Our Team



TREKK Scientific Director

Dr. Terry Klassen is a highly regarded clinician scientist in pediatric emergency medicine who has had a highly successful academic leadership career in a variety of areas. Dr. Klassen is well known for excellence in clinical trials, as well as knowledge synthesis and translation. He is the co-founder of Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) and Scientific Director of Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), a Network of Centres of Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization initiative.

Through TREKK and PERC, Dr. Klassen was able to create and disseminate knowledge that has resulted in fewer hospital admissions for children with croup. Dr. Klassen serves on the KidsCAN Steering Committee and has a strong vision to align pediatric research efforts across the country. In recognition of his lifetime contributions, he was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2010 in the foreign associate category. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

His research has had a large impact on the practice of pediatric emergency medicine, which was recognized when he received a 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Canadian Medical Association Journal Top Achievements in Health Research Award. Most recently, he was awarded a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Clinical Trials.



TREKK Executive Director

Lisa is the Executive Director for TREKK and based in the central administrative office in the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She is responsible for managing Network operations.

Prior to TREKK Lisa worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK for eight years, most recently as a cardiovascular research nurse within a non-cardiac chest pain project. She was also a project manager/communications lead with its Diabetes Modernisation Initiative and Improving Patient Information project.

Lisa completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree with distinction at the University of Manitoba and a Master’s in Arts in Journalism from the University of Westminster.




Administrative Coordinator

Kathy joined the TREKK team in April 2016 as Central Coordinator for various TREKK activities, including budget control and administrative support. She comes to us with over seventeen years of experience at the University of Manitoba with the Transport Institute at the I.H. Asper School of Business, where she was responsible for managing the operations of the Institute. Her work there included budget oversight, conference organization, and managing all facets of the Institute’s education program.



Communications Coordinator

Erin is the Communications Coordinator for TREKK and the Children's Hospital Research Institution of Manitoba (CHRIM). She is based in the Communications Office at CHRIM. 

Erin graduated from Red River College with a diploma in Creative Communications. Prior to joining the TREKK and CHRIM team, Erin worked with several organizations including, but not limited to, Ronald McDonald House Charities® Manitoba and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.



Knowledge Broker

Megan has a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba and completed her dietetic internship with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to become a Registered Dietitian. Recently, Megan completed her Masters of Public Health from the University of Manitoba while managing a provincial school nutrition initiative with Dietitians of Canada. In this role, Megan splits her time as a Knowledge Broker for TREKK and the George & Fay Yee Centre of Healthcare Innovation (CHI).