Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

June 23, 2009 14:00 ET

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Welcomes Dr. Jean-Francois Boivin and Ms. Paula Tyler to its Board of Directors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors-Dr. Jean-Francois Boivin of McGill University and Ms. Paula Tyler of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. The member-at-large appointments bring a wealth of experience and consultative guidance to CCSA and its mandate of reducing alcohol and other drug-related harms.

Dr. Jean-Francois Boivin is a physician and graduate of Laval University. In addition, he has a specialty in community medicine from the Universite de Montreal and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard. Dr. Boivin is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health of McGill University. He has extensive research experience in the areas of addiction and homelessness with over 100 scientific publications, books and book contributions to his name in the field of epidemiology.

Paula Tyler is the Executive Director of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a Norlien Foundation project that applies a neuroscience-based framework to childhood development and the treatment and prevention of addiction. Ms. Tyler brings a breadth of experience relating to human services to CCSA, including previous positions as Vice President of Child and Women's Health and Specialized Clinical Services for the Calgary Health Region, Chief Executive of Child Youth and Family Services for the Government of New Zealand, and Deputy Minister for Alberta Children's Services. Ms. Tyler graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education and is an active volunteer locally, provincially and nationally.

"CCSA is excited to have both Ms. Tyler and Dr. Boivin join our Board of Directors," said Dr. Anne M. Lavack, Interim Chair of the Board. "Their expertise and history of deep commitment to their respective fields will be of tremendous value over the coming years as CCSA advances a number of epidemiological and youth-oriented initiatives centred on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse"

CCSA's volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of 15 distinguished members from diverse sectors, including: public health, research and science, business, government and law enforcement. The Chair and five members are named by the Governor in Council, and nine additional members-at-large are appointed by the Nominations and Governance Committee of the Board.

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With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse provides leadership on national priorities, fosters knowledge-translation within the field, and creates sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA receives funding support from Health Canada.

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