Our Team


Stephanie Montesanti (Principal investigator)

Stephanie is an Assistant Professor in the University of Alberta's School of Public Health. She has been involved in a number of Indigenous health research studies as a non-Indigenous researcher. Studies have related to topics on Indigenous engagement in health service planning and policy development, Indigenous primary care and the implementation of culturally strengthening interventions for supporting Indigenous health and well-being. She previously worked in partnership with the Siksika Nation Commuity Wellness Committee to study the health and social impacts from  the 2013 flood. Stephanie is a member of the the Alberta Health Services Primary Health Care Integration Network Coalition and a Steering Committee member and Evidence Co-Lead for IMAGINE Citizens. 

Tara McGee (Co-PI)

Tara is s Professor and wildfire researcher in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. She leads the First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership which aims to understand how First Nations residents and communities are affected by wildfire evacuations. This research brings together researchers, First Nations communities in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan that were evacuated due to recent wildfires, and agencies responsible for conducting or providing support during the evacuations.

Candace Nykiforuk (Co-Investigator)

Candace an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta and an Applied Public Health Chair (supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions) with a mandate to help advance the field of population health intervention and health equity.  She is a health geographer and health promotion researcher with a strong interest in the role of built and social environments on health and well-being. I also have expertise in the development and diffusion of healthy public policies.

Cam Wild(Co-Investigator)

Cam is a Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. He is an expert in substance-related disorders and mental health services. He is the Principal Investigator for the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) Prairie Node; a 5-year initiative funded by the CIHR. Cam's research interests include a strong community focus, which involves extensive collaboration with health policy makers, practitioners and other non-academic stakeholders to ensure the relevance and uptake of our findings.

Terry Lin Fedorus (Community Research Lead)

Terry Lin is Dene from Beaver First Nation and lives in Fort McMurray with her family. She holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences. Terry Lin is the community research lead on the Indigenous Health and Resilience through Disaster (IHRD) study and provides assistance with community engagement and conducting interviews in the communities