Professor Ann C. Macaulay CM MD FCFP is Professor of Family Medicine, the inaugural director of Participatory Research at McGill (PRAM), Director of the Indigenous Health Curriculum for McGill medical school, and previous long standing family physician in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, Quebec. She is recipient of the Order of Canada, lifetime achievement awards in family medicine and primary care research (College of Family Physicians of Canada and North American Primary Care Research Group) and membership of the Institute of Medicine, USA. Dr. Macaulay promotes and researches collaborative participatory research approaches as they relate to action-oriented knowledge production. She has been involved with numerous participatory research projects across North America including the eighteen year old award winning Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project, women released from prison, mental health persons in recovery, ethnic communities, health promotion in inner cities, health organisations and policy makers. The goals are always to combine scientific excellence with community relevance, support local capacity building and empowerment, and promote the translation of research findings into actions that benefit all the partners.