Indigenous Physician named CBC’s "Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister”,
Dr. Alika Lafontaine is an award-winning physician, speaker, alignment consultant, and the first Indigenous physician listed by the Medical Post as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors. A strong believer in the design thinking approach to unlayering and addressing intractable problems, he has participated in local, provincial and national projects to move forward health systems change. After completing a B.Sc. in chemistry at the University of Regina, he completed his M.D. at the University of Saskatchewan followed by a five-year fellowship in anesthesiology. In the midst of his fellowship, Lafontaine became CBC’s “Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister,” winning the competition with a platform focused on reconciling the Treaty relationship between Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and Canadians. In addition to other awards and honours, Lafontaine remains the youngest recipient of the Indspire Award—the highest honour Aboriginal Peoples give their own for the past 20 years—and in 2015 he was selected as a recipient of the Canadian Medical Association Young Leaders Award (Early Career).