About Us

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Our Mission

At Canadian Outdoor Medical Consulting we are passionate about connecting the right people to the right service. Our mission is to promote safety in the wilderness and provide the highest quality care and education to recreationalists and outdoor professionals. We are dedicated to making a positive change in this culture.

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Our Values

 At Canadian Outdoor Medical Consulting, we believe that quality first aid education should be made readily available to all outdoor professionals and recreationalists. We believe education, communication and cooperation to be key components of safety in the wilderness and outdoor settings. We strive to provide creative and realistic learning environments, allowing students to be comfortable and connect with others all the while learning key concepts of pre-hospital care in the outdoors. We value knowledge and experience that is shared amongst students and instructors.

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Our Vision

 At Canadian Outdoor Medical, our vision is to a be an extension of the community that develops around those who play or work in the backcountry. Our aim is to become a valuable resource accessible at anytime for members of the outdoor community and provide the highest quality education for pre-hospital outdoor care to professionals and recreationalists.

Our team

Catherine Malette

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Catherine has been a paramedic in BC for over 10 years. She has an extensive background in Outdoor Emergency Care, working as a ski patroller for Whistler Blackcomb and teaching the National Ski Patrol first aid curriculum to hundreds of outdoor professionals. Most recently, she has been focusing on advancing her knowledge of paramedicine. She is currently training to become a Critical Care Flight Paramedic. Passionate about outdoor medicine, she has been attending a wide variety of events, such as the Wilderness World Medical Conference in Whistler. Through her travels, she connects with outdoor care providers, most recently in Iceland where she met with the Reyjkavik Search and Rescue team.

Matthew Smith

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Matthew is a critical care flight paramedic currently working for British Columbia Emergency Health Services and lives in Squamish. He  has been a paramedic for 15 years, and has worked as a land ACP, Tactical and CBRNE medic, as well as a member of a mountain bike response unit with the Ottawa Paramedic Service.  He has lived and worked across canada and the US from the Yukon to BC to Wyoming, and has experience as a raft guide, ski patroller, ski instructor and mountain bike instructor. He currently teaches wilderness first responder courses, as well as teaching in college paramedic and outdoor education courses. When not working, he has a passion for long days in the mountains on foot, on skis or on a mountain bike. He has been a member of the medical teams for many large scale events from the 2010 Olympics to the Arctic Winter Games to the Trans BC enduro. 

General Information

The Need to Know Stuff (payments, cancellation, course details, etc)

To help us stay on track and avoid cancelling courses, we ask that you sign up for our courses at least 2 days prior to the start. This allows us to prepare appropriately for the group size. When you register online, a non-refundable deposit of $40.00 is required to secure your seat. 

In the event of unforeseen situations or illness, you will be refunded for the totality of the course cost with the exception of the non-refundable deposit.

 All information regarding the course will be communicated by email at least 1 week prior to the course. 

All students should come prepared to go outside on any given day. Specific sporting equipment required during courses should be brought in by the students.

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