The 2014 Hall Laureate is Dr. Patricia Martens. Dr. Martens is a Professor at the University of Manitoba’s Department of Community Health Sciences. Until April 2014, she was the Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She has conducted trailblazing studies on the health of Manitobans, including Aboriginal peoples, residents of rural and remote communities, individuals with mental health conditions and mothers and infants. She has pioneered new ways of connecting researchers and different communities of knowledge users, starting with her first studies on breastfeeding in Aboriginal communities. She led the award winning Need to Know team that partnered researchers from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy with decision-makers from Manitoba’s health regions and the provincial government. Dr. Martens has held research career awards including CIHR’s New Investigator’s Award and the CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Chair. She has been recognized in 2010 as YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction for Health & Wellness and in 2013 as a member of the Order of Canada.