Rita Notarandrea

Rita Notarandrea was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), effective July 2015. Ms. Notarandrea works with all levels of government, as well as the not-for-profit and private sectors, to ensure that problematic substance use and addiction are recognized as health issues, that they remain on the national agenda for action, and that collective efforts are galvanized to reduce alcohol- and drug-related harms on the health of Canadians.

Preceding her appointment as CEO, Ms. Notarandrea held the position on an interim basis for a 10-month period, and was Deputy CEO for eight years. As Deputy CEO, she was accountable for the overall operations of CCSA.

With Ms. Notarandrea’s involvement and guidance, CCSA has successfully led or acted on many first-ever national initiatives for Canada, including an overarching national action plan on problematic substance use, national alcohol and prescription drug strategies, national reports that spark dialogue and inform made-in-Canada policy options for marijuana use in Canada, a strategy for professionals working in the field and a national youth drug prevention strategy. These initiatives represent new ways of thinking and working together to deliver practical and tangible results for Canadians, harnessing collective action for collective impact.

Prior to joining CCSA, Ms. Notarandrea enjoyed more than 22 years of leadership success in the healthcare sector. She held a number of senior positions with major health service organizations, such as the Royal Ottawa Hospital, a 207-bed psychiatric hospital, where she was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for 13 years. Her expertise lies in moving from strategy to action. Her accomplishments in this area relate to her leadership role in innovative approaches, such as developing and implementing a leading edge long-term care facility to serve those with mental illness, and redeveloping the hospital through a public–private partnership.

Ms. Notarandrea attained an Honours B.A. in Psychology from Carleton University and a Masters in Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

  • Company: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
  • Short Bio:CEO
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