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Management Team

Sam Ozersky

A.B., MD, FRCP(C), CEO and President

Sam is Mensante’s founder and CEO. In 2008, the Canadian Association of Heath Informatics selected Dr. Sam Ozersky as recipient of the 2008 Community Based Physician Innovation Award for developing FeelingBetterNow®. The award was presented by the Canadian Medical Association. He is the Senior Consultant at the Toronto Hospital Mood Disorders Clinic. He is an expert in occupational psychiatry and has designed a mental health disability management system for a Fortune "Top Ten" company. He speaks and writes extensively about the critical relationship between mental health and the workplace. The focus of his concern is in developing information distribution systems that enable patients and physicians to benefit from state of the art psychiatric expertise usually found in university psychiatry clinics.

Patricia Carlson

LLB, Executive Vice President and COO

Since joining Mensante in 2006, Patty Carlson has helped grow the company from an innovative startup to an award-winning leader in online mental health care. As Mensante’s chief operating officer, Patty is responsible for Mensante’s day-to-day-operations, setting the business strategy and leading the company’s product development. Prior to joining Mensante, she practiced business law and litigation in both Canada and the U.S, served as a government legal policy consultant, and as a university law professor. She was a founding member of both the Canadian Organization of Women and the Canadian Legal Education Action Fund. Patty is the author of many policy papers and has spoken at several lecture series, including the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.

Sagar Parikh

MD, FRCP(C), Medical Director

Dr. Parikh is the author / editor of two books and over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and co-author of CANMAT treatment guidelines for Depression and for Bipolar Disorder, the world’s most cited mood disorder guidelines. His research includes clinical treatments in mood disorders, health services research, genetics, epidemiology, and educational research. He has conducted clinical trials looking at the combination of medication and psychotherapy for bipolar disorder and for depression, as well as pharmacotherapy trials in mood disorders. Current major projects include a multi-site study of Biomarkers in Major Depression, a RCT evaluating a new Pharmaco-genomics test for depression, Workplace Depression interventions, and a RCT of Telephone-Delivered CBT for Bariatric Surgery patients. As medical director of Mensante, he helped create a novel internet system for recognition and management of mental disorders in the workplace across North America.
 
In Toronto, he served as Director of Continuing Mental Health Education and Head of General Psychiatry, and at Toronto’s major hospital grouping, the University Health Network, he completed two terms as Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief and served as President of the Medical Staff Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Previously, he was head of the Bipolar Clinic and Director of CME at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.
 
In March 2015, Dr. Sagar Parikh was appointed as the John F. Greden Professor of Depression and Clinical Neuroscience, and Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was also designated Associate Director of the Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. Dr. Parikh is also Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, where he was on staff full-time from 1994-2015. 

Kathleen Qu

Product Manager

Kathleen Qu, M.Sc., manages the information architecture, quality assurance, business intelligence, and user acceptance testing for FeelingBetterNow(R). She also manages projects related to business development and product marketing for FBN. Kathleen has an M.Sc in Global Health from McMaster University and is experienced in health informatics systems research and quantitative data analysis. Prior to joining Mensante, Kathleen conducted knowledge translation literature review and evaluations in the context of community care, and community-based analysis of Federal Tracking System policies. Kathleen has also held a key leadership role at the Shoppers' Drug Mart Patient Contact Centre for promoting a healthy and effective workplace environment.

 

Don Thomson

B. Comm (Hons.), RHU. Vice President Marketing and Sales

Don draws on nearly two decades of progressive experience in business development, operations, product development, marketing and distribution in medical and financial services. Prior to joining Mensante in 2006, Don worked in a number of capacities which included Executive Vice-President, Global Business Development, President for Canada of a medical second opinion company, Vice-President for one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies where he was responsible for the Individual Disability, Critical Illness, Major Medical and Long Term Care lines of business in Canada. He is the former head of the Reinsurer’s Global Knowledge Management Initiative for Individual Health Products, known as Living Benefits. Don has spoken at over 200 Canadian, American and Caribbean industry conferences and participated in roundtable discussions regarding the Romanow and Kirby Reports on the future of health care in Canada.

John Thomas Mayberry

Business Advisor for Mensante Corporation

John Thomas Mayberry CM, BA, PSYCH, LLD is the former Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Nova Scotia and is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dofasco Inc., a manufacturer of primary steel products. Mr. Mayberry currently serves as a director of Irving Oil and its subsidiaries. He holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and a diploma from McMaster University in Metallurgy of Iron and Steel. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Ron Barbaro

Business Advisor for Mensante Corporation

Ron Barbaro is currently Chairman, Smart Employee Benefits (TSX: SEB) and Chairman of Levon Resources Ltd. (TSX: LVN). He is former Chairman of The Brick Ltd. and has served on more than 30 other public boards including Thomson Reuters. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (1998-2003); and President of the Toronto Argonaut Football Club 1993-1995. Mr. Barbaro served as President & CEO the Prudential Insurance Company of America Canadian Operations (1985 – 1990) pioneering the accelerated death payment concept of “Living Needs Benefit”; he then went on to become President of Prudential's Worldwide Ops. 1990-1993 - (and launched operations in Italy, Korea and Spain). Volunteer activities include: Chairman of the Toronto Design Exchange, Campaign Chairman of the United Way; and Chairman of the Toronto Zoo (1975 – 85) during which he successfully negotiated with China, the first ever exhibit of a pair of Pandas in Canada. In addition, Mr. Barbaro has been recognized with many awards, including the Order of Ontario; induction into the Academy of Achievement of Sales and Marketing Executives in both Canada and the U.S.A.; and featured in numerous print media and personal appearances for his significant contributions to the business world.

John Randolph

Business Advisor for Mensante Corporation

John Randolph is the Founder and Chairman of Canadian Forces & Families. Founded in 2006, with the support of General Rick Hillier (CDS), Forces & Families is a Canadian volunteer organization that provides support to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, Veterans and their families. Under the leadership of chairman John Randolph, Forces & Families has helped raise charitable revenues in support of DND’s Military Families Fund (the charity) and also help CAF men and women, their families and veterans to connect with Canadians through events such as Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Days, to help improve morale, build mutual understanding, awareness and respect.

Beginning in 2013 at the request of the then Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) Forces & Families has planned and launched its Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans ‘Family Health and Mental Wellness Outreach Programs’. These programs now form the foundation of all projects and programs. John Randolph is a graduate of the University of Guelph, BA, in English literature. He has completed the executive studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management, Center of Information Systems Research (CISR) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also completed the Public Executive Program at the Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University. In addition, he attended a special executive course offering for ‘Negotiation Skills in the Public Sector’, at the Harvard Law School with Professor William Ury. The author of ‘Getting to Yes’. John has been a guest lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard School of Business. He has received the Distinguished Services Medal, Canada’s highest civilian award – 2007 and a Commendation for service to the Canadian Armed Forces in 2011. John is a former Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the Ontario Ministry of Revenue and the Ontario Management Board of Cabinet. He has 25 years experience consulting to the Government of Canada and Canadian industries. He is currently a Senior Vice President with Treacy & Co. in Needham, Massachusetts based in Toronto.