul A. Lamarche has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Université de Montréal, as well as a doctorate in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan. He is currently full professor in the Health Administration Department of the Université de Montréal. Previously, he was a professor in and director of the Social and Preventive Medicine Department at Université Laval, Associate Deputy Minister responsible for reform with the Quebec Department of Health and Social Services, and officer responsible for planning and evaluation at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe. He served on the boards of the CLSC Ste-Foy-Sillery and the Centre de réadaptation François-Charon, the Social Development Council of Canada, and the Conseil de la santé et du bien-être du Québec. He was the first chair of the advisory board of the Canadian Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. His main research interests concern the impact of modes of health services organization on population health and patients’ care experience