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CPER Staff

Alan Batt - Paramedic Educator

Alan Batt - Paramedic Educator

Alan Batt, Paramedic Educator

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Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71231

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Ang Burgess - Quality Specialist

Ang Burgess - Quality Specialist

Ang Burgess, Quality Specialist

Ang has been with CPER since 2010 initially in the role of the Lead Peer Paramedic Practice Auditor with transition to the newly developed Quality Specialist role in 2013. As a Quality Specialist, Ang is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing activities and tasks as they relate to quality assurance and improvement to achieve CPER’s goals and fulfill the obligations of the Performance Agreement. Her role includes leading investigations, reviews, requests for clarification and the auditing processes associated with Ambulance Call Reports (ACRs).

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71227

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Audrey Collie - Administration for Quality & Education

Audrey Collie - Administration for Quality & Education

Audrey Collie - Administration for Quality & Education

Audrey can be seen at the Centre for Paramedic Education and Research (CPER) Program where she bas been assisting with the program for over 14 years. Audrey is well known both locally and provincially for her detailed work, experience and professional demeanor. With a strong knowledge and experience within the CPER system she grows with the new changes that occur. Audrey provides valuable support to the offices of the Program Supervisor, Education Program, CQI Program and other tasks within the CPER Program.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71229

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Colleen Shortt - Research Coordinator

Colleen Shortt - Research Coordinator

Colleen Shortt, Research Coordinator

Colleen comes to us from McMaster University, where she is completing her PhD in Medical Science. Colleen completed her undergraduate degree in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo and is expected to complete her PhD in early 2017. Colleen has 5 years research experience at the bench side and in acute care. Shas has co-authored over 15 publications and has presented her reseach both Nationally and Internationally. Colleen's research interest's include acute coronary syndrome, cardiovascular biomarkers, early decision-making tools and diabetes. In her spare time Colleen enjoys running and playing soccer.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71223

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Dr. Daren Lin - Associate Medical Advisor

Dr. Daren Lin - Associate Medical Advisor

Dr. Daren Lin, Associate Medical Advisor

Daren Lin is an Emergency Medicine physician at Guelph General Hospital. He graduated from Medical School at the University of Western Ontario, and completed his residency at McMaster University. He spends a lot of time hanging out with his three amazing kids. He enjoys playing goalie in hockey and oil painting in his spare time, when there is time to spare.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71223

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Dr. Doug Munkley - Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. Doug Munkley - Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. Doug Munkley, Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. Doug has been involved with Emergency Medicine and EMS since 1980. He was one of the first paramedic activists in the Province advocating for “ambulance officers” to become health care professionals and take on a greater role in prehospital care. He succeeded in establishing Ontario’s first defibrillation program in Niagara. He was one of three Emergency Physicians that worked with the Province to deploy Advanced Care Paramedics across Ontario as funded by the OPALS project in the 1990’s. He was the Medical Director of the Niagara Base Hospital and remains active as a member of Medical Council at CPER. He also teaches with Niagara College in the Advanced Care Paramedic training program. Dr. Doug lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake and is busy with road biking, skiing, old house restoration, volunteer work and his family.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71223

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Dr. Erich Hanel - Associate Medical Advisor

Dr. Erich Hanel - Associate Medical Advisor

Dr. Erich Hanel, Associate Medical Advisor

Dr. Hanel is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Division of Emergency Medicine at McMaster University. He practices full time Emergency Medicine and is an Associate Medical Director with CPER. He spent time training in Ireland, the United States and Canada. Previously he was an EMT-A in Alberta, Ontario before attending medical school. He is interested in medical education is the current QA tutor for the McMaster CCFP(EM) residency program. He lives in Ancaster Ontario with his family of four and always attempts to get outdoors as much as possible in any season.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71223

Cell# 905-515-9221

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Dr. Michelle Welsford - Medical Director

Dr. Michelle Welsford - Medical Director

Dr. Michelle Welsford, Medical Director

Dr. Michelle Welsford is a “wannabe” paramedic and the Medical Director for the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre for Paramedic Education & Research where she provides medical oversight for more than 1200 paramedics. She has been a Base Hospital Medical Director at HHS for over 15 years after completing subspecialty training in EMS at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Welsford is also a staff emergency physician at Hamilton Health Sciences, and a Professor at McMaster University where she works extensively with undergraduate medical students, Emergency Medicine residents, and Prehospital Care Fellows.

Dr. Welsford’s academic and research interests include prehospital and Emergency Department management of many acute conditions including: acute coronary syndromes, acute decompensated congestive heart failure (CHF), cardiac resuscitation, trauma resuscitation, and early sepsis recognition and treatment. Much of her recent work has focused on the regional continuum of care of STEMI patients from the field through to the hospital including use of prehospital 12-lead ECGs, STEMI management by paramedics, Emergency Department management, triage directly to cardiac centres, and optimization of first contact to reperfusion time.

Dr. Welsford has represented the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) for more than 10 years culminating in the 2005, 2010, and 2015 ILCOR Consensus on Science and Treatment Recommendations (COSTR). Most recently, she was the co-chair of the Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Task Force authoring the 2015 ACS ILCOR COSTR and the 2015 HSFC/AHA ACS Guidelines.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71225

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Greg Soto - Paramedic Educator

Greg Soto - Paramedic Educator

Greg Soto, Paramedic Educator

Greg has been a Paramedic Educator with CPER since its inception in 2009. Prior Greg was employed as the Education Coordinator with the Niagara Regional Base Hospital Paramedic Program in Niagara Falls, ON. He continues to work on the road part-time as an Advanced Care Paramedic with Niagara EMS. He has been employed in EMS for over 39 years. In 2004 Greg received the Governor General’s Award for Exemplary Service in EMS (Ontario) and was nominated by Niagara College in the Health Sciences category for the Premier’s Award. Greg has been a regular contributor to Canadian Emergency News (now Canadian Paramedicine) writing about the following topics: traumatic brain injury, buccal & nasal midazolam for seizures and death notification education for paramedics. In the past Greg presented at OPA conferences on the following topics: prehospital pain management, death notification for paramedics, intraosseous infusion for adults and prehospital thrombolysis. He was the principal author of death notification as well as prehospital 12 Lead ECG interpretation for the Ontario Base Hospital Group, Education Subcommittee.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71230

Cell# 905-515-5793

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Jackie Swing - Administration Assistant

Jackie Swing - Administration Assistant

Jackie Swing, Administration Assistant

Jackie joined Hamilton Health Sciences in 2011  where she did administration work in a few different departments at Hamilton General and Chedoke sites.  She then joined the CPER team in 2014 as a temporary employee where she eventually moved into a permeant position as Program Assistant.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time outside and with friends & family.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71222

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Jen Charlton - Peer Paramedic Practice Auditor

Jen Charlton - Peer Paramedic Practice Auditor

Jen Charlton, Peer Paramedic Practice Auditor

Jen Charlton joined CPER’s Quality Team as the Lead Peer Paramedic Practice Auditor in July of 2014 after 11 years with the County of Brant Ambulance Service. In her off time, Jen enjoys the country life with her husband and daughter.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71242

Cell# 905-515-5793

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John Gyuran - Paramedic Educator

John Gyuran - Paramedic Educator

John Gyuran, Paramedic Educator

John is an Advanced Care Paramedic having worked as a Forest and Industrial EMT-Paramedic in Alberta since 2013. Prior to that he worked 10 years with Region or Waterloo Paramedic Service (RoWPS) and 5 years with Peel Paramedic Services. While working with ROWPS, he has alos held the role of Peer Auditor and Instructor with CPER. John is the co-author of a WSIB of Ontario approved Frist Aid/CPR/AED program and has over the years heald the role of Instructor and Instructor Trainer with Vital Response. His education credentials include, a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) degree from the University of Toronto, an AEMA from Humber College and an ACP certificate from the Michener Institute. He is currently licenced as an ACP in BC and as and EMT-P in Alberta. In his spare time, John is a dedicated husband and father of two girls.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71231

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Julie Langdon - Administration to the Directors

Julie Langdon - Administration to the Directors

Julie Langdon, Administration to the Directors

Julie has 25 years of administration experience beginning in the insurance industry doing summer vacation relief for admin staff.
She attended Mohawk College’s Medical Office Administration program and immediately upon completion started working at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in the laboratory program. She began working with Hamilton Health Sciences in 2001, working in pediatric outpatient rehabilitation, and then moving on to support the Director of Security/Engineering at HHS. Julie joined CPER in 2013 as administrative support to Tim Dodd and the Medical Directors, and is mainly responsible for accounts payable/receivable for the program. Julie enjoys running during her lunch breaks, and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her two children and two dogs.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71226

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Katie Turcotte - Data Management Assistant

Katie Turcotte - Data Management Assistant

Katie Turcotte, Data Management Assistant

Katie had previously worked for the Hamilton Regional Base Hospital Program since 1999, then joined the CPER team in its inception in 2009. She transitioned her role from Data Entry to Database Management in 2014.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71223

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Mike Longeway - Quality Specalist

Mike Longeway - Quality Specalist

Mike Longeway, Quality Specalist

Mike has been with CPER since 2013 in the newly developed Quality Specialist role. As a Quality Specialist, Mike has been responsible for quality assurance and improvement projects to achieve CPER’s goals and fulfill the obligations of the Performance Agreement. He has particular interests in Paramedic self-reporting, medication safety and has leveraged these interests in projects like the medical directives book redesign and provincial smartphone application. Mike maintains his full-time role with Ornge as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic on the Toronto helicopter.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71234

Cell# 416-294-1222

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Shane Eickmann - Outreach Program Coordinator

Shane Eickmann - Outreach Program Coordinator

Shane Eickmann, Outreach Program Coordinator

Shane’s passion for Paramedicine is palpable – he is an Advanced Care Paramedic and Operations Superintendent for Niagara EMS, has been a Paramedic Instructor with CPER for several years and a part time professor at Niagara College. Shane has also competed and won several Paramedic Simulation Competitions throughout the world and hopes to expand the role of simulation here at CPER. As a volunteer for GlobalMedic, he trained land mine clearance personnel in Cambodia and deployed to field hospitals in Haiti and Turkey following earthquakes. Shane is the current Director of Public Relations for the Niagara Paramedic Association and is a long-time volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his exemplary contributions to Canada. He is looking forward to his new role as the Outreach Coordinator for CPER.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71240

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Stephanie Orr - Paramedic Educator

Stephanie Orr - Paramedic Educator

Stephanie Orr, Paramedic Educator

Stephanie comes to us form the Peel Region with over 17 years of Paramedic experience. Stephanie is a certified ACP and has both supervisory and education experience. She has worked on multiple regioanl level committees dedicated to improving Paramedic/hospital relations and improving Paramedic working conditions. Stephanie has also worked with the Sunnybrook Base Hospital program as an instructor, developing and delivering curriculum. Most recently, she has spent the majority of the past 4 years in Paramedic education, focusing on initiative to improce recruiting and retention processes.

Stephanie resides with her family in Milton. She loves everything baseball but especially the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park. As much as she loves summer, she loves winter - only because she gets to proudly sheer on her budding goalie star! Stephanie is excited to be a part of the CPER team and welcomes any questions or comments you have.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71232

Cell# 905-515-0659

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Tamara Nash - Program Supervisor

Tamara Nash - Program Supervisor

Tamara Nash, Program Supervisor

Tamara’s career began as an ER nurse in Hamilton Health Sciences for 14 years. Through her nursing career Tamara has worked in many ER departments in southern Ontario, crossing paths with many of our regions Paramedics. At CPER Tamara’s role is to assist with day to day operations within the office. Tamara also focuses on supporting staff through the completion of project work. Her position is also focused on team building, and assisting staff and the growth of the program. Additional responsibilities include working with the Paramedic services to collaborate on projects and ensure communication between our organizations is optimized.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71221

Cell# 905-515-9221

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Tim Dodd - Regional Manager / Director

Tim Dodd - Regional Manager / Director

Tim Dodd, Regional Manager / Director

Tim has worked in EMS for 25 years starting his career in the Niagara Region and Haldimand County as a Primary Care Paramedic moving to an Advanced Care Paramedic in 1998. It was at this point that Tim became very interested in education for Paramedics.

Tim began his journey in education by getting involved with the local college, local Base Hospital and began precepting fellow Paramedics. Tim applied for a position with the Hamilton Base Hospital in a Coordinator’s role moving to Manager largely dealing with the delivery of education and certification courses to approximately 500 Paramedics.

When the Base Hospital system in Ontario was restructured by the Ministry of Health, the number of Base Hospital programs was set as 8 across the province. Tim was hired as the Manager of Education at the Centre for Paramedic Education and Research (CPER) and worked with a team of three Paramedic Educators to revamp the education and certification program in the CPER region. Tim now holds the position of Regional Program Manager/Director at CPER largely involved in moving the program forward and standardizing operations with the other 7 Base Hospital Programs in the province.

In his spare time Tim enjoys being an active father in his son's life. Tim also enjoys hobby farming on his small farm raising chickens, pigs, sheep, a horse and growing his own hay.

Office Phone: 905-521-2100 x71222

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