Dr. Alika Lafontaine is an award-winning physician, past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and the first Indigenous physician listed by the Medical Post as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors. In Fall 2021, he will join the Canadian Medical Association as President-elect, the first Indigenous and Pacific Islander physician to hold this position in the association’s 154 year history. Dr. Lafontaine is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert on Indigenous health systems and health policy, institutional bias, racism and reflective practice.
For four years, he co-led the Indigenous Health Alliance project whose mission was to establish health transformation within Indigenous health systems, led politically by Indigenous leadership representing more than 150 First Nations across three Provinces. In 2018, $68 million of federal funding was committed towards health transformation within these Indigenous traditional territories.
Dr. Lafontaine holds leadership positions within the Alberta Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, HealthCareCAN, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Alberta Health Services where he influences clinician practice, patient advocacy, health systems operation and development of health policy. He also chairs the governance committee of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Canada’s pre-eminent medical journal.
Dr. Lafontaine continues to practice as an Anesthesiologist and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Alberta.