About EENet

About EENet

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) connects people with people—and people with evidence—to build a better mental health and addictions system in Ontario. 

EENet is part of the Knowledge Exchange and Training portfolio in CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program, which moves evidence to action to improve systems in Ontario. The network includes persons with lived experience, family members, service providers, clinicians, researchers, system planners and policymakers. A team of knowledge brokers supports this work: they respond to evidence needs, translate evidence out to the system, and help people connect.

What is evidence? 

Many forms of knowledge, taken together, make up evidence. These forms include research, professional expertise, the lived experience of people and families, and cultural and traditional knowledge. The use of this evidence must consider the local context.

EENet responds to the evidence needs of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system by creating evidence briefs, research snapshots, infographics, webinars, and other resources to help inform decisions. The network also connects people within the mental health and addictions sector with one another so that they can share their resources, experiences and knowledge.

How does EENet connect people?

EENet connects people in Ontario’s mental health and addictions system through a number of platforms and mechanisms. EENet’s online community, EENet Connect, enables over 15,000 members to link and share knowledge. Its knowledge brokers support the work of Communities of Interest (CoIs), groups that collaborate around a specific topic, and Communities of Practice (CoPs), groups that share a similar practice. Learn more about our CoIs and CoPs.


History

Originally located in the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) began in 2004 as the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Knowledge Exchange Network (OMHAKEN).

Dr. Paula Goering and Dale Butterill envisioned EENet as a sustainable structure to help different people work together and share knowledge. But Goering, Butterill, and other early champions didn’t want to invent yet another network from scratch. They decided to take a “network-of-networks” approach: by linking to other networks and organizations, they could continue to build and enhance already-existing relationships. 

OMHAKEN began by supporting knowledge exchange for the Systems Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI). A large, multisite and provincial effort, SEEI set out to evaluate the effects of investments in the province’s community mental health system. When SEEI ended in 2009, the network took on another initiative, Creating Together: Co-Creating a Mental Health and Addictions Research Agenda for Ontario, which resulted in an agenda of research priorities for the province.

In the spring of 2011, under the leadership of Heather Bullock, OMHAKEN changed its name to EENet and relocated to CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program (PSSP). PSSP works to move evidence to action to improve systems in Ontario—and the program’s provincial scope and systems focus made it a perfect fit for EENet. Knowledge brokers located in PSSP’s regional offices joined the EENet team and expanded the network’s reach. 

As part of this new phase, EENet supported ten projects working to improve substance use treatment in the province and launched Communities of Interest. At the same time, EENet’s regionally based knowledge brokers brought their expertise to Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC), a major initiative that was focused on improving the way young people access and transition between services and systems. Knowledge brokers helped bring evidence to key decision points during the SISC initiative and shared this important work with the larger system through various channels, including EENet Connect.

EENet has contributed its expertise to other large-scale efforts—from the Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network to Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario—while informing the work of implementation projects across the province. 

Today, EENet remains committed to enhancing its network while getting evidence into the right hands. As part of PSSP’s Knowledge Exchange and Training portfolio, EENet has developed online trainings for service providers on human trafficking as well as community treatment orders. The network continues to respond to evidence needs, while developing and supporting new Communities of Interest and Practice.

Learn more about the different initiatives EENet supports and browse our library of resources. Let us know how we can help connect you with the evidence you need.

Our team

BRANKA AGIC, Director of Knowledge Exchange

Branka is Director of Knowledge Exchange in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH. Branka holds a PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences and a Masters of Health Science (MHSc) in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto, along with a Medical Doctorate from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Field Director of the Master of Science in Community Health (MScHS) in Addiction and Mental Health Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Branka has extensive experience leading innovative research and knowledge exchange initiatives, as well as in adult education, health equity, and mental health promotion.
Branka [dot] Agic [at] camh [dot] ca

MARY GROSSUTTI, Manager, EENet (on leave)

Mary is the Manager, Knowledge Translation and Exchange in the Provincial Support Services Program (PSSP) at CAMH. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from McMaster University and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Mary has worked in children’s mental health, both in knowledge mobilization and as a clinician, as well as the child welfare sector. In her spare time, Mary likes to cross-stitch and play board games. John Labao is covering her leave. 

JOHN LABAO, Manager, EENet 

John is the new Manager, Knowledge Translation and Exchange in the Provincial Support Services Program (PSSP) at CAMH taking over a maternity leave. He holds a Master in Health Sciences (Health Administration) from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation ( University of Toronto), a Bachelor of Health Services Management from Ryerson University, a Project Management Professional and a Certified Change Management Practitioner. John has worked in different organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Health Quality Ontario, and the Ontario College of Pharmacists in a project and program management capacities.

john [dot] labao [at] camh [dot] ca

JASON GURIEL, Assistant Manager, EENet

Jason is an Assistant Manager in Toronto. He has been a part of EENet since 2011. He brings to his role a background in knowledge exchange, research communications, and English literature. Jason has written several books, and his writing has appeared in magazines like Slate, The Atlantic, ELLE, and The Walrus.
jason [dot] guriel [at] camh [dot] ca

ANDRA RAGUSILA, Knowledge Broker

Andra is a knowledge broker with the Opioid Resource Hub within PSSP’s Knowledge Exchange team. Andra has a strong commitment to improving the lives of people living with mental health challenges or addictions and reducing the stigma they face every day. She holds a Masters in Health Systems Research from the University of Toronto.  In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, travelling, drawing and painting. 
Andra [dot] Ragusila [at] camh [dot] ca

ANGELA YIP, Knowledge Broker

Located in Toronto, Angela is a knowledge broker with a background in neuroscience. She has worked for a number of years in health systems and services research, and is currently focused on transferring evidence into practice and policy. As a devout snowboarder, Angela is one of the only team members who welcomes the winter. When there isn’t snow on the ground, you’ll find her golfing, dreaming about eclectic cuisine and travelling to find it! 
angela [dot] yip [at] camh [dot] ca

DAVID PHILLIPS, Knowledge Broker

David is a Knowledge Exchange Lead with the GTA Regional Team. After completing his BA in psychology at the University of Guelph and specializing in behavioural science, he received a Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor. He honed his clinical skills as a behaviour therapist in the forensic sector and also works as a college professor. He is passionate about understanding mental health inequity through an intersectional lens and is always curious about how to make abstract concepts measurable. David appreciates running an occasional half-marathon, getting lost in his thoughts, and sitting on porches with dogs.
David [dot] Phillips [at] camh [dot] ca

EMMA FIRSTEN-KAUFMAN, Knowledge Broker

Emma has a Master’s of Public Health and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from McGill University. With a background in health promotion and global health, she has contributed to various research projects, knowledge exchange portfolios, and programs in Toronto and internationally. Emma is dedicated to improving health equity and access to health services and resources for women, youth, and diverse under-served or marginalized populations. She spends her spare time practicing Spanish, doodling, and dancing.
emma [dot] firsten-kaufman [at] camh [dot] ca

JEFF ROCCA, Knowledge Broker 

Jeff is a Knowledge Broker with our Kingston office. He has an MSc in Psychology and is currently finishing work on his PhD. As a graduate student he worked as a psychopharmacology researcher focusing on the role of dopamine in learning. He has extensive knowledge of neuroscience and the consequences of drug use on brain function and behaviour. Most of his spare time is dedicated to caring for his very active border terrier, Harvey.
jeff [dot] rocca [at] camh [dot] ca

LEAH GREEN, Knowledge Broker

Leah is a Knowledge Broker with the Northwest Regional Team. She has a background in employment and education and also worked as a Research Analyst on a community-based problem gambling prevention and treatment initiative led by CAMH. Leah is interested in addressing health disparities through system design, multi-sectoral collaboration and by strategically identifying existing evidence-based innovations and applying them to a Northern regional context. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University. In her spare time, Leah enjoys taking in the beauty of the outdoors with her family, or appreciating the indoors, depending on the time of year.
leah [dot] green [at] camh [dot] ca

LINDSAY TURNER, Project Coordinator

Lindsay is the Project Coordinator for the Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION). Lindsay’s background is in policy development and program design. She has over a decade of experience researching complex socioeconomic issues, evaluating programs, and collaborating in multi-sectoral teams to provide evidence-based advice to federal and provincial governments. Lindsay is passionate about mental health and wellness, people-centered service delivery, and system integration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Acadia University, and a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from Queen’s University. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys gardening, stargazing, and finding humour in everyday life.
Lindsay [dot] Turner [at] camh [dot] ca

MELANIE HOOD, Knowledge Broker

Mel is a bilingual Knowledge Broker with the Northeast Regional Team. She has a Bachelor of Science from Laurentian University and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University. She has a background in public health with expertise in planning, research, and evaluation. Mel supports play as a fundamental human right and a vital ingredient for healthy growth and development. Using evidence-informed strategies, she strives to create supportive systems and environments that increase opportunities for play and the development of resilience. In her spare time, she volunteers for local sports organizations and likes to spend time with her family, either on the slopes or in the backcountry.
melanie [dot] hood [at] camh [dot] ca

MICHAEL WEYMAN, Knowledge Broker

Michael is a KE Lead in our Hamilton Office. He is on secondment to us from the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO) at CAMH, where he is an educator and addiction clinician. His work is guided by a strong value in evidence-based care and effective knowledge exchange practices. Before PGIO, Michael was a mental health clinician at CAMH and had an earlier career in information technology. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from McMaster University and a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
michael [dot] weyman [at] camh [dot] ca

MUNA OSMAN, Knowledge Broker

Muna is a project coordinator with the EENet's Cannabis Knowledge Exchange Hub. Her most recent role was as a senior project analyst with the Integrated Care Pathways Program at CAMH, where she coordinated and supported the design and implementation of integrated care pathways within outpatient settings for patients with various mental health and addictions issues. Muna has a professional background in nutrition and is highly interested in women's health and mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, listening to podcasts, and spending time outdoors. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto.
Muna [dot] Osman [at] camh [dot] ca

ROSSANA CORIANDOLI, Communications Coordinator

Rossana has worked at CAMH in her communications role since 2012. She brings to her role over 25 years of experience in health communication and knowledge exchange. She has a Master of Health Communication and a Bachelor in Journalism and English literature. In her spare time, Rossana enjoys spending time with her family, watching old films, going to the theatre, cooking, and putting her feet up with a good book.
rossana [dot] coriandoli [at] camh [dot] ca

RUPINDER CHERA, Knowledge Broker

Rupi is a knowledge broker in the Toronto office. She has worked on various projects involving diverse groups, including children and adolescents as well as Indigenous peoples. Rupi is interested in working towards health security for marginalized individuals, developing innovative solutions through a multi-sectoral approach that combines evidence-based research, social determinants of health, knowledge exchange, policy development, and youth engagement and sustainability. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science with a major in Human Biology and minors in Sociology and Botany from the University of Toronto, a Doctor of Medicine degree from SABA University School of Medicine, and a Master’s of Public Health from Western University. In her spare time, Rupi loves baking, watching movies, traveling, working out at the gym and spending time with family and friends.
Rupinder [dot] Chera [at] camh [dot] ca

SARAH CALVIN, Knowledge Broker (Bilingual)

Sarah is a bilingual knowledge broker with a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. She has a background in special education and in non-profits supporting children and youth. She is passionate about building resilient communities where the full diversity of members can thrive. Outside the office, you'll find her connecting with her own community, learning about language, or experimenting in the kitchen.
Sarah [dot] Calvin [at] camh [dot] ca

SIMON LANDRY, Knowledge Broker (Bilingual)

Simon is a bilingual knowledge broker with a background in science communications and innovative technology startups. While working with York University’s knowledge mobilization unit, he developed a framework for scientists to achieve impact beyond academia. As an Acadian, he is proud to work on providing better access to mental health and addiction services to Franco-Ontarians. He holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the Université de Montréal and runs his life using a complex system of lists.

SUSAN ECKERLE CURWOOD, Knowledge Broker

Susan Eckerle Curwood is a knowledge broker with the Opioid Resource Hub.  Susan’s background has focused on the social determinants of health, and she has worked on projects including the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home / Chez Soi, Turning the Key, and Aspiring Workforce projects. Susan is passionate about social justice, health equity, and including the voice of people with lived experience in program and policy development and implementation.  She holds a PhD in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Susan [dot] EckerleCurwood [at] camh [dot] ca

FRANCESCA KENNEDY, Communications Coordinator

Francesca is a Communications Coordinator supporting the EENet team, with a background in communications, data analytics, and knowledge management. She holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto, a bilingual BA from York University and an advanced TEFL certification. Outside the office, Francesca loves DIY projects, farmers markets, and keeping up with online courses.

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