New Chair of the Board: Tara McCarville

ALAViDA Announces New Chair of the Board: Tara McCarville

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New Chair of the Board of Directors for ALAViDA

Tara McCarville appointed as Chair of Board of Directors.

Guiding ALAViDA’s growth to ensure it is accessible to every Canadian on their smartphone will ultimately save lives.”

— Tara McCarville

ALAViDA – Canada’s leading virtual substance use management provider that is helping employers fill the substance use gap in existing employee health benefits – announces the addition of Tara McCarville as Chair of the Board of Directors.

McCarville has spent two decades in healthcare leadership roles. She is currently Principal Consultant at Brighton Group, a health industries solution firm. As former National Health Industries Leader for PwC Canada, Tara focused on improving quality and outcomes for government, hospital and health med/tech.

“ALAViDA is at a critical stage in its growth,” says Elliot Stone, CEO and co-founder. “In a sector where speed and innovation are essential, we need the talents and leadership support of someone like Tara to keep us focused as we expand our business. When you marry Tara’s deep experience in virtual health care with her exemplary track record in growth strategy, exceptional relationship-building and communication skills, we know we’ve found a superb leader.”

McCarville will be an independent member of the Board of Directors and is one of very few women to chair a Canadian tech company. McCarville welcomes the challenge that treating substance use presents. “I’ve been working in health care a long time and I’ve been so gratified to see the shifts in attitudes and thinking towards mental health, but that same acceptance has yet to expand to substance use. It is still steeped in stigma and shame,” says McCarville “That’s why I’m so excited and intrigued by what ALAViDA is doing. Their digital front door swings wide open for everyone. ALAViDA offers evidence-based treatment in an accepting, unintimidating manner. With substance use a silent epidemic and traditional treatment models failing so many, I’m excited to be part of a solution I can believe in.”

McCarville’s career in the Canadian health care marketplace gives her unique insight into how the public and private sector interact and she sees fresh opportunity. “This is not a sector used to having a budget set aside for mental health tech solutions. This is starting to happen. Substance use tech solutions need access to that cash. Guiding ALAViDA’s growth to ensure it is accessible to every Canadian on their smartphone will ultimately save lives.”

ALAViDA CEO Elliot Stone wishes to thank outgoing chair Jason Robertson for leading ALAViDA through its initial growth. “Jason’s dedication and insight were essential and we thank him for his support in getting us to where we are today.”

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ALAViDA, part of the LifeSpeak Inc. (TSX: LSPK) family of companies, is a leading virtual care provider focused on the science of substance use management. It offers a one-stop-shop approach for any level of substance use disorder – alcohol and drugs – mild, moderate and severe. ALAViDA connects patients with behavioural coaches, therapists and physicians who work as a team to deliver personalized care right to their smartphones. ALAViDA is an employee benefit with varying plans and personalized therapeutic programs, which has proven to minimize time out of the workplace. Traditional rehab often costs $30,000 or more a month. ALAViDA’s program is a mere fraction of that. More than 79 per cent of those signed on reported increased control and 86 per cent reduced substance use. To learn more visit For information on corporate programs or to establish a referral relationship contact [email protected]


Chris Gomes

ALAViDA Health

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