VP Business Development Medavie Health Services, President Medavie HealthEd
John Ferguson holds dual roles within the Medavie Health Services. He is the Director of Business Development for MedLife as well as the Director overseeing Medavie HealthworX. Through these positions John plays a leadership role in business development and leading innovative corporate health care initiatives in Maritime Canada and the US. These initiatives have included the establishment of an emergency physician staffing service in Nova Scotia and strengthening ties with primary health care in New Brunswick through a partnership with a primary care and specialist practice in Bathurst. Since MedLife was established in 2012, John has led efforts to further develop and expand within the US market.
John is a licensed Paramedic with over 17 years of experience in emergency health services. He has held various senior positions within Medavie Health Services covering areas such as operations, communications, technology, business development and project management. John graduated from St Francis Xavier with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and has his Advanced Care Paramedic Diploma from Holland College. John also attended Harvard Business school in 2009/2010 and completed the Managing Health Care Delivery Program.
Dr. Jennifer McVey
Medavie HealthEd Medical Director
Dr. McVey is from Cole Harbour and attended medical school at McMaster University. She completed the Royal College Emergency Medicine Residency at Dalhousie in 2006. She is currently an assistant professor at Dalhousie University, teaching medical students and residents. She is a member of the Division of EMS at Dal as well – part of the mandate is EMS research.
Dr. McVey has been the medical oversight physician for the Central Region of NS with EHS for approximately five years. This has involved working closely with medics in terms of teaching, remediation, the writing and revision of protocols and guidelines, with a view to ensuring high quality clinical care of patients.
Dr. McVey serves as the clinical advisor for clinical learning issues while providing advice on clinical issues for RFP responses. Additionally, Dr. McVey acts in an advisory role to ensure high quality standards for clinical programming. She also serves as a member of the Medavie HealthEd Program Advisory Committee (PAC) and is the Medical Director for all ITLS/PALS/ACLS courses delivered by Medavie Health Serrvices or its subsidiaries.
Karl Kowalczyk, BBA, ACP
Senior Manager Program Quality Assurance
Karl Kowalczyk is an Advanced Care Paramedic working as the Senior Manager of Quality Assurance at Medavie HealthEd. His experiences in the field of paramedicine and leadership began in 1986, when he first joined the military as an Army Reserve Medical Technician. During this period Karl attended the former University College of Cape Breton where he began to develop his business acumen. A few years later, in February 1993, he chose to solidify the medical knowledge he obtained, during his Army Reserve Medical Technician training, by completing a Diploma in Paramedicine at Holland College.
Karl continued to pursue engaging employment opportunities and in December 1994 he joined the St. John Ambulance NS/PE Council as the Provincial Training Officer, and shortly after became the Director of Training. Over the next few years, he continued to enhance his medical knowledge, leadership capabilities and business competencies while leading St. John Ambulance in the development and improvement of several programs. In September 1997, after several successful years in a senior leadership role at the rank of Sergeant, he chose to focus on his civilian opportunities by voluntarily withdrawing from the Army Reserve. In 2006, while employed as the Director of Training for St. John Ambulance NS/PEI Council, he successfully completed a diploma in Advanced Care Paramedicine. His latest academic accomplishment was the attainment of a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, with a concentration in management from Mount Saint Vincent University. Karl has forged key relationships with regulators and stakeholders, while leading the school through three successful Canadian Medical Association accreditations.
He was a member of the Na Gaisgich – Honors Society at UCCB in 1988. From St. John Ambulance he has received a Priory Vote of Thanks in 1995, a Presidential Citation, in 1998, as well as a Provincial Chair’s Commendation in 2010 and is currently a Serving Member of the Order of St. John. Karl was placed on the Dean’s First Class Honour List at Mount Saint Vincent University for the 2011 to 2012 academic year and graduated with distinction in 2013. He is an Instructor and Instructor Trainer, in First Aid and CPR training with the Canadian Red Cross and St. John Ambulance. Karl resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife and two wonderful boys who have provided him with strong moral support over the years.
Manager, Logistics and Department of National Defence Programming
Will is the Manager of Logistics and Department of National Defence Programming for Medavie HealthEd. Will had managed both the English and French Advanced Emergent Care training programs for several years. Medavie was contracted by the Department of National Defence (DND) to provide advanced training for the active Med Techs from early 2009 until 2014. He continues to manage our Primary Care Paramedic contract training for the DND QL3 PCP programs. He has developed the federal training for the RCMP Emergency Medical Response Team (EMRT), as well as other non-federal agencies. Will also holds the position of Provincial Coordinator for NAEMT in Nova Scotia, overseeing continuing education courses (PHTLS, AMLS and others).
Will held the position of Program Manager for the Atlantic Paramedic Academy (APA) at Medavie EMS Inc. from 2010-2012. Before joining the Medavie EMS Group of Companies, he was a Senior Instructor and Coordinator with St. John Ambulance, a nationally recognized first-aid and paramedic training company where he gained experience in developing and delivering healthcare training programs.
Will is an Advanced Care Flight Paramedic who has been practicing paramedicine since early 2002. He has also received education from St. Francis Xavier University in Adult Education, Fundamentals of Flight Medicine, Project Management and he continues to work on building key relationships with the RCMP, DND and other educational stakeholders.
Will is active in his community as President of the Amherst Skating Club, Fundy Regional Rep and maintains his position on the Board of Directors for Skate Canada Nova Scotia. He enjoys camping, biking, skating and snowshoeing.
Brad Reid, ACP
Coordinator BLS and ALS Programming
Brad is an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) working for Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia (EHSNS) in the Annapolis Valley as a Ground Based Paramedic. Brad has worked as a paramedic in Nova Scotia since 1994 and has held positions as a Senior Operations and a Field Training Paramedic for Emergency Medical Care Inc., the Provincial contractor of ambulance services.
Since 2000, Brad has worked for the Maritime School of Paramedicine as the Program Manager. He has been in charge of curriculum development, review and delivery for the Primary and Advanced Care Paramedicine programs. Brad’s new initiative with Medavie HealthEd is the development and delivery of the ACP Distance Program.
Brad sits as Vice President for the Society of Pre-hospital Educators in Canada and also represents Nova Scotia as the Provincial Director. Brad currently holds the position of Medical Advisor, ACP for the Professional Standards and Accreditation Committee for Saint John Ambulance National.
Moe Jacob, PCP
Coordinator Clinical and Practicum
Moe began volunteering on ambulances for the communities of Dieppe and Moncton New Brunswick in 1991. He attended the first video conferenced Emergency Medical Technician course offered by the Province of New Brunswick in 1993. Starting as a Communications Clerk at The Moncton Hospital, Moe became an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for New Brunswick Air Ambulance which eventually became the Medical Transportation Coordination Centre (currently known as the Medical Communications Management Center). He achieved his Primary Care Paramedic certificate in 2003 and is certified with the Emergency Response Institute Canada for Incident Command Systems 100, 200 and 300.
Moe has been involved in EMS as a paramedic, preceptor, dispatcher, manager and educator. He is fluent in English and French and has an avid interest in Information Technology.
Lyle Wilson, ACP
Lyle’s career in the EMS field began over 20 years ago when he began volunteering for his local ambulance service. Since that time, he went on to become an EMT (Level 1&2), Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) in 2011. During his time as a paramedic with Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation, he was the Operations Supervisor in Sussex from 2004-2007. He worked as a paramedic and a Paramedic Coordinator with Ambulance New Brunswick since their inception in 2007.
Lyle has been very active in the training of new paramedics since 2002. He first worked as a lab instructor at Maritime School of Paramedicine and then as the Lead Lab Facilitator for Atlantic Paramedic Academy from 2009-2011. With Medavie HealthED, he holds the full-time position of Lead Instructor for the Department of National Defence PCP program and was the Lead Instructor of their Advanced Emergent Care (AEC) Program. Schedule permitting, Lyle also works off shore in the oil/gas industry as an ACP with Atlantic Offshore Medical Services. During his down time, Lyle enjoys his home life spending quality time with his family.
Nick Jeffries, ACP
Nick started his career working in a rural service but always wanted to work in his hometown of Fredericton. To get closer to that goal, he took a position in the Hospital to gain seniority but as fate would have it, he gained far more. Nick experience also includes; food service, housekeeping, supplies and services, the morgue, pathology, sample receiving, blood collection services and finally the emergency department as a Paramedic. He met and worked with a large and diverse group of people and learned an incredible amount from all of them.
After 10 years of Paramedic work, nick was convinced he must know it all by now and thought that becoming a field training paramedic would give him the opportunity to to learn more. He was now surrounded by people with knowledge, vision, pride and professionalism. They where educated clinical leaders who without ever realizing it that drove him to be better.
Nick went back to school in 2010 and became an Advanced Care Paramedic. He became the lead Instructor for the Primary Care Paramedic Program in 2012 and has taught five consecutive cohorts and can easily say the proudest momments of his paramedic career was watching those students graduate.
Krista LeBlanc, BA
Clinical and Practicum Administrative Assistant
Krista LeBlanc joined Medavie Healthed in the spring of 2014 as an administrative assistant, clinical and practicum placements and has enjoyed every minute of it ever since. She holds a BA from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Travel Diploma from CompuCollege.
Krista enjoys assisting students in having successful clinical and practicum placements and works with various health authorities to help make this happen. When she is not at Medavie, Krista can be found spending time with her husband and children and tries to get out on a tennis court or in a kayak as often as she can.
Student Coordinator / Administrative and Logistical Assistant
Karen joined the Medavie HealthEd team in March of 2013. She comes with vast experience in several different areas which include ten years as a legal secretary and eight years as a paralegal, previous owner of Quality Communications in Alberta, and previous owner of Jaggar's Point Enterprises in Nova Scotia.
Karen works with both the civilian and military students from the time they start their application through to their graduation. She is sometimes referred to as "school mom." Karen also provides administrative support at the Moncton campus.
Karen loves to travel, but when at home, she keeps busy cooking, baking, sewing, and gardening in the summer.