The Centre welcomes a new executive director

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Purnima Sundar has been named executive director for the Centre, effective July 13, 2020.

Purnima is a highly respected leader and visionary. She has a systemic approach to achieving strategic objectives and is inclusive of stakeholders and diverse perspectives, bringing people and ideas together toward the development of a common agenda. Under Purnima’s skillful leadership, the Centre navigated many changes within the sector and the global community — including the recent coronavirus pandemic and the need to support child and youth mental health agencies and the broader mental health sector transitioning to virtual care.

Portrait of Purnima Sundar

Purnima has in-depth knowledge and experience in research, knowledge mobilization, evaluation and system planning. She has successfully established relationships with several national, provincial, regional and local partners to advance the important work of improving child and youth mental health. Purnima is currently the co-chair for the Ontario Coalition for Child and Youth Mental Health.

Purnima has been with the Centre since 2012. She had been the Centre’s acting executive director since May 2019, while also remaining our director of knowledge mobilization.