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Dr. Anya McLaren-Barnett

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Dr. Anya McLaren-Barnett

Dr. Anya McLaren-Barnett is a medical doctor, award-winning researcher, educator and trailblazer. She is an intelligent, insightful and energetic speaker who uses powerful storytelling to present her thought leadership on ideas that make an impact. Dr. Anya entered medical school in a class of over 200 as one of two international and eight black students. Despite being initially told she would never make it to medical school and subspecialty training, she completed her medical training to become the only black female physician in her area of expertise in Canada. Through her powerful journey, she has become a model regarding the virtue of persistence and resilience in finding one's meaning and purpose. This has allowed her to make a significant impact in her daily work. 

Dr. Anya McLaren-Barnett is a medical doctor, award-winning researcher, educator and trailblazer. She is an intelligent, insightful and energetic speaker who uses powerful storytelling to present her thought leadership on ideas that make an impact. Dr. Anya entered medical school in a class of over 200 as one of two international and eight black students. Despite being initially told she would never make it to medical school and subspecialty training, she completed her medical training to become the only black female physician in her area of expertise in Canada. Through her powerful journey, she has become a model regarding the virtue of persistence and resilience in finding one’s meaning and purpose. This has allowed her to make a significant impact in her daily work. 

Dr. Anya has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally on topics in her area of medical expertise and she has received several awards for her medical research. Dr. Anya advocates for diversity and inclusion in medical education and is passionate about youth mentorship. Her speeches focus on inspiring and empowering a diverse range of individuals and organizations to amplify their impact – starting right where they are and not waiting on some future opportunity. Dr. Anya believes that a major key to becoming more clear about one’s purpose while developing character and leadership skills is through our service to humanity. 

Dr. Anya resides in Canada with her husband and two sons.