Dr. Kwame Mackenzie

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute. He is an international expert on the social causes of illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. As a physician, researcher and policy advisor, Dr. McKenzie has worked to identify the causes of illness and in cross-cultural health for over two decades. He is an active, funded researcher of social, community, clinical and policy issues with nearly 200 academic publications including five books.

Dr. McKenzie is a member of the Ontario Government’s Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council, sits on advisories to the Ministry of Education, Ministry and Housing and the Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy and sat on the Expert Advisory Group for Ontario’s Homelessness Strategy alongside numerous other committees. He has a respected track record for setting up award winning services, training clinicians and researchers, offering clinical care to some of the most marginalized patients, and helping to develop health policy for Governments in Canada, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. Dr. McKenzie was appointed as an Ontario Human Rights Commissioner in June 2016. Dr. McKenzie completed his medical training at the University of Southampton and was trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry and Harvard University.

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