CAWM 2022 Committee


The CAWM 2022 Conference Planning committee is responsible for the planning, logistics, and communication surrounding the CAWM2022 conference on Nov 11-13, 2022 in Canmore, Alberta.

This 3rd annual CAWM conference will be hybrid format (in-person and virtual) with pre-conference courses, lectures, social activities, a keynote speaker, workshops, and more! All wilderness medical professionals and learners are welcome including paramedics, nurses, SAR personnel, guides, ski patrollers, first responders, academics, and physicians.

We are so excited to finally meet you in person, make connections, and learn together while advancing Wilderness Medicine in Canada!

CAWM 2022

Committee Members

Mack Wardle

(co-chair) ACP, CCP, DiMM (Canmore, AB)

Alana Hawley

(co-chair) MD, DiMM, FAWM (Penticton, BC)

Kendra Young MD

FAWM candidate (Edmonton, AB)

Paula Slaney MD

FAWM (Burin, NL)

Kevin Palmer ACP

(co-chair) ACP, CCP, DiMM (Canmore, AB)

Jenny Strong MD

FAWM candidate (Calgary, AB)

Celyna Arnold MD

candidate c2022, WRFR (Halifax, NS)


  1. Organize, promote, and host the CAWM2022 virtual conference
  2. Focus on current wilderness medicine and Canadian-centered content
  3. Connect wilderness medicine learners and providers across Canada and internationally
  4. Promote diversity within CAWM in terms of level of training, educational background, and experience

Alana Hawley - Committee Co-Chair


Dr. Alana Hawley is an FRCPC Emergency Medicine physician at Penticton Regional Hospital in BC and a Clinical Instructor with UBC.

She is a Wilderness Medicine practitioner, educator, and researcher with several published papers. She completed a Wilderness Medicine fellowship at the University of Utah in 2017. She has the Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) and Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and she currently serves on the FAWM committee board. She is also the Medical Director of Penticton Search and Rescue.

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


Mackenzie Wardle - Committee Co-Chair

Mackenzie’s career has heavily evolved from ski patrol to prehospital advanced life support and everything in between. As a Paramedic with Banff Emergency Medical Services, he has developed a strong integration with Parks Canada Visitor Safety department, aiding in the medical treatment within rescue operations. This position has also lead to valuable experience with Remote Mass Casualty Incident response operation, a field which ties together the unique and diverse aspects of Wilderness Medicine. His personal and professional passion for outdoors recreation, has driven him to complete his Diploma in Mountain Medicine, teach Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) and work towards his Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine. He was a founding member of the Advanced Rescue Medical Services (ARMS) at Winsport Canada, serves as faculty member of the Banff Wilderness Care Conference, and was a founding member of CAWM.