Kimberly Fairman joined ICHR as Executive Director after a career in the federal public service. Trained as a Nurse at Aurora College, she is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health 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. 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 is a member of the board for the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health. She resides in Yellowknife with her husband, four children and four grandchildren.