2018 International First Aid Education Conference
 
Sylvia!
Sylvia! is an International ACTIVATIONAL speaker who gives her audience the tools to build healthy lives and workplaces.

She’s fun, she’s sassy and she’s passionate about safety and health! Sylvia!’s entertaining presentations focus on a proactive approach to building healthy lives and workplaces. As an Occupational Therapist with years of practice in the field of workplace safety and health, Sylvia! knows prevention is the key to creating happy, healthy individuals, employees and businesses.

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Alan Batt
Associate Professor Alan M. Batt is an internationally experienced paramedic educator and researcher. Originally from Ireland, Alan has gained clinical, consulting and educational experience in nine countries across four continents to date. He is currently a PhD student at Monash University, and his doctoral research investigates the relationship between practice and competency framework development in health professions education. He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Paramedic Science at CQUniversity, a Professor in the Paramedic Programs at Fanshawe College, and a Paramedic Educator with Hamilton Health Sciences. He is Vice-President of the Irish College of Paramedics and editor of the Irish Journal of Paramedicine. He holds research positions with several organisations. He has published, presented and consulted internationally on many topics related to paramedicine, paramedic education, and disaster management.
 
David Berry
Dr. David C. Berry is a licensed athletic trainer with 25 years of experience in clinical-based practice and higher education. As a Professor of Kinesiology at Saginaw Valley State University, Dr. Berry teaches courses related to injury assessment, therapeutic modalities, and emergency response management. He has published, lectured and developed workshops at the state, regional, and national level for athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals on numerous topics including, emergency trauma management. He has co-authored several textbooks; one specifically entitled Emergency Response Management for Athletic Trainers. He is an active member of the American Red Cross at the National serving on the Scientific Advisory Council and is a member of the ILCOR first aid task force. He currently serves as the GLATA and Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Treasurer and is Editor-in-Chief of Athletic Training Education Journal. David earned a BS in Health Education, an MS in teaching from Sacred Heart University, an MS in physical education/athletic training from Western Michigan University, an MHA in health administration and leadership from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Ohio University.
 
Christine Boase
Christine Boase is a distance worker with the IFRC Global First Aid Reference Centre coordinating a project which aims to increase the effectiveness of first aid education. Christine believes we are in the midst of a first aid revolution which has the opportunity to radically change the way first aid education is delivered, making it more impactful and engaging. She hopes her current project will play a role in this by gaining consensus on how educators measure first aid education outcomes, and by increasing the number of small research projects that are published. Together these factors will grow the evidence base which informs effective education practice. Christine previously worked in product development at the British Red Cross. There she was part of the project team that developed the First Aid app which was subsequently licenced to the IFRC Global Disaster Preparedness Centre for global use. Christine hopes the current project she is working on will be just as ground breaking. Christine holds a degree in Media and Information and a post graduate diploma in Education.
 
Sivan Bomze
Sivan Bomze is a public health policy professional with over 10 years experience in planning and evaluating health policies and programs from a health equity and community engagement lens.

Sivan received a Bachelor in Health Policy from York University, a Masters in Public Health from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Sociology from Syracuse University.

Prior to joining Community Connector as Project Manager, Sivan was the Quality Management Coordinator at Canadian Red Cross where she implemented and evaluated all Community Health and Wellness programs in the Toronto Region. There she showed a commitment to incorporating both evidence and community- based practices to translating research and program findings into action; shaping and promoting health practices for vulnerable populations.
 
Jason Brinson
A full-time advanced care paramedic in Brantford, ON, Jason is also a faculty member at a local community college in the paramedic program as well as a Paramedic Instructor for the Regional Base Hospital system in Ontario. Jason first began working with Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor. He then became a First Aid Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and Master Instructor Trainer. He has also previously held volunteer positions in Disaster Management as a responder and an Instructor. Jason has participated in several First Aid Program revisions and on many committees, and counts the launch of a new program among the highlights of his volunteer work. For his efforts, Jason received both the Red Cross Injury Prevention Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011 and the Joan Harvey Award for exceptional contributions to the First Aid Program.
 
Rob Briscoe
 
Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke holds the position of Senior Manager of Community Integrated Development in Disaster Programs for the Canadian Red Cross. Sarah has worked for the Red Cross for the past 27 years with a significant portion in Indigenous communities across Canada. One of the main areas of focus for Sarah is leading the team that is working with communities to respond to social emergencies in the form of suicide clusters. Working in partnership, CRC aims to build capacity and work on prevention to these chronic, tragic issues in a holistic way across Canada’s North.
 
Dr. Pascal Cassan,
Doctor Pascal CASSAN: Emergency Physician in Paris, he is National Medical Advisor of the French Red Cross since 1990 and Head of the International Federation of Red Cross / Red Crescent Global First Aid Reference Centre since 2012. He is member of the French society in emergency medicine and the French society of disaster medicine. At the international level, he was involved in the international resuscitation and first aid guidelines in 2010 and 2015 and actually he is member of the First Aid ILCOR Task Force for the 2020 process.
 
Barney Chandra
 
Nancy Claxton
 
Tony Connelly
Tony Connelly has over 30 years in the health service industry as a paramedic and clinical educator. His pre-hospital emergency care experience was gained from his previous position as Head of Staff Education and Development for one of the largest ambulance services in England. He was responsible for the educational needs for over 1000 ambulance personnel.

Tony developed a competency-based Paramedic Educational Program which gained UK government recognition by being awarded the UK Government’s National Excellence in Education and Innovation. This program helped his EMS service become the first service to attain the government’s target of a paramedic on every frontline emergency vehicle.

Tony has also worked in the in-hospital environment as a training manager. In this position he was responsible for resuscitation, trauma education and major incident planning for two large acute hospitals in northeast England.

Tony’s last position was as the Director of Education & Science for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSF). Tony is an Instructor Trainer teaching First Aid, Medical First Responders, ITLS, BLS, ACLS, PALS, PEARS and ACLS-EP.

Tony is currently working as a Subject Matter Expert with the Canadian Red Cross.

He serves as Vice Chair on the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Board of Directors. He also chairs the Instructor Development Task Force and the Global Development Committee, and is the Alberta Chapter Co-Coordinator for ITLS.
 
Julie Datta
As a Program Manager, Julie Datta provides operational oversight to the Health TAPESTRY program and is the primary liaison for implementation sites across Ontario.

Julie brings over ten years’ experience in health promotion, volunteer engagement, and community development to the Health TAPESTRY team. Prior to joining the Department of Family Medicine in 2017, Julie was a Program Manager at the Canadian Cancer Society, where she oversaw the delivery of a peer-education program promoting cancer screening within under-served communities across Ontario. Julie was also a Health Promoter at the Halton Region Health Department where she implemented and evaluated health promotion strategies to achieve chronic disease prevention.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Social Work from York University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Waterloo.
 
Dr. Stacy Desilets
Dr. Stacy Desilets is a rural generalist practicing in the beautiful lakeside community of Temiskaming Shores. Her practice includes family medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics, and hospitalist. She also has a keen interest in medical education and holds faculty status at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Her administrative positions include Program Director of NOSM’s Family Medicine Residency Program as well as Site coordinator for NOSM medical students on rotation in Temiskaming Shores. However, it is her role as Chair of the South Temiskaming Local Education Group that lead to the exciting collaboration with Mr. Thomas McLean and the Temiskaming and District Secondary School in developing the TDSS Simulation Lab.
 
Blair Doyle
Owner of Adventure & Safety Atlantic, Blair has an extensive outdoor and wilderness background.  He holds several certifications in paddling, in guiding, and as a PADI Divemaster; he has been diving the Maritimes since 1985. Currently, he is a Sea Kayak, River Kayak, SUP and Canoe Instructor Trainer with the Paddle Canada program. In keeping with his wetness he is a Rescue Canada Swift Water Rescue Instructor for Atlantic Canada. Further, in 2001 he completed Paramedic 2. As a First Aid/CPR, Wilderness and Advanced Emergency Care Instructor Trainer with the Canadian Red Cross he has been responsible for implementation of the Wilderness Medical Program in eastern Canada. His is also a Master Instructor Trainer for the first aid programs. He has been involved in Ground Search and Rescue since 1988 and has held differing leadership roles with Halifax Regional SAR, currently Search Director since 2008. As an active SAR responder he teaches all aspects of wilderness rescue practices including the National Association for SAR (NASAR) Managing the Lost Person Incident course and Lost Person Behaviour course. He has a strong drive to “keep it real” for the learner, thereby bridging the gap between actual vs perceived capabilities in the wilderness. With an experiential approach to wilderness wisdom he currently uses his consulting and training business to impart his energy and passion to several organizations, government agencies and individuals
 
Nicole Elder
Nicole is an advanced wilderness first aid Instructor Trainer who is dynamic, energetic, and student focused. She has over 15 years of experience in First Aid Facilitation coupled with a solid knowledge in health and safety. Nicole has been involved in a wide breadth of industries through her work. Mrs. Elder is an expert in engaging leadership to create cultural change, developing site-specific programs, and skillfully managing a raft of crisis/change related scenarios. Nicole's recent work as a in the development of the National Workplace First Aid CSA standard exemplifies her commitment to progression of First Aid.
 
Jonathan Epstein
Jonathan Epstein serves as the Senior Director for Science at the American Red Cross. Epstein lends his extensive clinical, education and training expertise to the development of Red Cross learning and development products and materials.

A nationally registered paramedic for over 25 years, Epstein received a Master’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services from the Hahnemann University School of Graduate Studies.

Epstein currently is the Chair of the Board of Directors for International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), a nonprofit dedicated to the education of managing out-of-hospital trauma patients. The organization globally trains emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses and physicians.

Epstein serves as a Domain Lead and First Aid Taskforce member for the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
 
Lisa Evanoff
Lisa Evanoff has been a strong advocate for safe environments for children and youth for the past 24 years. She has spoken to hundreds of thousands of youth across Canada and internationally. She has developed prevention programs that have been used in schools and communities. She has led rallies, guided sport organizations and taught thousands of adults on their responsibility to keep youth safe. She is a leader in the Red Cross’ Respect Education program and every day interacts and moves the safety dial forward.
 
Judi Fairholm R.N., B.Sc.N., M.Ed.
As Director, Judi Fairholm has spearheaded the growth of Canadian Red Cross Respect Education program from a grassroots initiative to a national/international award-winning program. With a menu of programs that promote respect and prevent violence, Judi has worked nationally and internationally with numerous governments, researchers, Indigenous communities, children and youth, organizations, NGO’s and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. She has incorporated violence prevention and psychosocial programs into disaster response and recovery. She has received numerous awards, including the International Florence Nightingale Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She has worked on projects in over 20 countries as educator, program developer, writer, consultant, disaster responder and program evaluator. She sits on the Steering Committee of IFRC Psychosocial Reference Centre and is an International PS Master Trainer.
 
Adam Gesicki
 
Ellen Gordon
Ellen Gordon is Education Research Manager in Education Research at the British Red Cross. With a background in education, she leads on multiple research projects advancing innovation in the evidence-based approaches of first aid education at the Red Cross. Amongst these, she is currently involved in an international collaboration working across the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
 
Doug Hannum
 
Dr. Morgan Hillier
 
Carolyn Hoekstra
Carolyn Hoekstra is an active member of the Canadian Council on First Aid Education advisory group since 2013. Her main area of interest is within the Caregiver / Youth Committee. Carolyn’s focus is to advocate for people with developmental and learning disabilities who wish to achieve First Aid certification. Her recent emphasis is on enabling people with learning difficulties successfully obtain an adapted Emergency or Standard First Aid certification geared to their learning styles.
Carolyn is a Red Cross First Aid Instructor and Instructor Trainer within her organization and is passionate about facilitating first aid courses that are fun and interactive.

Carolyn is employed with Christian Horizons, a Developmental Service agency in Ontario, providing services and supports for people with Developmental Disabilities. Her role as Learning Resource Manager is in developing, and revising courses, developing eLearning modules, and training staff and instructors,
 
Loriann Hynes
Loriann is passionate about educating participants with respect to emergency care procedures by providing evidence based rationale to the skills and techniques taught as part of the Canadian Red Cross first aid programs. As a Certified Athletic Therapist for 20 years, Loriann has provided high quality on-field and clinical care to athletes of all ages and abilities. As an Assistant Professor at York University and Athletic Therapy Program Director, Loriann’s research background helps to inform her work both in the classroom and on the field of play. Her contributions to catastrophic injury recognition and management have earned her national recognition within the profession of Athletic Therapy.

Loriann holds a BPE from McMaster University and Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College. Loriann completed her graduate work at the University of Guelph in biophysics where she studied the relationship between concussion and whiplash injuries.
Loriann currently serves as an educational consultant with the CCFAE (Canadian Council for First Aid Education) and hopes to bring her experience in evidence based research, coupled with hands-on practical experience to help inform First Aid practices and research.
 
Lyle Karusiuk,
Lyle Karusiuk, has been a practicing advanced care paramedic with Parkland Ambulance Care in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan for over 30 years. In that capacity, he manages the support and external services divisions and is a member of the senior leadership team. In his volunteer capacity, he one of the Red Cross MIT pool and currently the Chair of the Canadian Council for First Aid Education. He is a passionate advocate for community based education working hard with the Red Cross, at all levels to engage the public and community members to become aware of how they can be involved with the Red Cross. Building community capacity is an important part of Lyle’s professional and volunteer experiences. Affectionally know as Mr. Safety, his public education role locally and provincially is outstanding.
 
Sioban Kennery
 
David Kerr
 
Dr. Jorien Laermans
Dr. Jorien Laermans is a methodological expert at the Centre for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBaP) of the Belgian Red Cross. At CEBaP, Jorien and her colleagues offer scientific support to the humanitarian aid and blood supply services of the Belgian Red Cross, by developing systematic reviews and evidence-based guidelines, as well as performing primary field research. In 2017, Jorien started working on the challenging and exciting project of developing evidence-based educational materials that can be used to teach first aid to children aged 5-18 years in sub-Saharan Africa. Jorien holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium).
www.cebap.org
 
Victoria Logan
Born and raised in Ontario, Victoria started teaching first aid as a swimming instructor. This passion grew and by her 18th birthday she was certified as a Red Cross First Aid Instructor. Her love of lifesaving, teaching and the outdoors has taken her on a journey across Canada. This trip started after she finished her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, specializing in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, at Laurentian University. After a whirlwind tour of BC working at several sky hills, including work as a ski patroller in Vancouver, a stroke of luck turned her into a hurtin’ Albertan. Victoria is now the Aquatic Supervisor at the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre. In this role she’s responsible for large swimming, first aid and instructor development programs. Victoria is a Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor, Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard, Canadian Red Cross Lifeguard Trainer, Canadian Red Cross Master Water Safety Instructor as well as having many certifications in the outdoor industry. She’s an avid climber, yogi, cook, and will never say no to a walk on the beach.
 
Shelly Longmore
Shelly is an international presenter in safety and injury prevention. As a lifelong advocate of public health and safety, her decades long career has included experience in water safety, first aid and Basic Life Support training. Shelly's participation in national program development and implementation has spanned several Emergency Cardiac Care revisions and numerous sectors including vulnerable populations. She currently holds a sub chair position on the Canadian Council for First Aid Education. Consistent with the Global First Aid Reference Centers's dedication to provide science based first aid recommendations and access for all, Shelly is a passionate and relentless but fun loving questioner and learner....... her two favorite questions being: Why? and Why not?
 
Kathleen Low
 
Dominique MacDonald
Originally hailing from Saskatchewan, Dominique first became involved with the Canadian Red Cross as a swimming instructor in the small town of Gravelbourg, ….well let’s just say it was a while ago. She is now a First Aid Instructor, Master Instructor Trainer and Lifeguard Instructor Trainer. With a background in EMS she has developed a successful first aid and advanced first aid programs at the University of Calgary with a 400% increase in registration over 3 years.

When she is not working with her amazing crew at the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre or volunteering with the Red Cross, she is likely on the road headed to a Lacrosse or Ringette game or towing the trailer and headed to a campground
 
Dr. Andrew MacPherson
Andrew MacPherson [BSc, MD, CCFP-EM, FCFP] is an Emergency, Trauma and EMS physician from Victoria BC. He is the previous Chief of Emergency Medicine in Victoria, and is very involved in medical education for student & resident physicians, and all paramedics in the city. His favourite ‘job’ is as a volunteer ski physician for Whistler Backcomb Ski Hill. Andrew has been a volunteer for more then 10 years with Canadian Red Cross on the National Medical Advisory Committee, and as a Canadian representative on the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Committee. He volunteered for the ILCOR 2015 guideline review, and helped with the 2015 AHA/American Red Cross First Aid guidelines, as well as the IFRC International First Aid guidelines.
 
Keith Macpherson
Keith Macpherson has a big vision. He believes that mindfulness can and will be made accessible to everybody on the planet. No matter what age or demographic, according to Keith Macpherson mindfulness is the entry way to finding balance, health, inner-peace and wisdom. With his down to Earth personality and charismatic charm Keith has a special ability to motivate the masses and win over even those who might otherwise neglect their health and wellness. As a trained life coach through CTI (Coaching Training Institute, San Rafeal, CA) along with a B ED Degree and extensive yoga teacher training through Moksha Yoga International, Keith Macpherson is poised to be a global leader in community leadership involving mindful health and wellness. Keith Macpherson believes that both mindfulness and music are the universal languages that bring people together in harmony as one planet. With a strong dream of accessible health and wellness for our global community, Keith Macpherson is truly on his way to fulfilling his vision of a healthier planet aligned mentally, physically and spiritually. Keith has spent over twenty years touring globally as a speaker and performer in countries including Canada, The United States, Mexico, Africa, Dubai and The United Kingdom.

http://www.keithmacpherson.ca/
 
Lauralee March
 
Don Marentette
Don is the National Director of First Aid Programs with the Canadian Red Cross. He is an Emergency Medical Technician Master Instructor Trainer with 20 years’ experience teaching safety programming. Don has been with Red Cross since 2008 and has contributed to multiple training curriculums from community based Paramedics to Advanced First Aid programs. With over 25 years’ experience in emergency services in both military and civilian settings serving as a Fire Service Instructor, Paramedic, CBRN Technician, Advanced Peer Debriefer CISM, Don has devoted much of his adult life to creating safer environments both domestically and internationally. Don has a BSc from University of Windsor, holds a certificate of Adult Education, and is a graduate of NAIT’s Advanced Care Paramedic program and Canadian Armed Forces Fire Academy.
 
Dr. David Markenson
Dr. David Markenson serves as the Chair of the National Scientific Advisory Council for the American Red Cross. His full-time occupation is Chief Medical Officer at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Prior to joining Sky Ridge Medical Center, Dr. Markenson was Medical Director for Disaster Medicine and Regional Emergency Services and also Director Partnership for Patients, Quality Data and Special Projects at Westchester Medical Center. During the same period Dr. Markenson was Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Clinical Public Health and Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at New York Medical College, the affiliated medical school of Westchester Medical Center.

Dr. Markenson received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His career has been dedicated to improving hospital and health system quality, improving the approach to pediatric care, disaster medicine and healthcare emergency management and advancing EMS and emergency medicine. He has been the Principal Investigator on multiple federal grants, authored over 50 articles and given over 150 presentations.
 
Jodie Marshall
With a background in health & fitness and health & safety instruction, Jodie was fortunate enough to be able to begin his career as a primary care paramedic and a First Aid Instructor in 2010. He is currently a Program Manager for medical responder programs at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), which is a degree-granting post-secondary institute that delivers programs across many sectors including paramedicine, firefighting, policing, leadership, and conflict resolution, among others. Jodie also teaches First Aid and CPR, along with the Emergency Medical Responder and Primary Care Paramedic course, in BC.

Jodie’s professional passions include education and healthcare, two things he is able to combine in the workplace. Jodie is thrilled to be joining the Canadian Red Cross, an organization he has always wanted to be a part of.
 
Matt McGurk
Matt is an advanced care paramedic, working with Saskatchewan Polytechinic instructing paramedic programs. He continues to work as a casual paramedic with Medavie Health Services - West. He has a passion for adult eduaction and lifelong learning, earning both a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education and his Master of Arts - Health Leadership. Staring with the Red Cross, as first a Water Safety Instructor and then Water Saftey Instructor Trainer; Matt transitioned to first aid as he switched into the field of paramedicine. He is currently part of the pool of First Aid Master Instructor Trainers; as well as a Emergency Care Instructor Trainer. Matt believes that first aid education should be a fun and positive, that is learner centered and allows the participants to not only learn about first aid - but experience it in a way that is relevent to them.
 
Thomas McLean
Thomas is an Ontario Certified Teacher who oversees the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Health and Wellness program at Timiskaming District Secondary School in New Liskeard, Ontario. This unique and innovative program focuses on providing experiential
learning to secondary students who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare.
Thomas is also a Service Level Instructor and part-time Paramedic with Timiskaming District Emergency Medical Services. In his role as teacher and paramedic he is an advocate of community collaborative learning models and simulation based education.
Thomas has been an instructor with the Canadian Red Cross for over 15 years in the areas of first aid, emergency care and leadership.
 
Dr. Brian Miller
 
Mr. Bill Mintram
Bill Mintram is Métis and a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Education. Prior to working with the Red Cross, Bill served as Executive Director for the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship along with representing 121 Friendship Centres across Canada as an executive board member for the National Association of Friendship Centres.

Bill has served in many roles at the national, provincial and municipal levels, including board governance, fund adjudication, advisory, and has been involved in many committee structures. His expertise stems from community-based learning in the areas of reconciliation and Residential Schools, community service delivery, and community development with an emphasis on improving the lives of Indigenous peoples. In 2015 Bill was a recipient of CBC Saskatchewan’s “Future 40” for his contributions in serving Indigenous people both in Saskatoon and across the country.

Within Bill’s role at the Red Cross, he has the opportunity to assist the organization in strengthening it’s relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities, while also navigating a process organizationally of responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions call to action for Reconciliation.
 
Lesley-Ann Morley
 
Joanna Muise
Joanna Muise is the Senior Advisor for First Aid Program Development with the Canadian Red Cross. Engaged with Prevention & Safety education for more than 15 years, Joanna is driven by a desire to ensure that all learners feel empowered to act when presented with an emergency situation. Engaged domestically and internationally as an educational specialist, Joanna believes that successful first aid education considers how we engage and motivate learners (in addition to the traditional focus on clinical interventions). Current portfolio items include educational research (learner willingness and confidence), program development and curriculum design. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, NS) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University (Halifax, NS).
 
Michael Nemeth
Professional Firefighter, Paramedic, Educator and Leader who has become a role model for others within many facets of prehospital care and education. I have an enthusiastic personality who pays attention to detail and standards, always professional and consistently delivers 150% in all I do. My strong belief in lifelong learning has permitted me to become an accomplished, fundamentally based professional, able to adapt to the dynamics of the fire and emergency service industry. With my 25yrs experience, I have an enthusiastic appreciation for program innovation, development and implementation which has enabled me to hone superior communication skills and the ability to handle emergency situations under strenuous conditions.
 
Gordon Nevils
Supervisor of Education, Research and Community Programs for Peel Regional Paramedic Services. Provides oversight for a team of Specialists that support, implement and monitor clinical trials in a pre-hospital setting. Accountable for the certification and development of Primary and Advanced Care Paramedics within Region of Peel, Responsible for overseeing Community engagement and outreach. Experienced with Quality management and design that has contributed to the identification and planning of programs such as Research Trial Design and the Lay Responder Support Model.
 
Emily Oliver
Emily Oliver is Senior Education Research Manager in Education Research at the British Red Cross. She is a co-founder of the International Journal of First Aid Education (IJFAE), where she sits on the editorial board. Her principal publications have featured in EMJ and IJFAE. She is a contributing member of the International First Aid Guidelines (IFRC, 2016) working group.
 
Dr. Aaron Orkin
Aaron Orkin MD MSc MPH CCFP(EM) FRCPC is a family, emergency and public health and preventive medicine physician. He is a researcher at the University of Toronto and the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute. Dr. Orkin’s research concerns strategies to involve the lay public in essential clinical care, especially with under serviced and vulnerable populations including people who use drugs and remote First Nations. He practices emergency medicine at Sinai Health System and family medicine at the Seaton House Men’s Shelter in Toronto.
 
Katie Pavoni
Katie is a Paramedic & Senior Lecturer at St George’s University of London where she leads the Mental Health module. Katie is the Pastoral Care Lead and is committed to ensuring our future clinicians’ emotional resilience and wellbeing.  She has been a member of the British Red Cross for 22 years and is their Healthcare Professional Manager and safeguarding lead.

Katie previously delivered ‘Everyday First Aid’ programs to vulnerable individuals across London. She is extremely interested in first aid education and is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of First Aid Education.

Katie is undertaking an MSc Advanced Practice (Mental Health) and is a member of the College of Paramedics Mental Health Steering Group. She is also the Samaritans’ National Lead Safeguarding officer and is extremely passionate about Mental Health and committed to challenging stigma and promoting compassion, support and empathy for those in crisis.
 
Dr. Jeffrey L. Pellegrino
Developing personal and community resiliency through First Aid education is both a passion and vocation for Dr. Pellegrino. As a professor and program director of health sciences at Aultman College (OH, USA) he develops curriculum, teaches, and facilitates practical learning opportunities for emerging healthcare professionals. Each layer of the curriculum brings learners back to the people they serve and the populations they live in. Currently Dr. Pellegrino also serves as the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of First Aid Education (http://firstaid-revolution.org) championing the contribution of front line educators and first aid scientists to meet practical needs of preparing people to respond in times of emergency. Jeffrey derives this strong drive from his family and his service in the Fire/EMS departments in his home town.
 
Anne Porteous
Anne Porteous has worked in the field of aquatics for over thirty-five years and during this time she has been an Aquatic Programmer, Aquatic Supervisor and volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Service. Anne has been a member on two National Red Cross Aquatic Committees including the Instructor Development Program and the Swimming and Water Safety Technical Advisory Group assisting in aquatic program development and water safety training. Her commitment to the Red Cross has afforded Anne opportunities to visit China three times as part of a Canadian delegation that helped to develop a Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program in two different Provinces in China. As a Recreation Programmer, Anne has worked with various community organizations over the past seventeen years in the Regional District of Nanaimo to provide quality, aquatic based services.
 
Dr. David Price
 
Bob Reside
Bob is a First Aid Instructor Trainer, Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid Instructor, as well as an Advanced Emergency Care Instructor, who has been with the Canadian Red Cross since 2007. He has, additionally, been a volunteer with Disaster Management since 2011, and is an Emergency Response Team Site Manager.

Employed with the Parks Canada since 1987, Bob has been a Park Warden, Warden Service Manager, Operations Coordinator, Resource Management & Public Safety Specialist, Project Coordinator, Project Manager and is currently a Visitor Safety Coordinator. As a Parks Canada representative, part of the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada – Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee, Bob has spent time working on the creation of national training competencies and the training curriculum for ground search and rescue. He is also the Parks Canada Agency representative on the Search and Rescue Manitoba (SARMAN) advisory council, and the Transport Canada Prairies and Northern Region Recreational Boating Council.

Bob has a passion for emergency services, as well as for search and rescue. A volunteer for the District Fire Rescue, he is currently based out of Riding Mountain National Park.
 
Barry Salmond
 
Kathy Sampson
Enthusiastic, proactive and innovative team player with 27 years’ experience in program development and delivery. Client-focused practitioner with sound judgment, proven initiative and extensive knowledge in project management. A strategic thinker with proven team leadership skills and positive work ethics. A member of the National First Aid Master Instructor Trainer Program for over 6 years.
 
Basanta Kumar Shrestha
I am worked experiences in NRCS form 1989 Community health promotion, Community health and First aid as well as facilitated in many training. Now I am working in NRCS a large humanitarian organization as project coordinator in Community Based Health & First Aid (CBHFA) Program, National Headquarter Kathmandu. PMER was my main responsibility in project. I have trained large numbers of workers and volunteers through facilitation in different trainings like: First Aid, Health & hygiene promotion, DRR. I have visited 72 district headquarter and some community of Nepal out of 75 districts. I have participated in international level training Wilderness First Responder Course (Canada 2017), attended conference and exposer visit workshop like: AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit in Washington DC, USA, on the 7-8 September 2016. "4th International Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Health and Safety". 24-25 August 2015 in Toronto, Canada, CBHFA Asia Pacific Workshop on Lessons Learnt, Behaviors Change Communication and Integration 2011 Bangkok, CBHFA Regional Facilitator workshop learning by doing approach in Sir Lanka 2008, Regional Disaster Response Tem (RDRT) Training in SiriLanka 2006, and study visit to Belgium Red Cross in 2005 and study visit to Bangladesh in 2004.
 
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith started his career as a paramedic in Niagara after graduating from Niagara College in 1992 and going on to receive his Advanced Care
Paramedic designation from the MichenerInstitute, Toronto in 1998. Receiving his Bachelors of Applied Business in Emergency Services degree in 2010, Kevin has worked through various levels of the profession to his current position as chief of Niagara Emergency Medical Services and Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC). Kevin is responsible for providing emergency services to the 12 local municipalities that make up the Niagara Region comprising a population of over 425,000 residents as well as over 2.5 million visitors to Niagara per year. 

Kevin leads a team of more than 400 advanced and primary care paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, emergency planners and administrative staff and his team handles over 90,000 calls per year. Kevin is active in national, provincial and regional paramedic organizations
including the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) and currently leads the
Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC) in strategic planning, receiving the PCC President's Award in 201
 
Paul Snobelen
Community Resuscitation Specialist for Peel Regional Paramedic Services and author of the "EMS Led Lay Rescuer Support Model". Paul's primary focus is on improving pre-paramedic care and community engagement around resuscitation by supporting bystanders and lay responders after they have acted to save a life by providing CPR and/or AED use. Paul is an instructor trainer through the Canadian Red Cross and involved in pre-paramedic care programs providing insight into the realities of out of hospital cardiac arrests. The "lay responder support model" has allowed PRPS to follow up with over 200 bystanders and lay rescuers involved in acting to save a life.
 
Dr. Salim Sohani
Salim has a medical degree from the University of Karachi and Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. He has over 30 years of experience working in Africa, Asia and Americas with a major focus on health systems strengthening in fragile context including programs building capacity for global surgery. His specific area of interest has been reproductive health, maternal, newborn, child and Adolescent health (RMNCAH) across the continuum of emergency response to recovery and development.

In his capacity as director for GHU, he is currently leading a multidisciplinary team of health experts who are responsible for providing technical advice and support to all health projects of the Canadian Red Cross being implemented in various contexts.

Salim has worked and/ or provided consultancy support to the organizations such as the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, Aga Khan Health Services in East Africa, the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Agri team and the Aga Khan University and has authored and co-authored several publications including the theme on equity based interventions for mothers and children.

He is recipient of the 2017 Life Time Achievement in Global Health award from Canadian Society for International Health
 
Diane Story

A recent recipient of the Order of Red Cross, Diane Story has been an active educator and facilitator with the Red Cross for over 40 years. She is a passionate advocate of learner centred education with a desire to motivate and empower learners to fully engage in the educational process.

As the CRC First Aid Education Specialist and a member of the Canadian Council for First Aid Education she was a part of the recent IDP development team and has contributed to the Mental Health First Aid, Psychological First Aid, and Instructor Trainer support network. Diane is the lead designer of the Master Instructor Trainer program and one of ten International Master Educators in First Aid with the IFRC Global Reference Centre.

An enthusiastic researcher and lifelong learner, Diane has an MEd in Adult Learning and uses the knowledge and expertise gained though her Red Cross work to mentor clients in her practice as a Trauma Life Coach.

 
Hugo Supranenant
A proud father of three handsome young boys, Hugo Surprenant has been actively involved with the Canadian Red Cross for more than 30 years. With a background in aquatics (he still has fond memories of days spent lifeguarding in Hawaii and Australia while wearing a Speedo swimsuit!), Hugo comes equipped with an abundance of water safety knowledge. Teaching Red Cross programs full-time for the last 12 years has meant that Hugo has instructed various courses including Wilderness and Remote First Aid, First Responder, First Aid Instructor, and Advanced Emergency Care Instructor. Proud to be a First Aid Program MIT for the last few years, Hugo is a firm believer in voluntary services, and knows firsthand how they help to improve organizations like the Canadian Red Cross. During a day off, you might find Hugo fishing, kayaking, hiking through the mountains with his family, or maybe travelling, scuba diving, or enjoying a barbecue with friend
 
Tracey Taylor
Tracey Taylor has worked for the British Red Cross for just over 10 years and is currently the First Aid Education Development Manager. Her wealth of experience working in first aid training and product design along with her contribution to the first aid manual, has led to her being recognised as a clinical expert in first aid education. Tracey’s first aid knowledge and expertise were further utilised when she worked within the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Before joining the Red Cross, Tracey worked within the NHS for two years.
 
Kristopher Tharris
Kristopher is an innovative thinker who thrives at creating an engaging environment, bringing people together to find a common solution. He reduces complicated challenges into simplified, actionable tasks to meet the needs of the organization.

Kristopher excels at placing the learner at the centre of the learning experience. He specializes in using technology as a tool to enhance learning, ensuring it is relevant and supported by theory and practice.

Having worked as a program developer and facilitator, Kristopher is a resourceful professional with exceptional organizational skills. Having lived in four countries, Kristopher also brings a unique and layered perspective to his work. He has worked in North and South America, Europe, and Africa in addition to being fluent in both French and English.
 
Paula Thulin
Paula is from Delta, BC and has worked in Aquatics for the past 24 years. During her career she has been an Aquatic Centre Supervisor for Delta, Red Cross Master Instructor Trainer and a Red Cross Water Safety Ambassador. Paula has worked on many committees over the years including the Lower Mainland Aquatic Program Development Meeting, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer Recerts and the Red Cross Aquatic Programmer Course. Paula has also participated in the Red Cross China Water Safety initiative that brought the water safety message to two provinces in China. Most recently Paula represented the Canadian Red Cross as a speaker at the 2017 World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Vancouver BC.
 
Rebecca Ulrich
 
Debbie Van't Kruis
Debbie works full-time as the Head Lifeguard Instructor and Aquatic Programmer for the City of Terrace. She also works as an auxiliary First Aid Instructor for Northwest Community College and as a contract First Aid Instructor for local communities. She first became a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor in 2001, and then went on to become a Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Master Instructor Trainer. She recently became part of the inaugural Master Instructor Trainer team for Water Safety which launched in 2015. Debbie is also a First Aid Instructor and Instructor Trainer, and is currently taking courses to become part of the Disaster Management team. Her most notable project to date was the research and development of her facility’s pool safety plan. Debbie resides in Terrace, BC, with her husband and three daughters.
 
Michael Warchol
Michael is currently working for the City of Leduc as Recreation Services Manager.  Michael has been with the City for 14 years and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of programs and services for Recreation in the community, most of which is at a large multiplex facility. 

Michael is a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer and was fortunate enough to being involved in a number of Red Cross opportunities, including  the development of the Red Cross Lifeguard program in 2007 as well as participation in regional and provincial advisory roles from 2011 to 2014. He is co-leader of  the Alberta Association of Aquatic Professionals and is on the Board of Directors for Mealshare Aid Society, a multinational not-for-profit organization aiming to end youth hunger in our lifetime.

Michael has a Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and holds a Certificate in Municipal Management and Leadership.
 
Leslie White
Leslie is presently employed as a Recreation Facilities Supervisor with the City of St. John’s, Department of Community Services. Leslie has been in the Aquatics field for the past 23 years holding several different positions in the aquatics field. Leslie is a Master Instructor Trainer with the Canadian Red Cross in Water Safety, an Instructor Trainer in First Aid & Lifeguarding, a member of the Swimming and Water Safety Technical Advisory Group (SWSTAG), as well and an Instructor Trainer with the Lifesaving Society. Leslie’s experience in the Aquatics field has allowed her to travel and work across Canada & even on a movie set Lifeguarding for the film “The Shipping News”!
 
Dr. Thomas Wilp
Dr. Thomas Wilp is the Prehospital Care & First Aid Coordinator of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is member of the German society in emergency medicine (DGINA) and the German society of disaster medicine (DGKM). He has worked as senior university lecturer/ assistance professor and prehospital emergency medical health advisor in several positions. He was deputy head of the disaster management department and head of the disaster relief unit of the German Red Cross (GRC) in Berlin. He worked as Paramedic & Ambulance Officer for the ambulance service in Germany and South Australia. Before starting to work for the ICRC HQ in 2017 he worked as humanitarian advisor for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
Erin Wilson
Erin Wilson is the Program Manager at the Estevan Leisure Centre in Saskatchewan. She joined the Canadian Red Cross in 1990 when she completed her first Water Safety Instructor course. Since then, Erin has contributed her skills and experience in a variety of capacities including the development of the new Water Safety Instructor Trainer Program and as part of the planning committee for the Saskatchewan/Manitoba Water Safety Conference. Erin is a graduate of the Recreation & Leisure Program from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) and among her many accomplishments, she developed a 4-level mermaid swimming program addressing proper use and safety of mermaid tails, which has been adopted by other aquatic facilities.
 
Dariusz Wolman
Dr. Wolman has 26 years of health care experience, which includes management, research, emergency medicine, and emergency preparedness/management. He has earned a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology, further he holds Master of Public Health, Master of Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Business Administration Degrees, and Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification. Dr. Wolman began his EMS career in Pittsburgh, PA at 15 years of age. He became a paramedic in 1991, and is a Nationally Registered Paramedic. He is also an EMS Instructor, and has been teaching since 1997. Currently, Dr. Wolman is the past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Emergency Cardiac Care Committee, for the American Heart Association. National Faculty in BLS, regional faculty for ACLS & PALS. In addition, Dr. Wolman holds numerous certifications in many disciplines of business and psychology. Dr. Wolman has held management roles in EMS as well as a number of other health care industries, including Executive Director of an ambulance service in suburban Pittsburgh providing both emergency response and non-emergency transports. He has gained accreditation for multiple agencies by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Prior to joining the faculty at EKU, Dr. Wolman served as emergency manager for a hospital.