Welcome to new board members, Peter Dinsdale and Dr. Kwame McKenzie

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We are delighted to welcome two new directors to the Community Food Centres Canada board.

Peter Dinsdale is the President and Chief Executive Officer of YMCA Canada.  Prior to joining YMCA Canada Peter lead the Assembly of First Nations as the Chief Executive Officer. Peter co-lead a team to conceptualize, design, organize and execute the 2012 Crown-First Nation Gathering and the 2013 meeting between Prime Minister Harper and First Nation representatives which sought to forge a new Treaty relationship with Canada. Peter led on numerous files such as the Assembly of First Nations representative on the Truth and Reconciliation All Party Committee, the development and execution of the 2015 federal election strategy, and working with the AFN Executive and senior staff to advocate for an unprecedented $8.4 billion investment in First Nation issues in the 2016 federal budget.

Peter holds a B.A. and M.A. from Laurentian University as well as an honorary diploma in Education from Canadore College.  Peter serves as a Governor at Carleton University. Peter is married, with 2 children and is an avid hockey fan and student of politics.

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute. He is an expert on the social causes of illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. As a physician, researcher and policy advisor, Kwame has worked to identify the causes of illness in cross-cultural health for over two decades. He is a researcher of social, community, clinical and policy issues with nearly 200 academic publications including five books.

Kwame  is also the Directorof Clinical Health Equity at CAMH and a full Professor and the Co-Director of the Division of Equity Gender and Population in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He sits on the Boards of the United Way Toronto & York Region and the Ontario Hospitals Association. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College.

Kwame is a member of the Ontario Government’s Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council and sat on the Expert Advisory Group for Ontario’s Homelessness Strategy alongside numerous other committees. Kwame completed his medical training at the University of Southampton and was trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry and Harvard University.


And we are very grateful to two departing board members who played an integral role in the establishment and success of CFCC in our first five years. We’d like to extend huge thanks and appreciation to Gillian Smith and Michael MacMillan for sharing their experience, strategic smarts and time, and for their unwavering commitment to our work.

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