Paul Charbonneau

Paul has had a distinguished career serving in urban, rural and remote EMS systems over the past 34 years in the Province of Ontario. Paul began his career with the Department of Emergency Services in Toronto in March 1975 and worked at various stations including a stint with the first group of “ESU 5 (Toronto’s original ambulance bus)” drivers before moving on to work for Beaverton and District Ambulance north of Toronto.

In January 1990, Paul decided to move further north; the remote James Bay coast became Paul’s first management opportunity. In James Bay Paul managed remote ambulance services and first response teams in several First Nation communities and the air ambulance operation that bound the communities together for health care in Moose Factory and answered call in Ontario, Quebec and the Northwest Territories. In November 1997 Paul moved “south” to Nipigon, near Thunder Bay, were he became the Director of Ambulance Services for the hospital which managed several small rural ambulance services as well as the urban ambulance service in Thunder Bay. During downloading Paul oversaw the amalgamation of ten (10) rural services into one (1) region of Superior North EMS and became the first Eastern Region Manager for Superior North EMS. In August 2004 Paul finally made it back to the south where he currently leads the County of Frontenac Paramedic Service.

Paul has held positions both locally and provincially with the Ontario Paramedic Association, the Paramedic Association of Canada – Benevolent Society, is a current member of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust Advisory Board and the Past President of the Association of Municipal Emergency Medical Services of Ontario. Paul and his wife Heather live in Canada’s “First Capital”; Kingston Ontario (AMEMSO).

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