Angeline Abela, ACP, BHSc-P(Hons.), MA – Fellow

Angeline Abela is an Advanced Care Paramedic working as a Senior Quality Assurance Strategist with Alberta Health Services. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Health Studies in Paramedicine, as well as a Master’s of Arts in Leadership from the University of Guelph, and is looking to start her PhD in the near future.  Her research interests include female leadership development, diversity and inclusion, employment interview process and design, and organizational behavior.  Follow Angeline on Twitter @AngAbela or find her on LinkedIn.

 

Amir Allana, PCP, BASc, MSc(c) – Fellow

Amir Allana is a Primary Care Paramedic at Toronto Paramedic Services and pursuing an MSc in Health Services Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto. His graduate research is based at the Upstream Lab, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital. His research interests relate to how paramedics interact with community-based health and social service organizations, and what role paramedics (can) play in integrated care. This includes risk assessment tools and decision-making around paramedic-initiated referrals to non-hospital services, treatment on-scene, and transport to alternate destinations. Amir has a special interest in interventions that address the social determinants of health in underserved populations: people living in poverty, with chronic mental health conditions and addiction, and socially-isolated seniors. Prior to being a paramedic, Amir was an engineer and public planner – but we don’t talk about that. He can be reached at a.allana(at)utoronto.ca. Follow him on Twitter @amirallana.

 

Alan M. Batt, CCP, MSc, PGCME, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow

Alan Batt is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice at Monash University, Australia. He holds paramedic faculty appointments at Fanshawe College, CSU and CQU. Alan holds a Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedicine from Charles Sturt University, a Master of Science in Critical Care from Cardiff University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from Newcastle University. His doctoral research is focused on health professions education, and he has additional interests in research capacity, empathy, patient safety, vulnerable populations, gender equity, and patient advocacy. Alan can be reached at a.batt@mcnallyproject.ca.  Follow Alan on Twitter @alan_batt. View his research on PubMed, or ResearchGate.

 

Jason Buick, ACPf, BSc(Hons.), MSc, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow

Jason Buick is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on prehospital resuscitation of life-threatening emergencies and evidence based clinical decision rules for paramedics. His PhD thesis aims to derive and validate a prediction model for clinical deterioration among prehospital STEMI patients during transport to the PCI center. Jason has methodological experience with using large epidemiological databases for observational research. Jason holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from McMaster University and a Master of Science in Health Service Research from the University of Toronto. For his MSc thesis, Jason used Geographical Information System analysis to evaluate neighbourhood determinants on survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and bystander CPR. Jason currently serves as an expert systematic reviewer with the International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation (ILCOR) and has previously been an evidence reviewer for the 2015 Basic Life Support Taskforce. Jason can be reached at j.buick@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow Jason on Twitter @jason_buick. View his research on PubMed, Research Gate or ResearcherID.

 

Madison Brydges, PCP, HBSc, MA, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow

Madison Brydges is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and a Primary Care Paramedic with Halton Region Paramedic Services. Madison holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts in Health, Aging & Society from McMaster University. Her research adopts a sociological lens to understand the role of paramedics in the healthcare workforce. She uses primarily qualitative methodologies, including ethnography. Madison can be reached at m.brydges@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow Madison on Twitter @BrydgesMadison. View her research on PubMed.

 

Cheryl Cameron, ACP, BA(Hons.), MEd – Fellow

Cheryl Cameron is an Advanced Care Paramedic currently working in a strategic policy and leadership role with Emergency Health Services (Ministry of Health, Government of Alberta). She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Masters of Education in Health Sciences Education and Certificates in Adult/Continuing Education and Occupational Health and Safety. She is a member of the leadership team at the Paramedic Pay it Forward Award and provides both educational and operational program expertise on a number of national initiatives in the sphere of paramedicine and palliative care. Her research interests include mentoring, preceptorship, and interprofessional/interdisciplinary education, with additional interests in quality and patient safety, female leadership advocacy, and policy development. She is currently searching for her next professional development and educational exploit (to PhD or not PhD?). Follow Cheryl on Twitter @cherylcookie21 or find her on LinkedIn.

 

Dr. Anthony Campeau, ACP, BSc, MEd, EdD – Senior Fellow

Dr. Campeau is a paramedic researcher at the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine where he has an appointment as a Practice-Based Researcher. His main area of interest is the professionalization of paramedicine with an emphasis on the context of paramedic practice, which he considers to be the defining characteristic of this field. In 2008 he published the first formal theory of paramedic practice. He holds a doctorate in Educational Theory and Policy Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He has published extensively on paramedicine in a variety of peer-reviewed journals both as principal investigator and as a member of a research team. He is also a university and college faculty member and serves as an expert external reviewer for several academic journals. Dr. Campeau had an extensive career with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, beginning with working in land and air ambulances and finishing as the Senior Manager of the Provincial Ambulance Program. He was also the provincial operational coordinator for the widely recognized Ontario Pre-hospital Advanced Life Support Studies (OPALS) that demonstrated the benefits of paramedic services. He can be reached at anthony.campeau@sunnybrook.ca and anthonycampeau@rogers.com.

 

Zach Cantor, PCP, BA(Hons.) – Member

Bio coming soon

 

Cristina D’Alessandro, PCP, BA(Hons.) – Fellow

Cristina D’Alessandro is pursuing a master’s degree in health research methodology and is a Primary Care Paramedic with York Region Paramedic Services. Cristina holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Toronto and studied cardiovascular physiology at Dalhousie University. Some of her research interests include optimizing cardiovascular assessments performed by paramedics, particularly in the female population & investigating the clinical utility of cardiac and lung point of care ultrasound (POCUS). Cristina’s work has spanned both realms of academia and advocacy. She is also a documentary film writer and producer. Cristina can be reached at c.dalessandro@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow her on Twitter @cfd1986.

 

Dr. Luc de Montigny, BA(Hons.), MUP, PhD – Scientist

Bio coming soon

 

Dr. Becky Donelon, ACP, MADL, EdD – Senior Fellow

Bio coming soon

 

Ian Drennan, ACP, BScHK, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow

Ian Drennan is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital. He works as an Advanced Care Paramedic with York Region Paramedic Services and an instructor with Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine. Ian also holds a part-time faculty position in the health sciences department at Georgian College. His thesis is focused on the development of clinical prediction rules and the treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients. Other research interests include clinical aspects of prehospital care including community paramedicine, trauma, and sepsis. He is experienced in research methodology in systematic reviews, observational research through the use of large epidemiologic datasets, and randomized controlled trials in the prehospital setting. Ian has received funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and is the past recipient of a 2014 Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. In addition to his PhD work, Ian is a member of a number of committees related to paramedic practice and research. He currently sits as a member of the International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation (ILCOR) Advanced Life Support (ALS) taskforce. He was an evidence reviewer for the 2015 ILCOR Basic Life Support (BLS) and ALS taskforces, and a writing group member for the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC. Ian can be reached at i.drennan@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow Ian on Twitter @IanR_Drennan. View his research on PubMed, ResearchGate or ResearcherID.

 

Richard Ferron, ACP, BEd(AdEd), MHM  – Fellow

Rick Ferron started his career as a Paramedic in Niagara after graduating from Niagara College in 1991, and has worked as a Primary Care Paramedic, Advanced Care Paramedic, and in various management level positions leading to his current position as Deputy Chief, System Performance with Niagara Emergency Medical Services.  Rick received his Bachelors of Education (Adult Education) degree from Brock University in 2009 and his Masters of Health Management from McMaster University in 2015. In his current portfolio, Rick is responsible for overseeing quality assurance, quality improvement, training, research and decision support as well as Mobile Integrated Healthcare for Niagara EMS. Rick is currently co-chair of the Clinical Key Performance Indicators Working Group for the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, and was previously a member of the ad-hoc committee for operational stress injury. Rick’s research interests include EMS system design (including call triage, response prioritization and resource deployment processes), quality assurance, performance measurement, EMS provider education, and EMS leadership. In addition to membership in a number of professional organizations, Rick is a Certified Health Executive with the College of Health Leaders. Follow Rick on Twitter @RickFerron

 

Polly Ford-Jones, PCP, BA(Hons.), MA, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow

Polly Ford-Jones is a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Equity in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, Toronto Ontario and a Primary Care Paramedic with Halton Region Paramedic Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Psychology and a Master of Arts in Health Policy and Equity. Polly holds a part-time faculty position in the Humber College School of Health Sciences. Her current research focuses on mental health and psycho-social calls to paramedic services in the prehospital setting, exploring the training, education, and policy guiding paramedic practice in mental health calls. Additionally, her research explores the ways in which paramedics can inform an understanding of the social determinants of health and mental health and the factors contributing to distress and leading individuals to activate paramedic services. She uses qualitative research methods with experience in ethnographic research. Polly can be reached at pollyfj@yorku.ca. View her research on ResearchGate

 

Dr. Judah Goldstein, PCP, PhD – Scientist

Dr. Judah Goldstein is the Research Coordinator for Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia. Judah is a Primary Care Paramedic and has worked in the EHS ground ambulance system since 2000. He received an Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University in 2013. Judah is an Assistant Professor with the Dalhousie University Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Emergency Medical Services and Affiliated Scientist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Department of Emergency Medicine. He is a Lecturer in the University of Prince Edward Island, Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine program. His areas of research are frailty assessment and management, geriatrics, and health services research.

 

Marc Goudie, ACP, BEd, BSocSc(Hons.), MA – Fellow

Bio coming soon.

 

Jennie Helmer, ACP, MEd, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow

Jennie Helmer is an Advanced Care Paramedic and Paramedic Specialist, working as the BCEHS Research Lead and Paramedic Practice Leader with BCEHS. She holds a Master’s in Education, and is a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia in the School of Population and Public Health- Department of Medicine. Her research interests include better understanding what the future paramedic looks like, palliative emergencies and cardiac arrest management. Jennie can be reached at jennie.helmer@bcehs.ca or on Twitter @helmerfarm or find her on LinkedIn.

 

 

Trevor Hines Duncliffe, PCP, BA, MA – Fellow

Bio coming soon!

 

Laura Hirello, PCP, BSc, MHA(c) – Fellow

Laura Hirello is a Master of Health Administration student at Dalhousie University. She works as a Primary Care Paramedic with EHS and as a workforce analyst for the IWK Health Centre. Laura has a BSc in Chemistry and Neuroscience from Dalhousie University. She is a counselor for the College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia and is a member of the CPNS Legislative Review Committee. Laura is also involved in patient centered research initiatives at Dalhousie and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Her current academic work focuses on trends in the equity of healthcare usage in Canada. Laura’s other interests include paramedic systems design, health policy, workforce management, organizational behavior and female leadership in paramedicine. Follow Laura on twitter @LHirello or find her on LinkedIn.

 

Marea Hosien, PCP, BSc(Hons.)(c) – Member

Marea Hosien is a Primary Care Paramedic and a Bachelors of Sciences candidate at the University of Toronto. She is pursuing research in the area of hallway medicine as it relates to the pre-hospital setting and paramedics. Her other research interests include public policy as it pertains to paramedics in Ontario. She can be reached at marea.hosien@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Charles Humphrey, ACP, BA(Hons.), MA – Fellow

Charles Humphrey is an Advanced Care Paramedic with the City of Greater Sudbury, is involved in clinical research at Health Sciences North Centre for Prehospital Care, and teaches wilderness medicine through Wilderness Medical Associates International.  He holds a BA (Honours) in Political Science and Contemporary Studies from the University of King’s College, and an MA in Political Science from Dalhousie University.  Prior to starting a career in prehospital care, Charles had extensive experience in teaching and research in the domains of politics and public policy both in Canada and China. He is the Paramedic Lead on an in-progress clinical study of the feasibility and safety of making reduction of patellar dislocations a part of the Ontario paramedic scope of practice.  Charles is interested in research in both the clinical and public policy dimension, and currently sits on the Ontario Base Hospital Group Medical Advisory Committee.  His goals for future research are directed towards studying and improving paramedic clinical decision making and establishing the marginal risks of unnecessary ED transport

 

William Johnston, PCP, BA(Hons.) MSc(c) – Fellow

William Johnston is a Primary Care Paramedic with the Ottawa Paramedic Service. He is a graduate of McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour. He is undertaking an MSc in Health Science Education at McMaster University. He has a keen interest in paramedic driven research with a focus on paramedic initial and continuing education, simulation, and frailty and falls in older adults. Will can be reached at w.johnston@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow him on Twitter @seewillyj. View his research on ResearchGate.

 

Chelsea Lanos, PCP, BSc, MSc(c) – Fellow

Chelsea Lanos is a Primary Care Paramedic with The County of Renfrew Paramedic Service. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa, and is undertaking an MSc in Critical Care at Cardiff University. Chelsea is a Clinical Research Assistant with The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s Clinical Epidemiology program. She is currently part of a team working on enhancing in-hospital cardiac arrest research within the Department of Emergency Medicine. Chelsea is a strong advocate for paramedic led research, and her interests are primarily in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, as well as organ and tissue donation as it relates to the role of paramedics in the setting of out-of-hospital death. In addition, Chelsea is passionate about end of life care at home, and the implications of medical ethics on advanced care directives, including ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ orders in the paramedic setting. She can be reached at c.lanos@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow her on twitter @cjlanos. View her research on ResearchGate.

 

Matthew Leyenaar, PCP, BSc, MA, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow

Matthew Leyenaar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Health Services Research stream of the Health Research Methodology program at McMaster University, and Director of the Ontario Community Paramedicine Secretariat. He also holds an MA in Geography from McMaster where his thesis investigated spatial-temporal patterns of repeated users of paramedic services. His interests in these challenges were developed during his time working as a paramedic in Eastern Ontario and completing an undergraduate degree in Geography, concentrating in Geomatics and applying his studies to paramedic service deployment planning. His present research seeks to improve both patient outcomes and service provision by evaluating patient care episodes, risk-factors associated with non-critical use, and collaborative approaches that improve accessibility to care. Matthew has been a member of the CSA Group Technical Committee on Community Paramedicine and serves as Paramedic-at-large on the Canadian EMS Research Network Executive Board. Matthew can be reached at m.leyenaar@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewLeyenaar. View his research on ResearchGate.

 

Christopher MacDonald, PCP, BSc(Hons.), MSc, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow

Christopher MacDonald is a Ph.D. student in the Occupational and Environmental Health division at the University of Toronto, and a Primary Care Paramedic with the Region of Durham Paramedic Services. He holds an Honours of Science in Biological Science from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Community Health, specializing in wound care and prevention, from the University of Toronto. Previous research projects include establishing a more evidence-informed role for paramedics in the provision of wound care and injury prevention at the community level. His doctoral research aims to contrast occupational health determinants and resilience across frontline police officers, firefighters, and paramedics.

 

Paige Mason, PCP, BA(Hons.) MA(c) – Fellow

Paige Mason is a Primary Care Paramedic with the Ottawa Paramedic Service. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Western University and is an enthusiastic paramedic researcher with speaking engagements nationally and internationally. She is passionate about paramedic driven research and her research interests include female leadership in paramedicine, organizational culture, human factors, decision making, as well as the impact of appreciative inquiry and positive psychology on performance. Paige is undertaking an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University. Paige can be reached at p.mason@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow her on Twitter @paigemason2. View her research on ResearchGate.

 

Justin Mausz, ACP, BAHSc, MSc, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow

Justin Mausz is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and an Advanced Care Paramedic with Peel Regional Paramedic Services. Justin holds a Bachelor of Allied Health Science from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Health Science Education from McMaster University. Justin’s undergraduate and masters research focused primarily on education, and how context influences learning and performance. His PhD research uses a mixed methods approach to explore the socio-cultural characteristics of paramedic mental health, including the prevalence and risk factors of work-related mental illness among paramedics. Methodologically, Justin works primarily in qualitative research paradigms, and has a particular interest in constructivist grounded theory, but also has experience with biostatistics. Justin can be reached at j.mausz@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow Justin on Twitter @Prof_Dewey. View his research on PubMed and ResearchGate.

 

Brent McLeod, ACP, MPH, MHM – Fellow

Brent McLeod is a Paramedic Supervisor and Advanced Care Paramedic with Hamilton Paramedic Service who has been seconded to the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Norfolk Emergency Services Steering Committee as the Community Paramedicine (CP) Strategic Lead. In this role he has helped implement performance monitoring metrics, develop program goals with a focus on ED avoidance, liaise with emergency service partners to identify system gaps, improve system-level coordination, assist with aligning five community paramedicine programs, and continues to explore ongoing opportunities to encourage collaborations and knowledge transfer. Brent holds a combined Master of Public Health and Master of Health Management from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) and an Adjunct Lecturer position with the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. His current research contributions support all areas of CP, prehospital system improvement, stakeholder engagement, as well as out-of-hospital medical and trauma interventions. Brent stays active in the community as a council member of the Hamilton Immigrant Partnership Council and serves as the Treasurer on the Canadian EMS Research Network Executive Board. View his research on PubMed and ResearchGate.

 

Mary Osinga, CCPf, HBSc, MHPE – Fellow

Mary Osinga is Critical Care Flight Paramedic and a professor at Fleming College. She worked for the air ambulance service in Ontario for 25 years. She is the Director of Education for the Ontario Paramedic Association. Mary holds a Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, where her thesis focused on the role of self reflection in continuing education (CE). Her research interests include motivation in education, communities of practice and various aspects of continuing professional development (CPD) . Mary can be reached at m.osinga@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow her on Twitter @maryosinga. View her research on ResearchGate.

 

Dan Piquette, ACP, BHSc(c) – Member

Dan works as an Advanced Care Paramedic for Peel Regional Paramedic Services in Brampton, Ontario and has worked as a paramedic for 13 years. He is in his final semester of a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and has additional education in negotiation, mental health law and occupational health and safety. He has significant experience in labour relations, workplace safety and high reliability systems. He hopes to advance and promote safety within the profession by undertaking and contributing to evidence-based research into safety systems, healthy workplace conditions, and resilient/reliable medical protocols. As a labour leader, he promotes the collaboration of trade unions with stakeholders in advancing the profession and advocates for continual progressive change.

 

Scott D. Ramey, CCPf, BHSc, MScHQ(c) – Fellow

Scott Ramey is a Critical Care Flight Paramedic with British Columbia Emergency Health Services and formerly in Ontario, Canada. Scott holds a BHSc in Paramedicine from Medicine Hat College, Alberta. He is a Master of Science candidate with Queens University department of graduate studies in Health Quality, Risk & Safety. His research focus is on patient safety, risk analysis, resiliency, cognitive decision making, quality and performance in paramedicine and healthcare. He has years of experience in various levels of paramedic operational and quality leadership including research from grant application through to publication. He has international consulting and speaking credits and is also the Executive Director of the British Columbia Paramedic Association, driving the academic and research agenda for Paramedicine in BC.  Scott can be reached at s.ramey@mcnallyproject.ca. Follow him on Twitter @sdramey. View his research on ResearchGate.

 

Julie Sinclair, PCP, RN, BSc, MScN – Fellow

Julie Sinclair is in Ottawa, Ontario and works as a Coordinator with the Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario. She has worked as a Primary Care Paramedic in Ottawa and Registered Nurse at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on the medical/surgical floor. She holds a BSc in Physiology and MSc(A) in Nursing from McGill University and a BSc in Biomedical Toxicology from the University of Guelph. Her interest in research began when she worked as research assistant on the prehospital C-Spine Validation study and was further fueled during her Master’s training; her academic research project focused on adherence to clinical practice guidelines. After graduating, she worked with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute as research associate and was involved in the seminal OPALS and ROC studies. Her research interests, beyond trauma and cardiac arrests, include: patient and provider safety, clinical decisions guidelines, and alternative destinations of care. Follow her on Twitter @JECSinc. View her research on ResearchGate.

 

Chris Smith, ACP, BSc(Hons.) MSc(c) – Fellow

Chris Smith is a full time Advanced Care Paramedic with Peterborough County/City Paramedics (PCCP). In addition to his road shift, he also serves part time as PCCP’s Research Lead. He recently completed a 5 year tour as a service educator. Prior to starting his career as a Paramedic, Chris earned an Honours BSc in Biology (emphasis Health Sciences), with an honours thesis in Virology, before completing his PCP at Fleming College and ACP at Durham College. Today, Chris’ research interests are focused on innovative approaches to existing electronic Paramedic data using statistical analyses. He is undertaking an MSc in Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods at Trent University. His most recent project involved partnering with local public health agencies to develop a live monitoring system of opioid overdoses and changes in the overdose population. Prior areas of research include sepsis detection and capnography in the prehospital environment.

 

Dugg Steary, CCPf, MA(c) – Fellow

Dugg Steary is an educator and researcher with the Paramedic Academy at Justice Institute of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He is completing his Master of Arts in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University.  His masters research is focused on Open Education and impacts with paramedic education, and has additional interest in research capacity, student engagement, education technology, blended learning, and factors affecting student success. Follow Dugg on Twitter, visit his education blog, or view his research on ResearchGate.

 

 

Harrison Stein, ACP, BClinPrac – Member

Bio coming soon

 

Dr. Walter Tavares, ACP, PhD – Scientist

Dr. Walter Tavares is a Scientist and Assistant Professor at The Wilson Centre and Post-MD Education (Post Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education) at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine.  He is also a Scientist and Advanced Care Paramedic with York Region Paramedic and Senior Services. Walter holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics with specializations in Health Research Methods and Medical Education. His research interests include simulation and work-based education, assessment of clinical competence, validity, simulation and practice innovations. Walter can be reached at w.tavares@mcnallyproject.ca.  Follow Walter on Twitter @WalterTava. View his research on PubMed and ResearchGate.

 

Dr. Charlene Vacon, PCP, BA(Hons.), MA, PhD – Senior Fellow

Dr. Charlene Vacon is a manager at the Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario. She has worked in paramedic service operation, quality, education and research roles in Quebec, as well as in government EMS policy and regulation in Alberta. Charlene holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications earned jointly at Concordia University, the University of Montreal and the University of Quebec at Montreal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Master of Arts, both in sociology from Acadia University. In addition to contributing to the research literature, Charlene enjoys communicating with lay audiences. Her current interests in Canadian paramedicine include quality and performance measurement, governance, leadership, ethics, Canadian social history and the study of women. Find Charlene on LinkedIn @charlenevacon and Twitter @charlene_vacon.

 

David Wolff, PCP, BClinPrac, MAdEd(c) – Fellow

David Wolff completed his his Bachelors Degree in Clinical Practice at Charles Sturt University in 2009 and is currently a full time Master’s of Adult Education student at St Francis Xavier University, NS. David first entered the paramedic field in 1986 and has worked as a Primary Care Paramedic, owned and operated a Patient Transportation Service, and served as a Paramedic Program Coordinator/Instructor. In 2008, David moved into paramedic services management performing many diverse roles including Quality Assurance Manager, Field Superintendent, Commander of Training, and finally Deputy Chief, eventually becoming a Certified Municipal Manager (CMM III, EMS Executive) prior to returning to school. David has extensive experience with online education and currently serves as a User Experience and Design Specialist and provides all aspects of online learning and educational support for Premergency Inc.