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Kevin Dickson, MMM, CD, MPAS, BScS, BA, CCPA
Originaire de Burlington en Ontario, Kevin s’est engagé dans les Forces armées canadiennes en 1995. Après 14 ans en tant que technicien médical, il a été sélectionné pour le programme d’adjoint au médecin et en a été diplômé en 2011. Il a exercé les soins primaires à Ottawa pendant quatre ans avant d’obtenir un poste à Fredericton au Nouveau-Brunswick. Il a quitté les Forces en 2015 et travaille depuis lors au service des urgences de l’Hôpital Dr Everett Chalmers. Kevin et sa femme, Kelly, sont heureux d’élever leurs deux jeunes fils dans le magnifique centre du Nouveau-Brunswick. En plus de son diplôme d’adjoint au médecin, Kévin détient un baccalauréat en géographie de l’Université McMaster. Il a terminé sa maîtrise en études d’adjoint au médecin à l’Université du Nebraska.


Kirsten Luomala, CD, MPAS, CCPA
Born and raised on a farm outside Vancouver, Kirsten joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1987 upon graduating from high school.  Joining as a medical technician she served in a variety of postings from training systems, to the Army, Air Force and on multiple deployments, Haiti, twice to Afghanistan and Alert (North Pole).  In 2007 Kirsten was selected to the CAF PA program and graduated in the inaugural PA degree class in 2009 receiving her Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska.  After graduating, she was posted to the Canadian Forces Medical School assigned to teach in the CAF PA program as well as assisted in developing a Combat PA program for the Afghanistan National Army in 2013.   While on her 2nd deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 she completed her Master of PA studies in Education and ER medicine from the University of Nebraska.  Kirsten retired from the CAF in 2014 to accept a position in Alberta’s Demonstration Project in the Department of Neurosurgery at University of Alberta where she currently works. During her time in Alberta, Kirsten has been involved in many speaking engagements promoting the PA profession to various organizations within the University of Alberta.  Currently she resides in Spruce Grove Alberta with her husband and 3 daughters.


Leslie St. Jacques, CCPA, BHSc PA, BA hons, MES (Planning), MSW, RSW
Leslie St. Jacques is a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant from the inaugural class of the PA Education Program at McMaster University (2010).  Leslie has worked in Neurosurgery at the Krembil Brain Institute at Toronto Western Hospital since 2014.  She has also worked as a PA in Neurosurgery for the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg (2013) and in the Cardiovascular Surgery ICU for Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) (2010-2013).

Leslie is currently the Interim PA Lead for the University Health Network (UHN) and has been the elected President of their PA Council since 2014.  Since 2010, she has been involved in creating structures to enable PA practice at the local level, working with pharmacists to develop the first set of Medical Directives for HHS, and then later for UHN. Leslie has worked to revise the UHN PA policy, create templates for required documentation to ease the on-boarding process, and worked with the IT department to create a platform for PAs within the electronic medical record system.  Successful integration pathways have supported the steady increase in the number of PAs working at UHN, currently 29 and counting.

Leslie is studying research methods at McMaster University through the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology.  She is an advocate for Physician Assistant involvement in research and in teaching, and will be facilitating problem-based learning sessions in neurology and psychiatry for McMaster this semester. Leslie is a new preceptor for PA students’ placements in neurosurgery for both University of Toronto and McMaster University.  She has presented clinical material for CAPA’s annual conference in both poster and lecture formats, as well as contributed to the Journal of Canada’s Physician Assistants.


Patrick Nelson
Avant de se joindre à Santis, Patrick occupait le poste de directeur général des affaires publiques et corporatives au sein de l’Association médicale de l’Ontario (AMO), qui représente les 34 000 médecins dans la province. Au cours de ses dix ans chez l’AMO, il a mené plusieurs campagnes de communication stratégiques, un examen exhaustif de la gouvernance, ainsi qu’une campagne majeure de renouvellement de l’image de l’association. Durant son mandat, la satisfaction des membres de l’OMA a doublé et atteint des records. Au même moment, au cours d’une récente campagne de plaidoyer de 5 mois, la confiance du public en la profession a connu une augmentation notable de 12 %. De 1998 à 2003, Patrick a détenu des postes de haut niveau en communications au sein du gouvernement de l’Ontario. En tant qu’adjoint au ministre de la Santé de l’Ontario, Patrick était responsable du programme législatif et de la gestion des questions d’intérêts.

DIRECTRICE, Colombie-Britannique

Lisa Stewart, CCPA
Lisa has nine years experience as a physician assistant with a focus in Plastic Surgery; trauma and burn medicine. She has a diverse background, starting her career in commerce before returning to university to study science, yoga and then health care. Lisa’s journey as a PA was inspired from her role as a Medical Technician Reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces. She attended the University of Manitoba to obtain her Master’s degree in PA Studies in 2012. Initially she worked in Critical Care medicine in Winnipeg, and in 2014 she moved to Calgary to work in Critical Care until she transferred to work in Plastic Surgery at the Foothills Medical Center.

Lisa has recently returned to her home province of British Columbia, settling in the Comox Valley with her husband and two young children. She continues to be a strong advocate for the PA profession, while seeking out her next great challenge.


Lee Spencer, CD, DMSc, MPAS, CCPA

Lee Spencer is a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant with over 16 years of experience.  He graduated from Canadian Forces Medical School in 2006.  From there Lee went on to complete his Master’s Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska in 2013.  Lee continued his studies through the University of Lynchburg to obtain his Doctor of Medical Science in 2018. For the past 6 years, Lee has been working with Alberta Health Services as a consultant in Geriatric Medicine for south zone.  Lee was a part of the Alberta’s Demonstration Project initiative in Alberta.  Lee ‘s previous experience consists of 7 years Industrial Medicine, Nationally and 25 years of services with the Canadian Armed Forces globally working in all environments.

Currently, Lee and his wife reside on a lake near Foremost Alberta. They have four grown children and two grandchildren that reside in Alberta as well.  Lee has been serving as the Alternate Director for Alberta for the past term. Lee will continue to be a voice for PA’s not only in Alberta but Nationally as well.

DIRECTEUR, Saskatchewan

Todd Bryden, BSc, CCPA, CD1
Todd Bryden originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia Todd joined the Canadian Armed Forces in September 1995 and over his 22 years in the CAF was posted to numerous locations throughout Canada. He completed his Physician Assistant training in 2010 and practiced as a PA in the CAF onboard HMC Ships and within Health Services clinics until 2017 and final posting to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where he retired from the CAF. Todd is married to his lovely wife Melissa and has 2 children, 9-year-old twins RJ and Olivia. Todd is presently employed with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority with the Department of Surgery in the Section of Urology. He also holds clinical teaching position with the University of Manitoba where he is a preceptor for UofM MPAS and CAF PA students.

Todd has been an active member of CAPA and volunteers on the Physician Assistant Council of Canada Exam Committee. He is an avid supporter of the PA profession and looks forward to being a strong advocate for integration of PAs into health care in Saskatchewan and across Canada.


Kali Braun, MPAS, CCPA

Kali Braun is a graduate of the Manitoba PA program, Class of 2020. Additionally, she holds a Masters degree in Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases.


Anthony Desloges, CCPA
Anthony is a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant who currently works in Primary Care, 2SLGBTQ+ Health and Addictions Medicine in Ottawa. He was born and raised in the national capital region and completed his first degree in health sciences from the University of Ottawa in 2015. During this time, he simultaneously worked in various healthcare administrative and educational roles.  He was first introduced to the Physician Assistant profession after meeting a CAF trained PA on an inpatient medical ward at a tertiary center. Fascinated with the profession, Anthony went on to apply for the Ontario PA programs for the following cycle.

He graduated from the Consortium of Physician Assistant Education Program through the University of Toronto in 2018. Since graduation, he has worked in various specialties including cardiology, neurosurgery, and now primary care and addictions medicine. He happily works for a group of clinics in the downtown core if Ottawa which service patients with various health social, cultural and economic barriers. This includes working as part of Eastern Ontario’s Emergency Safer Supply Program providing harm reduction services to individuals with substance use disorders. Anthony has a passion for health program development and health advocacy for underserviced and marginalized populations.


Jean-Nicolas Chagnon, MPAS, CCPA
Jean-Nicolas Chagnon est né à Grand-Mère dans la province de Québec.  Ayant joint les Forces armées canadiennes en 2001, il a été employé en tant que technicien médical jusqu’en 2012.  En 2014, il terminera ses études en tant qu’adjoint au médecin via le programme universitaire (Nebraska) de l’École des Services de santé des Forces canadiennes.  Il complètera sa maîtrise (Nebraska) en 2017.

Jean-Nicolas a occupé plusieurs postes en tant qu’autorité médicale sénior lors de multiples déploiements sur terre comme sur mer.  Il a occupé le poste de Directeur Québec de l’ACAM, poste auquel il a dû renoncer en 2018 pour des raisons professionnelles.  Jean-Nicolas exerce présentement à Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, près de ses deux enfants et de sa conjointe.


Kathleen Abreo, CCPA

Kathleen has always been passionate about the health of Canadians with an interest in health policy. Working as frontline Physician Assistant during the pandemic, in a large Toronto hospital, she experienced first hand what it was like to see our healthcare system significantly stretched and strained. Many gaps and challenges exist in the post-pandemic era, and Kathleen would like to see Physician Assistants as part of the solution in improving access to healthcare in Canada. Kathleen has completed both her undergraduate and post-graduate training at the University of Toronto. Utilizing her professional network, Kathleen was able to co-create a position as a Physician Assistant at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in the department of Paediatric Medicine. The creation of this position was successful and the department has subsequently added additional Physician Assistant positions. To expand her professional skills, Kathleen shifted to a position in the Department of General Surgery at Brandon Regional Health Center in Brandon Manitoba for the past year. She is currently in the process of exploring what her next steps will be.

Now more than ever improving access to care in Canada truly needs all hands on deck. Physician Assistants are versatile, highly competent clinicians who graduate from Canadian university programs that demand academic rigor. However, they are grossly underutilized. Kathleen has begun preliminary discussions with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) to introduce Physician Assistants. As this is the home province of Kathleen’s spouse, she is passionate about integration of Physicians Assistants into the NL healthcare system. She welcomes anyone with this shared interest to reach out to her for further discussions.

DIRECTEUR, Nouveau-Brunswick

Ryan Bennett, CCPA
Originally from Hastings, Ontario, Ryan has called New Brunswick home for the past couple of decades—originally Saint John and now Fredericton.  After obtaining a BSc from the University of New Brunswick and working for some time in Residence Life, Counselling and Student Services he went on to become a 2014 graduate of the University of Manitoba’s MPAS program.  Ryan has worked in both rural emergency medicine in Gimli, Manitoba and most currently in Fredericton, NB in the Emergency Department at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.  He has an interest in orthopedic emergencies, sports and wilderness medicine.  Outside of work he likes hiking in the great outdoors, camping, partaking in stories by the campfire and enjoying a brew at one of the many local breweries/pubs around town with friends and family.  It is my wish to continue to advocate and help grow the PA profession in New Brunswick, and indeed the Maritimes.

DIRECTEUR, Nouvelle-Écosse

Peter Thibeault, CCPA
I am a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces and have served in a variety of postings and on multiple deployments across Canada and around the world. I’m a graduate of the inaugural 2009 PA degree class and received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska. While I was born in Ontario, I’ve called Nova Scotia home since the age of five. I grew up in Barrington, on the province’s beautiful South Shore. I’ve been a certified PA since 2010 and have extensive medical experience, along with teaching and mentoring the next generation of military PAs who are based in Nova Scotia.

DIRECTRICE, Ile du Prince Edouard

Erin Sephton, CCPA
Erin Sephton was born and raised in the Maritimes, gaining a BSc in Biology from St. Francis Xavier University, as well as working as a Primary Care Paramedic in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Erin is a 2013 graduate of the McMaster University Physician Assistant program, as well as the current Alternate Director, Nova Scotia. Erin is very passionate about increasing access to health care for Canadians and is eager to begin work as CAPA’s Director PEI.



Andrew joined the military as a Med A reservist in 1990 and transferred to the regular force in 1998. He worked as a Med Tech on multiple domestic and overseas deployments and completed his PA training at the Canadian Armed Forces Training Center in 2010.

He has been a practicing Physician Assistant in the CAF for the past 12 years and is currently employed as the PA MOSID advisor.


Eric Thomson

I’m a first year PA student at McMaster University. Prior to attending McMaster, I studied Biomedical Sciences at York University. During my time at York, I became interested in the medical applications of bioinformatics and worked on a research project aimed at developing a novel chemotherapy agent. My current clinical interests include internal medicine, infectious disease, and surgery.