Very Important Provocateurs (VIPs)

Amy Wright

Amy Wright is a Methadone Support Worker for Toronto Public health, a harm reduction public speaker and community adviser. Having witnessed and experienced the beginning of the overdose crisis in downtown eastside Vancouver, Amy went back to study social work at Ryerson University with a better understanding of harm reduction, mental health and overdose.

Alain Cariou

Alain Cariou is Professor of intensive care medicine and therapeutics at Paris Descartes University, and senior physician in the Medical ICU of Cochin University Hospital (APHP) in Paris, France. He is also associate researcher at INSERM, U970 in the Paris Cardiovascular Research Center (PARCC), in which he is involved in the Sudden Death Expertize Center. He is an expert in the field of post-resuscitation care as reflected by his past and present clinical research activities regarding early coronary reperfusion and targeted temperature management in this population. He also recently leaded a research program focusing on pharmacological protective effect of erythropoietin analogs in post-cardiac arrest patients.

Katie Dainty

Dr. Katie Dainty is a PhD-trained social scientist and holds a Research Chair in Patient Centred Outcomes at North York General Hospital Research Institute (Toronto, Ontario).  She is also an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dainty has an extensive background in both clinical and health services research and now leads a large program of qualitative research focused on understanding patient-centred outcomes in the critically ill, organizational behaviour in healthcare and public engagement in research. She is co-Chair of the Public Engagement Committee of the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and a member of the American Heart Association Subcommittee on Science.  She was awarded the inaugural CIHR Rising Star Award for Knowledge Translation, a Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and has over 50 academic publications.


Steve Lin

Dr. Steve Lin is an emergency physician, trauma team leader, and Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor and clinician-scientist in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lin is establishing a research program of translational science to optimize resuscitation during cardiac arrest or life-threatening injuries. He is interested in developing and evaluating drug therapies and devices that allow for goal-directed therapy in resuscitation. He has received multiple awards and grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, American Heart Association, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation.

He is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) medical director and instructor at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and is currently the medical director of the ACLS education program at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is also a chapter author for the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care and an evidence reviewer for the 2015 Advanced Life Support Taskforce for the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.

Theresa Olasveengen

Dr. Olasveengen is a senior researcher and anesthesiologist at Oslo University Hospital with a broad interest in cardiac arrest research; from qualitative studies in emergency medical dispatch to clinical studies, randomized trials and basic animal research. Current research is concentrated on how to protect the brain in the immediate post-arrest phase. She is also chair of the International Liaison Committee On Resuscitation (ILCOR) Basic Life Support task force, and co-chair of the European Resuscitation Councils Basic Life Support Science and Education Committee, volunteer work to help evaluate our current knowledge base in resuscitation science and translate this knowledge into guidelines and education.

Andrew Petrosoniak

Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed a Master of Science in medical education  focused on the use of in situ simulation in procedural skill acquisition. His work focuses on usability testing and the identification of personnel- and systems-based safety threats within acute care medicine. He is the principal investigator of the TRUST study (Trauma Resuscitation Using in Situ simulation for Team Training) that includes a partnership with human factors experts to evaluate systems and processes during high-stakes trauma simulations. Andrew is the Co-Director of the Annual Critical Care Skills Course for the FRCP Emergency Medicine residents designed to enhance skill acquisition for rarely performed and high-stakes technical skills.  He is an invited speaker both nationally and internationally on the topics of trauma, simulation and procedural skill acquisition.

Aaron Orkin

Dr. Aaron Orkin is an emergency, family, and public health physician, and a doctoral student in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. His work explores the intersection between public health and clinical medicine, with an emphasis on health systems design and health equity. Aaron’s research focuses on strategies to involve the public in the delivery of essential emergency health services in low-resource settings and vulnerable populations, especially among Indigenous people in remote communities and people at risk of opioid overdose in Toronto. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 publications on topics ranging from rural birthing narratives to opioid overdose resuscitation guidelines.

Ori Rotstein

Ori Rotstein is Professor of Surgery and Associate Chair of the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. He has been Surgeon-in-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital and Medical Director of Oncology Services at St. Michael’s Hospital since 2004. In 2010 he became the Associate Director, Basic Science Research, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University. He is the former Director of the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, a graduate unit of the School of Graduate Studies. In August 2011 he was honoured by the IMS with the Ori Rotstein Lectureship in Translational Research. Dr Rotstein is a widely acknowledged expert in the management of Intra-abdominal infection and inflammation. He continues his basic research work in the area of cellular activation during shock resuscitation and has evaluated several novel approaches to preventing injury, including the use of Redox manipulating drugs, as well as hypertonic solutions

Frank Scheuermeyer

Frank Scheuermeyer is an Emergency Physician at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, and an Associate Professor and Associate Head of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He conducts research in the fields of cardiovascular emergencies, particularly acute coronary syndromes and atrial fibrillation, and he has focused on risk-stratification tools and safe early discharge criteria. He also has an interest in vulnerable populations, and studies the optimization of emergency department-based treatment for patients at high risk of opioid overdose. He is on the editorial board of Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Annemarie Silver

Annemarie Silver, PhD is a Director of Scientific Affairs at ZOLL Medical Corporation.  Dr. Silver earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology as well as a doctorate in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Dr. Silver worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University and as a professor at Assumption College prior to joining ZOLL.  Dr. Silver collaborates with investigators throughout North American on cardiac arrest and trauma clinical research studies and is also involved in product development at ZOLL.

Richard Verbeek

Dr. Verbeek is an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also a medical director at the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine for Toronto Paramedic Services, the largest municipal EMS service in Canada comprised of over 1000 paramedics. Dr. Verbeek is a longstanding member and previous chair of the Prehospital Medical Advisory Committee which advises the provincial Ministry of Health on standards for paramedic care.  He has been the Toronto prehospital medical director for many large resuscitation trials in cardiac arrest and severe trauma conducted by the Research Outcomes Consortium.  Dr. Verbeek has an active interest in teaching and is a recipient of a University of Toronto excellence in teaching award in emergency medicine.  He has a longstanding interest in mentoring emergency medicine residents/fellows and paramedics in publishing high quality case conferences and clinical program evaluations that often are practice changing.