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Judging Panel

Shire Canada extends its appreciation to the panel of six judges who are donating their time to the Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program.

 Doron Almagor, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Doron Almagor completed his specialty training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is the director of The Possibilities Clinic, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. He continues to serve as a psychiatrist at the Toronto Western Hospital’s Tourette’s Syndrome Clinic and as consulting staff at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH). He is the past president of the Ontario Psychiatric Association (OPA), has served as the chair of the Psychotherapy section of the OPA, currently serves on the executive board of the OMA Psychiatry Section, and is the President-Elect of CADDRA (the Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance). Dr. Almagor was trained as a psychoanalyst and is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is the scientific program chair for the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. Dr. Almagor has lectured and taught a variety of courses in the areas of ADHD and its comorbid disorders such as anxiety and behavioural issues. His current research interests and specialization include psychopharmacology and psychotherapy of ADHD, comorbid disorders, and autism.

 Heidi Bernhardt, RN

Heidi Bernhardt, RN, is a psychiatric nurse by training, mother of three young men with ADHD, and the founder, President, and Executive Director of the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC), a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to awareness, education, and advocacy for ADHD. Heidi also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA), a national not-for-profit organization of the leading clinicians and researchers in ADHD in Canada for 6 years. Over the past 23 years, Bernhardt has helped raise awareness and understanding of ADHD among parents, educators, health care professionals, industry leaders, and government officials through presentations, conferences, media interviews, and advocacy work.

 Andrew Hall, MD, FRCPC

Dr Hall is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Manitoba, Department of Psychiatry. He completed a child psychiatry fellowship in 2000 at the University of Texas SouthWestern focussing on school-based mental health.

He is active in continuing medical education with family physicians, pediatricians and psychiatrists. He is the Manitoba representative for CADDRA. He sees many patients with ADHD and complex psychiatric presentations. He has been staff psychiatrist in the Tourette Disorder Clinic, NeuroDevelopmental (Autism) Clinic, Intensive Treatment Service and consulted to Rural Community Mental Health Teams.

Marie-Michèle Lemaire

Marie-Michèle Lemaire is intimately familiar with ADHD. A mother of four beautiful children, of whom two have ADHD, she was herself diagnosed with the condition at age 42. A career woman with heart, she has dedicated the past decade or more of her life to helping people with ADHD and their families lead better lives. She has also spearheaded many initiatives aimed at advancing the cause of ADHD in the province of Quebec. Trained as a special education teacher, Ms. Lemaire worked for the Commission scolaire des Chênes in Drummondville for over 20 years. For the past 10 years, she has also been the Executive Director of the organization PANDA Mauricie Centre du Québec. When Ms. Lemaire decided to go back to school three months ago to pursue her recent goal of launching her own business, she herself sought the services of a coach to support her in her journey. "When I was asked to be one of the judges of the Program, I was thrilled to accept. I know all too well the reality of managing your ADHD with the demands of student life. The support of a coach can make all the difference in the world."

 Lily Hechtman, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Lily Hechtman is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and director of research, Division of Child Psychiatry at McGill University. She is a child psychiatrist and an internationally recognized researcher in ADHD.

Dr. Hechtman’s research has focused on long-term (15 year) prospective studies of children with ADHD followed into adolescence and adulthood. Outcomes from these studies are summarized in Hyperactive Children Grown Up: ADHD in Children, Adolescents, and Adults, co-authored with Gabrielle Weiss. Her growing interest in the diagnosis and treatment of adults with ADHD is outlined in ADHD in Adulthood – A Guide to Current Theory, Diagnosis, and Treatment, co-authored with Gabrielle Weiss and Margaret Weiss.

Drs. Hechtman and Abikoff conducted the first controlled multimodal treatment study on children with ADHD, which set the stage for the multisite Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA), the largest, most comprehensive treatment study of ADHD. Dr. Hechtman heads one of the sites for the MTA.

Dr. Hechtman has been honored by Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), the leading non-profit ADHD organization in the US, as well as the American and Canadian Academies of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for “outstanding professional achievement in medicine, education, advocacy and research on a regional, national, and international level.”

Michelle Bourgeois

Michelle Bourgeois is a volunteer with the Calgary chapter of Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) Canada Inc., and facilitates its monthly parent support group meetings. She is a mother of two teens, both of whom are diagnosed with ADHD and other learning challenges. Upon her eldest child’s diagnosis of ADHD in 2003, Michelle began attending support group meetings with the CHADD Calgary chapter in search of information and support. Since then, Michelle has participated in the planning of four biennial ADHD Resource Conferences and booking several speakers for the Calgary chapter on various aspects of ADHD.