Joel Carter

Joel Carter

Dr. Joel Carter is an accomplished palliative care and pain specialist, author, speaker, storyteller and artist. Born in Winnipeg, he received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, completed a fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard University) and trained at the Physician Leadership College (University of St. Thomas).

Todd Scott

Five Questions with Todd Scott

Todd-ScottWhat motivates you?

Making a random stranger truly laugh at least once in the day.

What do you do for a living, and why?

I continue to breath and eat…. that is what I do to keep living. Oh wait, Dyslexia strikes again. I have a highly diverse background, but most of it could be summed up as a communicator

Frank Plummer

speaker-frank-plummerRegarded internationally as a world- leading HIV/AIDS researcher and specialist in infectious diseases, Dr. Frank Plummer’s work has influenced public health policy in Canada and around the world. He received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1976 and studied internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Southern California, the University of Manitoba, the University of Nairobi, and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. In 1984, Dr. Plummer took on a health research post in Nairobi, Kenya for over 17 years where his work led to some of the research fundamental to documenting the emerging HIV epidemic in Africa. Dr. Plummer’s ground-breaking HIV/AIDS research, particularly on understanding natural immunities to the virus, is now the basis of work toward developing an HIV vaccine. He is currently the Chief Science Advisor and Scientific Director of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Karen Letourneau


speaker-karen-letourneauKaren Letourneau is the Assistant Charge Sonographer in the ultrasound department at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is the principal investigator in a six year research project, “Sonographic Fetal Heart Screening in Manitoba”, which has allowed expecting mothers to better prepare for the arrival of their baby and in many cases avert severe complications or even death.