Governance and Board of Directors

CSCH Bylaws

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

Board of Directors and Executive Committee

(2021 to 2024)

At the Annual General Meeting on December 7, 2021, CSCH elected the current Board of Directors and Executive Officers to carry out 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.

President

Kimberly Fairman

Yellowknife, NT

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 completed 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.

Vice-President

Nathaniel Pollock

St. John's, NL

Nathaniel Pollock (Settler, he/him) is a research associate and adjunct professor in the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies at the Labrador Institute. Through this role, he works collaboratively with Indigenous governments and health and social care agencies in Labrador and elsewhere in the Circumpolar North on research, post-secondary education, and program and policy development projects. Nathaniel completed a Master’s of Social Work at Carleton University and a Ph.D. in Community Health at Memorial University. As an interdisciplinary public health scholar, Nathaniel uses mixed methods and community-based approaches to research. His interests include suicide prevention and mental health promotion, health services, and child and family health, particularly in rural, northern, and Indigenous communities.

 

Treasurer

Dr. Wayne Clark

Edmonton, AB

Wayne Clark is originally from Churchill and an enrolled Inuk beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement (Tikiraqjuaq). He is the Executive Director of Indigenous Health Initiatives for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Throughout his career, Dr. Clark worked in various program management roles in the areas of Indigenous health, research, and communications. He was an inaugural board member of the Manitoba Inuit Association where he formalized a partnership with Ongomizwiin Research at the University of Manitoba and established a protocol for Inuit research engagement. Dr Clark is currently the treasurer for the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and a member of the Social & Human Working Group for the International Arctic Science Committee. Dr. Clark completed a Doctor of Education in Distance Education from Athabasca University and holds a Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Winnipeg. His research interests include Indigenous health education, Indigenous health systems, Indigenous research methodologies, and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ).

Secretary

Sila Rogan

Vancouver, BC

 

Sila Rogan is a medical student 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.

Member-At-Large

Dr. Josée Lavoie

Winnipeg, MB

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.

 

Member-At-Large

Dr. Priscilla Ferrazzi

Kingston, ON

 

Priscilla Ferrazzi is a long-time lawyer affiliated with both Queen’s University and the University of Alberta. She is legal counsel in the research contracts unit of the Office of Partnerships and Innovation at Queen’s University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Priscilla completed a CIHR-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Health at the University of Alberta, a SSHRC-funded PhD in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University, and a Master and Bachelor of Laws at Queen’s University. Priscilla’s research interests are in health and justice with a focus on Canada’s North.

Member-At-Large

Katherine Minich

Ottawa, ON

 

Katherine Minich is an Inuk scholar. Born to an Inuk mother from Pangnirtung and non-Inuk father, she has lived across Eastern Canada. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Concordia University and a Masters in Health Science from the University of Toronto where she studied health promotion. Further interest in governance processes lead her to X University in the PhD program in Policy Studies (ABD). Katherine is currently a lecturer at Carleton University in the Indigenous Policy and Administration Program at the School of Public Policy and Administration. Current areas of interest for Katherine includes freshwater in Nunavut, Inuit maternal health and midwifery, and Inuktut futures.

 
Member-At-Large

Dawn Cervo

Whitehorse, Yukon

 

Dawn Cervo is the Implementation Support Officer for the CADTH Northern Team, providing credible, objective evidence to help inform important health care decisions across Yukon, NWT and Nunavut. Her education is as a Health Information Specialist and she has previously worked in various roles with Yukon Hospital Corporation, Yukon Health & Social Services and Cabinet as an Executive Assistant to a Minister. She has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon for most of her life and still resides there with her husband and five adult children. She is an avid scrapbooker.

 
Past-President (2018-2021)

Dr. Alex Drossos

Hamilton, ON

Dr. Alex Drossos is a Child Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at McMaster University, where he is also the instructor of the graduate course, Circumpolar Health: A Global Health Perspective. He is passionate about Inuit Health and, more generally, the health and human rights of Indigenous Peoples globally. While not Indigenous nor a northerner himself, Alex has long-standing clinical experience in Canada’s north primarily in Nunavut. He provides weekly virtual as well as semi-annual in person psychiatric care to Nunavummiut. 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. Beyond medicine, Alex’s additional education includes computer engineering (BESc), biology (BSc), 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-Health, Virtual Care and Digital Health Literacy/Safety initiatives and research. Alex continues to enthusiastically struggle with learning basic Inuktitut. Prior to becoming President of CSCH from 2018-2021, Alex served as the CSCH Treasurer for 2 terms.

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