Administrative Staff

Bob Washer, President

Bob Washer founded Sirius Wilderness Medicine in 1990. He has more than 30 years experience in the design and implementation of risk management and health and safety programs. He has published numerous articles on topics related to wilderness emergency care, risk management and health and safety for remote environments and regularly delivers lectures and seminars at major conferences across Canada.

Bob graduated from the University of Calgary Outdoor Pursuit Program in 1985 and worked in outdoor education for many years, including as Instructor and Director of the Outdoor Education Program at John Abbott College and Founder and Director of the Norwood Outdoor Education and Conference Centre. Bob has extensive international travel and programming experience and led groups to more than 65 countries around the world as the former Director of the widely acclaimed sail training program Class Afloat.

Bob is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society and the National Association of Search and Rescue, and has served on the board of directors of Aventure Écotourisme Québec.

Marc Gosselin, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Marc Gosselin is Sirius’s Medical Director. He is an emergency physician in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts (QC), who also specializes in sports medicine, family medicine and wilderness medicine. From 2000 to 2008, he was director of emergency medicine at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux in Saint-Jérôme. In addition to being medical director for Sirius, Dr. Gosselin is also medical director for the Centre de médecine sportive des Laurentides (CMSL) and for Ironman Mont-Tremblant. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, the Association québécoise des médecins du sport and the Wilderness Medical Society. Dr. Gosselin has worked as a visiting physician in numerous locations in Canada’s northern regions. He has an extensive personal background in outdoor pursuits and sports, as a triathlete, mountain biker, mountaineer, rock climber, telemarker and ski instructor.

Carl Grondines, Director of Clinical Services

Carl supervises the implementation of Sirius’s medical practices in remote clinical environments. He recruits, trains and supervises our pool of nurses, paramedics and other medical support personnel and he advises our clients on occupational health and safety requirements and medical service needs. Carl has a bachelor degree in nursing sciences from the University of Montreal. He has more than 20 years of clinical nursing experience, including in emergency medicine, critical care and remote community medicine. He also has extensive experience in nursing management. Before joining Sirius, Carl was a nursing consultant in the Jewish General Hospital’s Emergency Department and more recently at the CSSS des Sommets in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts where he supported nurses throughout the Laurentian hospital sector. Among other positions held over the years, he was also head nurse at the Tullatakik Health Center in Ungava Bay, Northern Quebec as well as manager of the CSSS des Sommets pharmacy.

Yannick Sisla, Director of Projects

Yannick supervises the operations, logistics and human resources for all Sirius Medical Support Services across Canada and in the North. He provides training and support for our medical field staff and contributes to our curriculum development and special projects. He has a diploma in business administration and extensive experience as a remote site medic and risk management consultant. He is a senior Sirius instructor and teaches the full range of our remote worksite safety programs, from wilderness first aid to search and rescue and wilderness readiness.

Marie-Hélène Rathé, Director of Training

Marie-Hélène supervises the planning and organization of all Sirius training programs, and liaises with clients, government agencies and certifying bodies. She has more than 20 years of experience in event management, customer service, human resources, marketing and sales. She has worked in Manitoba, Alberta, BC and Quebec. She also has a long-standing and extensive professional and volunteer involvement with outdoor pursuits and amateur sports, including working for Triathlon Québec and being an Executive Committee member of the Olympic Torch relay in Canmore, Alberta.

Nancy Côté, Administrative Assistant

Nancy is responsible for Sirius office administration, accounts and customer relations and liaises with clients, instructors and suppliers. She also provides support to Sirius’s recruiting initiatives and human resource management. Nancy has more than twenty years’ experience in business administration, accounting, media relations and customer relations.

Sonia Balit, Equipment and Logistics Coordinator

Sonia is responsible for equipment logistics. She oversees the maintenance and shipping of all Sirius equipment and supplies for both the training and medical support departments. She has a Bachelor degree in Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal and has managed numerous projects over the years, including in textiles, fashion design and computer graphics. In addition to her exceptional organizational skills and boundless energy, Sonia is also passionate about the outdoors and adventure sports.

Wanda Taylor, Director of Communications

Wanda is responsible for all Sirius communications and works with the curriculum committee to develop and update Sirius course content. She also oversees the writing and translation of all Sirius’s publications. A graduate of McGill and Oxford Universities, she has extensive project management experience in the non-profit sector and more than 30 years’ experience as a writer, translator and magazine editor. Before joining Sirius, she was Founding Director of the charitable organization Across Boundaries Institute, Publisher and Director of Communications at the McCord Museum in Montreal, Publisher at the Canadian Association for Community Living and founding editor of Voices Across Boundaries and Scrivener magazines.