Our Team

MAPS Canada’s leadership, staff, and volunteers are dedicated to furthering the scientific understanding and practical application of psychedelic medicine to improve lives.

Who We Are

Our organization is made up of a diverse group of scientists, researchers, students, advocates, and leaders from all sectors. We believe that to solve some of the biggest challenges in human mental health requires people from a diversity of backgrounds, identities, and experiences, who share a common vision: to improve lives through equitable access to legal and regulated psychedelic medicine.

Staff

Scott Bernstein

Executive Director

Scott is the Executive Director of MAPS Canada. With over 13 years experience in the drug policy field and longtime work with non-profits, serving on non-profit boards, and owning his own businesses, he brings a broad range of experience to this position. 

Previously, Scott served as Director of Policy for the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, where he led the organization’s work on legal regulation of drugs, decriminalization and safe supply. Originally from the US, Scott came to Vancouver in 2006 to study law. 

Through his own legal practice and with Vancouver-based non-profit Pivot Legal Society, Scott has participated in strategic litigation focused on advancing human rights of people who use drugs, including challenging municipal anti-harm reduction bylaws, advocating for access to prescription heroin treatment, and defending Insite, North America’s first sanctioned injection site in the Supreme Court of Canada and lower courts.

Michael Oliver

Volunteer Coordinator

In addition to providing operational support to MAPS, Michael is responsible for (organizing, mobilizing) a large team of volunteers.

Michael completed a degree in Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia with a research focus on mind wandering. He was a Research Assistant with the Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Laboratory and ran the UBC Psychedelic Society for three years. Michael also co-founded The Flying Sage, a psychedelic community promoting harm reduction and peer support. In his free time, Michael enjoys long-distance running, exploring the mountains and making music.

Directors

Rick Doblin

Founder - MAPS

Rick Doblin is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) USA. He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana, and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients.

His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment.

Eesmyal Santos-Brault

Board Chair

Eesmyal Santos-Brault is a serial social entrepreneur with over 15 years experience serving on non-profit boards. He has co-founded ten ventures in a variety of areas, including: green building, coworking, locative media, civic engagement, education, SaaS, and research. 

Some of these include Vancouver’s premier social impact coworking space The HiVE; Recollective, a B-Corp certified company that facilitates the design and construction of some of the greenest buildings in Canada; and a healthtech startup, Quantified Citizen, that is building a platform for democratizing health science research through mobile technology.

Colleen Fish

Board Member

Colleen Fish  is currently completing a Master of Public Policy and Administration: Social Change Leadership at Adler University, Vancouver. Her graduate project explores lived-experiences of psychedelic-assisted therapy in order to design good policies for the use of psychedelics in the public health care system, when they become available by prescription.

She completed both a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Anthropology, and has worked in the area of mental health, harm reduction, human rights, and drug policy reform for over 20 years. Colleen has worked as a research assistant, psychiatric worker in an acute psychiatric unit and as an addiction support worker with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority over the past six years.

Dr. Dinesh Bhyana, MD

Board Member

Dinesh Bhayana is an emergency and addiction medicine physician based in Toronto, ON, Canada. He completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario and residency at the University of Toronto. Since 2013, he has worked in both hospital and community settings in Northern Ontario and Toronto.

His interests include expanding in-hospital addiction services and ensuring adequate community support for his patients. He holds an academic appointment with McMaster University and is engaged in both clinical bedside teaching as well as lecturing on topics in emergency and addiction medicine.

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