Evan Adams to be a Keynote Speaker at AISES National Conference

AISES National Conference


The Annual AISES National Conference is a one-of-kind, three-day event focusing on educational, professional and workforce development! Attendees include American Indian high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies!


Opening Ceremony Keynote Speaker: Evan Adams
Thursday, November 10th: 9:00 - 11:15 am

Evan Tlesla II Adams is a Coast Salish actor and physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, BC, Canada.

Evan stars in the Emmy-winning TV-movie "Lost in the Barrens" and its nominated sequel "Curse of the Viking Grave". Besides numerous episodics like "The Beachcombers" and "Black Stallion", he also appears in the feature film "Toby McTeague" and the Fox-TV movie "Lakota Moon". Notably, Evan stars as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in ShadowCatcher Entertainment’s SMOKE SIGNALS, written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre. He won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, and from First Americans in the Arts, and a 1999 Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Debut Performance’. He recently won a Gemini Award for co-hosting the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards 2011, along with Adam Beach.

Aside from his career in the arts, Evan is a full-scholarship alumnus of St. Michaels University School and of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific of Victoria, BC.  Evan has completed 3 years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, and a Family Practice residency (as Chief Resident) in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He is the 2005 winner of the (provincial) Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and the 2005 national winner of the Murray Stalker Award from the CFPC Research and Education Foundation. Dr. Adams has a Masters of Public Health (2009) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is the past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and is the past Director of the Division of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, UBC Faculty of Medicine. He was the first-ever Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor in the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, BC Ministry of Health and with the (BC) First Nations Health Council (2007-2012). He has been a Board Member of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer since 2011. He was the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for the province of BC from 2012 to 2014. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority.






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2016 AISES National Conference T-shirts!

Purchase your National Conference T-shirt during conference registration for $20. T-shirts will be available for on-site pickup during the conference.








Movie Night:
Wednesday, November 9th
6:30 PM

Join us for a screening of the acclaimed movie Smoke Signals, starring Evan Adams! 



AISES National Conference Research Track Proposals

AISES welcomes students and professionals to participate in this year’s NEW research track!

Deadline for submission of proposals:  SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Students: come PRESENT and COMPETE in this year’s research competition!  This is an opportunity to receive feedback on your completed STEM research, add a presentation citation to your resume/CV, and compete for awards and prizes!

Professionals: AISES invites all AISES professionals, including faculty and post-doctoral fellows, to present their research at this year’s AISES National Conference.  This is a NEW opportunity for all AISES members, not just students, to engage in STEM research at the National Conference. 



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American Indian Science and Engineering Society

2305 Renard SE, Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 765-1052



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