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.

OUR STAFF

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Stephanie Trimble

(she/her)

Interim Coordinator

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE LEADS

Michelle Scott
Shel Scott

(she/her)

Policy + Advocacy Committee Lead

Michelle (aka Shel) Scott (she/her) is an occupational therapist working in mental health in Toronto Ontario. She also leads the Toronto-based Policy and Advocacy group for MAPS Canada.

Her goal is to expand access to above-ground psychedelic medicines in a way that’s ethical, sustainable, and responsible. Her interests include mental health, cognitive science, philosophy, neuroscience, Indigenous ontologies and worldviews, meditative and contemplative practices, dialectics, and the intersection between science and spirituality.

In her free time she can be found going to concerts, dancing, playing music (alone or with friends), spending time outdoors, reading science fiction, watching hockey, and enjoying amazing food.

Mandhakini Vasudevan

(Mandy) (she/her)

Tech Committee Lead

Mandy holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Sussex, England. She has over twelve years working with and managing technology teams in airline and telecom companies. Mandy passionately believes that it is imperative that emerging technologies are leveraged as we bring reform to the mental health field and disrupt the status quo.

Mandy also rescued and rehabilitated many four-legged friends for over ten years before moving to Canada. Mandy has extensive involvement with non-profits; with experience ranging from advocacy, policy change, fundraising and grant writing. Through her own journey, Mandy shares MAPS’ vision of bringing ethical and mainstream access to Psychedelic medicine to those who need it the most. She believes in adequate focus on research, harm reduction and support. In her free time, Mandy enjoys long walks in wild spaces with her rescued labs, listening to country music and planning her backpacking trips.

Laszlo Nap

(he/him)

Social Media Manager

Laszlo Nap is MAPS Canada’s Social Media Manager. He has a background in marketing and a passion for mental health, and is currently pursuing a career in psychotherapy: his goal is to help others access psychedelics in a therapeutic setting.

Laszlo is an avid learner and believes that by helping others we can create a more balanced future. He hopes that by working with psychedelics he will be able to create positive change in the world and make a difference in the lives of others.

Doris Payer

(she/her)

Research Committee Lead

Doris received her PhD in Addiction Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and worked as a Clinical Research Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto — until 2015, when she left academic research to pursue her passion for knowledge mobilization. This journey took her to the UK to take on a Neuroscience Advisor role at the Beckley Foundation, where she supported evidence-based advocacy for psychedelic science, and she later joined the Mental Health Innovation Network to support development and evaluation of novel mental health services.

In 2018 she returned to Canada and joined the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), where she is now a Knowledge Broker leading national initiatives on childhood trauma (ACEs), the increasingly toxic drug supply, and psychedelic-assisted therapies for mental health and substance use disorders.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rielle Capler, MHA, PhD

(she/her)

Co-Chair

Dr. Rielle Capler brings to her role as co-chair of MAPS Canada over 20 years of experience in the cannabis field, where she has engaged in research, knowledge translation, service provision, standards development, and community organizing. Rielle received the Governor General of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal acknowledging her contribution to Canadian society through her work with medical cannabis. 

After the completion of her doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of British Columbia, Rielle held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the British Columbia Center on Substance Use. Rielle’s research relates predominantly to cannabis and psychedelics, with a focus on the instrumental uses of drugs, access to health care, use of legal and illegal sources of drugs, and harm reduction. Rielle is currently a research advisor to Ketamine Assisted Therapy Association of Canada and works as a research consultant with PsyDev Corp.

Rielle’s policy and advocacy focus is on the inclusion of systemically marginalized voices and communities, the transition of illegal and stigmatized plant medicines and psychedelics to a legal context, equitable access and economic development. Rielle has consulted and advised on cannabis policy nationally and internationally and co-founded several long-standing non-profit organizations to represent patients, producers, and retailers.

Sabrina Ramkellawan

(she/her)

Co-Chair

Sabrina Ramkellawan is president of the Clinical Research Association of Canada, a non-profit organization that provides clinical research education. In addition, she is the COO & Co-Founder of Knowde Group, a female-led contract research consultancy that supports psychedelic and cannabinoid clinical trials globally. She has also served for the past several years as the Research Committee Lead for MAPS Canada.

Sabrina has been working in clinical research for over 20 years, conducting phase 1–4 clinical trials to bring new drugs, treatments, and devices to market. She has conducted clinical trials in therapeutic areas including PTSD, neurological pain, traumatic brain injury, and addiction.

She has designed and taught postgraduate healthcare and clinical research programs for Seneca College and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Sabrina is currently teaching courses on ethics, diversity, and regulation in clinical research and medical cannabis education for healthcare providers.

Jeffrey Vidt

(he/him)

Treasurer

Jeff Vidt (MAT, MAR, RP) works as a Spiritual Care Provider, ordained United minister, and Registered Psychotherapist at a pediatric hospital in Ottawa. He has 12 years’ experience working in professional spiritual care in various healthcare settings, including the Cleveland Clinic, North York General Hospital, and Unity Health Toronto. He has engaged in the advocacy and development of spiritual care modalities including research, assessment, competencies, intervention, and code of ethics.
 
Jeff has served as Treasurer for numerous committees, including the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care Executive Board, and regional committees and conference planning organizations based in Toronto and Ottawa. He also was responsible for facilitating and organizing the budget for memorial and service recognition programs at Unity Health Toronto.
 
In 2018, Jeff was privileged to be selected as a participant in the Religious Leaders study conducted by Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research where he discovered the healing potential that psychedelics and integrative experiences can have on a person. 
 
Since then, he has advocated for the responsible use of psychedelics to promote healing and growth in healthcare and has promoted the use of professional spiritual care providers in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and research. Jeff has facilitated workshops and educational seminars in spiritual care, psychedelics, and the search for meaning for healthcare professionals across disciplines.  He works with special emphasis on organizational strategy and the development of strong core values that direct organizational decision-making. 
 
Jeff is a member of the Board of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels
Rick Doblin

(he/him)

Board Member

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.

Reverdi Darda

(she/her)

Board Member

Reverdi is the President and CEO of Cena Life Inc,. an Alberta-based mental health services company. She has over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse she has extensive knowledge in community engagement, healthcare operations, policy development and strategic planning. She understands the challenges that healthcare systems and their structures have in offering consistent, reliable, client focused services and she is passionate about bringing evidence-based innovation forward to those in need. 

Reverdi is Metis and a direct descendant of Damase Carriere who fought against Canadian Colonialism beside Louis Riel in the heroic Metis North-West Resistance of 1885. Her passion to engage communities and work together for the equity and inclusion of all is reflective in her family’s legacy.

Her professional career includes Executive leadership roles in the public, government, and non-profit sectors. Her experience and expertise in the areas of community engagement, planning, project and change management have significantly impacted outcomes of numerous projects that she has been involved in. Reverdi played a key role in the signing of a historic governance agreement in 2018 between Primary Care Physicians and the Alberta government. This agreement established a governance structure focused on integrating the delivery of primary care services across Alberta. In 2011 she was honored with the provincial Alberta Health Services Presidents Excellence award for Quality. This award recognized her leadership approach in creating a culture of innovation, empowerment and continuous learning through collaboration. She easily unites individuals to achieve common objectives, goals, and outcomes. 

Reverdi has board and governance experience with several non-profit organizations and currently sits as a Director on the Edmonton Meals on Wheels. 

She has a passion for lifelong learning and her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her son Josh and daughter Madison and a wife of 28 years to her husband Shane. She enjoys spending her extra time volunteering and mentoring other professionals across various health and business sectors.