Rita Notarandrea was appointed CEO of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) in 2015, after serving as Deputy CEO for 8 years. Ms. Notarandrea works with all levels of government, 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 efforts are galvanized to reduce alcohol- and drug-related harms on Canadians. Under her guidance, CCSA has led or acted on many first-ever national initiatives for Canada, including a national action plan on problematic substance use, national alcohol and prescription drug strategies, national reports that inform policy options for marijuana use in Canada and a national youth drug prevention strategy.
Prior to joining CCSA, Ms. Notarandrea enjoyed more than 22 years of leadership success in the healthcare sector, holding various senior positions with major health service organizations such as the Royal Ottawa Hospital, where she was Chief Operating Officer for 13 years. 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: CEO, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction