Election of CPA President-Elect

Electronic advance voting for the 2018 CPA Board Elections is officially open and will remain open until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 1:00pm EST on Thursday, June 28th, 2018. By now, you should have received an email with voting instructions and a unique one time use ballot pin code.

If you have any technical difficulty exercising your vote, please contact Olivia Provost-Walker at membership@cpa.ca.

For all other questions regarding the 2018 CPA Elections, please contact governance@cpa.ca.


David Danto

David Danto

I’m honoured to be nominated by my colleagues as candidate for CPA President-Elect. I’m currently the head of psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber. For those of you who don’t know me, I’d like to share with you a bit about myself. I graduated from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, from a clinical psychology program in 2004. Over the years, I’ve worked clinically and administratively in psychiatric hospitals, private practice, and correctional facilities in Canada and the US, fulfilling roles including Acting Senior Psychologist, Special Treatment Unit Assessment Team Member, Mental Health Unit Psychologist and Emergency Response Team Psychologist.

I served as Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association’s Aboriginal Psychology Section from 2013-2016. I’m currently Associate Chair for that section. I’m a Trustee for the Psychology Foundation of Canada. My area of clinical and academic focus is in Indigenous mental health. In partnership with community members in northern Ontario, I developed a field course on the topic, which I’ve taught annually for the last eight years. I recently had the honour of Chairing the Canadian Psychological Association and Psychology Foundation of Canada Task Force on Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Report. I’m co-editing the book: "Indigenous Mental Health: A Global Perspective", and recently in Toronto, hosted a related symposium on the subject with an international panel of 20 scholars. My interests focus on articulating sources of strength and resilience for Indigenous Peoples in the face of colonial pressures. The role of culturally appropriate, strength-based, decolonizing, qualitative methodology is central to my work.

We are at a great time of change for the profession. We are in need of more Indigenous youth in our psychology programs, universities and places of practice. We are in need of more culturally appropriate treatment approaches and assessment tools. We have an opportunity as a profession to become advocates and allies for our Indigenous colleagues, clients and friends. Our profession is known for the quality of its ethical standards, though Indigenous Peoples in Canada remain underserved by psychology. We have an opportunity to ensure that Indigenous Peoples enjoy the same benefits from psychology as do all Canadians. This is a great time of change for many aspects of psychology. In the last few years we have experienced great diversification of the field with multiple new sections in CPA and significant growth in basic and applied research. I see myself as an educator, clinician, researcher and administrator. It is my goal to bring my varied experience to this position and contribute to the already outstanding work of the CPA, its Board of Directors, and its membership.

Ian Nicholson

Ian Nicholson

If what Shakespeare wrote is true, that “What’s past is prologue”, then it is important in a statement like this to describe my professional journey up until now.

I was raised in Northern Ontario and moved to the London to attend the University of Western Ontario as an undergraduate. I must like the city because, almost forty years later, I am still there having obtained my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Western. I completed my internship at Victoria Hospital and worked at local hospitals before taking my current role as Manager of the Psychology Department at London Health Sciences Centre in 1997 (with a couple of years recently as the Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research at the University of Waterloo). I’ve taught a number of university courses including the graduate course in Ethics/Standards for several years. I have supervised a number of graduate students, interns, and psychologists and was our internship’s Director of Clinical Training for over ten years.

I have been actively involved in professional activities throughout my career. After licensure, I began volunteering provincially, starting with the OPA Advocacy Committee but moving to my provincial Board where I served for five years, including one year as OPA President. I also recently stepped down as chair of the College Jurisprudence and Ethics Exam Committee and have been an oral examiner for the College. With Dr. Sam Mikail, we are currently co-chairing the CPA National Summit on Professional Psychology Training in Canada to be held in Quebec in 2019. Its aim is to arrive at a blueprint to guide professional psychology training for the next 20 years.

Nationally, I served six years on the CPA Accreditation Panel, six years on our Board of Directors including four as Professional Affairs Chair, and have been on our Ethics Committee since 2003. I also served as President of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP). Beyond Canada, I served many years on the EPPP Item Development Committee (for ASPPB), am currently EPPP Committee Chair, and have been on several committees for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centres (APPIC). I’ve also had a several publications and presentations on a various topics in professional psychology.

What is more important than my past is how I view our future as a discipline and the role of our association in that future. The next few years will be some of our most challenging. We are potentially undertaking a significant shift in the model of how we govern ourselves. Whatever the result of the upcoming vote, we need to re-imagine how we come together as a strong, united discpline. One of my primary aims as our president would be to further enhance our sense of community. My earlier years on our Board have led me to recognize our breadth. While there are so many different ways our services, our research, and our teaching affect the lives of Canadians, we are united by a common identity. I would continue to support CPA in promoting our common interests but balanced with support for our diversity of roles, interests, and orientations. CPA has a rich history of setting a strong course for our profession for the future. If entrusted with the opportunity to serve in this position, I believe my breadth of experience prepares me to work on your behalf to balance the interests of our broad and diverse membership. Or, as Shakespeare wrote “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”