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About canaPHEM

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We are a group of passionate and dedicated Firefighters and Paramedics.

Our mission is to inspire everyday people to save lives

Mission and Vision Statement

  • Our Vision: Is to provide affordable, effective and efficient Health and Safety Solutions.
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  • Our Mission: By strategic use of subject matter experts, canaPHEM will review, design and implement programs and processes that will improve the overall health and safety of our partners.
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  • Our Clients: Are our partners and together we will achieve excellence

Our Core Values at Work

  • Authentic – We are honest, experienced, genuine people who care
  • Collaborate – We listen, work with, and respond to the Health and Safety needs of our partners
  • Excellence – We strive every day to learn
  • Inclusive – We bring people together
  • Professional – We are accountable in everything we do and conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity
  • Respect – We believe that respect is earned and we will earn respect by adhering to our core values

Meet our Team

Rob Ichelson - Chief Executive Officer

Robbie I. Ichelson is a passionate advanced care paramedic with a focus on advocacy, lifelong learning, research and education. With 25 years providing front line prehospital care and mentorship he has evolved to become a leader in patient advocacy, prehospital research and education. His research interests include prehospital identification and management of sepsis, knowledge translation in paramedicine, and the utility of case based learning, problem based learning and personal practical knowledge in initial and ongoing First Aid and Paramedic education as well as community and professional responder preparedness.

Robbie is a graduate of the Ambulance and Emergency Care program at Humber College, the Advanced Care Paramedic Program from Centennial College and holds a Bachelor of Allied Health Science Honours Program from The University of Ontario Institute of Technology. During his career Robbie has practiced clinical paramedicine in urban, suburban, and rural environments giving him a unique understanding of the challenges faced by prehospital providers across many spectrums.

A sought after educator, Robbie has delivered educational opportunities to all levels of prehospital responders both formally and informally. He has provided community educational opportunities, mentored paramedic students, provided continuing medical education programs and coached many high functioning teams. As a survivor of Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), an Operational Stress Injury (OSI) from working as a paramedic Robbie has been profiled in a number of local, regional and national documentaries highlighting the realities these injuries have on first responders. In an effort to help advocate, educate, and prevent PTSI and OSI in our first responders Robbie has spoken about his experiences to many groups including college students, families, peers, and professional organizations.

Robbie sits on the Healthcare Committee of the Ontario Camp Association and is the founder of The Canadian Academy of Prehospital and Emergency Medicine Inc.

Rob can be reached at [email protected] for any questions or inquiries you may have.

Dr. Michael McDonnell - Medical Director

Dr. McDonnell brings over 20 years’ experience in Emergency Medicine.  After obtaining his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Ottawa Mike went on to complete his post graduate residency in Los Angeles, California and Toronto, Ontario.  Mike specializes in Emergency Medicine and currently practices in Kingston where he holds the position of Assistant Program Director and Assistant Professor through Queens University.  Previously Mike was an Emergency Physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto as well as a Transport Physician with Ornge.  In his position as Medical Director Dr. McDonnell is responsible for the medical direction of the paramedics practicing with canaPHEM and the overall educational programing provided by canaPHEM.

Paul Robinson – Chief Operations Officer

Advanced Care Paramedic with 35 years of experience with Toronto and Durham Region Emergency Medical Services, 11 years as a Clinical Research Paramedic,  Critical Care Flight Paramedic,  Paramedic educator in the college system for 15 years. Was selected to Toronto’s Emergency Medical Service first ACP program in 1984. Brings a wealth of educational experience to canaPHEM. Responsible for the design and implementation of business strategies, plans and procedures by setting comprehensive goals for performance and growth, and establish policies that promote company culture and vision. Oversees daily operations of the company and the work of executives (Sales, Health and Safety, Marketing, IT/Web)

Recipient of the Governor General Award for Exemplary Service.

Paul can be reached at [email protected]

Lord Varma

Lord Varma – Business Development Specialist

Lord Varma has joined the canaPHEM team as our new Business Development Specialist. Throughout Lord’s 25 + year career he has gained a tremendous amount of experience and expertise and we are excited to have him join our team.  Prior to canaPHEM, he held progressively Senior positions in Merchandising, Marketing, Supply Chain and Operations in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry.

Lord has also been successful at the Executive level – expanding distributions in Food, Drug, Mass, Alt Channels as well as, with  Consumer Goods.

Lord can be reached at [email protected]