Family Physician, Kinokamasihk Nehiyô Nation, South Common Medical Centre,
Associate Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine – University of Alberta,
Adjunct Lecturer, Dalla Lana School of Public Health – University of Toronto,
Professor, Yellowhead Tribal College
Dr. James Makokis is a proud Cree, Two-Spirit doctor from Saddle Lake First Nation in northern Alberta. He is the leader of a progressive transgender focused medical practice and facilitates the wellness of Transgender people through supporting hormone replacement therapy. He is known as one of Canada’s most progressive doctors and experts on numerous topics and is on a mission to serve marginalized populations and to change outcomes for Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ peoples. He and his partner, Anthony Johnson, were recent winners of the Amazing Race Canada.
Dr. Makokis has received international attention for his holistic approach to medicine. He is also one of the few doctors that combines traditional Cree and Western practices. Known for his compassion, numerous accomplishments and his unique insights, Dr. James Makokis has inspired all types of Canadians to challenge stereotypical and often discriminating views towards First Nation and LGBTQ2+ peoples. He has worked from travelling alongside former Governor General Michaëlle Jean on a diplomatic mission to Brazil and had the rare opportunity to work next to Dr. Patch Adams in the Amazon Jungle. He also received certification from the Aboriginal Family Medicine Training Program and served as the Spokesperson for the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s Role Model Program for many years.
Chief Medical Health Officer, Population Health Branch – Ministry of Health
Dr. Saqib Shahab is Saskatchewan’s Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer. In the past he has worked as a regional Medical Health Officer, as well as internationally as an internist, faculty at a school of public health, and public health expert with multilateral health and donor agencies. He is a past Co-Chair of the Pan Canadian Public Health Network Council, past Chair of the Medical Health Officers Council of Saskatchewan, and Past-President of the Saskatchewan Public Health Association.
Dr. Shahab is a Fellow in Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK.
Dr. Paul Dhillon, BA MBBChBAO LRCP&SI MSc DM-EMDM CCFP(EM) DRCOG DTM&H(Lon) FRGS
12 Field Ambulance, Canadian Armed Forces
Dr. Simon Moore, MD CCFP
Family Physician, Urgent Care and Indigenous Health
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice – UBC
Dr. Pouneh Dokouhak, MD PhD FRCPC
Renal and Transplant Pathologist, St. Paul’s Hospital
Medical Director, Immunodiagnostic Lab, St. Paul’s Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, U of S
Kathleen Kulyk, RN BSN MN
Liaison Office, CADTH Saskatchewan
Kathleen began her nursing career in the Lloydminster Hospital working in many departments, but finally settled in the operating room. She continued her career in the OR at RUH in Saskatoon before joining the team at CADTH 7 years ago. She has a Master of Nursing degree from the U of S and is currently based in Saskatoon.
Lee Bourgeault, MA CCC
Online Therapy Unit
Dr. Chance Dumaine, MD FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Nephrology, U of S
Dr. Gary Groot, MD PhD FRCSC FACS
Clinician-Scientist and Professor, College of Medicine, U of S
Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, U of S
Associate Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, U of S
Director of Surgical Oncology and Clinical Co-Lead, Appropriateness of Care Program – SHA
Faculty, Clinical Quality Improvement Training Program – HQC
Dr. Rose Roberts, PhD
Educational Development Specialist, Indigenous Engagement and Education, U of S
Rose has an undergraduate degree in Nursing, and masters and doctoral degrees in Community Health and Epidemiology. She has held faculty positions at the College of Nursing and School of Public Health at the U of S and is currently the Educational Development Specialist in Indigenous Education and Engagement at the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning at the U of S.
Dr. Jason Vanstone, PhD
Research Scientist, Stewardship and Clinical Appropriateness – SHA
Dr. Ayisha Kurji, BSc MD FRCPC
General Pediatrics, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics, U of S
Ayisha practices both in-patient and out-patient general pediatrics at the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. She has interests in medical education, patient safety, and quality improvement, as well as in the medical management of eating disorders. With her eating disorders hat, she provides a consultative service for patients admitted to both pediatrics and psychiatry with eating disorders and is the physician lead and one of the creators of Youth Nourishing Connections, an inter-disciplinary clinic for outpatient management. Although based in Saskatoon, this team also provides care for children and youth in other areas of the province as needed. She has presented locally, provincially and nationally for medical audiences, but some of her favorite presentations are the ones she has done in the community for parents, teachers, and school classrooms.
When she is not working, Ayisha can usually be found curled up with a book, baking with her kids, or trying to see the Northern Lights.
The Louis and Elly Christ Lecture is named in honour of Drs. Louis Christ and Elly Christ. This award recognizes the importance of family medicine to our patients and communities and looks to celebrate accomplishments outside the medical expert role.
Dr. Louis Christ is remembered for his kind and relaxing manner, his great smile, deep laugh and of course, his cigar. Dr. Elly Christ was a kind-hearted and caring soul who delighted in uncomplicated things – puzzles, needlework, telling stories about her children, peppermints, and chocolate. She had a unique ability to decipher patterns in puzzles and was an accomplished needlework artist.
Louis and Elly were married on April 7, 1953, and immigrated to Canada in June of that year. Louis did an Internship at Saskatoon City Hospital and passed the LMCC in 1955. After 2 years of Internship, he did a locum with Drs. Anderson, Wensley, Hawes and Allen. In the fall of 1955, he started Psychiatry at the Weyburn Mental Hospital and the following year joined the practice of Dr. Anderson & Partners until June of 1960 when he joined the Department of National Health & Welfare in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He returned to Saskatchewan in 1962 to join the practice of Dr. Graham Mainprize at Central Butte.
Five years later he started a Master’s Program in Sociology at Carlton University in Ottawa and then joined the Department of Social and Preventative Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in August of 1969.
He was asked to set-up the Department of General Practice at the University in 1971 and remained as Head until 1977 when he moved to the Department of Geriatrics.
In 1978/79 he went on a Sabbatical (Gerontology) to the University of Toronto.
Upon arriving in Canada, Dr. Elly Christ took on work as a nurse’s aid until she secured an internship of her own. After her internship Elly worked as a general practitioner, often part-time to ensure she was at home for her children. She eventually focused on occupational health and safety and worked for many years at the Health Office at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon until her retirement at age 65 to dedicate more time to the crafts that she loved.
In February of 1980, Dr. Christ was diagnosed with lung cancer and sadly died on February 9, 1983. Elly passed away quietly on January 27, 2016. Drs. Elly and Louis Christ were married for nearly 27 years. The award is in their memory.
The Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Cancer Society established the Annual Munroe Lecture, given at the Family Medicine Conference, as a memorial to Dr. Federick D. Munroe. The lecture is given by a noted North American specialist on a topic related to cancer.
Dr. Federick D. Munroe was one of the prime Canadian leaders in the fight to beat cancer in the early years. Dr. Munroe embarked on an extensive educational program which alerted the public to the awareness and importance of early detection of cancer.
In 1929, he left private practice to take a seat in the Saskatchewan Legislature, where he was appointed the Minister of Health. He was responsible for the first legislation dealing with cancer to be introduced in a parliament in the British Commonwealth and was instrumental in the establishment of the first Cancer Foundation in Canada, which was originally set up in Saskatchewan, and has since been duplicated by most other provinces across the country. He was also the prime instigator in the establishment of the Canadian Cancer Society – another first for Saskatchewan! The founding meeting of this Society was in Regina on May 27, 1938.
Through the dedicated efforts of this extraordinary man, a solid foundation for cancer control was laid, which has been adopted Canada wide, to make the public aware of their responsibility in early detection, and to assist and educate physicians and other healthcare professionals in this vital work.
To honor this great physician and statesman, the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Cancer Society, has established a memorial through the Annual Munroe Lecture, which is given at the annual meeting of the Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians by a noted specialist on a topic related to cancer. The Munroe Lectureship Certificate is presented to the keynote speaker by a representative of the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Cancer Society.