Director of Mental Health and Addictions, Government of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
eMHIC Special Interest Group on Mental Healthcare Workforce
With a Masters in Social Work, Niki has spent her career working in the health sector both at the community and government level. As provincial director for mental health and addictions, Niki is responsible for the implementation of Towards Recovery: A Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador and the oversight of the 54 recommendations, nine teams, twenty-three working groups, two councils, and over 250 individuals who are contributing to system transformation. Since joining the Department of Health and Community Services, in 2010, Niki has led the provincial management of several initiatives under the umbrella of e-mental health and virtual care. She brings both clinical and policy expertise to her work and recently co-led an e-mental health demonstration project with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Niki’s team recently were the recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence for their contribution to the Towards Recovery Action Plan and system transformation.