About Us

The Centre for Collaboration, Motivation & Innovation was founded in April 2012 as a non-profit organization in British Columbia, Canada.
In January 2014 CCMI became incorporated as a non-profit in the United States, and in 2016 CCMI was recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit in the US.

We are guided by a board of volunteers who are passionate about helping people to make constructive behavioural changes.

Our Mission

To foster empowered partnerships, build helping skills and create responsive systems that improve health and well-being.

Our Vision

To be an international catalyst for system design that supports self-management.

Administrative Team

Virginia Preston

Program Support & BAP Coach

Virginia Preston has 20 years of experience providing program support to non-profit and health care organizations. As a counsellor and healthcare educator, she has a passion for facilitating life skill development, effective communication and personal empowerment.

    Denielle Wiebe

    Research and Development Innovations Lead

    Denielle is dedicated to partnering with organizations and individuals to coordinate and participate in CCMI skill-building workshops, engagements, and quality improvement consultations. In addition, she supports CCMI with instructional and graphic design and copy and format editing.

      Val Burnett

      Program Support

      Val is a resourceful and passionate administrative professional who started with CCMI in October 2016. She brings to CCMI her extensive administrative support & technical experience, gained through working with leadership in Northern Health Authority and Alberta Health Services and also from providing internet entrepreneurial support and learning avenues through her own e-business.

        Connie Davis

        Development Lead

        Connie Davis is a nurse practitioner dedicated to improving partnerships between professionals and the people they serve. She coordinates the activities of the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

          Kathy Reims


          Kathy Reims, MD, FAAFP  Kathy is a family physician based near Boulder, Colorado.  She is a co-director of CCMI and fully committed to its mission.  Kathy contributes to CCMI's mission and vision by teaching helping skills to health care professionals and by facilitating health system redesign to embrace engagement of individuals and families in their health.


            Mike Hindmarsh

            Finance Lead

            Mike Hindmarsh is a healthcare quality improvement expert with 25 years of system design experience.  Mike has worked with over 100 systems in Canada, the United States and internationally.

              Sam Burnett

              Director of Programs

              Sam Burnett is dedicated to building constructive and collaborative opportunities for growth and development within teams and across organizations. He works with organizations to design skill and capacity building programs that improve their services and functioning.

              Linkedin profile.

                Lori Godin

                Operations Lead

                Lori Godin is a Registered Nurse with 36 years’ experience in both acute care and the community. She is a Master Trainer CCMI and coordinates the activities of the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

                  Content Experts and Faculty

                  Brittany Godin

                  Brittany Godin is a professional working in the Corrections field and for CCMI. Brittany believes in socially responsible practice focused on integration, innovation, and diversity aimed to impact our communities in a healthy and positive way.

                    John Lester

                    John Lester is a facilitator and coach who is passionate about supporting groups to take action and reach their goals. He helps groups learn and use creative methods to collaborate, ensuring that the result is valuable for them, their organization, and the clients they serve.

                      Christina Clarke

                      Christina Clarke is an experienced quality and change management consultant, dedicated to helping improve systems. Believing better is always possible, she is keen to support clients to create and deliver a vision, context, and pathway for change and improvement. A natural coalition builder, she approaches her work collaboratively and with a unique blend of analytical and creative process.

                        Jenny Spring

                        Jenny Spring is a counsellor, clinical social worker, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  She is passionate about person-centered care and collaborating around change for individuals, families, programs and organizations.

                          MaryAnne Waters

                          MaryAnne Waters is registered nurse with a passion for collaborative skill building that fosters better health for everyone.  I am very excited about the opportunity to work with CCMI where person centered care and practical, innovative approaches are a central focus.

                            Ibolya Agoston

                            Ibolya Agoston has worked in healthcare and social services field for the past 20 years. She is committed to empowering people to build strong and lasting interpersonal relationships.

                              Humaira Mohsin

                              Humaira Mohsin has worked with CCMI since 2014 and supports the team with Brief Action Planning (BAP) Practice and Feedback sessions, BAP videos in Punjabi and BC Self-Management Support Webinar Series. She is aligned with CCMI’s goals of supporting and fostering partnerships and providing a platform for collaborative learning experiences. (yes photo)

                                Bruce Hobson

                                Bruce Hobson is a grandfather and refocused family physician with a passion for adult education empowered by technology. He’s involved in a number of provincial programs, projects and initiatives and works to connect, collaborate and coordinate the many things happening in the health care learning environment.

                                  Damara Gutnick

                                  Director of Quality & Research

                                  Dr. Damara Gutnick is an internist with a special interest in depression and collaborative care for chronic disease. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at New York University and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


                                    Alice Domes

                                    BAP Coordinator

                                    Alice Domes has devoted her career to improving the health of individuals and populations as a public health nurse and in management positions. Her training in motivational interviewing and experience in system design and quality improvement allow her to work with organizations and individuals to achieve their goals. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

                                      Bernice Johansen


                                      Bernice Johansen is a registered nurse who feels privileged to have worked with First Nations communities for more than 20 years. Bernice has a special interest in chronic disease self-management support skills and is passionate about helping others to develop their skills and enhance partnerships with their clients.

                                        Steven Cole

                                        Content Expert

                                        Dr Cole is Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University and originator of the Brief Action Planning and Comprehensive Motivational Intervention (CMI™) approach. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

                                          Heather Gainforth

                                          Content Expert

                                          Dr. Heather Gainforth’s academic training in Health Promotion, Knowledge Translation and Kinesiology has fostered her belief that evidence-based health promotion interventions and guidelines must be widely disseminated both in general and special populations.  Her systems-based research is grounded in behaviour change theory and techniques and is guided by strong collaborations between researchers and communities.

                                            April Lawrence

                                            Content Expert

                                            April Lawrence has devoted her career to improving communication. Whether designing engagements for clients, patients or staff, facilitating groups or training in Motivational Interviewing all her work is about preparing people to work well together. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Linkedin profile.

                                              Board Members

                                              Patsy Beattie-Hugan

                                                Shawn Smith

                                                Shawn Smith is a Master Trainer and a facilitator for Chronic Disease Self-Management programs in Washington and California. Shawn has expertise in self-managing his condition of Pulmonary Fibrosis and Hypertension on a daily basis, and is currently on the waitlist for a double lung transplant through the University of Washington.

                                                  Betty-Ann Busse

                                                  Betty Ann has over 40 years leadership and executive experience across the health care services continuum in three provinces in Canada. Betty Ann has always had a strong interest in supporting systems development of the broader definition of health, primary care reform and improving chronic disease management.

                                                    Mary Ellen Benzik

                                                      Joan Hill

                                                        Brian Austin

                                                        Board Member

                                                        Brian Austin is the Associate Director of the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation and on
                                                        the executive leadership team of its parent organization, the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington. His work has included the development and dissemination of the widely
                                                        adopted Chronic Care delivery system model, the fostering of Patient Centered Medical Homes
                                                        in safety net environments, and the study and propagation of team-based Improvements in
                                                        primary care.

                                                          Featured Clients

                                                          Northern Health Authority, BC

                                                          Person-Centred Family-Focused Care training workshops for inter-professional teams.
                                                          Web-based training and organizational agreement for face-to-face training.
                                                          Coaching and certification in Brief Action Planning.

                                                          Ministry of Health & ImpactBC, BC

                                                          Creating a sustainable approach to Brief Action Planning in British Columbia.
                                                          Working with five regional health authorities in a Train-the-Trainer program.

                                                          Ministry of Health & Doctors of BC Specialist Services Committee, BC

                                                          Innovation lab to develop approach for screening, Brief Interventions and referral to treatment for specialist physician practices.

                                                          California Quality Collaborative

                                                          Partnering with Patients: Motivational Interviewing, Brief Action Planning and Shared Decision Making.
                                                          A 2 year effort to build capacity in support of primary care: learn more.

                                                          PhD Research Candidate, Ontario

                                                          Brief Action Planning included in research by doctoral candidate studying peer support and training for spinal cord injury.

                                                          Methodist Medical Center, Illinois

                                                          Primary care, community and pediatrics targeting obesity prevention. Train trainers, standardized patients and coders for research project.

                                                          The BETTER 2 Study for Prevention in Primary Care, Canada

                                                          Brief Action Planning for Prevention Practitioners (study interventionists) across Canada.

                                                          First Nations Health Authority, BC

                                                          Stepped-care Self-management Support and Brief Action Planning.

                                                          San Mateo County, California

                                                          Total Wellness Project: Training professionals and peers of a county mental health system in Brief Action Planning.

                                                          Selected Publications & Presentations

                                                          Gutnick D, Reims K, Davis C, Gainforth H, Jay M, Cole S. Brief Action Planning to facilitate behavior change and support for self-management. JCOM 2014;1:17-29. Download

                                                          Reims K, Gutnick D, Davis C, Cole S. Brief Action Planning: A White Paper. Download

                                                          Cole S, Davis C, Cole M, Gutnick D. Motivational interviewing and the patient-centered medical home: A strategic approach to self-management support in primary care (chapter) in Steidl J (ed.) Transforming patient engagement: Health information technology and the medical home. Patient-centered primary care collaborative, 2010.

                                                          Cole S, Gutnick D, Davis C, Cole M, Reims K. Brief Action Planning (BAP): A self-management support tool in Bickley L. Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 11th edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia 2013.

                                                          Cole S, Bogenshcutz M, Hungerford D. Motivational interviewing and psychiatry: Use in addiction treatment, risky drinking and routine practice. FOCUS 2011; 9:43-54.

                                                          Davis C, Gutnick D, Reims K. Motivational Interviewing for better partnerships. Institute for Healthcare Improvement International Summit, March 9, 2014.

                                                          Davis C, Brief Action Planning, American Pediatric Association, Hawaii, January 6th and 8th, Honolulu, HI.

                                                          Davis C, Brief Action Planning (1 day workshop), BETTER2 Prevention Study, September 17, 2013, Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada.

                                                          Davis C, Domes A. Motivational Interviewing (2 day workshops) Alberta First Nations Home & Community Care, Edmonton, AB, June 2013.

                                                          Gutnick D, Cole S, Davis C, Reims K. Motivational interviewing for the busy clinician (workshop) American College of Physicians, San Francisco, CA, April 2013.

                                                          Davis C, Gutnick D, Reims K. Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians (full day minicourse). International Summit on Office Practice and Outpatient Settings, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Glendale, AZ, April 2013.

                                                          Davis C (1.5 day workshop) Brief Action Planning & Motivational Interviewing: A Focus on Change. North West Local Health Integration Network, Thunder Bay, ON, March 2013.

                                                          Davis C and Godin L. (2 day workshops) Stepped-care Self-management Support, First Nations Inuit Health, Nanaimo and Kamloops, BC, September and October 2013. Davis C, Brief Action Planning (full day workshop). San Mateo County Total Wellness Project, San Mateo, CA, April 2012.

                                                          Davis C, Gutnick D, Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians (full day minicourse). International Summit on Office Practice and Outpatient Settings, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Washington DC, March 2012.

                                                          Davis C. Stepped-care Self-management Support (1.5 day workshop). Pic River First Nation, ON, February 2012.

                                                          Davis C. Patient Self-management (full day workshop). Practice Support Program, General Practice Services Committee, Vancouver, BC, November 2011.

                                                          Gutnick D. Brief Action Planning for Motivation. WellMED, November 2011.

                                                          Cole S, Gutnick D, Davis C. Web-based, interactive self-directed program for learning Brief Action Planning. Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Forum, Sheffield, UK September 2011.

                                                          Cole S. Grand Rounds. North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, June 2011.

                                                          Cole S. Grand Rounds. Hofstra University School of Medicine, June 2011.

                                                          Cole S, Gutnick D, Davis C. Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change in the Medical Home (Full day minicourse). 12th Annual Summit on Primary Care Office Practice. Institute for Healthcare Improvement Minicourse, Dallas TX, March 2011.

                                                          Davis C. Motivating clients to be more involved in their care (Invited keynote) and Comprehensive Motivational Interventions (workshop). Home and Community Care Annual Conference, First Nations Inuit Health, Saskatoon, SK, November 2010.