Advisory Board

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Yan Namer

Mr. Namer is an innovative thinker with broad-based expertise in operations, finance and business development. He has proven ability to quickly analyze key business drivers and develop strategies to grow the bottom-line. Entrepreneurial and driven Chief Executive, with more than 20 years’ experience in numerous companies in domestic and international marketplace.

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Dr. Andrea Tuka MD, FRCPC. BC

Dr. Tuka graduated from Medical School in Hungary. She enrolled into the Canadian Armed Forces in 2000. After completing the Family Practice Residency Program at University of British Columbia, she served as a General Duty Medical Officer in Edmonton. She completed the Psychiatry Postgraduate Program at University of British Columbia in 2009. She was deployed to Kandahar Airfield as a Military Psychiatrist in 2010. She has been serving as a Clinical Leader for the Medical Units of the Canadian Armed Forces in B.C., and has been providing virtual care for military members since 2013, and psychiatric assessments using telehealth at Influence- Care since 2016, and is a member of the advisory board of the Disaster Psychiatry Canada.

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Col (Ret) Rakesh Jetly, MD FRCP

Dr. Rakesh Jetly has 30 plus years of experience with the Canadian Armed Forces including the last decade as Chief of Psychiatry. During his tenure he has led a complete revitalization of the military mental health system. He has been a mental health innovator and thought leader within Canada and internationally. He introduced novel treatment approaches such as virtual  reality, neurofeedback and virtual care to the Canadian Military. He has also chaired NATO workgroups on leveraging technology within mental health.

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Dr. Adrian Norbash MD, FRCPC Alberta

Dr. Adrian Norbash completed his medical studies at the University of Calgary receiving his MD in 2002. After completing a Residency in Family Medicine at the U of C in 2004, he served as a General Duty Medical Officer in the CAF at CFB Edmonton and as Base Surgeon at CFB Wainwright and CFB Suffield between 2004 and 2007, while also deploying to Afghanistan in 2006. He completed a Residency in Psychiatry in 2011, also at the U of C, and has been serving as a Specialist Medical Officer and the Clinical Lead in Mental Health for the CAF land and air forces. Besides his private practice, he is the Psychiatric Consultant for the Calgary Police Service, on the clinical staff of the departments of Psychiatry at the Rockyview General Hospital and the South Health Campus of the Calgary General Hospital in Calgary, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine of the University of Calgary and a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine.

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Dr. Nick Withers CD, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP

Dr. Withers has made a career of providing occupational and emergency medicine support in remote and austere locations. A proud veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and Afghanistan conflict where he commanded the Health Services Unit, Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Withers proudly wore the uniform for 22 years. As a senior Medical Officer within the Forces, Nick had extensive experience in occupational and preventive medicine – dealing with the myriad of unique challenges of supporting military personnel and operations.

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Dr. Carmen Meakin MD, FRCPC Alberta

Dr. Meakin received her medical degree in 2001 from the University of Saskatchewan and completed her Family Medicine Residency 2003 from the University of British Columbia. She completed her Psychiatry residency 2010 University of Ottawa and her Advanced Aviation Medicine in 2015. Dr. Meakin retired after serving 20 years in the Regular Force in 2018. She currently holds medical licenses in Alberta, Ontario, and a telemedicine license in Saskatchewan. She is comfortable with various video platforms (Reacts, doxyme, Polycom/DND VTC) and doing virtual care exclusively since the pandemic in March, always webcam with IC for 3+ years.

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Dr. Kenneth J. Cooper CD, RCMS (Retired) BA, MD, MBA, MHSc, FRCPC

Dr. Cooper received his medical degree from Dalhousie University in 1988. Served in Gulf War in 1990. He was the Director of the Canadian Forces Addiction Rehabilitation Program in Ottawa, and Director & Medical Officer of CF Addiction Rehabilitation Clinic in Halifax. In 1998 he retired from the military and entered a residency program in psychiatry at Dalhousie University, graduating in 2002. He has held positions within the Mental Health Services of the Armed Forces, and retired from the Reserve in 2015. Since then, he has continued in private practice, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, medical consultant to the Prescription Monitoring Program of Nova Scotia, was a member of the CF Expert Panels on Military Suicide Prevention and the RCMS representative on a NATO working group on military suicide prevention.