2011 Canadian Tour Dates

Christophe N’Goran Kouame

I have a medical degree from the National University of Abidjan- Cocody and the University of Bouake, (Ivory Coast and a Masters degree in sociology from the University of Bouake (Ivory Coast). I am in progress to re-qualify as a medical doctor in Canada. 

I volunteer at the Centre Francophone of Toronto as a community health worker and enjoy raising awareness about health within the French speaking community in Toronto. 

I participated on a mission with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Democratic Republic Congo (Bunia) delivering emergency and primary health care in a remote area.

 I currently work with Manulife Financial Insuranceand I am an active with the MSF Association of Canada. 

Luella Smith

I am an Emergency Physician from New Brunswick who started working with MSF in 2006.  I have done 10 missions, working as field doctor, field coordinator, and medical coordinator in various contexts.  

 In Darfur we provided primary care for IDP camps.  In Sri Lanka we provided primary care and surgery for displaced Tamils.  In Haiti, we did likewise for people displaced by the earthquake.  Most recently in Cote d’Ivoire we worked with people displaced by the conflict.  I have also worked in malnutrition centers, cholera treatment centers, and in malaria epidemics in Burundi, Nigeria, Niger, and Central African Republic.

Working with MSF has been a privilege and a humbling experience.  I have come to admire the people themselves, who, despite the difficult conditions they face, conduct themselves with such grace, warmth and dignity.

 We give them hope for the future, let them know that someone cares and they are not forgotten.  This is the legacy of MSF.


Antoine Maranda

When I was 20 years old, a strange encounter in the Himalayan mountains of India, introduced me to the non-medical aspect of the MSF work; I had just met a logistician for the firts time. Since then, I’ve been collecting around the world a multitude of travelling and working experiences, like tree-planting or coordinating small NGO’s, that slowly gave me the skills and knowledge to be a logistician. I’ve now been honoured to be part of the MSF team as an all-around logistician in Zémio, Cenral African Republic. A formation in water and sanitation will now lead me to this more specific apect of the work during my next mission in Democratic Republic of Congo. It is now with pleasure that I will share this short but really rich MSF experience with the public through the Refugge Camp In the City exibit.

Grant Assenheimer

I am from the small town of Barrhead Alberta and am essentially a farm kid turned chemical engineer turned humanitarian worker.  Between 2008 and 2011, I completed 5 missions with MSF, working in Bangladesh, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad.  I started as a logistician, later worked as a financial coordinator, and finished as Project Coordinator for my last 2 missions.  The longer I work with MSF the more I value the effectiveness of the organization and the strength of the MSF movement.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my experiences and promote the critical and impacting work of MSF to fellow Canadians.



Simon Riendeau

I am an emergency physician based in Chicoutimi, Quebec. I am looking forward to becoming a part time doctor, as well as a part time writer. I have worked with MSF in Niger, Central African Republic, Mali and, after the recent earthquake, Haiti.

I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with the public at this year’s exhibit.

Todd Philips

I was born and raised in Winnipeg and am (by degree at least) an engineer. I finished my first mission in DRC this spring after 14 months of amazing people and experiences in South Kivu.  My job as technical logistician (tech log) was to support the medical team by providing clean water, power, transport as well as other things in the medical facilities. These included the hospital, health centres, cholera treatment centres, tuberculosis centres and any and all other emergencies interventions that arose including a measles treatment centre and mobile clinics.  The amazing Congolese people I met and worked with give me the strength and inspiration to continue my work.

Karine L.Godbout

Interagir avec les gens, découvrir de nouvelles cultures, relever de nouveaux défis, voilà qui je suis. Devenir infirmière me permettait de réaliser tous ces objectifs et une mission avec Médecins sans frontières allait me permettre d’aller encore plus loin. C’est pour cette raison que je suis partie vers Haïti avec MSF en 2010, après le séisme, où j’y ai travaillé pendant trois mois. J’ai aussi travaillée comme infirmière dans les régions éloignées du Québec et également dans des hôpitaux universitaires de la région de Montréal en transplantation d’organes, avec les grands brûlés, et en oncologie. Je fais  présentement ma maîtrise en soins infirmiers à L’Université de Toronto  et je m’intéresse aux maladies aigues et chronique de l’adulte ainsi qu’au partage de connaissance entre les infirmières de différents milieux.

Nikki Rink

I am a pediatrician originally from Germany and living in Canada since three years. I just came back from my first mission in Guinea working as a pediatrician in a public hospital in the capital Conakry where Doctors Without Borders supports the Nutrition and Neonatology units. Before, I worked at the Montreal Children´s Hospital.


Justin Zihindula

I am a nurse and excited to share my experience working with Doctors Without Borders in my home country. From 1996 till 1997 I worked as a nurse in North Kivu at Sake Nutritional Health Center. I was also performing immunizations in Masisi with the MSF vaccination team. In 1997 there was a cholera outbreak and I was among the MSF staff that intervened to stop the spread of the deadly disease.I also worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres Belgium during the volcanic eruption in Goma City in 2001 where I was supervising two health centers in Gisenyi, Rwanda.

Finally I volunteered last year as a guide in the Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City in Kitchener Waterloo. My next experience with MSF Canada is going to be in Moncton on September 21 and Quebec City in September 27 up to October 3, 20011.

Anne MacKinnon

Hi, I’m Anne MacKinnon, a nurse from Fredericton New Brunswick.  After graduating from Dalhousie University in Halifax, I worked in neonatal ICU at the IWK  Hospital.  Then I left Canada for two years to travel around the world and work in New Zealand with my physician husband. After we raised  three sons, I joined a local NGO and went to Haiti five times. After completing a goal of running a Marathon( 40km),my dream to work for Médecins sans Frontières came true in 2009. I have been to Northeastern India in a malnutrition project for six months and on an Emergency mission to Liberia for the refugee crises  this year for two months. I now share my time between the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick and MSF work.