The Canadian Psychiatric Association Welcomes New CEO, Glenn Brimacombe

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OTTAWA, Aug. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) welcomes Glenn Brimacombe as the Association's new Chief Executive Officer.

"Mr. Brimacombe's strong background in health, as well as health policy and economics, will contribute to a stronger Association that supports psychiatrists in caring for their patients and advocates for evidence-based mental health treatments and services for all Canadians," said Dr. Donald Addington, Chairman of the CPA Board.

Mr. Brimacombe comes to the CPA after 12 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO). ACAHO is the national voice of the country's research hospitals, academic provincial and regional health authorities and their research institutes. At ACAHO Mr. Brimacombe had overall responsibility for the strategic management of the organization which provides national leadership, advocacy, and policy representation with regards to the federal government's role in supporting health research and innovation, and improving overall health system performance to the benefit of Canadians.

In diverse roles, Mr. Brimacombe has also worked at the Canadian Medical Association, the Ontario Medical Association, Health Canada and the Conference Board of Canada.

He is also currently Co-Chair of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL), a coalition of forty-two national health and consumer organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health care system. HEAL represents more than half a million providers and consumers of health care, including the CPA.
"For many years mental illness and mental health languished in the shadows. Canadian are now beginning to talk more openly about mental illness and it is emerging as an important public health issue that needs urgent attention. Much work remains to be done and I look forward to contributing in my new role as CEO of the Canadian Psychiatric Association," said Mr. Brimacombe.

The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada's 4,500 psychiatrists and more than 600 psychiatric residents. Founded in 1951, the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters excellence in the provision of clinical care, education and research.

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CONTACT: Helene Cote Senior Communications Specialist Canadian Psychiatric Association 1-613-234-2815 (232) or 613-297-5038

Source:Canadian Psychiatric Association