Mental Health Working Group Profile

Melanie Kohn


Assistant Deputy Minister, Mental Health and Addictions and Adjunct Lecturerr, University of Toronto

Melanie Kohn has worked in the Ontario public healthcare sector for almost 20 years.

In July 2020, she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Mental Health and Addictions, overseeing the funding and operations of the sector, the realization of the Roadmap to Wellness, and to support standing up the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence at Ontario Health.

In 2016, Melanie joined the Ministry of Health as the inaugural Director of the Hospitals Branch. She was responsible for overseeing the operations, finances, and administration of the Public and Private Hospital Acts providing legislative and regulatory oversight for the province’s 145 hospitals.

Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, she spent the majority of her career in acute hospitals, most notably at St. Michael’s Hospital for over 12 years, in senior operational and strategic roles, including strategy and corporate planning, project management and research administration.

Melanie holds an MBA, with a specialization in Health Services Management, from McMaster University, and a PhD in Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation from University of Toronto. She is Adjunct Lecturer at University of Toronto, at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Faculty of Medicine, and is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the School of Health Services Management at Ryerson University.

Declaration(s) of Interest:
2021-04-13 (PDF)