Our diversity statement

At Santé Cannabis, our community is made up of patients, personnel and partners. We honour diversity by creating a safe space for every person to share their lived experiences. We welcome everyone and listen to different opinions, beliefs and ideas as we strive to continually learn what it means to be empathetic and active leaders of accessibility.

Our Founders

Erin Prosk, MSc President

As President of Santé Cannabis, Erin Prosk leads the groundbreaking clinical model of care that is changing how patients access medical cannabis. Noting the need for better and more formal training for healthcare professionals, she has spearheaded training programs in medical cannabis and championed the rigorous data collection required to develop evidence-based treatments.
Under her leadership, Santé Cannabis has become Canada’s most respected medical cannabis clinic and an international leader in research and training in the field.
Ms. Prosk earned her BSc in applied mathematics from McGill University in 2007 and her MSc in bioinformatics from the University of British Columbia in 2009. She has co-authored a number of publications on medical cannabis and is a frequent guest speaker at medical cannabis conferences and events.

Dr. Michael Dworkind MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, Medical Director

As its Medical Director, Dr. Michael Dworkind cofounded Santé Cannabis after observing an urgent need in his patient practice and among his physician colleagues. Dr. Dworkind is a family medicine physician and a specialist in palliative care medicine and chronic pain management for 40 years. He is a leader in medical cannabis education and training and has presented across Quebec and at international conferences about his experience assessing and monitoring over 2000 cannabis patients at Santé Cannabis. Dr. Dworkind is the coauthor of the Medical Cannabis use policy for the Jewish General Hospital and its CIUSSS. Dr. Dworkind is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at McGill University, a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a senior academic staff at the Jewish General Hospital and the Herzl Family Practice Centre. His commitment to Palliative Care is unparalleled, as the Director of the Palliative Care training program for 30 years and as an Associate Director of the McGill Cancer Prevention Unit.

“I left the hospital environment while working in the emergency department looking for a job that would align with my values and projects that would challenge me; while still offering me a team I could rely on and learn from. I found all that at Santé Cannabis and much more.

I’ve learned so much; and keep learning – about medical cannabis as a unique and complementary medicine; about different diagnoses; research and clinical practice.

I found a wonderful and authentic team. Every day I’m involved in projects with qualified and inspiring people. Through all the collaboration between departments, physicians and nurses, I found all the professional autonomy I was looking for. I’m thriving in this organization that is growing so fast while maintaining its human side and purpose.” 

– Andrée Charbonneau, Nurse Coordinator

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Finance and IT

Alysia Melnychuk, B.B.A, D.E.S.S. CPA training, Vice President of Finance and Administration

Candidate for the practice of the CPA profession

As Director of Finance and Administration, Alysia Melnychuk leads the development and oversight of  Santé Cannabis’ programs and investments into quality healthcare, pioneering research and leading technologies. Driving extensive efficiencies across all departments, empowering success and looking to the future, Ms. Melnychuk provides a unique set of skills for addressing needs and forecasting and preventing challenges.

 

Before joining Santé Cannabis Ms. Melnychuk was a successful entrepreneur, starting her own businesses and supporting other business owners to manage their finances. She has worked in financial planning and analysis, and financial controlling and has successfully passed the CPA exam in 2018 and has her Accounting, D.E.S.S. from UQAM. She is currently pursuing her MBA in accounting.

Research

Dr. Maria Fernanda Arboleda, MD, Associate Research Director
A Santé Cannabis Doctor, Dr. Maria Fernanda Arboleda

As Associate Research Director, Dr. Maria Fernanda Arboleda leads study design, clinical protocol development, and publication for Santé Cannabis from her perspective as a practicing physician. Dr. Arboleda is an Anesthesiologist, Pain and Palliative Care Physician. She completed a Spine-Regional Anesthesia Fellowship at the McGill University Health Center and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Medical Cannabis and Supportive Care in Cancer, at the Department of Oncology, McGill University, and the Santé Cannabis clinic in Montreal.
Dr. Arboleda has assessed and monitored hundreds of patients as a physician at Santé Cannabis, and has worked as a medical cannabis expert in Latin America. She leads dynamic training and presentations for healthcare professionals.
She has international experience in clinical and research practices and is the lead consultant on Santé Cannabis Medical Advisory Boards.

Julie Dumouchel, MSc, Director of Clinical Operations

As Director of Clinical Operations, Julie Dumouchel leads the pioneering work of the Santé Cannabis Clinic and Research Operations by producing the highest quality standards. She is driving advances through meticulous execution and design of clinical trials, while overseeing the diverse and expert team of researchers and clinicians that provide both front-line supportive care and related clinical projects.

Ms. Dumouchel brings over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with focuses on a variety of areas including oncology and innovations in medical cannabis to her role at Santé Cannabis. She provides expert oversight on all aspects of research from collection of real-world data to publishing clinical trials, including research projects, regulatory affairs, compliance and safety, quality assurance, study execution, operations and data management.

Ms. Dumouchel completed a Masters degree in Pharmacology at the University of Montreal, and regularly presents at international conferences and events.

Dr. Lucile Rapin, PhD Clinical Project Manager

As Clinical Project Manager at Santé Cannabis, Dr. Lucile Rapin leads the ground-breaking research that is a driving force behind the future of medical cannabis. With the goal of transforming patient care through innovative research Dr. Rapin manages the observational and investigational studies ongoing at Santé Cannabis with ethics and precision. With her extensive research experience and a focus on quality assurance and exceptional execution, she oversees and develops clinical studies, data collection, protocols, reports and monitoring processes. She oversees and analyzes the one-of-a-kind Santé Cannabis patient database and writes scientific papers on medical cannabis impacts supported by Real World Data.

Dr. Rapin possesses 10 years of experience in academic research, from project writing to project coordination, data analysis and publication. She obtained a doctorate in Cognitive Sciences with a specialty in linguistics and mental health from the University of Grenoble – France and 2 post-doctorate degrees from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM).

Clinical Education

Vi Dam, RN, MSc, Director of Clinical Education
Director of Clinical Education at Santé Cannabis, Vi Dam

As Director of Clinical Education, Ms. Vi Dam leads the unique, practical clinical educational programs for healthcare professionals across Quebec, Canada and international jurisdictions developed at Santé Cannabis. Bringing her years of experience as a frontline clinical expert and research nurse to the clinical education team, Ms. Dam has developed along with a Santé Cannabis’ team of experienced medical writers and content experts; a diverse suite of medical cannabis training programs designed to empower healthcare professionals to integrate medical cannabis into their clinical practices. She oversees the 15-member nursing staff and has led the development and maintenance of the rigorous clinical standard of medical cannabis care at the core of the Santé Cannabis model of care. 

Ms. Dam’s nursing background includes work in internal medicine and cardiology at hospitals in Ontario and Québec. Ms. Dam is a Registered Nurse with a BSc in Nursing and Biology, as well as an MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology with broad experience as a research nurse and educational leader.

Dr. Danial Schecter, MD Associate Director of Clinical Education

As Associate Director of Clinical Education, Dr. Danial Schecter leads Santé Cannabis’ national and international clinical education programs. In his practice as a family physician, Dr. Schecter witnessed patient needs for medical cannabis access, support, and education and co-founded Canada’s largest network of medical cannabis clinics. He has helped numerous organizations establish medical cannabis clinics internationally including in the APAC region.
He has created training programs and modules for numerous private, public and governmental organizations on the proper use of medicinal cannabis in clinical practice. A recognized medical expert in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis, Dr. Schecter is a sought-after provider of CME programs, and provides mentorship to physicians in both Australia and New Zealand.

Marketing & Communication

Eva McMillan, MHA Senior Manager Marketing and Communications

As Senior Manager of Marketing and Communication, Eva McMillan leads the translation of knowledge across the diverse audiences that make up the Santé Cannabis community of care including patients, partners, researchers, clinicians staff and trainees. Developing cohesive strategies across many platforms, research areas, conferences, events and clinics, Ms. McMillan creates engaging spaces that position Santé Cannabis as an international leader.

Ms. McMillan brings her background in health, community development and research to the position to provide unique insights into communication of complex ideas and holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia.

 

Human Resources

Jessica Tana, MSc, CRHA Senior Manager Human Resources

As Senior Manager of Human Resources, Jessica Tana oversees and develops the unique talent and diverse workforce of Santé Cannabis. Bringing her experience from several different healthcare settings, Ms. Tana focuses on strategic projects to maximize organizational capacity, leadership, competency development, retention and recruitment. She oversees employees in 5 locations, 4 in Quebec, 1 in British Columbia, engaging and empowering them to create a rewarding work environment and share expertise locally, nationally, and internationally.

Ms. Tana is a certified member of the Human Resources Order (Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec) and holds a Master of Science specialized in Management from Concordia University.