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Previous Speakers: 


Name: Benjamin N. Abo DO, EMT-P, EMTT, FAWM

Bio: 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


Name:  Chris A. Davis

Bio:  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.


Name: Rachel Jamison

Bio:  Rachel is an EMT-P with Alberta Health Serivces and a lead instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates delivering world class wilderness medicine courses in SW Alberta.  Rachel has also worked as an outdoor educator with the National Outdoor Leadership School and Boundless adventures.  She has a true passion for the outdoors and is a valuable asset to our team. 

Session Title: Tic Talk – Why we get ticked off about tics.


Name: Dr. Marc Gosselin

Bio:  Dr. Marc Gosselin is 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


Name:  Tyler Semmens

Bio:  Tyler is an EMT-P with Alberta Health Services stationed in the heart of the Rockies.  He is currently completing his Diploma in Mountain Medicine with the Wilderness Medical Society and is a competitive BMX racer.  He also has an amazing camperized van in which he takes his family on wonderful back country adventures in.

Session Title:  Pain management in the austere environment


Name: Lisa Paulson ACMG, PCP, Visitor Safety Specialist Parks Canada

Bio: 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.


Name: Dr. Josh Bezanson, MD, MS, BJourn, EMT-P

Josh is an Emergency Medicine Resident, an Emergency Planner, and a member of CanTF2 Alberta’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team. He also has a long background in emergency services including the Canadian Coast Guard, Canmore and Cochrane Fire, and EMS as an EMT-A for many years. He also produces a podcast called EPIC - Emergency Preparedness in Canada.


Name:  Peter Symons EMT-P

Bio:  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. 

Session Title:  Hemorrhage Control -  Why no one should bleed to death


Name:  Clayton Williams EMT-P

Bio:  Clayton lives in Canmore Alberta where he can participate in one of his biggest passions paddling.  Clayton has been a river guide for many years and has taught many swift water rescue courses.  He is currently completing his Diploma in Mountain Medicine with the WMS.

Session Title:  Immersion / Submersion injuries


Name:  Kevin Palmer EMT-P, DiMM, FAWM

Bio:  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 just completed his requirements for his Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.  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.


Name:  Christian Stenner

Bio:  Christian is the director of the Alberta branch of the Alberta / British Columbia Cave Rescue Service.  As an avid caver and active field trainer with his subterranean search and rescue group Christian provides a unique perspective to “austere” environments.

Session Title:  Cave Rescue