Our People


David Hesidence, MSc, PMP, Lean Healthcare Black Belt, Registered Psychotherapist

Director – Project Management Office & Regional Capacity Building

David currently reports to the Vice President, Patient Care Services and Community Mental Health of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, and is focused on assessing mental health and addictions needs, identifying gaps, developing new services and transforming service delivery models to fill those gaps.  He is a certified Project Management Professional and a Lean Healthcare Black Belt with prior experience in general, project and product management in a global IT company.  He obtained his MSc after graduating from the Healthcare Quality Program offered by Queens University.  David is also an addictions counselor in supervised private practice serving the Ottawa community. He has been admitted to the College of Psychotherapy of Ontario as a Registered Psychotherapist.

david.hesidence@theroyal.ca | 613-722-6521 ex: 6208

Mitsi Cardinal MSc. – Decision Support Epidemiologist

Mitsi’s knowledge and skills are founded from an education in mathematics, statistics and methodology, as well as, over 15 years of work experience applied to: chronic disease epidemiology, health surveillance, clinical trial review, and decision support for system planning across numerous health sectors, including community health. Mitsi came to Pathways from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, and was previously working for the Public Health Agency of Canada federal department.  She holds a three-year MSc. in Community Health from the Université de Montréal.  She is providing leadership in data quality and performance measurement for Pathways, in addition to decision support for a range of projects.

mitsi.cardinal@theroyal.ca| 613-722-6521 ex: 6680

Andrew Savard, M.A. Human Systems Intervention, B.Sc. – Project Manager

Andrew.SavardAndrew Savard is a senior change management professional with over 15 years of experience in healthcare, including Champlain-based mental health and addictions work, Canadian IT and Ontario non-profit sectors. Working within organizations, and externally as an independent consultant, with large global companies, non-profit Canadian organizations and arm’s length provincial government bodies has provided key insights and experience with all levels of an organization from the board of directors to senior management and front line staff. Project roles include large scale change leadership, management consulting, project management, qualitative and quantitative research, and business development. A firm believer in a strong Canadian healthcare system Andrew seeks opportunities and innovative ideas to align talent, processes, and policy to work for all, especially the clients and family.

andrew.savard@theroyal.ca | 613-722-6521 ex: 7134

Meghan Perkins BAH, MHA – Project Manager, Regional Recruitment

Meghan’s passion for the mental health field was born during her undergraduate years in Public Health and Psychology at Queen’s University. Upon graduating, she worked at The Ottawa Hospital in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Newborn Care, all while completing her Masters of Health Administration (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa). Meghan joined Pathways in early 2019 as the first ever Champlain mental health and addictions Project Manager, Regional Recruitment and focuses on the recruitment and retention of psychiatrists to the Champlain Region, as well as the management of Champlain’s foundational mental health and addictions health human resources strategy.

meghan.perkins@theroyal.ca | 613-722-6521 ex: 6814

Champlain Pathways on Twitter

RT @PsycRecruiter “...you can say we lack resources. But I think the first order of business is to ask, what are we doing with our resources?” - How can we best utilize the small psychiatry group that we have? One solution: shared care teams @Champathways #psychiatry #recruitment #HHR twitter.com/OntPsychAssoc/…

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