November Newsletter 2023

It’s that time of year when we’ve just put a spooky, fun close on Halloween, reflect on Remembrance Day and now turn our attention to the holiday season. I am reminded just how incredibly quickly time passes and how important it is to reflect, remember and appreciate the good fortune, great people, and awesome experiences we encounter along the way.  

As a new and quickly evolving company focused on offering safe and effective treatments for mental health challenges, we have so much to be grateful for. New evidence that supports the care we provide continues to emerge. The regulatory landscape in Alberta and across Canada is continually evolving as we meet like-minded passionate people, who like us, aim to continue to advance care and evolve outdated policy to better meet the needs of Canadians. Together we are shaping the way services are developed and delivered with a focus on safety, access, efficiency and ultimately the highest possible effectiveness. 

In the last month we have initiated care to the first cohort of clients in our service partnership with Edgar Psychological. We’ve commenced a project with Siksika Health Services to bring ketamine-assisted psychotherapy to their community members. We’ve announced our joint venture partnership with ATMA Inc., a leader in psychedelic-assisted therapy training globally, to support access to this care across the country.

We recognize and are grateful for the power of our partnerships, and that’s why we’re actively forging alliances with local healthcare providers, training groups, and communities in need to pave the way for a brighter future where the benefits of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy are part of the fabric of our society.

Jacque Lovely, COO

This month marks the beginning of the Cena Life Group Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy program in partnership with Edgar Psychological.

We are honoured to sit with six individuals as they journey towards healing and wholeness while creating a supportive community. The group setting allows clients to hold space with one another, where they can without the fear of judgement, examine and discuss their experiences, related thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and build lasting relationships that can improve their support system.

The benefits of group therapy include improved relationship skills, reduced feelings of isolation and an enhanced sense of belonging. Each individual works with a psychologist to support their personal healing in between the group ketamine treatment sessions.

We are currently accepting new clients onto the wait list for the next cohort, email for more information.


As we embrace the spirit of November, a month that holds both World Kindness Day on November 13 and Remembrance Day on November 11, we come together in the spirit of CCC (Consciously Connecting Community). In the shadow of history, we find the power of compassion and connection, just as we find bravery and unity in the stories of those who served.

This November let’s reflect on the significance of kindness and the importance of unity and community. By embracing kindness and coming together as a community, we celebrate the past and create a brighter, more compassionate future. Together, we can carry forward the legacies of service and kindness, ensuring that no act of compassion or sacrifice is ever forgotten.

Michelle’s Journey

In this heartwarming video, we invite you to a client’s transformational journey through Cena Life’s Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy program. Michelle’s touching narrative is a testament to the healing power we all have within. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to share this story, as it underscores the profound connections that form within our community when holistic care is at the core. Join us in celebrating Michelle’s resilience, courage and hope as she shares her path to mental wellness.

“Breaking Boundaries: Cena Life and ATMA Revolutionize Psychedelic Therapy Landscape”

In an exciting development for the world of psychedelic-assisted therapy, Cena Life and ATMA have joined forces to pave the way for standardized best practices across Canada. Our combined efforts align with current and anticipated industry regulations, positioning practitioners and clinics at the forefront of compliance with emerging regulatory mandates.

A cornerstone of this partnership is the establishment of a support ecosystem that connects patients with practitioners, providing comprehensive resources and access to a network of vetted facilities. This approach guarantees the highest safety standards and optimal therapeutic efficacy in the delivery of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy.

The initiative aims to enhance accessibility in the realm of psychedelic therapy, including Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy, and MDMA-Assisted Therapy individually approved under the Special Access Program (SAP). This groundbreaking model addresses the current challenges in the industry, particularly the limited opportunities and support available to practitioners and clinics seeking to offer Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy independently.

Recognizing these hurdles, ATMA and Cena Life are diligently constructing a standardized framework that spans Canada, facilitating the involvement of practitioners and clinics eager to contribute their professional services to this transformative field. This extensive network of practitioners and clinics opens up new possibilities, enhancing accessibility and expanding services for individuals in urgent need.

Community engagement is central to our vision. ATMA boasts a community of over 650 alumni in its psychedelic-assisted therapy training program, many of whom are enthusiastic about contributing to the field. Cena Life’s wealth of knowledge in the Canadian healthcare landscape is dedicated to advancing and optimizing practice, program development, and service delivery.

This partnership between ATMA and Cena Life signifies a transformative initiative that’s set to reshape the landscape of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy. By standardizing best practices, fostering accessibility, and engaging with the community, we are taking a significant step forward in advancing responsible access to these innovative therapies in Canada. Click on this link to read the Press Release.

The Team

Meet Jacque

Jacque has been a Registered Nurse in Alberta for nearly 25 years. He is a highly experienced operations manager; strategy and program developer; and large-scale system transformation and modernization professional having spent most of his career in increasingly senior roles in Alberta Health Services, KPMG Canada, and Deloitte Canada.

He has an established track record for achieving system and service model improvements to better match supply and demand, improve efficiency, increase value for money, and improve outcomes. Regularly demonstrating his ability to align clinical, operational, ministerial, and other stakeholder objectives into the design of best scenario delivery options in local, regional, and provincial contexts.

Jacque is excited to bring his skills and experience into this space as Chief Operating Officer for Cena Life with the aim to support improved access and best practice in mental health care to meet the needs of clients who will benefit from this care.