2019 Speakers & Faculty

Read below to learn more about our content experts joining us this year (2019)

  • 2020 speakers will be announced in January
Meet the Faculty: Benjamin N. Abo DO, EMT-P, EMTT, FAWM

Lecture: Marine envenomation
Panel: Pre-hospital field reductions of should dislocations

-Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
–Medical Team Manager, FEMA/Miami-Dade Fire Rescue FL Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue (USAR)
-Medical Director, Venom One & Venom 2 Venom Response Units
–Assistant Medical Director, Lake County EMS
Associate Medical Director of Gainesville Fire Rescue – Technical Rescue
-Medical Director, Gator Emergency Medical Response Unity (GEMRU)
-Assistant Medical Director Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue

Dr. Abo was born in south Jersey where he started with Mount Laurel EMS as a teenager in high school. After studying Emergency Medicine while working as a paramedic at the University of Pittsburgh, he stayed on as faculty at the Center for Emergency Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine as a researcher and Coordinator of Education and International Emergency Medicine/EMS. He then spent some time abroad living in India just prior to starting medical school in the San Francisco bay area. After being hooded with honors studying medical school and public health at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – California, he took time off prior to residency to start a non-profit in Africa aimed at decreasing maternal and neonatal mortality and trauma. He completed his 4-year emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center – Miami Beach and Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, FL, while completing fellowship in wilderness medicine through the Wilderness Medical Society. After residency, Dr. Abo completed an EMS fellowship at the University of Florida where he accepted a full-time position at the University of Florida. Throughout all of his training, Dr. Abo has remained clinically active in EMS FL-5 DMAT disaster team, FEMA/Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Task Force 1. He has also remained active as a paramedic with various services globally and continues to do research and lecture globally. This includes being Assistant medical Director for Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue, Medical Director for Venom 1 & Venom 2 Venom Units, Assistant Medical Director of Lake County Emergency Services, Associate Medical Director of Technical Rescue for Gainesville Fire Rescue, one of the only four instructors for the Wilderness EMS Medical Directors Course, and honorary medical director of the Surfer’s Medical Association.

Dr. Abo has authored numerous chapters including multiple chapters in Wilderness EMS textbook. He currently serves as medical direction and consultation for a number of projects, services and EMS schools. He has a strong interest in anything EMS, toxinology/venoms, EMS for children, international EM/EMS, mentorship, resiliency and sustainability in emergency services, disaster medicine, educational and experiential processes, wilderness/austere medicine and technical rescue practices.
Dr. Joshua Bezanson, MD, MS, BJourn, ACP

Joshua is a senior emergency medicine resident at the University of Alberta and is currently completing a fellowship in EMS and transport medicine at the University of Calgary and with STARS air ambulance in Edmonton. He has over a decade of emergency services experience in the Bow Valley working with various Ski Patrols and as a current Firefighter/Paramedic with Canmore Fire-Rescue. He holds a Masters in Disaster Medicine and Management from Philadelphia University and is active in disaster research. He has previously worked as a SAR crew member with the Canadian Coast Guard and is a USAR member of Canada Task Force 2 having been deployed to multiple major disasters. 

Joshua is a prehospital instructor in several disaster and hazardous materials response training programs and is involved with the AHS EMS Incident Response Paramedic (IRP) program. He is a board member of CEEP, the Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness and also the co-host of the monthly EPIC Podcast (Emergency Preparedness in Canada) which focuses on professional development and knowledge translation for emergency managers in partnership with IAEM Canada. Episodes can be downloaded on iTunes or at www.epicpodcast.ca
Dr. Marc Gosselin

Dr. Marc Gosselinis Sirius’s Medical Director and new President. He is trained in family Medicine with a certification in Emergency Medicine , Mountain Medicine and Sports Medicine. He has worked for the last 20 years as an emergency physician in the Laurentians. From 2000 to 2008, he was director of the department of Emergency Medicine at Saint-Jérôme Hospital and then transferred to Ste-Agathe-des-Monts Hospital until 2017. In addition to being medical director for Sirius, Dr. Gosselin is also medical director for the Centre de médecine sportive des Laurentides (CMSL) and for Ironman Mont-Tremblant. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, the Association Québécoise des Médecins du Sport as well as the Wilderness Medical Society. Dr. Gosselin has worked as a visiting physician in numerous locations in Canada’s northern regions. He has an extensive personal background in outdoor pursuits and sports, as a triathlete, mountain biker,

Lecture: Endurance Race Medicine: What to expect in your medical tent

Panel: Out-of-hospital join and fracture reductions

Dr. Mika Hemphill, MD, BSc, CCFP, FAWM, DiMM

Mika completed her MD in British Columbia, but finally moved to Calgary AB this year. As an obsessive trad climber, she loves splitting time between Squamish, the Bugaboos, and the Rockies. Her day job involves working at Airdrie Urgent Care, and acting as an ICU Outreach physician at the Rockyview and Foothills hospitals in Calgary. Between medical school and residency, w
hile living in her van rock climbing, Mika completed her Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and Diploma in Mountain Medicine. Her area of interest is altitude medicine and physiology, particularly the prevention and treatment of altitude illness. She has participated in clinical research on acetazolamide, and co-authored a recent publication examining a lower dose of acetazolamide for the prevention of AMS. After graduating from residency, Mika has enjoyed the opportunity to continue teaching wilderness medicine to residents at the University of Alberta, and looks forward to more mountain objectives now that she has landed closer to the Rockies. 

Altitude Illness
Reductions Panel
Journal Club
Dr. Chris Davis 

Chris is an emergency physician and EMS physician at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC where he serves on faculty for the EMS and wilderness medicine fellowships. He has been an educator and practitioner of wilderness medicine since 2006, first as a paramedic, and now as a physician. As a former river guide, climbing guide, as well as charter sailing captain, Chris has experience leading clients on adventures both on land and at sea. Chris is active in the rescue community and is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team, ski patroller at Sugar Mountain Resort, and a technical rescue instructor for the National Park Service. He loves sharing his experiences with others in the form of realistic, simulation-based training. Chris is an AWLS, high-angle and swiftwater rescue instructor, and is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Single Pitch Instructor. In his free time, you usually find Chris enjoying the abundant whitewater of the southern Appalachians.
Meet the Faculty:

Dr. Jamin Mulvey
FANZCA, DIMM, MPHTM(Aeromedical), MBBS(Hons)
Dr. Jamin Mulvey is an Australian trained Anesthetist, graduating from Medical School at the University of Sydney in 2002 and finishing his Anesthesia Training in 2011. He moved to Canada in 2013 to complete his Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and now lives a life in the mountains, based in Canmore. 

Jamin has a strong background in Pre-hospital and Retrieval Medicine (PHRM) and is no stranger to the austere environment. He has worked in Antarctica, the Arctic, Pakistani Kashmir, the Papua New Guinea highlands and Africa. 

His non-hospital roles have included working at a consultant level in Australia in Helicopter Emergency Services (HEMS) and a Senior Officer in the Military Critical Care Aeromedical Team for the Royal Australian Air Force. He currently works as a Transport Physician for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) in Calgary and as Medical Director for the Sunshine Village Ski Patrol. In 2020, he is moving over to the United Kingdom to work with the London Air Ambulance as a HEMS Doctor.
Rachel Jamieson is an Advanced Care Paramedic working full time in rural southern Alberta and a Lead Instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates. Rachel developed a keen interest in wilderness and remote medicine when working professionally as a whitewater guide throughout both Canada and the US. Rachel began teaching with WMA International in 2004, and currently teaches advanced level courses included WALS, WEMS, and Wilderness Medical Electives. Rachel is a faculty member with WMA International. Her passion in Wilderness Medicine has taken her to remote northern communities in Canada to assist with course delivery and curriculum development. She also has worked internationally assisting in the development of WMA China.  

Still Ticked Off: Lyme Disease and Other Nasty Tick Infections in Canada

Hypothermia Wraps: take some dedicated time to review hypothermia. We will focus on an improvised treatment that can be built out of supplies that most will have available (or should plan to have available ) when adventuring. This will be a hands-on workshop with opportunity for small group simulations.  

Wilderness Assessments: learn how to assess a patient when resources are significantly limited and the weather may or may not be favorable. This is a valuable workshop for anyone travelling or playing in austere environments when help is not easily accessible.
Meet the Faculty:

Lisa Paulson
Parks Canada Visitor Safety Specialist – Banff, Yoho, Kootenay National Parks
UIAGM/ACMG Mountain Guide, CAA Professional Member, PCP, BSc.

For the past 26 years, Lisa has worked in mountain and water rescue throughout the mountain national parks. She currently enjoys working with her Banff team where they receive approximately 300 calls per year. She has always had a keen interest in optimizing all aspects patient care and transport. She founded and is the Chair of the Canadian Mountain Park Backcountry Medical Council. Lisa lives in Banff with her young family.
Terry Willis ACP

Terry is a full time law enforcement Warden in Banff National Park and an Advanced Care Paramedic with Banff EMS. Terry graduated from the SAIT outreach program as an EMT-P in 2004. He has worked in many roles within Parks Canada including being member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, Wilderness Search and Rescue, Wildland Fire-Fighting and Law Enforcement. 

Session: Helicopter Orientation
Dave De Muy

I have been sharing my Map, Compass and GPS skills for the past 40 years.

It started when I was 14 as a young Sea Cadet. Then in my early 20’s I moved to Banff and got hooked on the mountain life of hiking, climbing, ski touring
and back country horse travel as well as canoeing.
With the help of the Alpine Club and many skilled mentors, CMGC guides and Warden friends, I fine tuned my skills.
The more you practice the better you become is what I’ve learned.

My goal is to take the mystery out of the most isunderstood tool (the compass) and simplify the use and understanding of Map, Compass/ GPS and how they
work together. These skills will make you more knowledgeable and a safer wilderness traveler.

I have been teaching Outdoor groups, local schools, cadets, and Search and Rescue.

Look forward to the opportunity to share with you at the conference.
Peter Symons EMT-P

Peter has been teaching wilderness first aid to Parks Canada Warden Service for almost 30yrs. Once the owner of Jasper ambulance providing some of the first ALS care in the region, Peter now has retired from the streets but still teaches with the Heart and Stroke providing instruction and developing content for ACLS and more. ACLS and ACLS-EP Instructor/Instructor Trainer, ITLS Instructor/Instructor Trainer, Instructor Wilderness Emergency Care Course. EMS Exemplary Service Medal.

Peter is also has authored and lectured for ITLS on hypothermia and has been instrumental in the development of the “duty to respond course” , plus developing the AHSEMS hypothermia management guidelines.

Session Title: What to put in your medical kit and how to use it.
Mac Wardle, ACP, DiMM

Advanced Care Paramedic with Banff EMS and Senior Ski Patroller for Winsport Canada Olympic Park. Candidate for the Diploma in Mountain Medicine and Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine through the WMS. Mack is an avid outdoors enthusiast whom has a passion for austere environment patient care and education. Enthusiast of mountain biking, backcountry travel, climbing, skiing, and outdoor survival. Mack believes in always being prepared for your environment. 
What to put in your medical kit and how to use it.
Craig McArthur ACP, DiMM

Craig is a full time Paramedic with Banff EMS and one of the first paramedics in Canada to complete his Diploma in Mountain Medicine with the Wilderness Medical Society. He has lectured and facilitated workshops for the past 5 years. His most recent exploits found him trekking Nepal with the father of wilderness medicine Dr. Paul Auerbach and Everest ER founder Dr. Luanne Freer. Craig is our resident expert on frostbite and water purification.

Workshops: Journal Club and water purification