Dundas is the Chief of Peel Regional Paramedic Services and First Vice President of OAPC. He has been engaged with Paramedic Services for over 35 years both in the private and public settings. His knowledge in operations, dispatch, labour relations, health and safety as well as policy has helped guide successful design and implementation of various forward-thinking paramedic models. Dundas has overseen two major transitions of paramedic operations from private sector to Upper Tier in Durham and Peel Region.
Office: (905)791-7800 Ext.3921
1600 Bovaird Drive East
Brampton, ON L6R 3S8
Roberts was appointed Chief of Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services Authority in January 2012. He served as Deputy Chief with Niagara Emergency Medical Services from 2002-2011. Roberts’s career with with EMS in Ontario spans over thirty years, including work at the municipal, provincial and federal government levels. He has served as Policy Advisor to the Ontario Ministers of Northern Development and Mines, Tourism, Culture and Recreation and to the Premier of Ontario. He has also served as OAPC Vice-President and as Secretary to the Board.
CMM III, Past-President
Michael Nolan MA ACP CCP(F)Ret serves the County of Renfrew as the Director of Emergency Services and Chief Paramedic.
For over 27 years Chief Nolan has has had many roles in Paramedicine, working as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic in Ontario’s North, as faculty educating Paramedics throughout Atlantic Canada, as Deputy Chief and Director of Emergency Management in our Nations Capital and more recently, for the past 15 years as the Chief and practicing as an Advanced Care Paramedic in the County of Renfrew.
Sage’s 28-year career in paramedic services spans all aspects of the profession including front-line operations, 911 communications, education, planning and research. This includes ten years with the City of Toronto EMS, and 16 years with Halton Region Paramedic Service. He has served as the Chief of Paramedics in Halton since 2010. Sage holds a Bachelor of Applied Business Degree from Lakeland College.
Office: (905)825-6000 Ext. 7091
Halton Region Paramedic Services
1179 Bronte Road
Oakville, ON L6M 3L1
Carriere is Director and Chief of Cochrane District EMS, a position he has held since 2014. Over the past 22 years, he has served as a front-line paramedic, union president, peer reviewer, educator and innovator. Chief Carriere helped to establish the first Special Operations Medics in Northern Ontario. He is a graduate of Business Administration at Northern College, City Collegial Paramedic program, Saunders Business School at UBC and the Landmark Leadership Program from the Niagara Institute. Carriere attended the Governor Generals Canadian Leadership Conference in 2015 and received the N.H. McNally Award in 2009.
Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board
500 Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, ON P4N 1B7
Sanderson is Chief of Hamilton Paramedic Service, a position he has held since 2013. With more than 47 years’ experience in EMS, he has contributed in roles as paramedic, educator, and leader at a local, provincial, national, and international level. In his capacity as then-Executive Director, Lower Mainland, BCAS, Sanderson served as the Provincial lead responsible for all EMS activities for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympic Games. A graduate of the Humber College Paramedic program, he holds a BA from Laurier University and a MHSC from the U of T.
Cheesboro began his career in 1991 as an ambulance attendant for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Oshawa and was certified as an Advanced Care Paramedic in 1994. He also served a Regional Trainer for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Cheseboro has been an instructor in the paramedic program at Centennial College and at the Michener Institute as part of the MOH OPALS program. Cheseboro began working for the Regional Municipality of Durham emergency medical services department in 2000 and was appointed Chief of Region of Durham Paramedic Services in 2015.
Chief Hassberger has been Chief of Rama Paramedic Services since 2014. Prior to this, she was the Superintendent of Operations, Quality Assurance and Training for the service. Hassberger has provided Advance Care Paramedicine for York Region Paramedic Services, was a Flight Paramedic, and as a front-line Paramedic for the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. She has also been on the faculty of Georgian College, a board member for the Paramedic Program and champions Aboriginal and First Nations heath commissions by providing guidance and expertise in emergency and community medicine for First Nations.
Chief Périard has been working in paramedics services for over 30 years. Started working in Ottawa and Rockland Orleans in 1990. In 2004 accepted a supervisor position with the Prescott and Russell Paramedic Service where he has been for the last 17 years. He has been Chief in Prescott and Russell since 2019.
Mark Schjerning was appointed Chief of Emergency Services for Lennox and Addington County in 2010. Prior to this he served as the Deputy Chief, Operations, with Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services from 2002 – 2010. In over 37 years he has experience as an ACP, preceptor, Ministry Exam Team member, Base Hospital instructor, union local president, ACLS course director and as an assistant in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University. He was elected and served as a municipal councillor during the 2014-2018 term.
Melissa’s 20 year career in emergency services spans over many sections of Paramedic Services including frontline operations, education, professional standards and implementation of specialized Community Paramedicine programs . To date she has held various part time and full time positions with both Ornge and Sudbury Paramedic Service over the span of her 20 year career. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a second degree in Education from Laurentian University.
Wayne Gates has been Chief of the Superior North Emergency Medical Service (SNEMS) since 2016. He has over 30 years working as and providing paramedic services to the people of Ontario. He was first employed by the Port Colborne Ambulance Service in 1986 and then moved to Thunder Bay in 1987 to work for the Thunder Bay Ambulance Service. In 2001, he took on the role of Coordinator Quality Assurance & Training with the newly formed SNEMS. His other roles have included Deputy Chief City Operations from 2003 to 2007 and Deputy Chief Professional Standards from 2007 to 2015. He is also a graduate of Lakeland College with a Bachelor of Applied Business Emergency Services degree.
Chief Addley became Chief of Oxford County Paramedic Services in 2016. With 27 years of EMS experience in the Counties of Lambton, Middlesex, Peterborough, Northumberland and the Region of Peel, he has held progressive roles as a paramedic, educator, manager of logistics/quality and Deputy Chief of Operations. Chief Addley is a graduate of Centennial College’s AEC, Humber College’s ACP and Dalhousie University’s EHS Management programs. Additionally, Chief Addley served as the Manager for the multi-disciplinary health services Polyclinic for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.
Stephen Van Valkenburg was appointed Chief for the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services in August 2013.
Steve has overseen two major transitions of paramedic operations from private sector to Upper Tier in Lambton and assisted with Middlesex London.
Steve has served a Chief for Lambton County EMS from 2000-2005, then employed with Niagara EMS and performing Deputy Chief of Operations from 2007-2012. He also worked as Deputy Chief in Middlesex London from 2012-2013. Steve has also held positions with London CACC and Wallaceburg CACC and has been involved with Emergency Medical Services since 1981.
Stephen is a graduate of the Fitch and Associates Communications Centre Manager Program as well as the Niagara Institute Leadership Program and University of Michigan Lean Program.
Paul Charbonneau retired in September 2019 as Chief Paramedic at Frontenac County after 44 years of service to Ontarians. Charbonneau joined Frontenac County Paramedic Services as its Chief in 2004. He has managed remote ambulance services and first response teams in several First Nations communities as well as air ambulance operations. Charbonneau oversaw the amalgamation of 10 rural services into Superior North Emergency Services, becoming the first Eastern Region Manager for Superior North EMS and is a past President of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada.