Heather has an extensive background in healthcare policy and knowledge translation, holding progressive leadership positions. She previously worked at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), and as Co-lead of Evidence Synthesis at the McMaster Health Forum. In her work at CAMH, she developed and led a province-wide knowledge-exchange network for mental health and addictions (Evidence Exchange Network) that helps create and share evidence to build a better mental health and addictions system in Ontario. She has submitted her PhD thesis and is awaiting the defense. As part of her studies she was awarded the prestigious national Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship and also received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Her research interests lie in how large jurisdictions implement evidence-informed policy directions in mental health systems. Her thesis explored how developed countries structure their implementation efforts as well as the process of policy implementation in Ontario’s mental health and addiction system. She also serves in an advisory capacity for several provincial, national, and international initiatives such as the International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health. She holds a Master of Science degree in Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Psychology from Queen’s University.