Kwame McKenzie (Working Group Chair, Mental Illness)

Director Health Equity, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH); Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; CEO, Wellesley Institute (Toronto, ON)

Kwame McKenzie is Director of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is a full Professor and the Co-Director of the Division of Equity Gender and Population in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. McKenzie is also CEO of the Wellesley Institute and a member of the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council to the Minister of Health. He sits on the Board of the United Way Toronto and the Ontario Hospitals Association. He serves as a commissioner on the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Dr. McKenzie is an international expert on the social causes of mental illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. As a physician, psychiatrist, researcher and policy advisor, Dr. McKenzie has worked to identify the causes of mental illness, particularly in cross-cultural health, for over two decades. He is an active, funded researcher of social, community, clinical and policy issues, and has nearly 200 academic publications, including four books. 

Dr. McKenzie has set up award-winning services. In addition to developing health policy for governments, he continues to see patients and train clinicians and researchers. Dr. McKenzie has international experience in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and United States.

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