Kwame McKenzie

Kwame McKenzie

CEO, Wellesley Institute

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is the CEO of Wellesley Institute and is an international expert on the social causes of mental illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. Dr. McKenzie is also Director of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and a Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. As a policy advisor, clinician and academic with over 200 papers and 5 books, and numerous awards he has worked across a broad spectrum to improve population health and health services for over two decades. He is a member of the National Advisory Council on Poverty, a member of Canada’s Expert Advisory Panel on COVID-19 and Mental Health and a served as part of Canada’s Delegation to the High-Level Political Forum on the Social Development Goals. Dr. McKenzie was previously a Human Rights Commissioner for Ontario an advisor to Ontario's basic income pilot project. He sits on the board of United Way Toronto and the Ontario Hospitals Association. In addition to his academic, policy and clinical work, Kwame is a columnist for the Guardian, Times-online and Toronto Star and a past BBC Radio presenter.