Regional Advisory Committee 1 Members
British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories.
Member of Council
Alika Lafontaine, BSc, MD, FRCPC (Grand Prairie, Alta.)
Chair of Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 1
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Dr. Alika Lafontaine is an Ojibwe-Cree Anesthesiologist born in Treaty 4 territory and practicing in Treaty 8. He has received several prestigious awards including the Indspire Award and CBC’s "Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister," winning the competition with a platform focused on Canadian and Indigenous reconciliation. In 2013, he was part of an Action Canada task force on food insecurity in Northern Canada that recommended a review of the Nutrition North program (which is currently underway). Dr. Lafontaine leads the Indigenous Health Alliance, is President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and is a board member of several non-profits. More
Vincent Arockiasamy, MRCPI, FRCPC (Prince George, B.C.)
Dr. Vincent Arockiasamy graduated from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore University, India. He completed his training in pediatrics in Ireland and obtained membership in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He completed his fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of British Columbia. Currently he is a pediatrician and a Clinical Education Leader with the Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC. He is engaged in leadership roles in pediatric undergraduate and post-graduate education.
Ravinder Dennis, Bhui, MD, FRCSC (Surrey, B.C.)
Sylvia Cheng, MD, FRCPC, FAAP (Vancouver, B.C.)
Dr. Sylvia Cheng received her medical degree at the University of British Columbia and completed her postgraduate training in Paediatrics and Paediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Toronto. She also completed a Masters of Science in Community Health in the Health Practitioner Teacher Education program from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, focusing on assessment in postgraduate medical education. She is currently a paediatric oncologist at B.C. Children's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia and an aspiring clinician educator working with the paediatric residency program in refining assessment for residents within a competence by design framework.
Maria Chuquer, MD, FRCPC (Lethbridge, AB)
Dr. Maria Chuquer obtained her medical degree in 2004 at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and did her Anesthesiology residency in 2010 at SANE, Brazil. She completed a General Anesthesia Fellowship in 2011 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto.
She is a staff Anesthesiologist at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, and has a staff appointment at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. She has an Assistant Professor appointment with the University of Calgary since 2013. Dr. Chuquer has a special interest in Perioperative Medicine and is currently enrolled in a Perioperative Masters program at University College London, United Kingdom. In March 2019, Dr. Chuquer became the Alberta Health Services South Zone Perioperative Medicine Lead.
William E. Code, MD, FRCPC (Duncan, B.C.)
Dr. William Code, a University of Saskatchewan grad, trained in anesthesiology in Calgary and has practiced clinical anesthesiology in all three western provinces. He has a keen interest in pain management.
Felicia Huang, MD, FRCPC (Whitehorse, Y.T.)
Dr. Felicia Huang grew up in St. John's NL where her parents still live. She attended medical school in Ottawa and completed a general surgical residency at McGill. A year of locums after graduation help her to decide to follow the path of community general surgery, eventually leading to Yukon where Dr. Huang has practiced for the last ten years.
Dr. Huang still enjoys doing locums and volunteering in developing countries to keep stimulated and challenged as well as to give back to community.
Siavash Jafari, MD, MHSc, FRCPC (Vancouver, B.C.)
Dr. Siavash Jafari graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 1999. He immigrated to Canada in 2004 and completed his training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at UBC and obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2013.
Siavash is a clinical faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He has interest in both qualitative and quantitative research and enjoys conducting systematic review and meta-analysis. Currently, Siavash is practicing in multiple mental health and addiction clinics of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and is the physician lead for Managed Alcohol Program.
John Kortbeek, B.Med Sc., MD, FRCSC, FACs (Calgary, Alta.)
John B. Kortbeek, MD, FRCSC, is a graduate of the University of Alberta. He completed an internship at St. Thomas Hospital, Akron Ohio and a General Surgery residency at the University of Calgary. He trained as a Critical Care fellow at the University of Calgary and as a Trauma fellow at Carraway Methodist Medical Centre. He has held an appointment at the University of Calgary since 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Critical Care.
Bill Dafoe, MD, FRCPC (Edmonton, Alta.)
Dr. Bill Dafoe, a McMaster University grad, trained at the University of Minnesota in physical medicine and rehabilitation. His clinical work involves cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention. Bill’s medical education involvement includes continuous professional learning and more recently faculty development.
Rod McFadyen, MD, FRCPC (Victoria, B.C.)
Dr. Rod McFadyen received his MD degree from the University of Manitoba in 1978. He has practised emergency medicine at the Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals since 1989. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. More
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Alika Lafontaine, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Chair
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