Dave Gallson

Dave is Co-Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health. As a Certified Association Executive, he has also:

  • Founded a highly successful seven week skills development program in 2002 for persons with mental health issues/ disabilities. This initiative, originally started with dedicated participant volunteers who worked tirelessly to raise funds for the project, resulted in significant achievements for the persons enrolled in the program. The program was guided by and responsible to the participants.
  • In 2003 moved the program, now highly successful, to a national mental health organization. The program was then renamed BUILT Network and Dave continued his leadership of it leading to significant project expansion for the next seven years. By that time, the BUILT Network assisted over 1,000 Canadians dealing with mental illnesses to return to work or school after successfully completing the program.
  • Has a strong interest and knowledge base in consumer/patient advocacy and has close working relationships at the Federal level with Health Canada, HRSDC, Office for Disabilities Issues, CSC, Public Safety and other Federal departments,
  • Has led the development of the Mental Health Commission of Canada website, where his design consultation and leadership of the initial programming team assured the success of the project.
  • Dave is well known in the mental health community, having developed a wide government and stakeholder network through his reputation of leadership through caring. Dave is engaged nationally on many committees and panels where he speaks from both a professional and personal experience. Some of his involvement includes:
    • Steering Committee Member, Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation
    • Past Committee Member, Episodic Disabilities Network
    • Past EDN Policy Working Group Member
    • Past Chair, Canadian Coalition of Alternative Mental Health Resources
    • Past Director, Communications Committee, CCAMHR
    • Past Member, Knowledge Exchange Initial Steering Committee; Mental Health Commission of Canada
    • Past Member, Canadian Psychological Association Task Force on Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments
    • Past Member, Consumer Peer Research Network Project Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada
    • Past Director, Local Training and Adjustment Board, Nipissing, Muskoka and Parry Sound
    • Past Ex-Officio, BUILT Network, Provincial Board of Directors

Deanna Bowlby

Deanna Bowlby is the National Manager, Education Programs at The Arthritis Society, Canada’s only charity devoted solely to funding and promoting arthritis research, programs and patient care for the over 4.6 million Canadians of all ages living with arthritis.  Deanna is responsible for providing national leadership to the Society’s education, programs and services.


Ken Porter

Ken is the Program Manager of the Work With Us project with Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Ken has twenty years’ experience working in the mental health field and more than 10 years of project management experience.

He is recognized for his skills in Mental Health, Social Services, Community Outreach, Non-Profits, Employment and Training. He was part of the leadership team that was recognized with the Sharing the Flame Award in 2007 by the Canadian Council on Learning.

Ken has served on numerous boards and committees including:

  • Community Mental Health and Addiction Advisory Committee,  Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • People for Equal Partnership in Mental Health
  • Mental Health Employment Supports Network
  • North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce
  • Episodic Disabilities Advisory Committee, Canadian Working Group on HIV/Aids
  • North East Ontario Consumer/Survivor Network
  • Muskoka Nipissing Parry Sound Local Training & Adjustment Board,
  • Episodic Disabilities Employment Committee, Canadian Working Group on HIV/Aids
  • Consumer Peer Research Network, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Canadore College I.S. Advisory Committee

Ken is a graduate of the Social Service Worker Program at Northern College and is attending Athabasca University’s Human Services Professional Degree program.