Sonia Kumar (she/her), MA Economics
Chief Executive Officer
Sonia holds a Master’s in Economics and Business from Wilfrid Laurier. She is a national patient advocate with the Canadian Medical Association Patient Voice Committee.
In 2017, Sonia co-founded Body Brave, a charitable organization that offers treatment and support to people struggling with disordered eating and eating disorders. Over the pandemic, Body Brave responded to an exponential increase in demand and now serves nearly 2000 people per year, making it one of the largest community-based treatment programs in Canada.
Sonia’s passion for providing innovative, equitable mental health supports comes from her own experience with devastating eating disorder. In her late teens and early twenties, she navigated a complex healthcare system looking for help. She soon discovered that like herself, most people knew very little about eating disorders and the fact that they are prevalent, dangerous, brain-based illnesses.
Coming from a family of healthcare professionals, Sonia is deeply committed to working to improve the healthcare system. With her economics and business background, Sonia has a particular interest in innovative, e-health approaches that will drive systemic change in the mental health landscape. As a mixed person of colour, Sonia believes in the importance of exploring ways in which mental healthcare can become more accessible and equitable. She brings her passion and experiences of recovery to all of her work.