Former Chair of the Board, Developer & Founder & Member,
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Prior to becoming co-chair, Lori was a team member on one of the first organized medical trips to Guyana, in 2014, in attempts to address the highest suicide rates in the world (World Health Organization 2012).
Lori is a registered psychotherapist and has 20 years of clinical experience through-out the US and Canada in multi-disciplinarian settings that include: juvenile prisons, high schools, residential, outpatient mental health centres, community health centres, universities and private practice.
Lori was born and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri and a MSW from New York University. Outside her professional role she is an out-door enthusiast, marathoner, traveling adventurist, lover of art and photography and
an adoring Auntie to many. She currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario.
Dr. Sujay Patel
Former Co-Chair, Developer & Founder
I have completed aspects of my professional training in Ireland, United Kingdom (Maudsley Hospital), Canada (Memorial University of Newfoundland, McMaster University), United States of America (Mayo Clinic, Harvard University) and Mexico (National Institute of Psychiatry). I am now a Psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor from Canada with an interest in psychosocial rehabilitation, administrative psychiatry, legal psychiatry, clinical teaching and research. My primary affiliations are with Grand River Hospital and McMaster University. I have also been a Psychiatric Consultant to the Canada Border Services Agency as well as other community and private agencies.
My desire to achieve global human equality combined with my interest in mental health has provided me an ability to build a strong foundation for my life-long pledge towards bringing an end to stigma associated with mental health issues around the world while providing a vehement voice to those suffering from mental illness.