Directors of the Board and Executive Committee
(2018 to present)
At the 17th International Congress on Circumpolar Health in 2018 held in Copenhagen, Denmark, CSCH elected the current Board of Directors and Executive Officers to carry out and expand the activities of the organization. The Executive Committee consists of an elected President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The additional "Members-at-Large" round out the full Directors of the Board.
The CSCH Board & Executive is governed by the CSCH bylaws first established in 1990 but updated in 2012. For a copy of the updated CSCH bylaws, click here.
Dr. Alex Drossos
Dr. Alex Drossos is a Child Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at McMaster University. He is passionate about Inuit Health and, more generally, the health and human rights of Indigenous Peoples globally. Though not a northerner himself, Alex has clinical experience in Canada’s north primarily in Nunavut. Locally in Hamilton, he works with the Child & Youth Mental Health Program at McMaster Children's Hospital as well as at the De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre, in both Hamilton and Brantford. He has particular interests in early childhood development, school mental health, and neurodevelopmental disorders including FASD. Outside of medicine, Alex’s additional education includes computer engineering (BESc), health services management (MBA) and health professional education (MEd) during which he completed the Collaborative Program in Aboriginal Health. He is also very involved in e-Mental Health, Telepsychiatry and Digital Health Literacy/Safety initiatives and research. Alex continues to enthusiastically struggle with learning basic Inuktitut. Prior to becoming President of CSCH, Alex served as the Treasurer for 2 terms.
Email: drossos [at] mcmaster [dot] ca
St. John's, NL
Originally from Ontario, Nathaniel Pollock moved to Labrador, Canada in 2011. Before getting his PhD in Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nathaniel worked as a social worker in mental health and child welfare. Recently, he also helped develop and deliver the Inuit Bachelor of Social Work Program with the Nunatsiavut Government and the Labrador Institute. His thesis research focused on community and health system approaches to suicide prevention. Nathaniel is an avid runner and is the former race director for Labrador’s Trapline Marathon. He now lives in St. John's, NL with his partner and their three children.
Wayne Clark is originally from Churchill, Manitoba and is an Inuk Beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement (Whale Cove, NU). He is the Director, Indigenous Health – Patient Services for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Wayne was past-president and board member of Manitoba Inuit Association and has sat on committees for the International Networks of Indigenous Health Knowledge Development organization. Wayne is a board member for Institute Advisory Board of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health and member of the College of Reviewers for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Wayne is a co-investigator on Qanuinngitsiarutiksaid: Developing population-based health and well-being strategies for Inuit in Manitoba and is currently supporting the developing of Inuit-led cultural training for physicians who work in Northern healthcare facilities. Wayne has a Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University and is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree at Athabasca University. His interests are in community-based research, program evaluation, and digital health.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, raised in Singapore, then grew up in Scarborough, ON, Taha is a life-long migrant and an immigrant-settler in Canada. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in Biochemistry and Linguistics, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Waterloo. He has past experience in community development in West Africa, and since 2013 has been living and working in Iqaluit, NU. Taha is the Health Technology Innovations Research Coordinator at the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, and has a particular interest in the intersection between health and wellness, technology, and community empowerment. He also really enjoys making ice cream!
Dr. Josée Lavoie
Josée Lavoie was born and raised in the northern part of Québec. She completed her university education at McGill University and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she studied healthcare system designed from an international perspective, with a closer interest to the complexity of providing access to responsive care in rural, remote and northern environments. Josée is currently engaged in a study in partnership with Inuit Elders and the Manitoba Inuit Association, looking at access to health services delivered in Manitoba. She is also an Arctic Fulbright Scholar, pursuing two comparative circumpolar health policy projects. She is Professor in the Dept of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and Director of Ongomiizwin Research, which is part of the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing.
Sila Rogan is a student studying chemistry and biology at the University of British Columbia. She is proudly Inuk, born in Iqaluit and raised in Winnipeg. She has been an advocate for increasing access to quality health care in Indigenous communities, working with various health care and Indigenous organizations across Canada. She is also the Director of Community Outreach for the UBC Red Cross Club and is a co-chair on UBC’s Student Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee. Sila is interested in incorporating Indigenous epistemology into the health care system, the health sciences, and science education.
Kimberly Fairman is an Inuk woman from the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. She is currently the Executive Director at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. After a career in the federal public service she is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health and working with researchers, indigenous knowledge holders, clinicians and policy makers in health systems research that impacts on the northern patient experience. Playing an important role by weaving partnerships into the research fabric, engaging with communities and building northern capacity for health research. With continuing support from Canadian funding agencies and University partners, Kimberly is showcasing the valuable contribution of northern communities, practitioners and indigenous knowledge holders to the modern research agenda.
Dr. Priscilla Ferrazzi
Priscilla Ferrazzi is a lawyer and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. This academic post was preceded by a CIHR-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, a SSHRC-funded PhD in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University, a Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University and Bachelor of Arts from Trent University. Priscilla’s program of research examines health policy, health systems, and health services affecting Indigenous populations in Canada. Her interest in this regard lies in the key health system goals of equitable access to health care and appropriate quality of care. How to achieve these goals at the intersection of the health and legal systems, particularly in the context of mental health and criminal courts in Canada’s North, is a primary focus of Priscilla’s program of research.
Dr. Michael Jong
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Dr. Michael Jong is a retired Professor of Family Medicine at Memorial University and Vice President of Medical Services for Labrador-Grenfell Health Regional Health Authority. He lives in the remote community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, Canada. His passion was in rural and remote medicine, health of Indigenous peoples, health education, telehealth, and rural health research. His current interest is in active living and running. Dr. Jong is the past-president of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and was recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada as the Newfoundland and Labrador family physician of the year. In 2015, he was awarded the McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professorship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Jack Hildes Medal.