Executive Board 2017-18

Eli SegalCo-chair - Physician
Eli Segal

Quebec | Dr. Segal is the Director of Research at Urgences-Santé. Eli is an attending physician in the Emergency Department of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. He is also an Assistant Professor at McGill University.

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Jan Jensen
Nova Scotia | Ms. Jansen is the
Performance Manager for Emergency Health Services Operation Management. Jan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (EMS Division), Dalhousie University.

Charlene VaconCommunications
Charlene Vacon
Alberta | Dr. Vacon is an EMS Specialist with the Ministry of Health. She holds a position with the Regional Paramedic Program of Eastern Ontario as well as sitting on the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Leadership Development Committee. She received her training as a critical care emergency medical technician in New York State and is a primary care paramedic in Alberta. Charlene holds a PhD in Communications from Concordia University in Montreal, as well as an MA and a BA(H) in sociology from Acadia University. Follow Charlene on Twitter @Charlene_vacon

Glenn Legault
Ontario | Dr. Legault is a behavioural neuroscientist in the Department of Psychology at Laurentian University with a research focus on sleeping behaviours. Glenn completed the Ambulance and Emergency Care program at Centennial College in 1981. He then worked full time for 9 years, first with the Bowmanville Ambulance Service and then later with the Uxbridge/Stouffville Ambulance Service. He worked part time with the Uxbridge/Stouffville service for several years after beginning his university studies. Dr. Legault completed a B.Sc. (Hon) at Trent University, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry atQueen's University. Upon completion of his doctorate, Glenn held a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Toronto School of Medicine at the Neurophysiology Clinic at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Center. Glenn is currently collaborating with colleagues from College Boreal and Cambrian College to develop a new program in Paramedic Science to be offered conjointly with Laurentian University. His relevant experience for the position of Treasurer of CERN includes having been the Treasurer and Executive Member of the World Sleep Federation before their recent amalgamation with the World Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Legault has also served as Treasurer of the Center for Research in Occupational Safety and Health at Laurentian University.

Walter TavaresParamedic Association of Canada - Liaison
Walter Tavares
Ontario | Dr. Tavares is a scientist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto and University Health Network Wilson Centre in the Department of Medicine and Post MD Education (Post Graduate Medical Education and Continued Professional Development). He also holds scientist and paramedic positions with York Paramedic and Senior Services in the Community Paramedicine and Research Unit and Ornge Transport Medicine - Base Hospital and Clinical Affairs. He also holds an academic position with McMaster University Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine and School of Graduate Studies. He provides research support to the Paramedic Association of Canada and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Walter obtained his PhD at McMaster University in Health Services Research (with a speciality in Medical Education) in the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department while also completing a 5-year masters and PhD fellowship at the Wilson Centre.

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Michelle Welsford
Ontario | Dr. Welsford is the Regional Medical Director, Centre for Paramedic Education and Research. She is an Associate Professor at McMaster University and a Staff Emergency Physician at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Paramedic Chiefs of Canada - Liaison
Doug Socha
Ontario | Mr. Socha is the Paramedic Chief for Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services in Ontario. Doug is the chair of both the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Research Committees. Doug is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Queens University.

Ron BowlesSociety of Prehospital Educators of Canada - Liaison
Ron Bowles
British Columbia | Dr. Bowles is President, Society for Prehospital Educators in Canada. He worked as a paramedic in rural BC and Vancouver before moving to the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in 1992. He is Associate Dean of JIBC's Centre for Applied Research, Program Chair of JIBC's new Public Safety Leadership Program, and teaches for both the School of Public Safety and the School of Community, Health & Social Justice. He is an Associate Member with the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC). Ron holds a PhD in Curriculum and Pedagogy and Master's degree in Educational Technology from UBC, as well as a B.Ed. (Adult Ed.) from the University of Alberta.

Paramedic at large
Matthew Leyenaar

Matthew Leyenaar

Ontario | Mr. Leyenaar began his career working as a paramedic in Eastern Ontario in 2001. During that time, he completed an undergraduate degree in Geography, concentrating in Geomatics and applying his studies to paramedic service deployment planning. He left clinical work to complete his MA in Geography, investigating spatial-temporal patterns of repeated users of paramedic services in 2015. His interest in health services research led him to his current PhD studies in the Health Research Methodology program at McMaster University. His research seeks to improve both patient outcomes and service provision by evaluating patient care episodes, risk-factors associated with non-critical and repeated use, and collaborative approaches that improve accessibility to care. Matthew has been involved with professional committees and non-profit boards since 2004. He has represented paramedics on an Ontario Base Hospital Group subcommittee and as co-chair on labour-management committees. More recently he has been a member of the CSA Group Technical Committee on Community Paramedicine and serves as chair of the board for a charity that provides temporary housing for refugees in Hamilton, ON. He joined CERN in 2015.

Floyd BessererPhysician at large
Floyd Besserer
British Columbia | Dr. Besserer is an Emergency Medicine physician and Trauma Team Leader at the University Hospital of Northern BC. He also holds a joint academic appointment with UBC and UNBC. Floyd was was born and raised in Fort St. John, BC. He was drawn to the bright lights of big city Alberta after high school, training as a physical therapist at the U of A in Edmonton and then working in Calgary prior to returning to medical school at UBC in the Northern Medical Program. He competed his Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons residency in Emergency Medicine in Saskatoon, SK. During residency he also completed a Masters in Disaster Medicine through Philadelphia University and his Advanced Care Paramedic diploma at SaskPolytech. Floyd volunteers as a ground search and rescue member with PGSAR and helps coach minor hockey and soccer. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children - especially in the outdoors. If you like to flyfish/bike/ski/paddle, give him a call!

Non-voting Support Roles

Alix Carter

Immediate Past Co-chair
Alix Carter
Nova Scotia | Dr. Carter is the Medical Director of Research at EHS Nova Scotia, and Director of the Division of EMS, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University. She is also an Assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie.

Melissa MacDougall

Nova Scotia

Executive Board structure and responsibilities

Past Board Members