CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference
Keynote Speaker

Christine Massey Deputy Minister BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions

Christine (she/her) is the Deputy Minister of the BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. The Ministry is responsible for working with government ministries, Indigenous organizations, municipalities, and community partners to ensure a coherent, accessible, and culturally safe mental health and addictions system that is effective for individuals and families across the lifespan. The ministry is also responsible for leading an immediate response to the province’s overdose public health emergency.

Before being appointed as Deputy Minister, Christine served as Assistant Deputy Minister in BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) from February 2018 to November 2020. In her time at MCFD, Christine had different responsibilities including childcare policy and programs, policy for child welfare, child and youth mental health services, as well as policy and provincial programs for the early years and children and youth with extra support needs. 

Christine’s other experience in the BC Government includes as Executive Director at the Ministry of Advanced Education where she led the transfer of the regulation of private career colleges from an external Crown agency to the ministry; five years at the Ministry of Health, where she led the Seniors’ Action Plan as well as a number of legislative initiatives including the BC Services Card, the new Pharmaceutical Services Act and the Seniors Advocate Act. From 1995 to 2009, Christine worked in the post-secondary sector, including positions with the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia, the Ministry of Advanced Education, UBC and SFU.

Christine holds an undergraduate degree (B.A.) from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s degree (M.A.) from Simon Fraser University.

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