Our Team at EHN

Our inter-professional team is made up of compassionate and dedicated individuals from all walks of life. In fact, many of them are in recovery. They’ve been there, and they understand what a patient is going through.

They are physicians, psychiatrists, addiction counsellors, and nurses. They are certified fitness/recreation staff, dieticians, and nutritionists. They are chaplains, support staff, and admissions coordinators.

Every recovery team is tailored to meet the needs of the patient:

For example, if one stayed at Bellwood for alcohol addiction, the team might consist of Dr. Weiss to oversee detoxification and medical care, Laura as an individual therapist, David to lead group therapy and Wendy as a physical fitness instructor. Their loved ones could attend a family program with Lana at our outpatient clinic in Toronto.

If a patient received treatment at Edgewood for drug addiction and depression, they might have psychiatrist Dr. Vincent to manage their depression, Debra as a counsellor, and Amiee to lead their morning therapy group. At night, Nurse Doreen could address any physical concerns, while evening counsellor Ben might help with assignments and support. Brent would ensure that they would be connected to a counsellor or an EHN outpatient clinic for long-term follow up care in their home city.

At Waterstone for bulimia, a patient might have Lauren for group and individual therapy, in addition to overseeing meal time, and dietary technician Dyna to help with nutrition information and meal planning.

The connective thread? All of them excel at what they do. And they are here for any patient, for as long as they need help.

Our Team at Edgewood

Elizabeth Loudon
Clinical Director

Elizabeth Loudon has a long history with Edgewood Treatment Center and, as its Clinical Director, brings both her experience and clinical expertise to overseeing the delivery of individualized treatment each patient receives at Edgewood.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counselling, she has worked in a supervisory capacity at Edgewood since 2001 and is currently pursuing certification in the treatment of sex addiction (CSAT). Elizabeth fully understands the devastating effect the disease has on individuals and their families, and fights it with everything she’s got.

A passionate advocate for good quality inpatient treatment, Elizabeth works diligently to maintain the high standard of patient care and ongoing post-treatment support for which Edgewood is known. For Elizabeth, the greatest gift her work brings is witnessing the restored health of her patients and their reconnection with their families.

Elizabeth lives with her husband and two rather large, but very friendly dogs.

Dr. Gary Richardson
Director of Medical Services

Dr. Richardson received his medical training in Johannesburg, South Africa, graduating in 1989. Immigrating to Canada in 1992, Dr. Richardson spent five years in Emergency Medicine at the Royal University Hospital, in Saskatoon.

He moved with his family to Vancouver Island in 1998, and was in General Practice in Nanaimo, until becoming the Medical Director at Edgewood in 2002, where he is currently the full-time physician.

Dr. Richardson obtained his ASAM certification in 2004, and recertified through the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2014. He is involved in Addiction Medicine education, and is the co-facilitator of Edgewood’s 5-Day Physician Training Program.

Dr. Mel Vincent
Director of Psychiatry

Dr. Vincent received his BSC in Nutrition from the University of Guelph and MSC in Nutrition from the University of Toronto. He received his Medical Degree from McMaster, and completed Psychiatry training in 1988. He worked at Homewood Health Center in Guelph, and passed the American Society Addiction Medicine exam.

In 2002, he became Director of Psychiatric Services at Edgewood. Committed to education, he facilitates an addiction training workshop for physicians, and is an Instructor for Dept. Psychiatry UBC in the Addiction Division. He is the author of “Diagnosing and Treating Addictions: An Integrated Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Concurrent Disorders.”

Colleen Ward
Director of Operations

Colleen brings more than 25 years administrative experience in community health care services in British Columbia to her role as Director of Operations at Edgewood Treatment Center. Prior to joining Edgewood in 2006, Colleen had already developed an impressive administrative background in the mental health field. She was Day Services Director of Milieu Family Services on the Lower Mainland and worked together with the Ministry of Children and Families on the de-institutionalization of adults with developmental disabilities.

With a strong capacity for implementing systems and procedures that support and assist health care professionals in the delivery of their expertise and services, Colleen has developed areas of specialization that include: facility legislation, accreditation procedure (CARF), Human Resources Employment law, as well as Policy and Procedure Development.

Colleen lives in Nanaimo with her husband and two sons and is a doting, surrogate mum to Fergie, Edgewood’s Therapy Dog-in-Training.

Our Team at Bellwood

Cara Vaccarino
Executive Director

Cara graduated from McGill University and worked as a Staff Research Associate at the University of California. She completed graduate degrees in both Clinical Social Work and Health Care Administration. Cara worked for over 12 years for Universal Health Services as Director of Business Development and later as Chief Operating Officer of a facility specializing in eating disorders, addiction and trauma. She has held leadership positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Trillium Health Partners, as the Director of Mental Health. Cara has a deep understanding of the health care system and how it both helps and marginalizes those with mental health and addiction issues.

Joshua Montgomery
Operations Director

Joshua graduated from Conestoga College’s Nursing Program and received his Registered Nursing certification in 2004. While working in the area of pediatrics, he accepted a position with the hospital’s acute mental health and addiction services. Throughout his career, Joshua has gained experience working in a variety of roles, including front-line nurse, prime nurse, patient flow coordinator, and patient relations coordinator.

Following his time with acute mental health, he coordinated the opening and operations of Mount Hope Day Hospital, a facility focusing on mental health.

One of Joshua’s greatest passions is optimizing people’s abilities to help others.

Kristen Cleary
Clinical Director

Kristen Cleary completed a Masters of Counselling Psychology with a trauma certificate in 2000. Since then, she has worked as an addiction therapist in the probation and parole system as well as at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

As Manager of the Emergency Department at CAMH, she oversaw the development of an integrated care pathway for the management of acute agitation, successfully launched an electronic health record system, and effectively led the team through two accreditation cycles. She also received multiple awards for excellence.

Currently as the Clinical Director at Bellwood Health Services, Kristen oversees all inpatient programming and quality initiatives.

Dr. Mark Weiss
Medical Director

Dr. Weiss has been at Bellwood since 2004, becoming Medical Director in 2009. An M.D. psychotherapist who focuses on the medical and psychotherapeutic management of addiction, Dr. Weiss also maintains an interest in the management of anxiety disorders and the relationship between anxiety and addiction. His approach to emotional healing is rooted in the psychology of mindfulness. He has trained with John Kabbat-Zinn and Dr. Zindel Segal in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He is currently a member of the Physician’s Advisory Council for Ontario’s Physician Health Program.

Our Team at WaterStone

Dr. Allan Kaplan
Dr. Allan Kaplan
Clinical Consultant

Our Outpatient Clinics Team

Patrick Zierten
MA, Clinical Manager - Vancouver
Zdenka Rogic
Interim Clinical Manager - Montreal
Brent Lloyd
BSW, MA, Clinical Manager – EHN Nanaimo/ Special Project Lead
Courtney Strong
LMHC, CDP, Clinical Manager - Seattle
Corrie Goldsbury
BA, RPC, Clinical Manager - Calgary
Nicole Makin
Clinical Manager - Victoria
Polly Florius
Clinical Manager - Toronto

Our Team at EHN

Chris Dawson
Chris Dawson
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Dawson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Edgewood Health Network (EHN). He has significant experience in the Mental Health and Addiction sector, having served as Executive Vice President of the Homewood Corporation, where he managed the acquisition of Human Solutions, the second largest EAP/Outpatient provider in Canada. Prior to Homewood, Mr. Dawson was a Partner at Bain & Co. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Mr. Dawson earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an undergraduate degree in Commerce from McMaster University.

Michael Hathaway
Michael Hathaway
National Director, Program Development and Clinical Integration

Michael received a Bachelor’s of Musical Arts from the University of Western Ontario before completing Masters of Theological Studies at the Ontario Theological Seminary. He served as a Chaplain at the Kitchener Home for the Aged for 7 years before being hired at Edgewood. In June 2014, Michael became the National Director of Continuing Care for the Edgewood Health Network. He now works on Program Development and Integration and is dedicated to helping our clients get back on track and live healthy, productive. He is honoured to be part of EHN, and is excited to see what the future holds.

Heather McCarten
Managing Director, EHN Outpatient Clinics and Corporate Services

Heather McCarten leads the Outpatient Clinic business, plus Human Resources and Marketing & Sales. Before EHN, she spent 10 years at the Boston Consulting Group as a consultant, and then as Chief of Staff for their Canadian operations. More recently, she led Operations and Business Development for a healthcare technology start-up. Heather earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and an undergraduate degree in Math and Computer Science from St. Francis Xavier University. Heather is thrilled to be part of delivering on the vision of EHN.

Tehsin Ladha
National Director, Strategy and Business Analysis

Tehsin Ladha is the National Director of Strategy and Business Analysis at EHN. He has led various growth and operational improvement initiatives, including the recent expansion and move of the Bellwood facility to its redeveloped location. Prior to joining EHN, Tehsin worked with various portfolio companies of private equity firms in strategy and business analysis roles for Brookfield Cold Storage, a portfolio company of Brookfield Capital Partners, and RHB Group LP, a portfolio company of Birch Hill Equity Partners. Tehsin earned an Honours Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario

Andrew Galloway
National Director, Outpatient Services

Andrew Galloway provides counselling, treatment referral, and interventions for the treatment of alcoholism and addiction at Edgewood Health Network Toronto. He is an Interventionist for the television show Intervention. He is an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC). His work has taken him across Canada, the USA, Italy, Germany and the Caribbean. In addition to his practice, he is a counsellor for the National Hockey League/ National Hockey League Players Association and Major League Soccer’s Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Programs. He has received awards for Academic Excellence from McMaster University and for volunteer service in his community including the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle. In 2008, he was a recipient of the Transforming Lives Award from The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Doug Biggs CFO
Doug Biggs
Chief Financial Officer

Doug has more than 34 years of senior-level financial experience and leads EHN’s financial operations. He has provided guidance and leadership to companies through the full spectrum of growth, including acquisitions and mergers.  He is a proven business leader with extensive experience in financial management, financial planning, budgeting as well as strategic assessment, planning and measurement.  Doug is proud to have contributed through the leadership teams for companies including the Skyline Group of Companies, Homewood Corporation and Chrysler Canada.  He completed the Queens University Executive Program in 2007.

Board of Directors

Chris Dawson
Chris Dawson
Chief Executive Officer, Edgewood Health Network

Chris Dawson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Edgewood Health Network (EHN). He has significant experience in the Mental Health and Addiction sector, having served as Executive Vice President of the Homewood Corporation, where he managed the acquisition of Human Solutions, the second largest EAP/Outpatient provider in Canada. Prior to Homewood, Mr. Dawson was a Partner at Bain & Co. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Mr. Dawson earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an undergraduate degree in Commerce from McMaster University.

Lorne Hildebrand
Lorne Hildebrand
Executive Director, Edgewood Treatment Center

Lorne Hildebrand is the Executive Director of the Edgewood treatment facility. He has been with the organization in leadership and equity positions for over 20 years. An ardent supporter of better treatment for all people suffering from addiction, he has encouraged growth and quality care in Edgewood and the field in general.

Prior to Edgewood, he has been the General Manager of a newspaper chain, Executive Director of a major not for profit organization, and Partner and chief consultant of a fundraising consulting firm.

Joe Manget
Joe Manget
Chairman, Edgewood Health Network

Joe Manget is an Operating Partner at Alignvest and Chairman of the Edgewood Health Network (EHN). Prior to joining Alignvest, Mr. Manget was a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group, where he transformed BCG’s Global Operations into the firm’s largest and fastest growing global practice. Mr. Manget has also worked as a senior manager at IBM Canada, as well as a consultant and manager at Bain & Co.

Mr. Manget holds a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto, graduating summa cum laude in both programs.

Andre Mousseau
Andre Mousseau
Principal, Alignvest Corporation

Andre Mousseau is a Principal at Alignvest. Before joining Alignvest, Mr. Mousseau was a Portfolio Manager at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, where he built a portfolio of assets, which provided OTPP with a stream of income and capital growth. Prior to this, Mr. Mousseau was a Principal at EdgeStone Capital Partners. He has also worked at CIBC World Markets, Genuity Capital Markets, and McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Mousseau earned an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario where he graduated as an Ivey Scholar, and an undergraduate degree in economics from McGill University.