Emma McCann

Emma McCann is a 22 year old student at the University of Toronto. She is a passionate advocate for youth well-being and patient engagement in systems of mental health care. Emma is the co-chair of the Frayme Advisory on Youth Matters and a member of the Knowledge Mobilization Committee.  She currently works as a Youth Engagement Facilitator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Emma also serves as a member of the Canadian Minister of Health’s Advisory on Mental Health.


Over the past seven years, Emma has used her lived experience to advocate for the importance of engaging youth in system design and service provision as experts in their own health care. She has advised on and led projects at the community, national and international level. This includes her work as a consultant, trainer, and speaker with several youth-serving and mental health organizations, including the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, Children’s Mental Health Ontario, and a number of provincial ministries.


Recently, Emma moderated an event at the United Nations General Assembly calling for greater international collaboration and engagement in mental health. Emma believes that amplifying the voices of those with lived experience creates stronger and more resilient communities of care at every level.