CAWM 2023 Committee


The Conference Planning Committee is responsible for the organization and communication surrounding the CAWM2023 conference on Oct 13-15, 2022 in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada.

This 4th 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, military, guides, ski patrollers, first responders, academics, and physicians.

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

CAWM 2022
CAWM 2023

Committee Members

Alana Hawley

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

Kendra Young

(co-chair) MD, FRCPC-EM (Edmonton, AB)

Célyna Arnold

MD (Sydney, NS)

Scott Pittendreigh

PCP (Penticton, BC)

Paula Slaney

MD, CCFP, FAWM (Burin, NL)

Svea Brousseau

RN (Penticton, BC)

Hannah Cameron

BSW (Halifax, NS)

Kavi Singh

MD, CCFP-EM, DiMM (James Bay, QC)


  1. Organize, promote, and host the CAWM2023 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


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.


Kendra Young - Committee Co-Chair

Kendra Young is finishing her final year of the FRCPC Emergency Medicine Program at the University of Alberta with areas of interest in wilderness medicine and medical education. She is currently completing her DiMM and FAWM certifications in addition to her Master of Education in Health Science Education. She loves all things outdoors with a special love for climbing.