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.
Dr. Gina Agarwal MBBS, PhD, MRCGP, CCFP, FCFP, DFFP – Collaborator-Scientist
Dr. Gina Agarwal is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She joined the department in 2000 after training and working in England. Gina is the Principal Investigator of the McMaster Community Paramedicine Research Team and a practicing family physician at the McMaster Family Practice (MFP). Her research focuses on improving health systems for vulnerable populations. Gina is committed to ensuring adequate care is provided at the right time and place to those most in need. Her most recent research with the Community Paramedicine at Clinic (CP@Clinic) involves paramedics holding drop-in sessions at select subsidized housing buildings with high numbers of 911 calls. The results of a pilot study showed that the program significantly lowered the number of ambulance calls, improved quality of life, and lowered systolic blood pressure among older adults in subsidized housing. Gina is also involved in training family medicine residents and supervising undergraduate, masters and doctoral students
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.
Eric Alonzi, PCP, BHSc(c) – Member
Eric Alonzi is a Primary Care Paramedic with York Region Paramedic Services after graduating from Georgian College in 2019. During his time at Georgian College, his abstract on the effects of fatigue on paramedic students’ ability to perform CPR, driving simulation, and memory recollection was published by Canadian Paramedicine. Currently, Eric is pursuing a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and is looking forward to contributing further to paramedicine research in the near future.
Richard Armour, ACP, BParaPrac, MSc, MParamedicine(c) – Fellow
Richard Armour is an Advanced Care Paramedic with the BC Emergency Health Services, Associate Faculty with the Justice Institute of British Columbia and a Sessional Academic with Charles Sturt University. He holds a Bachelor of Paramedic Practice, a Master of Science in Advanced Emergency Care and is currently completing a Master of Paramedicine (Critical Care). Richard’s research interests include cardiac arrest, pre-hospital critical care, alternative care pathways and novel paramedic roles in healthcare.
Alan M. Batt, CCP, MSc, PhD(c), FHEA – Senior Fellow, Co-Chair, Director of Communications
Alan Batt is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Paramedicine at Monash University, Australia. He is a Professor in the Paramedic Programs at Fanshawe College, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine at Charles Sturt University, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Paramedic Science at CQUniversity. He is a former in-service and base hospital paramedic educator with experience across nine countries. 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. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). His doctoral research is focused on health professions education, in particular related to identifying the competencies needed for professional practice. Alan can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Alan on Twitter @alan_batt. View his research on PubMed, ResearchGate, and Google Scholar.
Dr. Ian Blanchard, ACP, PhD – Scientist
Dr. Ian Blanchard has worked in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems in Canada and the United Kingdom for the last twenty five years in various capacities, including as an Advanced Care Paramedic, quality assurance strategist, and researcher. He is the Scientist for the Alberta Health Services (AHS) EMS system, and the provincial co-chair of the AHS EMS Research Committee. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Department of Community Health Sciences, in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. In these capacities, Ian is working with a dedicated group of individuals to build the science, research and knowledge translation enterprise of EMS systems and the paramedic profession.
Lindsey Boechler, ACP, MA – Fellow
Lindsey is the Research Chair of Cultural Empowerment with the Centre for Health Research, Improvement and Scholarship at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Prior to her employment at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, she practiced as an Advanced Care Paramedic with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and is looking to begin her Doctorate in the near future. Lindsey’s research interests include qualitative methods, Indigenous ways of knowing and patient oriented research. Her current academic work focuses on health system accessibility and navigation supports, and integrating virtual health supports to covey preventative and health promotion information to patients and their families. Follow Lindsey on Twitter @BoechlerLindsey.
Michael Bosnyak, BHS, A-EMD – Member
Michael Bosnyak currently works for Toronto Paramedic Services as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Prior to communications, he was an Advanced Medical First Responder and Acting Operations Supervisor with St John Ambulance for approximately 5 years. He is also a First Aid & CPR Instructor. Michael obtained his Bachelor of Health Studies degree from York University, where he studied Healthcare Management, Informatics and Healthcare Policy. He holds a certificate with honours from Humber College in Emergency Telecommunications and is currently pursuing further education at Ryerson University in Disaster & Emergency Management. Michael brings a dispatch and emergency management perspective to research related to paramedicine. His research interests include improving EMS and dispatcher morale, dispatch algorithm improvements to benefit patient outcomes, station and district deployment models, and increased options for mobile integrated healthcare and telemedicine. Michael would also like to eventually pursue a Master’s degree in the future. He can be found on LinkedIn, or contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ron Bowles, BEd, MET, PhD – Scientist
Dr. Ron Bowles is Dean of the Office of Applied Research & Graduate Studies at Justice Institute of British Columbia. Ron has a PhD in Curriculum Studies (UBC), a Masters of Educational Technology (UBC), and B. Ed. (Adult Education). His educational research has explored active and experiential learning, as well as technology-supported distributed learning; his doctoral work focused on high fidelity simulation and the development of clinical judgment in paramedic students. Ron continues to teach and develop curriculum for paramedics nationally and internationally. He conducts, publishes, and presents on research in diverse areas including professionalization of paramedicine, developing conceptual models and minimum data sets for mass gathering medicine, building community resilience, and emergency management. He is involved in several national-level organizations and initiatives to advance the profession of paramedicine.
Sonja deBruyn, PCP student – Member
Sonja is a student in her final year of the paramedic program at Fanshawe College and is expected to graduate in April 2021. Prior to entering the paramedic program, she completed a certificate in Pre-Health Sciences and achieved Dean’s Honour Roll. Sonja has a passion for emergency medicine and pre-hospital care and an interest in research and evidence-based practice. During the summer of 2020, Dalhousie University published her critically appraised topic on Paramedic Preparedness Involving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). After graduation she would like to continue pursuing her interest in research and hopes to make an impact on paramedic practice.
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 email@example.com. Follow Madison on Twitter @BrydgesMadison. View her research on PubMed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jason on Twitter @jason_buick. View his research on PubMed, ResearchGate or ResearcherID.
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 email@example.com.
Zach Cantor, PCP, BA(Hons.) – Member
Zach Cantor is a Primary Care Paramedic with the Ottawa Paramedic Service. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carleton University, and has some Masters level training from the University of British Columbia. Prior to becoming a paramedic, Zach was a Research Coordinator and Clinical Investigator with the Emergency Department Research Team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario where he oversaw several local and multi-site national studies, including those regulated by Health Canada. Currently, Zach is a part-time research assistant with the Regional Paramedic Program of Eastern Ontario, and is currently seconded to the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, working on developing a mental health clinic directed strictly towards local first responders. Additionally, Zach’s other research interests revolve around paediatrics in the prehospital environment. He is also the founder and host of the Critical Levels podcast, which can be accessed here. Zach can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @zachcantor.
Thérésa J. Choisi, EMD, EMD-Q, BSc, MSc (Hons.) – Fellow
Thérésa Choisi is co-coordinator of the Research Program at Urgences-santé, one of the largest emergency medical services in Canada. She has eight years’ experience as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD), being promoted to Team Leader, then Quality Assurance Specialist (EMD-Q). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University René Descartes (Paris V) and an Honours Master’s degree in Experimental Health Sciences from the University of Québec. In addition to her operational expertise, she coordinates interventional, qualitative and comparative-effectiveness research, with an emphasis on data management and survey methods. Her research interests include 911 call-taking and dispatch operations, mental wellness of healthcare workers, and quality of care (patient oriented research). Currently, she leads three studies focusing on agreement between information collected by EMD and what is observed by the paramedics and/or diagnosed at the hospital.
Jake Coady, PCP student – Member
Jake is a second year paramedic student at Fanshawe College and expects to graduate in April 2021. Prior to paramedic education, Jake completed Fanshawe’s pre-health sciences certificate program. Jake has a passion for pre-hospital care and paramedicine, and hopes to improve paramedic practice through research and education. Jake would like to pursue further medical education and get a degree once he graduates from Fanshawe.
Dr. Michael Corman, PhD – Collaborator-Scientist
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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 email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @cfd1986
Dr. Luc de Montigny, BA(Hons.), MUP, PhD – Collaborator-Scientist, Director of Collaboration
Luc de Montigny is the Research Coordinator for Urgences-santé, one of Canada’s largest emergency medical services, where he leads the research program, manages collaborative studies, and develops internal capacity and projects. He holds a doctoral degree in Urban Design & Planning from the University of Washington. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Epidemiology at McGill University, where he is currently an Adjunct Professor, and continues to do research consulting for the Surveillance Lab. He is the principal investigator for the National Defense-funded project Precision prehospital risk-prediction through machine learning applied to healthcare databases. He is a volunteer emergency medical responder for the City of Côte-St-Luc.
Sebastian Diebel, BSc, MSc, AEMCA, MD(c) – Fellow
Sebastian Diebel is a medical student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Prior to that he completed paramedicine studies (soins paramédicaux) at Collège Boréal in Sudbury. In addition, Sebastian holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Lakehead University, and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Mount Olive. He has published research regarding altitude training and varsity running athletes and his Master’s thesis focused on running economy and assessing novel means to measure it. He is excited to learn and contribute to the discipline of paramedic research. Sebastian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Elizabeth Donnelly, PhD, MPH, LICSW, NREMT, FAEMS – Scientist
Dr. Elizabeth Donnelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. She holds a PhD in Social Work as well as a Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH). Dr. Donnelly is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a Fellow of the Academy of EMS (FAEMS) with the National Association of EMS Physicians. Dr. Donnelly’s primary research interest is in workforce health issues, with a focus on mental health, in paramedicine. Dr. Donnelly has maintained certification as Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) since 1999 and has worked in both ALS and BLS capacities. A list of her publications and presentations are available at www.elizabethdonnelly.com. You can also follow Dr. Donnelly on Twitter @EDonnellyPhD.
Dr. Ian Drennan, ACP, BScHK, PhD – Scientist
Dr. Ian Drennan completed his Ph.D. 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 PhD research 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. 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 email@example.com. Follow Ian on Twitter @IanR_Drennan. View his research on PubMed, ResearchGate or ResearcherID.
Richard Ferron, ACP, BEd(AdEd), MHM – Senior 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. Rick is a current PhD student in Health Research Methods at McMaster University. 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
Dr. Polly Ford-Jones, PCP, BA(Hons.), MA, PhD – Scientist
Dr. Polly Ford-Jones completed her PhD in Health Policy and Equity in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, Toronto Ontario, and is 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and @pollyfordjones on Twitter. 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
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Jennifer Greene, ACP, MSc(c) – Fellow
Jen is an Advanced Care Paramedic in Nova Scotia. Clinically, Jen is a ground ACP and Clinical Support Paramedic. She also works in the QEII department and with the NSHA Simulation Program. Jen’s primary research role is as the Knowledge Translation Scientist for the Dalhousie University Division of EMS. In this role, she coordinates the international evidence synthesis endeavour; the Prehospital Evidence Based Practice Program. Jen believes in fostering a culture of evidence-based medicine (EBM) among paramedics as part of our clinical identity. To instill this knowledge, she teaches EBM to paramedic student across Canada. She is passionate about advancing paramedicine through conducting paramedic led research in the EMS setting. She has published guidelines with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Jen is working to put paramedics at the table in guideline development and is the evidence consultant for the EHSNS Ground and LifeFlight CPGs. She is striving to represent paramedics as leaders in medicine, and is currently completing an MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. Her thesis is on predictors related to treatment in EMS patients experiencing sepsis.
J.D. Heffern, ACP, MBA(c) – Fellow
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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 email@example.com or on Twitter @helmerfarm or find her on LinkedIn.
Trevor Hines Duncliffe, PCP, BA, MA, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow
Trevor Hines Duncliffe is a PhD student in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Western Ontario and has a paramedic faculty appointment at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. He holds a Master of Arts and Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from The University of Western Ontario. Trevor’s research interests include stress and its impact on health care providers’ performance, inter-professional teams in health care, and the aging process with a particular focus on maintaining dignity as people age. His doctoral research is focused on the impact stress has on medical inter-professional teams performance. Follow Trevor’s work through his ResearchGate profile.
Laura Hirello, PCP, BSc, MHA – Fellow, Director of Equity and Inclusion (she/her)
Laura Hirello is a Primary Care Paramedic currently working as a workforce reporting analyst for the IWK Health Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia. She completed her Master of Health Administration at Dalhousie University, and also holds a BSc in Chemistry and Neuroscience from Dalhousie University. She is a counselor for the College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia (CPNS) and is a member of the CPNS Legislative Review Committee. Laura is also involved in multiple research initiatives at the IWK Health Centre, Nova Scotia Health Authority, and Dalhousie University. Her current academic work focuses on trends in the equity of healthcare utilization in Canada. Laura’s other interests include paramedic systems design, analytics, health policy, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Dr. Aman Hussain, PhD – Collaborator-Scientist
Dr. Aman Hussain is an early career academic and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Winnipeg. He is a trained social scientist who has utilized qualitative methodologies for his research. Importantly, he values spending time within the work contexts that he studies and as a result, has adopted ethnographic approaches to working with physicians and First Responders. He has presented at medical conferences, military conferences (with a First Responder stream), and qualitative research methods conferences. He is interested in researching the learning that occurs in occupations characterized as high risk, high stress, and/or high consequence. His research has been conducted across a variety of disciplines including Kinesiology, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Physical Education, Leadership, and Applied Computer Science.
Jacob Hutton, PCP, BA, MSc(c) – Fellow
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William Johnston, PCP, BA(Hons.) MSc(c) – Fellow, Director of Curriculum and Planning
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 email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @seewillyj. View his research on ResearchGate.
Chelsea Lanos, ACP, BSc, MSc(c) – Fellow, Director of Membership and Outreach
Chelsea Lanos is an Advanced 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @cjlanos. View her research on ResearchGate.
Shannon Leduc, ACP, MSc – Fellow
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Jonathan Lee, CCP, MSc(c) – Fellow
Jonathan Lee is a Critical Care Paramedic with Ornge in Toronto, Canada with clinical experience in 911, critical care, aeromedical and paediatric critical care transport. In addition to his clinical practice, he is also Adjunct Faculty in the Paramedic Program at Georgian College. Jonathan’s teaching experience includes classroom, clinical and field education, as well as curriculum development and design across a number of health professions. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Critical Care from Cardiff University. His interests surround paediatrics, especially the confidence and competence of prehospital providers caring for acutely ill children. Jonathan can be contacted via Twitter and LinkedIn.
Dr. Matthew Leyenaar, PCP, BSc, MA, PhD – Scientist, Director of Strategic Development
Dr. Matthew Leyenaar completed his PhD in the Health Services Research stream of the Health Research Methodology program at McMaster University. 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 served as Paramedic-at-large on the Canadian EMS Research Network Executive Board. Matthew can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewLeyenaar. View his research on ResearchGate.
Tyne Lunn, ACP – member (she/her)
Tyne Lunn is an Advanced Care Paramedic with Alberta Health Services in Northern Alberta. She currently provides direct delivery patient care as a Community Care Paramedic Specialist within the EMS department of Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH). Drawing on the unique value of working within multiple rural clinical practice settings, Tyne cultivates collaborative relationships with public service stakeholders and healthcare allies. Her desire to push the leading edge of her profession forward has led to her expanded roles in Community Paramedicine, multidisciplinary committee membership, provincial and national project work, education, research, and leadership. Her research interests include palliative and end of life care, professionalism, cognitive bias, women’s leadership, antiracism, diversity and inclusion, and accessible health equity. Realizing her advocacy capabilities, Tyne’s next steps for professional grow are to formalize her credentials by gaining a Master of Public Health Degree. View her research on ResearchGate. Follow her on Twitter: @Tyne_River.
Meghan Lysko, PCP student, BSc(Hons.) MSc – Fellow
Meghan Lysko is a Primary Care Paramedic student at Fanshawe College. Prior to returning to school for paramedicine, Meghan obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a human biology specialization from the University of Toronto. Meghan then completed her Master of Science degree within the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Her focus was in neuro-rehabilitation at the cellular level following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an animal model. Meghan moved into paramedicine with goals of working more directly with patients, but hopes to continue to fuse her research background with her growing paramedicine knowledge. Some of Meghan’s research interests in the field of paramedicine so far include; infection control and recognition and treatment of addiction. Some of her previous research can be found on PubMed, or follow her 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.
Timothy Makrides, ACP, BClinPrac, MPhil(c) – Fellow
Tim started his career in the Australian Defence Force in 2006 where he served as a medic for six years before transitioning to the Queensland Ambulance Service, Australia. After three years as an Advanced Care Paramedic working in some of Australia’s most remote communities Tim undertook his Critical Care training and transitioned to the CCP role for three years before making the move across to Canada to work for BC Emergency Health Services. In his short time in Canada Tim has worked as a Paramedic based in Vancouver, an I/ Paramedic Practice Leader and more recently the Chair of the multidisciplinary Resuscitation Advisory Board. Tim holds both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in paramedic practice and leadership, and has just commenced Higher Degree Research focusing on systems of paramedic leadership at Monash University. He also holds several academic appointments, is the Managing Editor of the Journal of High Threat & Austere Medicine and has a strong interest in paramedic leadership, resuscitation medicine and high threat medicine.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. candidate 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 email@example.com. 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.
Lindsay Moore, ACP, BSc – Member
Lindsay Moore is an Advanced Care Paramedic at Island EMS and holds a BSc in Paramedicine from the University of Prince Edward Island. She will be pursuing an MSc in Epidemiology at The Cumming School of Medicine, at the University of Calgary this Fall. Her research will be focused on a decolonization strategy to reduce staphylococcus aureus in hip and knee arthroplasty. She has a special interest in infectious disease and hopes to continue research in the area of infectious disease relating to the prehospital setting.
Kevin O’Hara, ACP, BSc – Member
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @maryosinga. View her research on ResearchGate.
Gürkan Özel, ACP, FP-C, MSc, PhD(c) – Senior Fellow
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Joe Pedulla, ACP, RRT, BASc, BSc, MHSc – Fellow
Joe Pedulla is an Advanced Care Paramedic and a Registered Respiratory Therapist who holds a Master in Health Science (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation. Joe also holds a BASc in Engineering and a BSc in Physiology from the University of Toronto. He is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders and holds an international certification as a Project Management Professional. He is currently completing his Six Sigma Lean Black Belt. He has a passion for improvement science, organizational behaviour, health policy, and system design and is most interested applying this theory to novel response models for integrated 911 responses. He has been involved in community paramedicine since its inception and currently oversees the Community Paramedicine programs in Hamilton. Previous work included hospital-based research into lung protective strategies, effects of noise on premature infants, thermal redesign of neonatal transport decks, software development for niche research markets, managing the East Toronto Health Link, leading the development of Niagara’s OMEGA Project (Phase 1 & 2) and leading a simulation study of alternate response models. He is also a part time consultant and has served as content expert for several industry related projects.
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 Division Chief of Medical Programs, Research, and Quality Improvement with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Service. Formerly a Critical Care Flight Paramedic with British Columbia Emergency Health Services and Ontario’s ORNGE Medical Transport; as well as Deputy Chief of Professional Standards and Quality with land Paramedic Services. Scott holds a BHSc in Paramedicine from Medicine Hat College, Alberta. He is a Master of Science student with Queens University department of graduate studies in Healthcare Quality, Risk & Safety. His current research interests include leadership principles within complex systems that result in quality and safety at the front-lines of healthcare and emergency services, Human Factors, and System Safety. Research experience ranges from grant application through to publication. Scott can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @sdramey. View his research on ResearchGate.
Rebecca Rigney, Paramedic, BSc(c) – Member
Rebecca Rigney is a paramedic from Ireland in the process of relocating to Canada. She joined the National Ambulance Service in Ireland in 2018 and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Studies from the University of Limerick. She is involved with the NAS MidWest/REDSPOT Prehospital Grand Rounds and regularly attends CPD events in Ireland and the UK. She has a keen interest in improving outcomes for older adults in the prehospital arena as well as prehospital paediatric care. In the future, she would like to encourage more student paramedics to become involved in paramedic led research. Connect on Twitter @rebecca_rigney
Jakob Rodger, PCP, BParamedicine(c) – Member
Jakob Rodger is a Primary Care Paramedic in Ontario. He is currently completing his Advanced Care Paramedic Graduate Certificate at Durham College. He is also completing his Bachelors in Paramedicine with Charles Sturt University. Jakob’s research interests are primarily in cardiovascular and pulmonary care, specifically pertaining to diagnosis and management in the prehospital environment.
Michel Ruest, ACP, BA, MPS(c), PMP – Fellow
Michel Ruest is a Master of Public Safety candidate in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently a Project Manager with the Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre of Security Science. As a former Deputy Chief with the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service, Michel was instrumental in the design and implementation of the early version of the Community Paramedic Program. Michel holds a Project Management Professional certification with the Project Management Institute. Michel is a reviewer for the Australian Journal of Paramedics and the Journal of Paramedic Practice. As a CSA Group Technical Committee member, Michel participates on the following standards development: Paramedic Response to Opioids; Paramedic Ground Emergency Response Vehicles & Equipment; Paramedic H&S in the Workplace; Community Paramedicine Framework; and, Paramedic Data Information Governance. An advocate of paramedic led research, Michel has a interest in exploring areas of policy, practice, and social change. View his research on ResearchGate. Michel is on Twitter @MRuest1, and can be found on LinkedIn.
Esther Schaaff, PCP, BHSc(c) – Member
Esther Schaaff is a Primary Care Paramedic with Toronto Paramedic Services and a student in the Bachelor of Health Science program at Queens University. Her current interests include psycho-social aspects of prehospital medicine, paramedic peer mentoring, and simulation and human factors in paramedic education. She is excited to participate in paramedic-led research in the near future. Esther can be found on Twitter @rookiemedic22.
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.
Meagan Slack, ACP, BA(Hons.) MSc – Fellow
Meagan Slack is an Advanced Care Paramedic and Paramedic Educator for Middlesex-London Paramedic Service and Fanshawe College. She is also a Founding Member of the PHARMers Journal and Social Club, promoting paramedic CME with a focus on simulation-based training, team building and social networking. She completed a Master of Science in Health Science Education at McMaster University in 2020, with scholarly work on the role of social capital/networks in team training and ad hoc team performance. Her professional interests include paramedic recruitment practices, paramedic peer mentorship and faculty development. You can follow Meagan on Twitter at @Meg1523
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 – Fellow
Dugg Steary is an experienced paramedic educator and researcher based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has experience with urban, rural, helicopter-based, CBRNe, and austere environment paramedicine. He holds a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University with research focused on the online continuing professional development of paramedics. Dugg has additional research interest in student engagement, education technology, faculty development and education standards. Follow Dugg on Twitter, visit his education blog, or view his research on ResearchGate.
Patrick Suthers, PCP, BHSc(c) – Member
Patrick Suthers is a Primary Care Paramedic with the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and has been working since 2018. Outside of working on the road, Patrick is a full time student, studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. He is excited to contribute to the field of paramedic led research in the near future. Patrick can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Taplin, ACP, BA, MSc(c) – Fellow
John Taplin is an Advanced Care Paramedic with Alberta Health Services EMS in Calgary and works as a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit at the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Community Health Sciences specializing in Health Economics at the University of Calgary. John is the recipient of the 2017 EMS Research Education Development Studentship bursary through the EMS Foundation. John completed his BA in Economics at the University of Calgary and has previously worked in EMS management with Siksika Nation – a First Nation in Southern Alberta – and as a Policy Analyst with the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Health. His research and professional interests include addressing health inequities through evidence-informed policy, performing economic evaluations that guide health services, and improving paramedic integration in health systems. Follow John on Twitter @mediconomist
Dr. Walter Tavares, ACP, PhD – Scientist, Co-Chair
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 email@example.com. Follow Walter on Twitter @WalterTava. View his research on PubMed and ResearchGate.
Sean Teed, CCP – Fellow
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Dr. Charlene Vacon, PCP, BA(Hons.), MA, PhD – Scientist
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 and Twitter @charlene_vacon.
Radu Venter, PCP, MA, BA – Fellow
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David Wolff, PCP, BClinPrac, MAdEd – Fellow
David Wolff completed his Bachelors Degree in Clinical Practice at Charles Sturt University in 2009 and a Master’s of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, NS in 2020. 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.