John Weekes

John Weekes, PhD
Executive Director

Dr. John Weekes holds adjunct academic appointments in clinical psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University and forensic psychology and addictions at Carleton University. Prior to joining HRI, John was Director of the Waypoint Research Institute at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.

He spent almost 30 years with the Correctional Service of Canada in a variety of clinical, research, program management and leadership roles. John specializes in addictions, harm reduction, drug strategy, stigma barriers and treatment outcome research and he is particularly interested in the rapidly evolving world of digital intervention solutions for mental health and addictions issues.

John collaborates extensively and is an associate scientist with the Forensic Psychology Research Centre at Carleton University, the Centre for Behavioural Sciences and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment at the University of Regina and he serves on various advisory committees at the University of Saskatchewan and McMaster University. John provides expert advice on drug policy, drug strategy and evidence-based interventions to numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations including the Volunteers of America and the UK Ministry of Justice.

John has contributed to shaping federal legislation and mental health and addictions policy in Canada as an invited expert witness to various House of Commons and Senate Committees that led to legislative changes regarding drug-impaired driving and the creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. During 2019, John was invited by the Open Caucus of the Senate of Canada along with other subject matter experts to offer advice and guidance to federal legislators regarding the opioid crisis. In August, 2018, John was awarded the prestigious Maud Booth Correctional Service Award by the Volunteers of America for his career contributions to humanitarian corrections and criminal justice.