Kimberly Fairman joined ICHR as Executive Director after a career in the federal public service. She is now pursuing 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. She resides in Yellowknife with her husband and four children.