Mike is a senior healthcare sector leader with nearly 30 years of experience, beginning as a paramedic. His specialities include critical care medicine, infectious diseases, military, aviation and pre-hospital medicine. Mike has enjoyed a diverse range of roles, including Chief Safety Officer (CSO) for the largest multi-site hospital in Ontario, Canada, Medical Director of Critical Care Response Teams in Canada, and Director (Founding Board) of Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion Health System. In 2016, Mike moved to the UK for a sabbatical with London’s Air Ambulance. Having decided to remain in the UK, he served as Clinical Lead for an Air Ambulance in the counties and subsequently was recruited to join London’s Air Ambulance’s senior team for a period of two years to lead on the delivery of key objectives within their research strategy.
Mike completed an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a retired member from the Regular Forces of the RCAF having served tours in Haiti and Afghanistan and continues to serve as a reserve specialist medical officer/flight surgeon. Mike has responded to a number of disasters including SARS, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and was one of the first on scene of the London Bridge attack. Mike’s academic pursuits focus on disaster management and emergency preparedness and I am well-published, and in 2018 was identified as one of the top 3 authors in the field of Disaster Medicine between 2008-2017.
Mike is the chair of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Fundamentals of Disaster Medicine committee and past-chair of the ACCP’s Disaster Response Committee. In addition, he has served on several international disaster medicine task forces and has advised organizations as well as governments globally on emergency preparedness.