2018 International First Aid Education Conference
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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.
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,
Nancy Claxton
Shelley Dalke
Dr. Stacy Desilets
Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi
Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi is Vice President for International Operations at Canadian Red Cross. He oversees the Red Cross strategic directions, global relations, partnerships and operations. He has worked in many crises and led numerous operations around the world.

For over 27 years, Hossam has been involved in the humanitarian field with a focus on preparedness, response and health in emergencies. His extensive experience includes assignments to more than thirty countries with a wide spectrum of disaster complexities. He joined the Canadian Red Cross in 2010 as Director, Emergencies and Recovery and in October 2016, was appointed Vice President, International.

Hossam has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, a Certificate in Health Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and a PhD in Health Management from City University in London, England. In addition, he is an adjunct Professor/lecturer at the Universities of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, and McMaster Health Sciences. He teaches disaster response and healthcare in complex humanitarian crises.
Jonathan Epstein
Lisa Evanoff
Judi Fairholm
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).
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,
Jude Holmes
Jude Holmes is Head of Education Marketing in First Aid Education at the British Red Cross. Jude is responsible for devising marketing strategies which engage people across the UK to learn first aid. Her work involves utilising research and insight to create integrated campaigns which encourage behaviour change. Jude has recently won a Best Social media marketing campaign award for a campaign informed by research from the University of Manchester which found 59% of people who died from accidental injury could have potentially been saved with simple first aid.
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 Karasiuk,
Lyle Karasiuk, 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.
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).
Victoria Logan
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?
Dominique MacDonald
Dr. Andrew MacPherson
Medical Advisor | International Red Cross/Red Crescent Medical Consultant/Online Physician | BC Ambulance Service | Victoria BC Ski Patrol Physician | Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Patrol
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.

Thomas McLean
Dr. Brian Miller
Mr. Bill Mintram
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
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.
Dr. David Price
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
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.
Hugo Supranenant
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.
Thomas Wilp
Thomas Wilp is Prehospital Emergency Medical Care & First Aid Program Coordinator in the Health Unit / Assistance Division at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
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.