Mike Koppang is a Mountain Rescue Specialist with the Government of Alberta in Kananaskis Region. He is a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and also has a BSc in Health and Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary. In the time that Mike has worked for the Government of Alberta he has responded numerous climbing, skiing, avalanche, biking, scrambling, hiking and water rescues. Mike is also one of the founding members of the Canadian Mountain Parks Backcountry medical Council that works as a team of medical directors and Rescue Professionals who oversee the medical aspects of the professional rescue programs of the National Parks as well as Kananaskis Country.
Dr. Kevin HanrahanCCFP(EM) DiMM
Kevin Graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education (Outdoor Pursuits), MD and Family Medicine programs in Calgary. After working as a Family Physician for 15 years joined the Calgary Fire Department and worked as front line Firefighter and Technical Rescue Team Member for 6 years.
Subsequently trained in Emergency Medicine through the CCFP(EM) program in Calgary practicing full time Emergency Physician working at the Foothills, Peter Lougheed Hospitals since 2005.
-Calgary Fire Department,
-Multiple Fire Departments in the Calgary Zone
-Provincial Medical First Response Program with Alberta Health Services-EMS,
-Mission Safety Services
-Canadian Task Force 2
-Fortress Mountain (KPOW)
-Mass Gathering events including many local races and events
Interest in Wilderness Medicine, Diploma of Mountain Medicine
Coordinator for Disaster Medicine in the Calgary Zone for Emergency Medicine
3 decades providing volunteer ski patrol in the Banff Area.
Live in Calgary with my wife Diana and 2 grown children.
Lisa PailsonEMT-A, ACMG
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 co-founded and is the Chair of the Canadian Mountain Park Backcountry Medical Council. Lisa lives in Banff with her young family.
Dr. Natali SchindlerDDS
I graduated from McGill with a BSC in Microbiology and Immunology in 1994 and a DDS in in 1999. I have practiced Dentistry in Montreal, Ottawa, Golden, Jasper, New York City, Guatemala and Banff. I have owned my practice in Banff since 2003. I love all sorts of wilderness pursuits and luckily have never had to deal with a dental emergency in the wild.
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
Matt Cruchet (HBOR, BSc, ACP) is a second career, fulltime paramedic who comes from the world of risk management. Matt’s consulting work focused on helping organizations involved in adventure activities manage risk. His company published Managing Risk: Systems planning for outdoor adventure programs which set out the framework for an industry changing approach in how to approach the management of risk. Matt maintains his interests in risk management as a part-time professor at Algonquin College teaching in the Outdoor Adventure department and by taking on the occasional consulting contract. After running his consulting agency for over 10 years he decided to reorient his passion for working with people with his sense of adventure.
Matt has always been involved with outdoor adventure. He has 20 years of experience teaching paddling, wilderness skills, wilderness first aid, search and rescue, and river rescue. He has had the opportunity to work with professionals, recreationalists and governments. He has worked in many diverse Canadian environments from coast to coast to coast. After completing his Advanced Care Paramedic training he joined the team at the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service in Eastern Ontario close to where his family lives on the Madawaska River. Matt currently divides his time between working on the road and being a Community Paramedic. He is a founding member of the service’s Sierra Team which handles Remote Access Treatment and Transport (RATT) and medical HAZMAT operations. Matt is also a #FOAMed junky who you can find on twitter @Paramedic_Matt where he’s always looking for the good stuff!
Jacqueline Jenkins, MD, CCFPDr.
Jacqueline graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in rural Family Medicine. Originally from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, she grew up with and active family and was an avid ski-racer. She completed a Masters in Kinesiology at Dalhousie before heading out west to pursue her medical career. Jacqueline is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys mountain biking, backcountry and resort skiing, camping, hiking, and recently completed her Advanced Wilderness Medicine Life Support training in Alaska. Calgary is her current home where she works Urgent Care, and provides locum coverage for clinic and emergency services throughout rural Alberta.
Mike is a long time local who moved from Winnipeg with $5 in his pocket. With determination he has made a life in Banff and enjoying the surrounding area. An avid mountain biker and local coach Mike will take you on a “locals” tour of the mountain bike trails. He will also review some great feild repair techneques that can help prevent a survival situation (or at least a long hike) if something ever goes wrong on one of your “epic” rides.
Craig McArthur is a full time ALS Paramedic in Banff Alberta. He is among a very small number of Diploma in Mountain Medicine paramedics in Canada. He has worked as a Ski patroller at Sunshine Village and provides ALS medical coverage at Lake Louise Ski Resorts. He also has extensive experience flying sick and injured patients around the globe with a Calgary based repatriation service. Having also worked in the NWT as an EMT. Craig enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking and ice climbing in the Rockies.
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.
Dave Watt is a registered Paramedic and the founding president of Foothills Search & Rescue. He has spent a lifetime guiding and leading groups in many different outdoor activities, from sailing on the west coast of Scotland to leading mountain trips in Canada’s north. He continues to be a professional member of the American Mountain Guides Association. He has presented at national and international SAR conferences and works closely with national and international SAR teams.
MTN GuidingACMG Guides
Kevin has been a skier since age 6. He grew up skiing tiny hills in Central Alberta and moved to the mountains as soon as he could. His ski bum affliction took him to mountain ranges around the world for Freeski Tour contests and magazine and television shoots. Ski mountaineering has always been his passion but powder skiing is his number one distraction!
Martin grew up in Montreal and leaned to ski in the rolling hills of the Laurentians just north of the city. Like many other transplants to this side of the country Martin was lured by the call of bigger mountains and deeper snow. After a few ski bum seasons he starting working in the ski industry and never looked back. His passion for ski mountaineering has taken him all over the world in search of classic and first descents.
Kevin PalmerEMT-P DiMM FAWM
Kevin lives in Banff working as a full time EMT-P with Covenant Health. He completed his Diploma in Mountain Medicine in 2014 and has Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine with the Wilderness Medical Society. He is also the Vice Chair of the medical committee for the Alberta / British Columbia Cave Rescue Service, ALS medical volunteer at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resorts, DiMM exam editor, Wilderness Medicine Magazine contributor and the Banff Wilderness Care Conference chair.
Nick de Ruyter
Nick is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at WildSmart in Canmore, working to reduce negative human-wildlife interactions in the Bow Valley through various education and outreach programs. Nick has an Honours Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and spent eight years living up north in the Arctic working as a Bush Pilot enjoying the vast beauty of Canada’s North and getting to see amazing animals such as polar bears, narwhal and muskox in their natural habitats. After hanging up his “wings” he taught at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, and now enjoys spending time outdoors in the mountains with his family hiking, mountain biking and skiing.
Kip Rodgers, MD FRCPC
Growing up in Ontario, Kip spent his formative years canoe tripping across the northern reaches of the province. Moving to the west, he graduated from UBC with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He then proceeded to complete an MSC in Neuroscience at Queen’s which was followed up by B.Ed in Outdoor and Experiential Education. After working as an outdoor educator with RiverWatch and the Science Alberta Foundation in Calgary, he decided to pursue a medical career and completed his Medical Degree at U of C. During this time, he assisted in created the Wilderness Medicine Club. After a prolonged schooling career, Kip finished his FRCPC Emergency Medicine Residency at the U of C in 2015. He now works as an Emergency Physician at the Foothills Medical and Peter Lougheed Centres in Calgary and is the Disaster Coordinator for the Emergency Department at PLC. Kip is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain biking, white water kayaking, and canoe tripping. He now shares his passion for outdoor pursuits with his young family.