Our Team


TREKK Scientific Director

Director of TREKK and Principle Investigator
CEO and Scientific Director, the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
Scientific Director, the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation

Dr. Terry Klassen has been the CEO and Scientific Director for the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and the Scientific Director for the George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation since September, 2010.

From 1999 to 2009, Terry served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, Director of the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence and Director of the Evidence-based Practice Center at the University of Alberta. From 2014 to 2019, Terry served as the Department Head, Pediatrics and Child Health, at the University of Manitoba. He is a clinician-scientist whose clinical base is Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and has been active in Pediatric Emergency Research Canada collaborating on a national research program involving randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and knowledge translation. He has a consistent record of national and international peer-reviewed funding, along with a publication record that has included many articles in the highest impact medical journals.

In 2009, Terry co-founded StaR Child Health, an international group aimed at improving the design, conduct and publication of randomized controlled trials in children. In recognition of his lifetime contributions, he was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2010 in the foreign associate category. He is also a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Terry’s 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 - Canadian Medical Association Journal Top Achievements in Health Research Award. In 2012 Dr. Klassen was appointed to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 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.



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).



Project Coordinator

Chelsea is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Terry Klassen at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) as well as the Project Coordinator for TREKK. Chelsea graduated from Red River College with a diploma in Project Management.


Knowledge Broker- Currently on Leave

Mateja holds an Honours degree in Criminology and her MA in Sociology from the University of Manitoba. She has several years of experience supporting community-based research concerning the wellbeing of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

Prior to TREKK, Mateja worked as a Lab Coordinator at the Hearts and Minds Lab in the Psychology Department at the University of Manitoba, supporting lab's research projects. Mateja divides her time as a Knowledge Broker for TREKK and the George & Fay Yee Centre of Healthcare Innovation (CHI).


Communications Coordinator - Currently on Leave

Savanna 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. 

Prior to joining the TREKK and CHRIM team, Savanna worked with several organizations including, but not limited to, The North West Company and 680 CJOB. She is a graduate of Red River College. 


Knowledge Broker

Mary Anne Nurmi is the Knowledge Broker for TREKK and is based out of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Prior to this, she worked in the College of Nursing, University of Manitoba, as an admin assistant for the Bachelor of Midwifery program and as a research coordinator. She also has experience as a project coordinator in the department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

Mary Anne holds a BA (Hons) in psychology, and an MSc in Family Social Sciences, from the University of Manitoba.  



Interim Communications Coordinator

Kristina is the interim Communications Coordinator for Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) and Pediatric Outcome Improvement Through Coordination of Research Networks (POPCORN). She holds a Bachelor of Public Relations with a double minor in Marketing and Communication Technology from Mount Saint Vincent University, and a diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from Nova Scotia Community College. Throughout her career, Kristina has been involved with various organizations, such as Symphony Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Health, Atlantic Jewish Film Festival, and Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project.