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Ask a Frequent Flyer: April 2012

Taking off with an Air Canada super elite member.

Dr. Mark Wainberg

In 1989, HIV/AIDS researcher and scientist Dr. Mark Wainberg helped discover 3TC as an antiviral drug. Since then, his contributions to the field of HIV drug resistance and drug development have earned him numerous accolades, including the title of Officer of the Order of Canada. These days, he travels to a new destination almost every month to attend conferences and conduct field research related to his current focus: developing better prevention and treatment plans.


Mark Wainberg, Ph.D. Director, the McGill University AIDS Centre; Head of AIDS Research at the Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal. Super Elite® member since 1998.


Most unexpected travel moment Seeing the Taj Mahal. It was a thing of sheer beauty.

Best way to spend my Aeroplan® Miles I use them to help the members of my laboratory travel to conferences. This saves on our lab expenses and is also a way for me to give back to the medical research enterprise that has nurtured me.

Most famous on-board neighbour I’ve shared an airplane with Brian Mulroney, David Lloyd Johnston before he became the Governor General of Canada and Robert Redford while en route to South Africa.

Most memorable detour Because I work in the field of international health, I get to travel to Africa and South America a lot. Some highlights from those trips are visiting game parks in South Africa, seeing Victoria Falls along the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia and Machu Picchu in Peru.

How to make the most of a trip I count on my hosts to share some of the local lifestyle with me. On a recent trip to India, I visited the city of Lucknow – a place I would otherwise have not had the chance to explore.

World traveller I’d most like to sit next to on a flight Someone who has won a Nobel Prize in Medicine.

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