OPA Board of Directors
As per Article 2, 3, 6, 8, 13 and 16 of the OPA Bylaws, only Full Paramedic Members in good standing may be nominated to the OPA Board of Directors. No person shall hold office if he/she is not a Full Paramedic Member, and no member may hold more than one office except for the offices of Secretary and Treasurer, as per the Corporations Act of Ontario.
- Jamie Moffat, CPA (Chief Compliance Officer)
Ontario Paramedic Association Wellness Committee
- Derek Davis, OPAWC Provincial Chair
- Caitlin Tavares, OPAWC Provincial Vice-Chair
- Victoria (Tori) Cuthbertson, OPAWC
- Katherine Hambleton, OPAWC & Interim Director of Membership Services
- John Lindsay, Ontario Paramedic Pipes & Drums
- Scott Stephens, Conference Chair
- Sue Noël, Exhibitor Coordinator
Darryl Wilton, President
Darryl has an immense amount of respect for front-line paramedics and has an eye for those who demonstrate visionary talents, natural leadership abilities and assertive maturity by courageously advocating for patients and paramedics. Darryl is also a staunch supporter of professional advancement, PCP's, ACP's, CCP's, Educators, Researchers, Communications Officers, Logistics Staff, Paramedic Baccalaureate, Paramedic Self- Regulation and building professional associations that are 100% owned and operated by paramedics so we can more effectively advocate for patients and the profession.
Darryl graduated from the Algonquin College Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program in 1996. He also has a background in Business Administration, holds diplomas for Air Traffic Control (which he jokes was a lot like dispatching, but with altitude also considered). Darryl subsequently graduated from the Durham College Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program in 2003 and wrote the "ACP CD ROM curriculum". He also holds an Executive Diploma in Municipal Management along with a number of other Incident Management Systems and Emergency Management certifications. Darryl enjoys pulling together people with various academic backgrounds, skills and talents to build resiliency into our profession while ensuring that paramedicine is also reflective of the diverse communities we serve.
Darryl started to gain advocacy experience in 2002 when he was elected as a Director for the Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa (a local chapter of the OPA). He worked hard to promote the profession and was eventually elected to vice-president and then president. Over the years, he was also seconded to work on projects for the Ontario Paramedic Association and the Paramedicine Expo & Conference planning team.
As a strong supporter of paramedic labour, Darryl was also elected to the Board of Directors for the Civic Institute of Professional Personnel which represents paramedics, public health nurses, accountants and other professional occupations. As such, he has an immense amount of respect for the six labour unions representing paramedics in Ontario (CIPP, CUPE, OPSEU, SEIU, UFCW and Unifor). Darryl has also been a Health & Safety Co-Chair and Health & Safety Director where he has advocated for 1875 members. Darryl is insistent that the OPA adheres to the mandate of "patient advocacy" so the unions can focus on their two legislated responsibilities which are the "representation of members through grievance or arbitration" and "collective bargaining".
Darryl subsequently gravitated back towards paramedic associations after discovering that most labour unions in Ontario were not directed by paramedics and that in most cases, paramedics only accounted for less than five percent of the total membership. That was the precise reason why it was so incredibly difficult to advocate for patients and to develop an effective government relations strategy that had any measurable impacts for paramedics. Unfortunately, many decision-makers also tend to regard unions as "self-serving", whereas they more positively recognize professional associations as being "community-serving".
Darryl eventually accepted a nomination to the OPA Board of Directors in 2014 where he was elected into the portfolio of "Director of Technology & Innovation" for one year. In this role, he used his background in high tech to work with an international team that would design and implement a complex website matrix that would bring all OPA chapters together. The goal was to better unify members across Ontario under the common vision "Paramedics: one title - one team".
Darryl was subsequently elected to OPA Vice-President in 2015 where he designed and implemented a 5-year business plan to improve Policy & Governance, Bylaws, Business Processes, Internal Controls, Staffing, Social Media Campaigns, Membership Recruitment and enact a formal Government Relations strategy. During this time, he also launched Paramedic Legal Protection, the Political Action Fund, a number of high profile national media campaigns and important corporate partnerships.
Finally, in 2018, Darryl was elected to serve the Ontario Paramedic Association as President and continued to work towards ensuring the OPA's 5-year business plan was completed on-schedule. By 2020, the Ontario Paramedic Association had evolved from a volunteer group into the largest Ontario Corporation to be owned and operated solely by paramedics, for paramedics. Darryl fully acknowledges this success is the result of our chapters and thousands of dedicated members who supported us every step of the way. He is also very proud to work with a team of knowledgeable and talented officers, directors and committee members. As required by the OPA President, Darryl also serves on the Board of Directors with the Paramedic Association of Canada where he represents Ontario Paramedics on a national platform.
In an effort to continue to grow the OPA and our profession, Darryl insists that paramedics must always be present, mindful, visionary, courageous and never stop advocating for the 1.75 million patients served by Ontario Paramedics each and every year.
Steve Annett, Vice-President
Helping others has always been the true vector which guided Steve to train and serve community as a Paramedic and then further his career as an Advanced Care Paramedic. Steve is honoured to admit he has been able to learn much throughout his career from the many great Paramedics he has been surrounded by.
Steve is an avid supporter of the Professional development of Paramedicine and is excited about the amazing opportunities open to the advancement of Paramedicine.
Steve brings over two decades of experience as a Paramedic and a decade serving on the Toronto Paramedic Association Board of Directors which he hopes will bring benefit to his role serving on the Ontario Paramedic Association Board of Directors.
Robert Kennedy, Secretary-Treasurer
A long-time member of the OPA, Robert comes to the Board of Directors where he has been elected as the Secretary-Treasurer.
Robert graduated from Humber College in 2004 and has accumulated a breadth of experience in both land and air ambulance environments. Currently, Robert oversees the leadership team of a NGO Paramedic Service contractor and is an active flight paramedic in Ontario's Air Ambulance System.
As an outspoken advocate and supporter, he is excited to contribute and forward the ongoing important work of our association in promoting and protecting the paramedic profession and our patients.
N/A, Executive Secretary
Under the Corporations Act of Ontario, the Secretary and Treasurer positions are the only roles that can be combined.
Katherine Hambleton, Director of Membership Services
Katherine has a professional background in the fields of nursing and paramedicine and has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. In addition to holding her AEMCA, she holds a specialty in emergency nursing (ENCC) and a certificate in critical care. Katherine has a diverse portfolio in healthcare having worked as an RN in the emergency department setting, as a clinical research nurse and as an ACLS/BLS Instructor. She also worked within the provincial air ambulance system as an ambulance communications officer, with the base hospital as lead QA and as an Education and Practice Facilitator, managing the education portfolio of the flight paramedics. Katherine currently works in a cardiac surgery intensive care unit.
Katherine is a published author and she has been a dedicated advocate for first responder mental health for several years; coordinating the 2014 national 'Heroes Are Human - PTSD Awareness Tour', lobbying for 'Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act' and she was the National Coordinator for Wings of Change - Peer Support, managing the program for 3 years. Katherine continues to work toward breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with mental health challenges within the first responder communities.
Katherine successfully competed for the position of Provincial Chair for the newly established OPA Wellness Committee in March of 2020, and has moved into an Interim position as Director of Membership Services in June 2020.
Katherine is dedicated to the advancement of the paramedic profession and continues to be a strong advocate for patient safety.
Greg Kung, Director of Policy & Government Relations
Greg brings an extensive background in politics and public policy. With over 8 years in senior positions within federal and provincial governments and over 13 years and counting on election campaigns, advocacy work and politics at the grassroots level, Greg is committed to applying his knowledge and expansive network to furthering Paramedicine in Ontario.
With his insight and proven results, Greg is determined to work with all members to ensure that the Ontario Paramedic Association has effective strategy, communications and advocacy when it comes to being heard as a critical player in communities across Ontario.
Greg is currently a paramedic in Lanark County.
Walter Tavares, Director of Research
Dr Walter Tavares has been involved in Paramedicine since the mid 1990's and has worked in practice, education and base hospital roles.
Walter is currently an Assistant Professor and Scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto.
He is also an Advanced Care Paramedic with York Region Paramedic Service.
Walter is also co-chair of the Canadian EMS Research Network (CERN) where his research explores education, continuing professional development and clinical practice in medical education and Paramedicine.
Mary Osinga, Director of Education
Mary was elected back to the Board of the OPA in 2014.
Being a past Director and President, Mary brings with her extensive experience and knowledge of the OPA.
Mary is currently a CCP (F) with a Master's Degree and a Professor of the Paramedic Program at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario.
Mary will be heading up the research and education portfolios with the OPA bringing unique educational opportunities to Association members during her tenure.
Scott Stephens, Director of Conferences
Scott Stephens has been a Paramedic in the Ottawa area for the last 20 years. He has been involved in the PPAO for the past 15 years, having served as President, Vice President, and currently advises the board as an Honourary Officer. He is also involved in the HELP Fund.
Scott is a strong supporter of peer support and mental health initiatives in particular providing a family support system.
Scott has been involved in multiple OPA Paramedicine Expo and Conferences. He looks forward to improving, expanding and creating a financially viable future for the conference to facilitate Paramedics from across Ontario to gather and exchange ideas and information.
Alex Corsi Caya, Director of Technology
Alex has a strong background in technology having worked for many years in the IT sector and had the opportunity to wear different hats for the federal government. He also had the chance to represent Canada professionally in beach volleyball. Having played team sports his whole life, Alex knows the importance of teamwork and camaraderie in all aspects of our lives.
While Alex is only in his first year of being a paramedic, he brings with him a different set of skills and ideas, especially targeting younger medics or students looking to join the Paramedic family; they are the workforce of tomorrow.
Alex is excited and looking forward to bring new ideas to the table and he is excited to work with the Board of Directors and the members of the OPA to bring forth change that enhances patient care and paramedicine.