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The Mood Disorders Society of Canada partners actively with the media to ensure accurate and comprehensive reporting of matters that are of interest to consumers, families and caregivers. Our organization believes that the media has a powerful role to play in ensuring that the consumer and family voice is heard.

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada has evolved to become one of Canada’s best-connected mental health NGOs with a demonstrated track record for forging and maintaining meaningful and sustained partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout Canada. The organization invites media inquiries and coverage of consumer perspectives.

The point of contact is Phil Upshall, National Executive Director:

Mood Disorders Society of Canada
3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 736
Guelph, ON N1G 4W4
Tel. 519-824-5565 Fax: 519-824-9569
Email: info@mdsc.ca

Phil Upshall
Phil Upshall National Executive Director
Phil Upshall is the National Executive Director of Mood Disorders Society of Canada. He is also:

  • Stakeholder Relations Advisor for the Mental Health Commission of Canada;
  • Immediate past National Executive Director of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH);
  • Past Managing Director of Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada;
  • National board member for the Canada Post Foundation on Mental Illness and Mental Health; Advisory Board to the Canada Research Chair - National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia;
  • Adjunct Profession, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University;
  • Past member of the Institute Advisory Board of the Institute of Neuroschieces, Mental Health and Addication;
  • Member of expert mental health panels for Statistics Canada, Health Canada, CIHI etc.

Education: B.Comm, Dalhousie University, L.L.B. University of Toronto (called to the Bar of Ontario, 1969)

Dave Gallson
Dave GallsonAssociate National Executive Director
Dave Gallson is the Associate National Executive Director of Mood Disorders Society of Canada. He is also:

  • Co-chair of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health;
  • Certified Association Executive;
  • In 2002 founded a highly succesful seven week skills development program for persons with mental health issues/ disabilities. This initiative originally started with dedicated participant volunteers who worked to guide as well as raise funds for the project, resulting in significant achievements for all participants;
  • In 2003 moved the program to a national mental health organization, where it was re-branded as the BUILT Network. Through his leadership over a seven year period, this network assisted over 1,000 Canadians dealing with mental illness with return to work or school on completion of the program;
  • Has a strong interest and knowledge base in consumer/patient advocacy as well as 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 with respect to the 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 committess and panels where he speaks from both professional and personal experience.

Some projects include:

    • 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, Candian Psychological Association Task Force on Evidence-Based Psychological Treatements
    • 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

Dave is married to his wife Lucy and they enjoy their children and grandchildren.