Medical Support Team

Sirius Wilderness Medicine maintains a pool of more than 120 experienced and fully certified nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics and first aid attendants. Our medical team is supported by our Medical Advisory Board.

Carl Grondines, RN, BSc, 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, W-EMT, Director of Projects

Yannick is a senior Sirius instructor, remote site medic and a member of our administrative staff. As a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Yannick divides his time between working as a medic on remote work sites in the Canadian north and coordinating Sirius’s many Medical Support Services projects. He teaches the full range of our remote worksite safety programs, from wilderness first aid to search and rescue and wilderness readiness.

Julien Henry, RN, BSCN, PCP

Julien is a Registered Nurse, licensed in Quebec, Nunavut and the NWT. He works for Sirius in a number of capacities. He is an active Sirius instructor, a regular nurse and paramedic on remote camps for our medical support services and a member of the Sirius administrative team in Sainte-Adèle. His administrative tasks involve program development for our medical support services, including developing medical ERPs and protocols and producing site documentation. In between his assignments for Sirius, Julien works as a paramedic on the streets of Montreal and Laval and as a professional ski patroller at Mont Tremblant. As a nurse, Julien worked for two years in a busy Montreal emergency department. He gained experience in the wilderness through many years in summer camps where he guided groups of youth on white-water canoeing and hiking expeditions.

Dominique Ballet, EMT

Dominique has more than 20 years of experience in pre-hospital emergency care. He is an emergency medical technician and a wilderness first responder. He has been a Sirius instructor since 2001, and has taught our courses all across Canada. Dominique combines his passion for pre-hospital emergency care and his love for the arctic in his work for Sirius. He has frequent mandates in the Canadian north, both as remote medic and as instructor. He is also a First Aid Instructor for Québec’s Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST), and has guided extensively across Canada and abroad.

André-Jean Maheu, PCP, W-EMT

André-Jean is a Primary Care Paramedic, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, professional avalanche forecaster, ski patroller and has been working in the outdoor industry as instructor and guide since 1990. For more than 10 years André-Jean has worked for Sirius Wilderness Medicine as a senior instructor and a medical attendant on remote worksites in the high arctic. He teaches Sirius programs in the Wilderness Leadership program at Capilano University and trains professional ski patrollers in first aid, avalanche rescue, critical decision making and leadership. Over the years he has gained experience in rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, as well as white-water and sea kayaking.

Ron Romero, PCP

Ron is a Primary Care Paramedic working for British Columbia Ambulance Services. He is pursuing his studies in Human Kinetics at Capilano University, has 8 years of ski patrolling and outdoor wilderness experience, and is certified in rope rescue and avalanche skills. Ron has worked as a remote site medic for Sirius Wilderness Medicine since 2008.

Lise-Anne Masson, RN, BSc, W-EMT

Lise-Anne has been a Sirius Instructor since 2001 and a Master Instructor since 2006. She has taught all levels of Sirius courses to a wide variety of clientele and helped to develop Sirius training programs. As a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, she worked on numerous projects on Baffin Island and assisted in the development of our remote medical support services in the Arctic. After working as a clinical nurse in critical care, she now teaches nursing. She is a graduate of the Outdoor Adventure Tourism program at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. An avid paddler and traveller, she worked as a guide in various fields, particularly therapeutic adventure.

Marco Spénard, PCP

Marco is a paramedic, machinist and welder. He divides his time between supervising an ambulance company and working as a health and safety advisor for a private company in the forestry industry. He spent many years as a foreman for loggers in Abitibi and James Bay, and as a tree runner for tree planting crews. Marco has worked for Sirius as a remote site medic in the Canadian north since 2011. His experience in planning and responding to emergency situations in remote areas is backed by an acute knowledge of the requirements and needs of contractors working in the boreal forest and the Arctic.

Kent Wood, BPE, PCP, EMT

Kent is a primary care paramedic whose accreditations include HAZMAT/WMD response, mine rescue, Basic Cardiac Life Support instructor and First Responder instructor. He works as an ambulance technician and a first responder in the province of Québec and a remote site paramedic for Sirius in the Canadian north. Passionate about pre-hospital care, he is always researching leading edge care and equipment. Kent has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of New Brunswick. He has been an avid practitioner of outdoor pursuits for many years. He is also a partner in a skydiving club, a pro exhibition jumper, and a safety and training advisor for the United States Parachute Association.

Rodney Pike RN, PHC-NP

Rod is a Nurse Practitioner-Primary Health Care, licensed in the North West Territories and Nunavut. He also holds a Registered Nurse license in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Alberta. With more than two decades of nursing experience in a variety of fields including Critical Care and Emergency, in 2005 he turned to the Arctic and worked throughout both NWT and Nunavut, visiting many small communities as a Nurse Practitioner. In 2008, Rod has branched in to the construction industry as a Safety Coordinator with a major international contractor, working in Alberta, Newfoundland and Ontario. Rod first worked for Sirius at a mining project on Baffin Island in 2008 and has recently returned as a NP on an arctic remediation project.

Martin Hanzalek, ACP, CCP

Martin is an Advanced Care and Critical Care Paramedic with ITLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP and IV therapy endorsements. He holds multi-provincial registration and is experienced with air medical transport, helicopter long line operations and remote site clinic management. Martin has a decade of experience instructing Advanced Wilderness First Aid programs, Marine First Aid, Emergency Medical Responder programs (EMR) and all levels of CPR (including healthcare provider). Martin is a registered Search & Rescue Manager experienced in staging, search methodology and resource allocation, and is an experienced rock and ice climber, skier, scuba diver, paddler and adventure guide. Martin has been actively working with Sirius since 2005.

Céline Jaccard, BSc, W-EMT

Céline is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, has a diploma in adult education and a Bachelor’s of Science in Outdoor and Adventure Tourism from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Passionate about the outdoors and first aid, Céline has joined the local volunteer search and rescue team wherever she has chosen to live. She recently moved to Qikiqtarjuaq on Baffin Island, where she is partnering with members of the community to develop an adventure tourism program. Formerly a ski patroller and ski instructor in Alps, she is an avid backcountry and alpine skier. Céline joined the instructor team in 2012. She regularly works for Sirius as a medic in the arctic and as a Sirius instructor across Canada.

Josh Henshaw PCP

Josh is a Primary Care Paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service. He has experience in search and rescue, mountain rescue and event and expedition medical support. Josh is currently completing his Health Sciences degree and a Cardiology Technologists diploma, and has taken post-secondary courses in emergency management, conflict resolution and facilitation. His passion for emergency medicine started with Advanced Wilderness First-Aid training, and Josh has led successful big-mountain expeditions in Alaska, the Yukon and the French Alps, as well as climbing and hiking trips in the Russian Caucasus, China and Nepal. Josh currently resides in beautiful Victoria with his wife Heather.

Jason Peck PCP

Jason is from the northern Ontario community of Hearst, and worked in the forestry industry for 13 years. Jason’s experience includes working as a mine rescuer in Sudbury, an EMS Preceptor in Sudbury, a patient transfer attendant in Ottawa and a skate patroller (first aid) on the Rideau Canal. His certifications include WHMIS, respiratory hazards and fall protection rescue equipment. Jason is passionate about hockey, skiing and baseball. He coached bantam and midget hockey in his hometown and coordinated a summer camp for kids. Jason joined Sirius in 2016 as a remote primary care paramedic.

Sébastien Gauvreau, Nurse

Sébastien Gauvreau is a nurse with a varied background. Specialised in cardiology and clinical assessment, in his first years he worked primarily in emergency, trauma and intensive care. He went on to work as a flight nurse with Airmédic, undertaking more than a hundred medical evacuations by helicopter or plane. More recently, he has acted as a clinical adviser in the management process, protocol and the development of aeromedical standards. He was also an advisor and coordinator of emergency medical transport standards for Accreditation Canada. He is currently Aeromedical Instructor, CPR Instructor and Assistant Manager of Care in a remote community clinic, which allows him both to develop the clinic and pursue non-conventional nursing practices. He is also a speaker on the principles of physiological change in altitude and how best to prepare patients for evacuation.

Christopher Kaley, ACP

Christopher is an Advanced Care Paramedic with more than 18 years’ experience in Toronto and Vancouver. While working in Vancouver, he was an active volunteer with an organisation providing medical aid in the wake of disasters, and was deployed several times with this organisation, including to Bangladesh, China, Haiti, and Chile. In 2007, Christopher joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a combat engineer reservist. Following a deployment to Afghanistan, he joined a Regular Force unit that specialises in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons where he received a broad range of training and experience, including HAZMAT first response, confined space rescue and high angle rescue. His certifications include ACLS and ITLS and he is currently working towards a diploma in Emergency and Security Management through the Justice Institute in BC. Christopher also enjoys many outdoor pursuits including skiing, paddling, mountain biking and climbing.