About Ian Rabb
Interventionist & Addictions Specialist
Ian has worked tirelessly over the past 20 years in the areas of mental health, addictions and homelessness. He is passionate about helping people live their best life. Ian is often called upon by all levels of government, the media and businesses to provide advice and guidance. He is an interventionist assisting hundreds of people find recovery from multiple forms of addiction, helping people on their sobriety journey. He is highly regarded as an expert and is a leader in understanding and implementing state-of-the-art techniques and processes to help people maintain sobriety.
Ian was recently appointed as the Chief Clinics Officer for Universal Ibogaine, a life sciences company with a mission to research and deliver medicalized ibogaine-centered addiction care.
Kelburn Recovery Centre, acquired by Universal Ibogaine, recently announced Ian as Managing Director. These positions are being held concurrently to maximize efforts towards substance use and mental health treatment in a private setting.
In the Fall of 2021, Ian founded Spirit Rising House, a private service provider of foster care with youth stabilization and wrap around treatment and mental health services in the homes.
Ian is Founder and Board Chair of Two Ten Recovery and Destiny House – Winnipeg’s only sober living housing organization since 2007. Ian was the visionary founding member of Aurora Recovery Centre in Gimli Manitoba, and prior to his appointment at Universal Ibogaine, he held the position of Director of Business Development at Edgewood Health Network, Canada’s only national addiction treatment center brand. Prior to his work in addiction treatment, Ian was a practicing Doctor of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois.
Ian worked with Alderman Capital, a property management firm in Winnipeg for over 15 years, managing 4500 properties and responsible for over 100 staff. Ian specialized in transforming turn-of-the-century buildings into more modern, updated facilities meeting proper current safety and code requirements. His work with Alderman earned him high recognition from his peers including receiving the Outstanding Community Service Award presented by the Professional Property Managers Association.
Ian has served on the Homelessness Task Force 2014 and on the Inaugural Board of End Homelessness Winnipeg task force to create a ten-year plan to end homelessness in Winnipeg.
Ian speaks internationally on addiction issues and is frequently sought as an addictions expert.
Ian has served on the board of directors of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, a Crown Corporation providing addiction services to Manitobans; for Tamarak Rehab Board; and in 2013 was Chair of a forum for VOICES which provides healthy, welcoming community centers where transitioning foster youth have access to comprehensive housing, education, employment and wellness services. He served on a Community Advisory Board for homelessness for the federal government and the homelessness task force in 2012. He was a participant on the Provincial Meth Task Force in (2005). He has worked extensively on the Board of Jewish Child and Family Services, The Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Health Science Centre Foundation.
Ian was nominated as a Finalist for the Scotiabank Game Changers (celebrating local heroes) in 2012; was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012; and in 2016 Ian was chosen and honoured as a “Manitoba Hero”.
Ian was born and raised in Winnipeg, attended the University of Waterloo obtaining a Bachelor of Science (Honours), then to the Illinois College of Optometry becoming a doctor of optometry and completing his Masters in Visual Science.
Ian lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his partner, Trevor and their three dogs. Ian tries to stay active, which he says helps maintain his own balance in life. He is an advocate for health and wellness and passionate about his family and friendships. Ian spends time in summer months at his cabin at Winnipeg Beach and is a proud supporter and fan of the Winnipeg Jet and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.