Board of Directors

CAWM is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board Members are elected by the CAWM Membership at the Annual General Meeting, in accordance with the CAWM By-Laws.

Anne-Marie LeBlanc

Secretary - 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 Jerome

President - 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 Hawley

MD, 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 Director of Penticton Search and Rescue.

Personal interests include climbing, diving, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and mountaineering.

Mike Koppang

ACMG, 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 White

Treasurer - MD, FRCPC, FAWM
Heather is an FRCPC trained in Emergency Medicine with a fellowship in Resuscitation and Reanimation. She completed her training at Queen’s University but has recently moved west to be closer to the mountains. She works as an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader in Kelowna, BC. She completed her FAWM in 2018.

Bruce Brunk

After high school, Bruce trained as a Ship’s Electronics Officer but interests soon changed and by 1970 he was an ambulance medic. In 1979 he completed ACP/CCP training at the RCH and VGH in British Columbia and worked for the Emergency Health Services Commission, based in Vancouver BC. In 1981 he was invited by the Canadian Coast Guard to help create the National SAR Specialist Program and this task was complete In 1990. He then returned to the BC Air Ambulance Service working as a CCP Flight Medic, instructor and occasionally a backup commercial pilot. 2009 brought a secondment from the BC Government to the Vancouver Olympic Committee as Chief of Patrol and Air Rescue Operations for the 2010 Winter Games. He has since worked in similar capacities, in other parts of the world and recently in China during preparation for the Beijing Winter Olympics. Bruce is a long time member of the International Commission for Alpine Rescue Medical Commission and is currently Vice President of the Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine.

Bruce’s mountain rescue career began in 1967 with the Mountain Rescue Group, followed by the North Shore Rescue Team and for 15 years he was an Avalanche Rescue Dog Handler. Part-time work with the Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Patrol began in 1980 and this became became full-time employment in 2011. He retired from pro-patrol/dog handler work in 2020 and now lives with wife Karen in Whistler.

Past Board Members

Steve Roy (Founding Member: 2020)

Chris Lipp (Founding Member: 2020)

Dave Healey (2020-2021)

Mackenzie Wardle (2020-2021)

Tyler Semmens (2021)

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