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.
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.
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.
Catherine has been a paramedic in BC for over 10 years, most recently working as a critical flight paramedic for British Columbia Emergency Health Services. She has an extensive background in Outdoor Emergency Care, working as a pro ski patroller for Whistler Blackcomb and teaching the National Ski Patrol first aid curriculum to hundreds of outdoor professionals in the Sea to Sky corridor. Most recently, she has been focusing on advancing her knowledge of paramedicine and adult education. Passionate about outdoor medicine, she has been attending a wide variety of events, such as the Wilderness World Medical Conference in Whistler. Mother of 2, she is an advocate for women in outdoor leadership roles. Her ways of empowering are through education and connection while playing outside safely.
Matthew is a critical care flight paramedic currently working for British Columbia Emergency Health Services and lives in Squamish. He will be working in the Whistler bike park as a pro patroller this season, and has spend the last several winters volunteering as member of the Blackcomb Ski Patrol. 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. 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 is a PMBI level 1 mountain bike instructor. He holds a diploma in Adult Education from St FX, and a diploma in Outdoor Education from Columbia College. He teaches wilderness first responder courses, as well as wokring for the Justice Institute of BC as a sessional lecturer in the ACP program and also teaches 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 Trans BC enduro.
Chris is an MD based out of Vancouver’s north shore. He holds a Diploma in Mountain Medicine from the WMS, and is currently pursuing specialty training in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Columbian Hospital. Chris’ passion for wilderness medicine was born from a life outdoors, where he spent many of his years as an international river guide, ski patroller, and wildfire fighter. He continues to own and operate a whitewater guiding outfit in northern Iceland that is dedicated to exploring, paddling, and protecting wild rivers. His professional and recreational pursuits have taken him on expeditions to all 7 continents, including to remote corners of Greenland and Siberia, and as medical support in the Antarctic. When he’s not in the ER, he does his best to balance his love of skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking, with his joy of teaching wilderness first aid, WRT, and rope rescue courses.
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 $50.00 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.
At Canadian Outdoor Med, we take safety seriously. We have had to make a paradigm shift in how we conduct our courses to ensure we are safe and following best practice - but for us in the business of risk management, this is simply another risk to add to the matrix of decisions we use to make sure staff and students are safe. We are following best practice as developed by the PMBIA , BC CDC and Worksafe BC. Please see the policy from PMBIA - https://pmbia.org/category/covid-19/
We will be conducting a risk screening on the first day of the course as well as following physical distancing during all portions of the course, and training you in the new normal for best practice for PPE use for mountain bike guides. We will move slowly, safely, and calmly to ensure an optimal educational experience and safety.