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Dr. Kwame McKenzie

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute. He is an international expert on the social causes of illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. He served as a former Commissioner of Human Rights for Ontario. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Director of Health Equity at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health and has recently been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Poverty.

He is a policy advisor, clinician and academic with over 200 papers and 5 books. He works across a broad spectrum to improve population health and health services.

He sits on the Board of United Way, Ontario Hospitals Association and Community Food Centres Canada.

A Southampton University Medical School graduate, Dr. McKenzie trained as a specialist at the Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and Harvard University. His early clinical and academic work focused on developing community informed innovative strategies to increase access and quality of services. This led to advisory roles to the UK Government and election to the Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK. His more recent work has investigated the social determinants of health and how they can be used to decrease illness and improve wellbeing.

In addition to his academic, policy and clinical work, Dr. McKenzie is a past BBC Radio presenter and columnist for the Guardian, Times-online and most recently The Star. Dr. McKenzie holds an African Canadian Achievement Award for Science, Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award, the Dominican of Distinction Award, is a former Harkness Fellow is Health Policy and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, (UK).