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Advisory Board

Learning Institute

Christina Bartha MSW, RSW

Executive Director of the Brain and Mental Health Program, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and of The Garry Hurvitz Centre for Community Mental Health at SickKids (CCMH at SickKids)

Christina Bartha is the Executive Director of the Brain and Mental Health Program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), overseeing the programs of psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, adolescent medicine, the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, Telelink, the departments of social work and psychology, and in the community, CCMH at SickKids.

Christina is a graduate of Western University with both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work, and obtained a Masters of Social Work and Diploma in Research Methods at the University of Toronto. She has taken numerous leadership courses from both the Schulich and Rotman Schools of Business at York University and the University of Toronto.

Christina joined the SickKids team in November 2016 to lead the newly formed Brain and Mental Health Program, and in February 2017, assumed the role of Executive Director of CCMH at SickKids. An experienced clinician and senior leader since 1987, Christina has led clinical mental health programs and transformative processes to enhance service delivery to populations across the lifespan, including children and youth, adults and geriatric populations, as well as programs for vulnerable populations with developmental disabilities and autism. 


Neill Carson MSW, RSW

Senior Director, Clinical and Operations, The Garry Hurvitz Centre for Community Mental Health at SickKids (CCMH at SickKids)

Neill Carson is Senior Director, Clinical and Operations at CCMH at SickKids. He is a registered social worker with 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in child and youth mental health, adult mental health and dual diagnosis. Prior to coming to SickKids CCMH in 2017 he was Executive Director of Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatments at CAMH. Neill is on the Board of Directors at Fred Victor Centre and was for three years the President and Chair of the Board at Mainstay Housing.

Neill received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, and his Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University. His continuing education includes certificates in Evidence Based Administration, Collaborative Leadership and in Teaching in Clinical Settings. He is presently participating in the Toronto Region Youth Sector Centering Black Youth Experience certificate with YouthRex.

Neill is committed to extending the reach of child and youth mental health services to meet the changing needs of kids and families and to fostering an equitable and diverse service environment at CCMH at SickKids that is welcoming and responsive for all who use it.


Lauren Ettin MPA, HBSc, BA

Executive Director, Kids Health Alliance (KHA)

Lauren Ettin was appointed as the inaugural Executive Director of Kids Health Alliance (KHA) in December 2017. Her career has spanned the public, private and not-for-profit sectors with a focus on improving the health-care system for all Ontarians.

At KHA, Lauren leads an interprofessional team spanning Paediatric and Community Hospitals in collectively advancing front-line paediatric care in the province. Lauren joined KHA from the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), where she was the Director of Policy and Member Relations. In that role she worked to build consensus with senior executives across the 24-member academic hospitals in the development of policy regarding research and innovation to improve the health care system. She also led operational initiatives such as ARTIC (Adopting Research to Improve Care) focused on moving research evidence into practice. Prior to joining CAHO, Lauren was the principal of her own consulting firm and a Manager with PwC’s public sector and health-care consulting practice. She has also held numerous senior positions with the Government of Ontario at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Cabinet Office where she was responsible for leading large cross-functional teams in strategic and operational planning for key policy initiatives. Lauren is active in her local community having sat on many Boards including PACE Independent Living, Elizabeth Fry Toronto, and Red Cross Toronto.


Pam Hubley RN, MSc, FCAN

Vice-President, Education & Academic Practice; Chief of International Nursing, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Pam Hubley’s contributions to nursing practice, policy and education have advanced many innovations through the implementation of leading practices and new models of care and integrated academic practice roles. Her ability to build capacity in individuals, teams and systems has inspired many and fostered healthy, healing work environments that advance evidence informed care and robust professional ecosystems. Her commitments to child and family-centred care and partnership are fundamental in her leadership.

A trailblazer and executive at SickKids, Pam’s passion for children’s health and whole systems transformation is energizing. She is a thought leader and change agent known for her strengths-based approach, results orientation and positive influence.

Pam received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario (1987), a Master of Science from the University of Toronto (1993), and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner diploma from the University of Toronto (1995). She is a Fellow of the J&J Wharton Nurse Executive program through the University of Pennsylvania, a graduate of the Rotman Advanced Health Leaders Program at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing.

Currently Pam holds the role of Vice-President of Education & Academic Practice and Chief of International Nursing at SickKids in Toronto, Canada.


Kelly McMillen BPHE, BA, MBA, PMP

Director, Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Kelly joined the SickKids Learning Institute in 2008. Together with her team, she works collaboratively to develop and deliver programs and services that support the education mandate at SickKids including having oversight for the Simulation Program, Knowledge Translation Program, Conference Management, Resuscitation Education, Paediatric Project ECHO and ECHO Epilepsy: Across the LifeSpan, the Library, the SickKids Archives, the Staff Continuing Professional Development Fund, the Student Centre, AboutKidsHealth, Digital Learning Solutions and Infant and Early Mental Health Promotion. Kelly also provides leadership for the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute. Kelly holds a BPHE and BA from Queen`s University and an MBA from McMaster. She also completed the Advanced Health Leaders Program through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.


Antonio Pignatiello MD, FRCP (C)

Associate Dean, Health Professions Student Affairs, Temerty Faculty of Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Medical Director, TeleLink Mental Health Program, The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Pignatiello is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who graduated from the University of Toronto in 1992. He subsequently completed a fellowship in youth justice, and has worked in a variety of community, hospital, and academic centres. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and is currently the Associate Dean, Health Professions Student Affairs at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, U of T. Among many leadership positions, he has also been the Medical Director of the TeleLink Mental Health Program at SickKids for over 20 years, and has won community, teaching, and academic awards for his pioneering work in paediatric telepsychiatry.


Camille Quenneville

CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association

Camille Quenneville is the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, a role she has held since December 2012. CMHA ON provides mental health and addictions support through its thirty branches, which cover all of Ontario. Just previous to this role, she spent seven years with Children’s Mental Health Ontario, as the Director of Policy and Communications. Throughout her career, Camille has focused on supporting the mental health of Ontarians. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor and the University of Toronto. More recently, she completed the Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management course at Harvard Business School, and the Community Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management. Camille is a native of Windsor, Ontario.