The Board of Directors of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Fish as Executive Director of the Douglas Foundation.

A tax lawyer by training, Ms. Fish has honed her expertise in transformational change and strategic planning over the last 20 years in various positions in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Immediately prior to joining the Douglas Foundation, Ms. Fish was at the helm of strategy and community planning at Federation CJA where she implemented multiple policy and governance improvements.  Prior to that, Ms. Fish was Special Advisor and Corporate Secretary at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (then Norton Rose Canada).  Ms. Fish holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law from McGill University and was called to the Quebec Bar in 1997. She also holds a Bachelor of Political Science degree (magna cum laude) from Tufts University.

Marisa Giannetti, Chair of the Douglas Foundation Board of Directors, commented, “the Board is thrilled to welcome Laura in this role, beginning today. Her impressive track record as well as personal interest in mental health will be great assets in both bringing the Douglas Foundation to the forefront locally as well as province wide and across Canada and promoting the invaluable research and patient care we do.”

Dr. Gustavo Turecki, Scientific Director, Douglas Research Centre and Chief Psychiatrist, Montréal West Island IUHSSC, indicated that “the Douglas community is excited about the appointment of Ms Fish. She brings excellent skills and remarkable experience in the non-profit sector and arrives at an excellent moment to have a significant impact on philanthropy for mental health research and psychiatric care. She will certainly bring the Douglas Institute to a whole new level in ensuring it has ample resources for the important work we do”.

Laura joins the Foundation at a critical moment, given the recent extremely successful completion of the Healthy Minds Capital Campaign for the Douglas Mental Health University Institute – the largest capital campaign for mental health ever deployed in Quebec – which exceeded its $20 million goal.

The Douglas Foundation, created in 1972, aims to fund the Douglas Mental Health University Institute’s priorities of neuroscience and mental health research and improved patient care, as well as training and education. The Institute comprises a world-class mental health and neuroscience research centre, as well as a hospital that provides state-of-the art care for people living with mental illness.