August 11, 2022
Kimberly Fairman is Nunavummiut and her home community is Taloyoak, NU. She joined the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research (ICHR) as Executive Director after over 20 years in the federal and territorial public service with senior responsibilities in all three northern territories. She was trained as a nurse at Aurora College and completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Alberta. She enjoys working with researchers, Indigenous knowledge holders, clinicians, and policy makers in health systems research that impacts on the northern patient experience. She plays 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. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and is a member on the Polar Knowledge Board of Directors. She co-authored Mental Health Services in the Northwest Territories: A Scoping Review’ published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health in 2019.