Board Members

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.

Michael Sanderson


Roberts is a recognized health system transformation contributor and collaborator, and a leading advocate for advancing Paramedicine in Ontario. As Chief of Middlesex-London Paramedic Services, he has over 40 years experience working in the profession as well as with municipal, provincial, national and international governments. This has included being a policy advisor to the Premier of Ontario and sitting on the Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine. He is dedicated to finding solutions that will improve access to care for all Ontarians.

Neal Roberts

Past President

Office:  519-953-1107

Middlesex-London Paramedic Services

1035 Adelaide Street South

London Ontario N6E 1R4

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.

Michael Nolan

First Vice-President

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.

Greg Sage

Second Vice-President

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.

Jean Carriere


Office: 705-266-1208

Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board

500 Algonquin Blvd. East

Timmins, ON P4N 1B7

Cheseboro 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.

Troy Cheseboro


Office: 905-663-6313  Ext: 4041

Region of Durham Paramedic Services

4040 Anderson Street

Whitby, ON   L1R 3P6

Central Directors

McWilliam is the Chief of Muskoka Paramedic Services and newly appointed Central Zone Director. He began his career in paramedicine in 1994 working for the Peel-York / Halton-Mississauga / Peel Regional Paramedic Services. In 2005 he joined Simcoe County Paramedic Services management team and continued to move through various managerial positions within the service. McWilliam has served on many committees such as the Chair of the vendor organization committee OAPC, Co-Chair of the Hospitality organization committee Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, and Chair of the GTA Central Zone Chiefs Logistics Working Group (OAPC). McWilliam was highly instrumental in these logistic working groups / committees that paved the way for future leaders in the EMS industry. In 2016, McWilliam lead the transition of paramedic operations from Medavie EMS to direct delivery through the Upper Tier in the District of Muskoka.

Jeff McWilliam

Central Director

Chris Spearen is the Chief of York Region Paramedic Services. He has earned over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field with a background in both paramedicine and nursing.

Chris started his career as a front line paramedic and spent 15 years working on the frontline. Prior to that, Chris was a member of the nursing team at Sunnybrook Hospital, where he worked in the Emergency Department and Trauma Unit.

Over the past several years, Chris’ work has been focused on expanding the role of paramedics in the community through research and partnerships. In part, this has been done through forward thinking about the way paramedics integrate into the health care system as a whole. Chris continues to further his development and has completed his Masters of Health Management.

Chris Spearen

Central Director

Eastern Directors

Travis is currently the Chief of Lanark County Paramedic Service which has the unique distinction of being one of only 4 hospital run Paramedic Services in the province. He has been a paramedic with LCPS for 19 years and spent 8.5 years working for Renfrew County Paramedic Service.   Prior to his role as Chief, Travis held the positions of Commander of Quality Assurance and Deputy Chief of Clinical Performance Management and Professional Standards. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast whose hobbies include white water canoeing and camping.  With a background in Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Aid, he and his wife volunteer over 250 hours a year helping to run the Arnprior District High School’s Young Voyageurs Outdoors Club as leaders.  


Travis Mellema

Eastern Director

Gale Chevalier has spent more than 25 years as a Paramedic in the Eastern Ontario region.  She has held various positions including front-line PCP and ACP, Superintendent, and Deputy Chief of Performance Standards and Operations.  She has been Chief of Frontenac Paramedics since July 2019.

Gale Chevalier

Eastern Director

First Nations


Six Nations Paramedic Services

Northern Directors

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.

Melissa Roney

Northern Director

Office: 705-674-4455 ext 2740

Greater Sudbury Paramedic Service

239 Montee Principale Unit 2

Azilda, ON  POM 1B0

Durham is the Chief Operating Officer – Medical Operations and Deputy Chief Executive Officer with Ornge.  Durham began his career in 1997 and has been in the Air Ambulance system since 2002, both in private and public sectors.  Durham’s entire 25 year career has been spent in Northern Ontario where he worked both as a front line Paramedic at the Advance Care (Flight) level and later in various Manager/Director level positions for Ornge in the communities of Moosonee, Kenora, and Thunder Bay.

Durham has lead a number of initiatives over his career including the implementation of a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system in the Ornge Communications Centre (OCC) as well as providing a senior leadership role in Operation Remote Immunity which saw COVID-19 vaccination of over 16000 residents in 32 isolated First Nations Communities. Durham currently resides in Thunder Bay with his wife, Sarah and their two children.

Wade Durham

Northern Director

Office: 647 428 2005

Ornge | Headquarters

 5310 Explorer Drive

Mississauga ON L4W 5H8

South/Western Directors

Brooks started his career with Stratford Ambulance Service before moving to Forest District Ambulance in 1986. He has worked as an Ontario Ministry of Health and base hospital educator as well as a paramedic, supervisor, quality assurance manager and deputy manager with Lambton County EMS and is currently the general manager/chief with Chatham-Kent EMS. He has a graduate diploma in emergency management and a masters degree in public safety.

Jeff Brooks

Southwest Director

Stephen Van Valkenburg was appointed Chief and General Manager to Medavie Elgin EMS in August 2022. 

Steve served as Chief for Lambton County EMS from 2000-2005, when he moved to Niagara Emergency Medical Services from 2005-2012 serving a variety of positions, ending as Deputy Chief, Operations from 2007-2012. Steve also served as Deputy Chief, Operations at Middlesex London EMS from 2012-2013 when he accepted the position of Chief at Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services. He served in this role until his retirement in August 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 University of Waterloo and holds a BSc in Neuroscience. He also holds certificates from the Fitch and Associates Communications Centre Program, the Niagara Institute Leadership Program and University of Michigan Lean Six Sigma program. Steve also holds CMM III Executive Level certification from the Ontario Municipal  Management Institute.

Stephen Van Valkenburg

Southwest Director

Executive Director

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.

Paul Charbonneau

Executive Director

110 Cumberland Street, Suite 402

Toronto, ON   M5R 3V5

Support to the Board

Sylvie Bois

Teresa Bottaro