Here at Evening Rounds, we want to do more than just talk. We also want to build a community of health care communicators and their champions, and we also want to have a little bit of fun. To help do this, we want to introduce our speakers at Evening Rounds Vol. 02 to you a little beyond their professional bios. Each month, we’ll be asking them a few question to hear what makes them tick. 

ER: What is your dream of happiness?
KD: Having more time
MM: Evidence-based drug policy

ER: What is your greatest fear?
KD: Snakes
MM: Boredom

ER: Who are your favorite writers?
KD: Tolstoy, Steinbeck, Rohinton Mistry
MM: Barrie, Austen, Rolando, Britten, and, on principle, Borges

ER: Who are your heroes in real life?
KD: Pivot's Katrina Pacey, and my husband
MM: My parents, my boss, and my girlfriends

ER: What is your favourite food?
KD: Prawns with garlic and butter
MM: Ñoquis

ER: What is your favourite drink?
KD: Coffee
MM: Caesars, Coca Cola, or ice water

ER: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
KD: Awesome, for sure
MM: Like, um, you know…

ER: What is your most treasured possession?
KD: Health
MM: My bed and family would tie for first

ER: What do you most value in your friends?
KD: Openness
MM: Openness

ER: If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
KD: Some sort of ocean mammal, like a dolphin or a whale
MM: A rockfish

ER: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
KD: Maintaining my community of family and friends
MM: Grade 7 citizenship award, hands down

ER: What is your motto?
KD: "Work hard, play hard"
MM: "It's only temporary"

Kora DeBeck, PhD, is a co-Investigator with the Urban Health Research Initiative and a Post-doctoral Fellow with the Department of Medicine at UBC and the Centre for Public Health and Human Rights at Johns Hopkins University. She played a lead role in developing a unique program of Knowledge Translation at the Urban Health Research Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Michaela Montaner, BA, is the Communications Coordinator at the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy and a Research Assistant at the Urban Health Research Initiative. With respect to communications, Michaela plays a lead role in developing and implementing knowledge translation strategies and materials to promote evidence-based responses to health and social problems associated with illicit drugs. As a research assistant Michaela draws on web analytics, media analysis, and, increasingly, public opinion polls to evaluate the effectiveness of knowledge translation activities.


Evening Rounds is a monthly evening speaker series profiling health care communications and social media campaigns, case studies and experts. Register here and join us at Evening Rounds Vol. 02