National Aboriginal Council on HIV/AIDS

The National Aboriginal Council on HIV/AIDS provides expert advice to the Public Health Agency of Canada on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and related health factors, such as sexually transmitted infections, as they affect First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Role

The council’s role is to:

Membership

The Public Health Agency of Canada appoints a maximum of 10 members to the council for a 3-year term with collective expertise. This is in accordance with the terms of reference, which were revised in 2014.

If you would like a copy of the terms of reference or any other information about this external advisory body, please contact the secretariat at phac.ppd.ar.single.window-guichet.unique.ra.dpp.aspc@canada.ca.

Membership list

The following members have provided answers to questions concerning their expertise, experience, affiliations and interests.

Co-Chairs

Albert W. McLeod

Position: Community Development Consultant

Experience:

  • Consumer

Expertise:

  • Community worker

Interests:

  1. Direct financial interests:
    1. Current employment, investments in companies, partnerships, equity, royalties, joint ventures, trusts, real property, stocks, shares, or bonds that relate to the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

  2. Indirect financial interests:
    1. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), payment from the regulated industry for work done or being done, including past employment, contracts, or consulting; or financial support, including research support, personal education grants, contributions, fellowships, sponsorships, and honoraria.

      Answer: Yes. I travel to community events like annual general meetings funded by projects funded by PHAC. I receive honorariums for presentations from projects funded by PHAC.

    2. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), materials, discounted products, gifts, or other benefits, or attendance at meetings where all or part of the travel and accommodation costs were provided (over $1,000) by a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

    3. Within the last 3 years, grants or other funding from a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body to any of the organizations where you are currently employed or participate in internal decision making as a board member or executive or non-executive director.

      Answer: No.

  3. Intellectual interests:
    1. Within the last 5 years, any formal advice or opinion to industry, a government organization, or a non-government organization on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the last 5 years, any published or publicly stated point of view or promotion of a product relevant to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    3. Current professional or volunteer affiliations, such as membership of professional societies, lobbying, public interest, or advocacy groups

      Answer: No.

  4. Other:
    1. Any other affiliations and interests or potential circumstances that might give a well-informed member of the public reasonable grounds for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of your participation. For example, prior activity that may create a reasonable apprehension of bias, or access to confidential information on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

Raye St. Denys

Position: Executive Director, Shining Mountains Living Community Services

Experience: Health professional

Expertise: Health professional

Interests:

  1. Direct financial interests:
    1. Current employment, investments in companies, partnerships, equity, royalties, joint ventures, trusts, real property, stocks, shares, or bonds that relate to the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

  2. Indirect financial interests:
    1. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), payment from the regulated industry for work done or being done, including past employment, contracts, or consulting; or financial support, including research support, personal education grants, contributions, fellowships, sponsorships, and honoraria.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), materials, discounted products, gifts, or other benefits, or attendance at meetings where all or part of the travel and accommodation costs were provided (over $1,000) by a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

    3. Within the last 3 years, grants or other funding from a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body to any of the organizations where you are currently employed or participate in internal decision making as a board member or executive or non-executive director.

      Answer: Yes. The non-profit organization that I work for as Executive Director has received funding from the Alberta Community Council on HIV, which in turn receives funding the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  3. Intellectual interests:
    1. Within the last 5 years, any formal advice or opinion to industry, a government organization, or a non-government organization on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the last 5 years, any published or publicly stated point of view or promotion of a product relevant to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    3. Current professional or volunteer affiliations, such as membership of professional societies, lobbying, public interest, or advocacy groups.

      Answer: No.

  4. Other:
    1. Any other affiliations and interests or potential circumstances that might give a well-informed member of the public reasonable grounds for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of your participation. For example, prior activity that may create a reasonable apprehension of bias, or access to confidential information on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

Members

Monique Fong Howe

Position: Indigenous Women Coordinator, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

Experience:

  • Health professional
  • Indigenous woman

Expertise:

  • Health professional
  • Volunteer
  • Community worker
  • Indigenous woman

Interests:

  1. Direct financial interests:
    1. Current employment, investments in companies, partnerships, equity, royalties, joint ventures, trusts, real property, stocks, shares, or bonds that relate to the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

  2. Indirect financial interests:
    1. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), payment from the regulated industry for work done or being done, including past employment, contracts, or consulting; or financial support, including research support, personal education grants, contributions, fellowships, sponsorships, and honoraria.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), materials, discounted products, gifts, or other benefits, or attendance at meetings where all or part of the travel and accommodation costs were provided (over $1,000) by a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

    3. Within the last 3 years, grants or other funding from a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body to any of the organizations where you are currently employed or participate in internal decision making as a board member or executive or non-executive director.

      Answer: Yes. I work for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network who receives funding from PHAC, FNIHB and CIHR.

  3. Intellectual interests:
    1. Within the last 5 years, any formal advice or opinion to industry, a government organization, or a non-government organization on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the last 5 years, any published or publicly stated point of view or promotion of a product relevant to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    3. Current professional or volunteer affiliations, such as membership of professional societies, lobbying, public interest, or advocacy groups.

      Answer: No.

  4. 4. Other:
    1. Any other affiliations and interests or potential circumstances that might give a well-informed member of the public reasonable grounds for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of your participation. For example, prior activity that may create a reasonable apprehension of bias, or access to confidential information on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

Denise Lambert

Position: Program Designer, Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation

Experience:

  • Research/academia - PhD student, Indigenous studies
  • Indigenous health practitioner

Expertise:

  • Volunteer
  • Community worker

Interests:

  1. Direct financial interests:
    1. Current employment, investments in companies, partnerships, equity, royalties, joint ventures, trusts, real property, stocks, shares, or bonds that relate to the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

  2. Indirect financial interests:
    1. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), payment from the regulated industry for work done or being done, including past employment, contracts, or consulting; or financial support, including research support, personal education grants, contributions, fellowships, sponsorships, and honoraria.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), materials, discounted products, gifts, or other benefits, or attendance at meetings where all or part of the travel and accommodation costs were provided (over $1,000) by a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

    3. Within the last 3 years, grants or other funding from a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body to any of the organizations where you are currently employed or participate in internal decision making as a board member or executive or non-executive director.

      Answer: Yes. Work with Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation which is a recipient of the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund.

  3. Intellectual interests:
    1. Within the last 5 years, any formal advice or opinion to industry, a government organization, or a non-government organization on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the last 5 years, any published or publicly stated point of view or promotion of a product relevant to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    3. Current professional or volunteer affiliations, such as membership of professional societies, lobbying, public interest, or advocacy groups.

      Answer: No.

  4. 4. Other:
    1. Any other affiliations and interests or potential circumstances that might give a well-informed member of the public reasonable grounds for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of your participation. For example, prior activity that may create a reasonable apprehension of bias, or access to confidential information on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

Candice Lys

Position: Executive Director, FOXY/SMASH

Experience:

  • Research/academia
  • Non-profit

Expertise:

  • Research/academia
  • Community worker – Executive director of non-profit organization

Interests:

  1. Direct financial interests:
    1. Current employment, investments in companies, partnerships, equity, royalties, joint ventures, trusts, real property, stocks, shares, or bonds that relate to the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

  2. Indirect financial interests:
    1. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), payment from the regulated industry for work done or being done, including past employment, contracts, or consulting; or financial support, including research support, personal education grants, contributions, fellowships, sponsorships, and honoraria.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), materials, discounted products, gifts, or other benefits, or attendance at meetings where all or part of the travel and accommodation costs were provided (over $1,000) by a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

    3. Within the last 3 years, grants or other funding from a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body to any of the organizations where you are currently employed or participate in internal decision making as a board member or executive or non-executive director.

      Answer: Yes. Non-profit organization that I founded and work for as an Executive Director has received funding from the PHAC HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis C Community Action Fund and the PHAC Non-Reserve First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Communities HIV/AIDS Project Fund within the previous 3 years. I have also participated as a Co-Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Knowledge User, or Collaborator on several HIV-related research grants that have been successful through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in the last 5 years.

  3. Intellectual interests:
    1. Within the last 5 years, any formal advice or opinion to industry, a government organization, or a non-government organization on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the last 5 years, any published or publicly stated point of view or promotion of a product relevant to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    3. Current professional or volunteer affiliations, such as membership of professional societies, lobbying, public interest, or advocacy groups.

      Answer: No.

  4. 4. Other:
    1. Any other affiliations and interests or potential circumstances that might give a well-informed member of the public reasonable grounds for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of your participation. For example, prior activity that may create a reasonable apprehension of bias, or access to confidential information on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis

Position: Chief Executive Officer, All Nations Hope Network

Experience:

  • Health professional
  • Research/academia

Expertise:

  • Health professional
  • Volunteer
  • Research/academia
  • Community worker

Interests:

  1. Direct financial interests:
    1. Current employment, investments in companies, partnerships, equity, royalties, joint ventures, trusts, real property, stocks, shares, or bonds that relate to the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

  2. Indirect financial interests:
    1. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), payment from the regulated industry for work done or being done, including past employment, contracts, or consulting; or financial support, including research support, personal education grants, contributions, fellowships, sponsorships, and honoraria.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), materials, discounted products, gifts, or other benefits, or attendance at meetings where all or part of the travel and accommodation costs were provided (over $1,000) by a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

    3. Within the last 3 years, grants or other funding from a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body to any of the organizations where you are currently employed or participate in internal decision making as a board member or executive or non-executive director.

      Answer: Yes. The non-profit organization that I work for as Chief Executive Officer has received funding from the Government of Canada’s Harm Reduction fund within the previous 3 years.

  3. Intellectual interests:
    1. Within the last 5 years, any formal advice or opinion to industry, a government organization, or a non-government organization on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    2. Within the last 5 years, any published or publicly stated point of view or promotion of a product relevant to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    3. Current professional or volunteer affiliations, such as membership of professional societies, lobbying, public interest, or advocacy groups.

      Answer: No.

  4. 4. Other:
    1. Any other affiliations and interests or potential circumstances that might give a well-informed member of the public reasonable grounds for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of your participation. For example, prior activity that may create a reasonable apprehension of bias, or access to confidential information on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

Expert ex-officio member

Dr. Jack Janvier

Position: Infectious Disease Specialist

Experience: Health professional

Expertise:

  • Health professional
  • Infectious diseases

Interests:

  1. Direct financial interests:
    1. Current employment, investments in companies, partnerships, equity, royalties, joint ventures, trusts, real property, stocks, shares, or bonds that relate to the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

  2. Indirect financial interests:
    1. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), payment from the regulated industry for work done or being done, including past employment, contracts, or consulting; or financial support, including research support, personal education grants, contributions, fellowships, sponsorships, and honoraria.

      Answer: Yes. Honoraria from Gilead Sciences Inc. and Janssen Ortho Inc. for advisory board meetings.

    2. Within the past 5 years (other than from present employer), materials, discounted products, gifts, or other benefits, or attendance at meetings where all or part of the travel and accommodation costs were provided (over $1,000) by a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body.

      Answer: No.

    3. Within the last 3 years, grants or other funding from a party with an interest in the mandate of the advisory body to any of the organizations where you are currently employed or participate in internal decision making as a board member or executive or non-executive director.

      Answer: No.

  3. Intellectual interests:
    1. Within the last 5 years, any formal advice or opinion to industry, a government organization, or a non-government organization on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: Yes. Member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, AMMI Canada, Infectious Diseases Society of Canada, Alberta Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, Saskatchewan Medical Association.

    2. Within the last 5 years, any published or publicly stated point of view or promotion of a product relevant to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

    3. Current professional or volunteer affiliations, such as membership of professional societies, lobbying, public interest, or advocacy groups.

      Answer: Yes. Member of advisory board for Strong Voices Aboriginal Program at HIV Community Link in Calgary, Board Member of HIV Community Link Board of Directors.

  4. 4. Other:
    1. Any other affiliations and interests or potential circumstances that might give a well-informed member of the public reasonable grounds for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of your participation. For example, prior activity that may create a reasonable apprehension of bias, or access to confidential information on a matter of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.

      Answer: No.

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