Medical Advisory Board

Sirius Wilderness Medicine

Our Medical Advisory Board is made up of highly trained and certified physicians, pharmacists and medical specialists.

Marc Gosselin, MD, Medical Director

SIRIUSMEDx’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.

Eric Contant, MD

Eric Contant

Dr. Eric Contant is currently an emergency physician in Reykjavik, Iceland. He also teaches at the University attached to Reykjavik's Hospital. Dr Contant has a strong experience acting as physician in remote and isolated areas among First Nations. He graduated from a Mountain Medicine program in Nepal, and completed his Family medicine residency at University of Sherbrooke in Canada. He was part of many research projects and leader of a medical research on Primary Health Care.

Carl Grondines, RN, BSc, Director of Clinical Services

Carl Grondines

Carl supervises the implementation of SIRIUSMEDx’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 SIRIUSMEDx, 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.

Louis-Philippe Kassar, B.Pharm.

Louis-Philippe Kassar

Louis-Philippe Kassar is pharmacist and owner of the pharmacy in the Clinique Médicale de Sainte-Adèle. He provides SIRIUSMEDx with essential technical support and advice and is our principal supplier of medication. He has a bachelor of science in pharmacy from the Université de Montréal and has owned and managed a number of pharmacies since 2000. Currently, he focuses his energy exclusively on his Sainte-Adèle pharmacy. He is passionate about better informing and educating his patients, and has given numerous lectures on a variety of topics related to pharmacological care.

Yannick Sisla, W-EMT, Director of Projects

Yannick Sisla

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 SIRIUSMEDx’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.

David Mepham, MSc, EdD (in progress)

David Mepham

David is Professor and Director of the Outdoor and Adventure Tourism  Program at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC). He also heads the University’s Outdoor Expertise and Research Laboratory (LERPA). His principal areas of expertise include remote emergency response, risk management and experiential education. David actively contributes to various sectors of outdoor pursuits, including remote public safety, search and rescue, technical and professional training. He runs several university and government projects including a cross-faculty regional project in adventure tourism and ecotourism at UQAC, a user safety project for the Haute-Gaspésie backcountry, and a project sponsored by Quebec’s Department of Public Safety and the National Secretariat for Search and Rescue to develop a training program for search and rescue volunteers in Quebec. David is a Master Instructor of Sirius Wilderness First Aid programs.

Matt Cruchet, HBOR, BSc, PCP

Matt Cruchet

Matt is one of Canada’s leading experts in outdoor risk management. He is founding president of Direct Bearing Inc., a safety and risk management consulting firm. He regularly speaks at conferences and symposiums and his various publications are used by outdoor professionals in the field as well as in academic curricula throughout North America. He is a part-time professor at Algonquin College (ON), where he teaches in the Outdoor Adventure Programs. Matt has degrees in Outdoor Recreation and in Natural Sciences from Lakehead University (ON), and is a primary care paramedic currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Paramedicine. He is also Deputy Fire Chief and a Community Emergency Management Coordinator. Matt has been with SIRIUSMEDx since 1996 and is one of our Master Instructors.

Julien Henry, RN, BSCN, PCP

Julien Henry

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 SIRIUSMEDx 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 SIRIUSMEDx, 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.

Kent Wood, BPE, PCP, EMT

Kent Wood

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 SIRIUSMEDx 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.