OPA Council

Executive Committee


Dr. Javeed Sukhera
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in outpatient practice, full time clinical academic at Western University and PhD Candidate in education. I am from London, Ontario. I joined OPA council to help advocate for Ontario psychiatrists and expand OPA's educational offerings, particularly for early career psychiatrists

Past President

Dr. Mathieu Dufour 
I am a bilingual psychiatrist working at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre where I am the Associate Chief (Ottawa) and a member of the Senior Management Team at The Royal. I am also an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine. I am on OPA Council to help improve health systems to improve the health of our patients.


Dr. Renata M. Villela
I work in independent community practice in Thornhill, focusing on individual long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and on couples therapy. In addition to my clinical practice, I am serving as the President for the Ontario District Branch of the APA, am involved with the OMA Council, and am running my own accredited Peer Supervision Group. I am on the OPA Council to optimize advocacy for our patients and for our profession.


Dr. John Davine
I am an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. I am on OPA Council to help advocate for psychiatry, and our patients. I want to help advance educational initiatives in psychiatry.


Dr. Angela Ho
I am a psychiatrist in Toronto working on a case management team for marginally-housed individuals with psychotic, substance use and trauma disorders. I also provide couples therapy and am a Lecturer with the University of Toronto. I am affiliated with Inner City Health Associates, St Michael's Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. I joined OPA Council to contribute to the psychiatric profession through policy development, advocacy, and education. I enjoy collaborating with and learning from my council colleagues and appreciate the many opportunities to lead projects and effect change.


Council Members


Dr. Joy Albuquerque
As a psychiatrist, I enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team at St. Michael’s Hospital and am an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. The bulk of my work for years has been in the area of physician health, more specifically in the area of occupational health, wellness and risk management. I carry this out as the Medical Director of the OMA’s Physician Health Program. I am pleased to be part of the OPA and OPA council and to work to support the educational and advocacy efforts.


Dr. Melissa Andrew
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Queen's University, working with the Seniors Mental Health Outreach Program, based at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston Ontario. I am on OPA Council because, I believe it is very important for Ontario's General Psychiatrists and Subspecialists to maintain close connections in advocacy and education.


Dr. Desi Brownstone
I am a private practice psychiatrist. I also do sessional in a community health centre. I am married with 3 children. I enjoy plays, art, music, wine, scotch and playing golf badly. I live in London, Ontario


Dr. Kenneth Fung
I am Staff Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Asian Initiative in Mental Health at Toronto Western Hospital and Associate Professor with Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. I am on OPA Council to promote and advance the mental health care in Ontario through collaboration in education and advocacy.


Dr. Diana Kljenak 
I am a general adult psychiatrist, Assistant Professor and a Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) Lead for the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry. It was my great honour and privilege to serve you and our profession as a President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association in 2015 and 2016.

I continue to serve as OPA Council Member as I strongly believe that in addition to being devoted to the best interests of each individual patient it is our responsibility to advocate for our profession.


Dr. Wiplove Lamba
I joined the OPA Council for two reasons: spreading/learning approaches to treatment of substance use disorders and being a part of/growing a community of practice. I did an addiction fellowship as I really felt that addiction psychiatry was not a part of my core psychiatry training. I really enjoy learning skills that can help my patients who use substances (psychotherapy, pharmacology, etc.), and I also enjoy sharing my knowledge with fellow psychiatrists and other health care professionals. For the community of practice piece, our work sometimes leads to feelings of isolation and burnout.  I really wanted to be a part of and help grow a local community of psychiatrists who have a diversity of ideas and experiences.  This is the only way I believe we can really have the greatest impact as a profession.


Dr. Valérie Primeau
Valerie Primeau, MD, FRCPC is a bilingual psychiatrist in North Bay.  She has been actively involved in the treatment of concurrent disorders.  She assisted in the implementation of medically supervised withdrawal management beds at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) acute inpatient psychiatry unit, and is the physician lead for the rural implementation of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Integrated Care Pathway on alcohol use disorder and depression.  Most recently, she has been appointed the physician lead for the implementation of a Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic at the Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing.  She currently sits on the Health Quality Ontario Alcohol Use Disorder Quality Standard Advisory Committee and is helping revise the Withdrawal Management Standards with Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.  She is highly involved in resident education and is currently the North Bay Site Director, Psychotherapy Coordinator and Academic Coordinator for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Psychiatry Residency Program.

Dr. Karen Shin
My practice focuses on adult general psychiatry, and is based out of St. Michael’s in Toronto, where I am the Medical Director of the Ambulatory Mental Health Service. My clinical roles include working in an acute ambulatory mental health clinic, participating in collaborative care within a St. Michael’s family health team, co-leading psychiatric services for an intensive case management program and developing a dedicated practice in cognitive behavioural therapy. As part of my work, I am an Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto, and have the privilege to educate learners from the Faculty of Medicine. Joining the OPA is important to me because it provides an opportunity to bridge my experiences in clinical practice with advocacy for our profession and patients alike. A strong, thoughtful and unified voice from our profession advances all aspects of mental healthcare in our community. 


Dr. Natasha Snelgrove
I am a general psychiatrist practicing in the area of student health at both McMaster University and University of Toronto. I enjoy contributing to OPA Council because it allows me to give back to and advocate for our profession across Ontario. Our high quality educational programming and provincially-informed advocacy improves mental health care here.

MIT Council Members

MIT Section Chair

Dr. Anees Bahji
I am a resident in the Psychiatry Program at Queens University in Kingston Ontario. I joined OPA council because my membership in the OPA has played a vital role in shaping who I am and who I will become as a psychiatrist.


Council Members' Duties and Responsibilities


Council Members function within the mandate of the OPA Constitution and By-laws, and are responsible, collectively, to govern and lead the Association by:

  • Determining the vision, mission, values or beliefs of the Association;
  • Setting and approving goals and objectives including overall operating and financial plans designed to achieve certain goals and objectives;
  • Identifying and managing any and all risks to the Association;
  • Verifying the integrity of internal control and management information systems;
  • Ensuring cost-effective, efficient operations within legal requirements, ethical and quality standards;
  • Monitoring communications within and outside the Association;
  • Recruiting, orienting and training new Council members; and,
  • Adopting a strategic planning process to determine short term and long term goals and objectives for the Association.

Council members serve for a three-year term, may serve for two consecutive terms and are not eligible for re-election for a period of three years following the end of their second term and then may only serve one additional term.  Two Council members shall be Members-in-Training, elected for a term of two years, one Member-in-Training to be elected in each succeeding year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares for and attends all meetings of Council and the Annual General Meeting and any other General and Special meetings of the Association;
  • Establishes and reviews documents such as the values, vision and mission of the Association;
  • Complies with the Constitution and Bylaws and policies of the Association and ensures compliance by others;
  • Reviews strategic plans, goals and objectives, financial information and the annual budget;
  • Formulates and approves policies and procedures;
  • Actively promotes and supports the Association and its activities;
  • Discloses a conflict of interest to Council as soon as he/she becomes aware of the conflict;
  • Remains informed about Association issues and concerns and Council matters;
  • Identifies the needs of the members, emerging issues and opportunities for the profession of psychiatry;
  • Contributes to the Association’s newsletter;
  • Recruits new members;
  • Fulfills other assignments as Chair or committee members, and other duties as required.


  • Full Member of the Association (9 of the positions) or Member-in-Training (2 of the positions) Elected to office, or, through vacancy only, by appointment.

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