National Priority Advisor, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Erica Butcher is a National Priority Advisor at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), a non-profit organization based in Ottawa that provides national leadership and research to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs on society. She is the team lead on a CCSA priority project focused on substance use affecting the workplace, and is responsible for building and fostering partnerships that maximize collective efforts by facilitating opportunities for stakeholder engagement. To achieve these objectives, Erica is interested in working with stakeholders and representatives from both public and private sectors to identify current needs and emerging issues related to the effects of substance use on the workplace. She recognizes that effective communication and consideration of different perspectives are key to program and policy implementation.
Erica has a Master’s Degree in Geography from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Technology, Society and the Environment. Prior to joining CCSA, she worked for a union that represented professional employees for the City of Ottawa, and has worked for a major research granting organization, as well as an accrediting body.