Alika Lafontaine

Anesthesiologist and entrepreneur

Alika Lafontaine

Alika Lafontaine
Anesthesiologist and entrepreneur

Alika Lafontaine was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and is fiercely proud of his Indigenous heritage. He is the youngest recipient of the highest honour Aboriginal peoples give their own, the Indspire Award (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Award), and has been the recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) research grants as well as a host of other academic and volunteer awards.

An alumni of the University of Saskatchewan, Alika completed his MD followed by a five-year fellowship in Anesthesiology. In the midst of his fellowship Alika became CBC’s "Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister," winning the national competition with a platform focused on reconciling the Treaty relationship between Canada's Indigenous Peoples and Canadians. In recognition of his contributions to furthering Aboriginal Health, in 2009 he was named Chair of the National Aboriginal Health Organization's national conference "Our People, Our Health."

He currently serves as Vice-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and was a recent Board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. He is also a founding partner of Pure Enviro Management Canada, a national bioremediation company that decontaminates petroleum and chlorinated solvent waste.