On behalf of the CAMH Board of Trustees, I’m announcing that Dr. Catherine Zahn will be stepping down as President and CEO of CAMH to take on a new role as the Deputy Minister of Health for Ontario on September 7, 2021.
Catherine began her tenure at CAMH in 2009 and has led transformational change at the hospital and throughout the mental health system during this time. Under Catherine’s exceptional leadership, CAMH has improved access to treatment and care, become the top mental health research centre in the country, expanded its education and system contribution to improve capacity within and beyond the health care system, and our transformational redevelopment has met incredible milestones with new, dignified and inspiring spaces.
Catherine’s commitment to health equity and inclusion has elevated the conversation and led to the development of comprehensive actions to improve the experience of patients, families, staff and communities.
We are so grateful for her leadership and while we are sorry to see her go, we know she has an incredible wealth of experience and expertise to contribute to the Government of Ontario during this critical time for our health care system.
Congratulations Catherine on your appointment.
We will follow up shortly on our plans for an interim appointment while we initiate a comprehensive search. Look for information in the coming weeks on how we will honour and recognize Catherine’s contribution.