Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco

Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco PhD is a teacher, community based researcher, and author. He has been living with HIV since 1986.

James Watson

James began his career in the HIV sector in 2006 as a peer research assistant and now works as the Coordinator for Community-Based Research and Peer Initiatives at St. Michaels Hospital, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in Toronto. He also hosts and produces “pozcast”, a podcast that brings HIV research to life and sits on the Board of Directors of Fife House, the largest provider of housing and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Colt Burrows

Graduating from the University of British Columbia’s Master of Public Health program in 2017, Colt has been actively involved with the HIV sector for over 5 years. With a vested interest in both Queer and Indigenous health, Colt has situated himself within projects that support the delivery of health care services and programming for sexual and gender minorities. He currently works as the National HIV Stigma Index Coordinator at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, supporting the implementation of the HIV Stigma Index across Canada – a national community-based research project aimed at documenting the experiences of stigma and discrimination among people living with HIV. When not working, Colt enjoys backcountry camping and working his way through cookbooks!

Calum Thompson

Calum is a recent graduate from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a degree in psychology and will be attending U of T in the fall for a Masters of Public Health. He began volunteering with Universities Without Walls at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto in November, 2018. In April of 2019 he was brought on part-time with St. Michael’s Hospital to coordinate efforts for the Poz Effect Conference. Calum also works as a Community Support Facilitator in downtown Toronto. During his free time, Calum enjoys taking photos and browsing Reddit for hours on end.