Board of Directors
Anne-Marie LeBlancSecretary - MDCM, CCFP (SEM), Dip.Sport.Med CASEM
Anne-Marie is a family physician who completed her Fellowship in Sports and Exercise Medicine at McGill University in 2012.
She is passionate about outdoor adventures and culinary experiences, wilderness medicine and nature. She is a lifelong traveller and has practised medicine across Québec and the Yukon, where she created the first sports and exercise medicine service of the Territory. She has been teaching AWLS courses since 2013 both in Québec and the Yukon.
She feels most alive and energized when outside, with her backpack on and nature all around!
Dave JeromePresident - Capt, MD, MSc, CCFP, DMB, FAWM
Dave is a Family Physician living in Yellowknife NWT. He works as a Medical Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces, and has deployed overseas with both the army and the navy. He has volunteered for over 10 years with Ground SAR teams in NS and NL. He completed his Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) in 2020. Dave was one of the co-founders of CAWM in 2020.
Dave’s favourite outdoor activities include paddle sports, diving, orienteering, backcountry hiking and sport climbing.
Alana HawleyMD, FRCPC-EM, DiMM, FAWM
Alana Hawley is an FRCPC Emergency Medicine physician at Penticton Regional Hospital in BC and a Clinical Instructor with UBC.
Alana is a Wilderness Medicine practitioner, educator, and researcher. She completed a Wilderness Medicine fellowship at the University of Utah as well as the Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) and the Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). Alana currently serves on the FAWM Committee Board and volunteers as the Medical Advisor of Penticton Search and Rescue.
Personal interests include climbing, diving, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and mountaineering.
Mike KoppangACMG, CAA, BSc
Mike is a Mountain Safety specialist based out of Canmore working for Alberta Environment and Parks in Kananaskis Region.
Mike was born in Alberta then began working with Alberta parks in the 90s obtaining his Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Ski Guide certification in 2003. During his time in parks he has attending numerous backcountry rescues in remote settings in all types of terrain. He was also one of the founding members of the Canadian Mountain Parks Backcountry medical council which represents Parks Canada and Kananaskis Rescue specialists and physicians in developing medical protocols and training priorities within these professional programs. Mike also works portions of his winters with RK Heliski as a heliski guide.
Heather WhiteTreasurer - MD, FRCPC, FAWM
Paula SlaneyMD, CCFP, FAWM
Paula is a rural family physician living in Newfoundland and a clinical assistant professor with the department of family medicine at Memorial University. She completed her fellowship in the academy of wilderness medicine (FAWM) in 2019. She is passionate about wilderness medicine education and research as well as promoting the benefits of spending time in nature.
Her favorite activities include hiking, kayaking, camping, and traveling with her partner, Matthew and their two dogs, Everest, and Ziggy.
Kendra YoungBSc, MD, (DiMM, FAWM and MHSE Candidate)
Based in Squamish, BC, Miles has been practicing wilderness medicine since 1991 in SAR across western Canada, has been a paramedic since 1997, and was a pro ski patroller at Blackcomb from 2004-2022. As TEAAM Aeromedical president, and flight paramedic, and with speciality skill sets in helicopter hoist and longline rescue, mountain rescue and swift water rescue, Miles has been performing rescues and repatriations more than half his life. With a small business called SARMed, that focuses on teaching wilderness medicine for SAR and guides, wilderness medicine is his life.
He’s passionate about the specialty of wilderness medicine and is excited about working with the Canadian Association of Wilderness Medicine to further this fascinating and rewarding field.
Past Board Members
Steve Roy (Founding Member: 2020)
Chris Lipp (Founding Member: 2020)
Dave Healey (2020-2021)
Mackenzie Wardle (2020-2021)
Tyler Semmens (2021)
Mike Webster (2022)