About EENet

Who we are

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is a knowledge exchange network that helps create and share evidence to build a better mental health and addictions system in Ontario. 

EENet is part of the Knowledge Exchange 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. EENet’s work is supported by a team of knowledge brokers, located in regional offices across the province, including Hamilton, Kingston, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Toronto. These knowledge brokers connect people with people and people with evidence.

But what is evidence? We recognize that 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.

We also recognize that the use of evidence must take into account 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. Our online community, EENet Connect, enables over 15,000 members of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system – and beyond – to share knowledge and collaborate.


Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) began in 2004 as the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Knowledge Exchange Network (OMHAKEN). The network was first envisioned by Dr. Paula Goering and Dale Butterill; they sought to establish a sustainable structure to help different people work together and share knowledge in Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. Goering, Butterill, and other early champions, however, 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 build on and enhance already-existing relationships. 

Located originally in the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 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 a research priorities agenda for the province.

In the spring of 2011, under the leadership of Heather Bullock, the always-hard-to-pronounce 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), another initiative with a big challenge—in this case, improving the way young people access, and transition between, services and systems. Our knowledge brokers helped bring evidence to key decision points during the SISC initiative, and have shared this important work with the larger system through various channels, including EENet Connect, an online community with over 11,000 members. EENet’s expertise has helped other large-scale effort – from the Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network to Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario – while continuing to inform the work of implementation projects across the province. Learn more about the different initiatives EENet supports

EENet is committed to enhancing its network while getting evidence into the right hands. Working with the Gaming, Gambling and Technology Use initiative (also in PSSP’s Knowledge Exchange and Training portfolio), our knowledge brokers have developed online trainings for service providers on human trafficking as well as community treatment orders. And, through rapid reviews, infographics, and more, our knowledge brokers continue to respond to the evidence of needs of decision-makers, while connecting stakeholders across the province and beyond.

What we do

image of an infographic about what knowledge brokers doEvidence Exchange Network (EENet) is a province-wide knowledge exchange network. We connect mental health and addictions system stakeholders with each other and with relevant, actionable evidence to inform decision-making.

EENet does this through a variety of mechanisms, including Communities of Interest that co-create and share evidence, and EENetConnect, an online forum that engages over 8,200 stakeholders. In addition, EENet provides knowledge exchange support to large-scale initiatives like Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives.

We also support networks such as the Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network.

EENet organizes its work under four Strategic Directions:

1. EENet brings people together to create, share, and adopt evidence

We provide expertise to a number of system-level initiatives that align with key provincial priorities, including Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives, Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network and Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario. Our knowledge brokers have supported these initiatives in a variety of ways by: 

  • helping their stakeholders collaborate;
  • gathering the evidence they need; 
  • translating evidence into usable forms like infographics, videos, and websites;
  • sharing the work of these initiatives through interactive webinars and blogs; and
  • helping them plan and host knowledge exchange events.

We also support a number of communities of interests and practice (CoIs, CoPs), which receive customized knowledge exchange support and expertise from EENet’s knowledge brokers. Our CoIs bring people together to develop and share new knowledge that will help improve understanding and action around a common problem in the area of mental health and addictions—especially as it relates to systems and services in Ontario. Areas of focus include alcohol policy, the Ontario Common Assessment of Need, Housing First, and housing and justice, among others.

2. EENet drives the creation of relevant and actionable evidence that responds to priorities

EENet doesn’t simply connect people so that they can share knowledge; it also enables the co-creation of knowledge. For example, EENet knowledge brokers have helped people from different sectors co-create evidence-informed interventions. Recently, EENet led Sharing Together, a province-wide series of dialogues that resulted in the development of a mental health, substance use, and addictions evidence priority agenda for Ontario. 

3. EENet makes evidence easy to access so that it can be used

EENet makes evidence more accessible in different ways—through research snapshots, evidence briefs, infographics, videos, and much more. We produce evidence briefs that respond to the evidence needs of decision-makers, and we promote the use of evidence through this website, where stakeholders can go for easy-to-read resources. Our online community, EENet Connect, allows stakeholders to connect with each other and share what they know. We also host interactive webinars, many in collaboration with researchers, service providers, and organizations that have useful knowledge to impart.

4. EENet shares our collective expertise to improve our understanding of knowledge exchange

An important focus of our work is to spread and scale up what we learn so that we can help build the capacity of decision-makers in Ontario to use evidence about mental health and addictions. We host knowledge exchange events, present at conferences, and deliver workshops. EENet remains committed to improving our understanding of knowledge exchange and sharing what we learn.

What we do

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 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.
Mary [dot] Grossutti [at] camh [dot] ca

JASON GURIEL, Assistant Manager, EENet
Jason is an Assistant Manager in Toronto. He brings to his role a background in KE, research communications, and English literature. As a graduate student, he helped develop a Research Snapshot format that has been adopted by several institutions. In his spare time, he worries about grammar and writes for magazines like Slate, The Atlantic, 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

BARBARA WARD, Advisory Committee member
Barbara is a leading expert in children’s mental health with over 25 years’ experience in the field. She’s currently the Mental Health Lead with the Waterloo Region District School Board. She has previously provided clinical leadership to intensive services, including the school, residential, clinical, respite, and per diem programs. As a Child and Family Therapist, Barbara led families and treatment teams in creating and operationalizing effective treatment interventions that attended to the client’s wellness, resilience and trauma healing. She recently completed her PhD in Psychology with the Taos Institute and Vrije University Brussels, Belgium. She has a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from University of Waterloo, and is a member of The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has specialized training in Heart-Centred Hypnotherapy (Wellness Institute, Seattle), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF CBT) and is an experienced trainer in safeTALK (suicide prevention).  
barbara_ward [at] wrdsb [dot] on [dot] ca

BETTY-LOU KRISTY, Advisory Committee member
Betty-Lou is the Peer Support Substance Use Systems Lead and Consumer Survivor Lead for the Mississauga Halton Region Enhancing and Sustaining Peer Support Initiative led by Support & Housing-Halton/TEACH.  A bereaved mother in recovery for 18 years from addictions, trauma, and mental health issues, Betty-Lou lost her twenty-five-year-old concurrent disordered son to an accidental Oxycontin & psychiatric drug overdose. Since then, Betty-Lou has become a lived experience and family advocate, speaker, and educator focused at the systems level. She was awarded the 2012/13 Ministry of Health & Long Term Care ACE Award in Partner Relations for her work on the Expert Advisory Narcotics. She was also awarded the 2009 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Transforming Lives award.
betty_pdb [at] msn [dot] com

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 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

MARYAN WARSAME, Knowledge Broker
Maryan is a recent Master of Public Health graduate from McMaster University. She has over three years of experience in public health research and knowledge exchange practices using a population health approach. Her most recent roles include Program Analyst at Diabetes Canada and Research Coordinator at McMaster University, where she used evidence-based recommendations to inform health policy, resource development, and adult learning. She is excited to contribute her expertise and collaborate with a team dedicated to the implementation of evidence-informed system changes that improve the health and wellness of Ontarians living with mental health and/or addiction issues. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, finding new cafes around the city, and interior design! 
Maryan_Warsame [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

PAULA ROBESON, Advisory Committee Member
Paula is an experienced Knowledge Broker and Registered Nurse who earned her BN from Memorial University of Newfoundland and her MScN from the University of Ottawa. She is the Associate Director, Knowledge Mobilization with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, which has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms. Paula has over 20 years of experience in public health, health promotion, and population health. Paula pioneered the knowledge broker role in public health through her work with Health Evidence at McMaster University. As a Nurse Clinician, she coordinated a child development program for infants and children who were prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs and their families with an outreach clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As Director, Early Child Development, with the Canadian Institute of Child Health, Paula led health promotion and prevention initiatives to improve the health and resilience of Canada’s children and youth. 
PRobeson [at] ccsa [dot] ca

Rebecca has a B.A. in Psychology from Carleton University and an M.A. in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria. Through working at the B.C. Ministry of Health and Alberta Health, she has a background in provincial health policy and stakeholder engagement. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys volunteering with youth, spending time with family, pondering the meaning of life, and exploring the world with her partner Rodrigo.

ROD OLFERT, Advisory Committee Member
Rod has been a Senior Integration Specialist with the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for just over 4 years, and manages the addictions and youth addictions and mental health files in the region. He also manages the Orthopedics file. Rod brings over 30 years of addictions and mental health experience to his work, having worked in the areas of knowledge exchange, training and education, and clinical practice. As a member of the LHIN’s integration team, he has a strong commitment to client centered, integrated, and systemic approaches to health service delivery and client care.
Rod [dot] Olfert [at] lhins [dot] on [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 Aboriginal populations. 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

SHANA CALIXTE, Advisory Committee Member
Shana is the Mental Health and Addictions Lead for the North East Local Health Integration Network. In this role, she implements short and long-term strategies to enhance mental health and addiction service and housing provision across the continuum of care for a diverse population. Her previous role was as the Executive Director of NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action, a consumer/survivor initiative located in Sudbury. 
Shana [dot] Calixte [at] LHINS [dot] on [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 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

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