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Laurie Mazurik

Project Lead

Laurie Mazurik:  MD FRCPC MBAProject and Design Lead.

A physician specialist in emergency medicine and critical care transport medicine with over 20 years experience. Expert in technical CBRNE as well as communication and situational awareness strategies for health care systems. She led the design of the Toronto 2010 G20 Health Network “Dashboard”, that linked in real time, critical resource and incident information from over 20 hospitals, first responders, Ontario provincial bed registry, government and media. A Consultant for WHO for Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Design and member of EOC-Network.Member of Ontario’s SARS Operation Centre in 2003, Subject Matter Expert who helped role out 2006 Ontario Hospital CBRN Program, Contributing Author of the “Canadian Ebola Clinical Care Guidelines”(2014), and Province of Ontario Ebola Response Team Training (2014-15). She is currently leading a CBRNE Collaborative initiative in the Middle East to prepare health care responders to manage CBRN Events. Role: Stakeholder Engagement, Applied Product Design and Implementation.

Trevor Hall

Director, Operations

Trevor Hall, B.Comm, BScN, RN, MSc (Disaster Medicine), Fellow (Quality Improvement), Fellow (Biosecurity). 

Trevor is a safe systems leader and has applied experience in reducing risk, managing emergencies, service and systems design, preparedness and evaluation. He has had involvement with simulations at the institution, Pan-Canadian and international level. Trevor assists health service and security providers, intergovernmental organizations and countries to build safety into systems and decrease variability within emergency response.

Trevor is registered nurse, has worked as a firefighter, and is trained as an emergency communicator (911 operator) and an advanced HAZMAT Life Support Provider and Instructor. Academically, Trevor holds a Master of Science in Disaster Medicine, a Business degree, Nursing degree, is a Fellow of Quality Improvement (University of Toronto), and Bio-Security (John Hopkins Centre for Health Security).

Trevor has held leadership positions within Canada's largest trauma centre, provided system risk reduction oversight for health service providers within the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and has led Canada's first mobile field hospital where he managed complexity and reduced risk while welcoming Canada's new Syrian-Canadian residents and provided crisis support to First Nations. Trevor worked with a team to build simulation and training around the management of ebola patients. Trevor is currently Co-Chair of the 2017 World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine Congress to be held in Toronto, April 25-28.

Trevor is an advocate and resource for quality improvement science, including lean methodologies and human factors engineering. His interests are in high-consequence decision-making, complexity science and engineering safe systems.

Marie Rocchi

Instructional Designer

Marie's role is to lead the instructional design team, create and optimize learning environments (relying on the project's experts, stakeholders and users' perspectives), and provide guidance to team members and authors as they engage in technology-enabled education. In doing so, she integrates other training aspects of the CBRNE Collaborative, including games, simulations, exercises and technical training.

Marie likes to design in all manner of learning environments from large classroom, experiential, online learning management systems, serious games, and simulations. She is an Associate Professor, at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, where she is the Academic Director of the International Pharmacy Graduate Program (IPG). She was previously Director of Educational Programs to the Center for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad. Marie practices pharmacy part-time in the community setting and at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

Allison O'Mara

Project Coordinator

Allison’s involvement with CBRNE Collaborative is to assist with the coordination of CBRNE’s international and national events and meetings. Allison works on many other aspects of the CBRNEcc project such as registration, administration, social media, and event planning.

Allison O'Mara is a past graduate of the two year Special Event Planning program at George Brown College. During her two years at GBC she did her internship with the 2011 Juno Awards, which lead to assisting with the Much Music Video Awards. After graduating from her program, Allison moved back to her hometown of Huntsville to work as the Volunteer Development Program Coordinator for the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce. In her two years working at the chamber, she also created, organized and executed a 5KM trail run at Arrowhead Provincial Park in 2013, which attracted participants of all ages. She is currently Senior Coordinator of community events at Prostate Cancer Canada.

Sarah Wood

Learning Management System Facilitator

Sarah Wood Learning Management System Facilitator

Sarah is involved in the CBRNE Collaborative as LMS Facilitator. In this role she works with the instructional design team to provide input on the design of courses, create learning activities and user manuals for the learning management system, and facilitate registration processes for online courses.

In addition to participating in the CBRNE project, her experience with online learning environments includes facilitating an online orientation course for internationally educated healthcare professionals and coordinating the online portion of a pre-residency program for international medical graduates. Sarah is a registered nurse and previously worked as Coordinator of Education Programs at the Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad (CEHPEA) in Toronto. She began training in Midwifery at Hamilton’s McMaster University, fall 2015.

Subject Matter Expert

Committee

CBRNE Subject Matter Committee Members: Chair Dr. Frank Walter, Advanced Hazmat Life Support, University of Arizona.

The CBRNE Subject Matter Expert Committee is responsible for establishing international contributions to the CBRNE specific content including Environmental causes of incidents.

This will be done by linking key CBRNE experts and organizations worldwide and inviting them to become Members. Members will expected to collaborate with other project members and committees to:

  • Recruit all-Hazard,Chemical, Biological, Radio-Nuclear, Explosion, and/or Environmental experts to contribute content, reviewers and authors to the development of the CBRNE guidelines, competencies and standards.
  • Help establish a method to maintain the standards both locally and worldwide.
  • Ensure standards are resource based and adaptive i.e. change to match available resources and conditions
  • In return for participation all members and their organizations will share in the right to use the new program developed.

End-User

Committee

End-User Committee

Trevor hall leads The End-User Committee. This committee is responsible for achieving international input by frontline workers on requirements for program feasibility, utility, and sustainability .

The goals:

  • Recruit frontline end-users from Health,Psychosocial,Communications-Public messaging and Communications-Information Technology to contribute content, reviewers and authors to the development of the program guidelines, competencies and standards.
  • Help establish a method to maintain the standards both locally and worldwide.
  • Ensure the program developed is feasible, applicable, cost-effective and sustainable.
  • In return for participation all members and their organizations will share in the right to use the new program developed.
International Liaison

The International Liaison Committee (ILC) mission is to lead international stakeholders in building the consensus on CBRNE training standards and competencies for health, psychosocial, and communications professionals, students and volunteers.

This will be done by linking principal CBRNE organizations worldwide and inviting them to become Members. Member organizations are expected to collaborate with other project members and committees to:

  • Recruit health, psychosocial, media or public relations and technology professionals to contribute content, reviewers and authors to the development of the CBRNE guidelines, competencies, and standards, (2012-13)
  • Help establish a method to maintain the standards both locally and worldwide.(2013-14)
  • Ensure standards are adaptive and resource based i.e. change to match available resources and conditions
  • In return for participation all member organizations will share in the right to use the new program developed.

During this project ILC members will meet live via web conference at least monthly, and all may meet as frequently as they are able asynchronously and live in discussion forums on the web site

Jim Shultz

Dr. Jim Shultz speaks about psychosocial triage, and how basic PS priniciples can help your Team manage.
Dr. Jim Shultz, from University of Miami Center for Disaster and Extreme
Event Program (http://deep.med.miami.edu/) and CBRNEcc Collaborative PS
Chair, shares his extreme understanding and experience to introduce us to 
the psychological impacts of disasters.

Francesco Della Corte

Francesco Della Corte is a medical doctor graduated in 1979 in Rome. He was the first Associate Professor in Disaster Medicine in Italy (1992) and currently is full Professor in Anesthesia, Critical Care and Critical Emergency Medicine at the Università del Piemonte Orientale, Dipartimento di Medicina Traslazionale in Novara, Italy.
He served as Honorary Secretary to the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) from 1999 to 2006 and has been awarded as Honorary Fellowship of the  society.
He is the co-initiator of the Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Conference (the largest congress in the world of international emergency medicine), Founder of the European Master in Disaster Medicine, jointly organized with the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and set up the Disaster Medicine Section at the EuSEM.
He is a WHO temporary advisor for the WHO/EMR Technical Group for Health Emergency Risk Assessment.
Currently he is actively involved, at academic level, in training medical professionals in Disaster and Mass Casualty Incidents management.
He is involved in different projects funded by European Union and his field of research is mainly oriented on the development of new education tools and simulation games. 

Frank Walter

Frank G. Walter, MD, FACEP, FACMT, FAACT is Professor of Emergency Medicine at The University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine; Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the UA College of Pharmacy; Medical Toxicologist for the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center; Medical Director of the Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS); and Editor and co-founder of the Advanced Hazmat Life Support (AHLS) Program, co-sponsored by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center. Since 1999, the Advanced Hazmat Life Support (AHLS) Program, with a team of over 1,000 AHLS Instructors, has taught the medical management of patients exposed to hazardous materials to almost 16,000 interdisciplinary healthcare professionals from 62 countries. AHLS has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese, with ongoing discussions for translation into French, German, and Chinese. Dr. Walter serves as an international subject matter expert for public health incidents and exercises to test preparedness for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents. He is an internationally recognized leader in toxicology who has taught on five continents. Dr. Walter greatly appreciates the privilege and opportunity to participate with his esteemed professional colleagues in the CBRNE Collaborative.

Virginia Murray

Professor Virginia Murray was appointed as Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction for Public Health England in April 2014. This appointment is to take forward her work as vice-chair of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Scientific and Technical Advisory Group and is one of the members of the UNISDR Advisory Group for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Prior to this she was appointed as Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection, Public Health England in January 2011. With the Extreme Events team, she helped to develop evidence base information and advice on flooding, heat, cold, volcanic ash, and other extreme weather and natural hazards events. Appointed as Visiting Professor in Health Protection, MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College and King’s College, London (2004) and Honorary Professor at University College London (2013), she has published widely.

Pinny Halpern

Pinchas ("Pinny") Halpern, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor in Anesthesia, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel and Chair - Department of Emergency Medicine, Tel Aviv Medical Center. He is Visiting Professor at the Universities of Eastern Piedmont, Italy and the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and Staff Member of the European Master of Disaster Medicine.
Prof. Halpern trained in Hyperbaric Medicine at the Israeli Naval Medical Institute and is a Commander in the Israel Navy Reserves.  He trained in Anesthesiology in Tel Aviv and in Critical Care Medicine at the Ohio State University.  He is Past President and current Member of the Board of the Israeli Association for Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of Magen David Adom National EMS and member of its Board of Directors.  He is member of multiple national committees on emergency and disaster preparedness including the National Expert Committee on HAZMAT Preparedness and led the effort of preparing for Critical Care in Disasters.
Prof. Halpern led training missions in Emergency and Disaster Medicine to Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Jordan, Poland, and USA among other places and participated in disaster relief efforts in the Turkey earthquake.

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