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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 ACAT Safety Conference!

The 5th All Canada Aeromedical Transport (ACAT) Safety Conference took place in person and virtually on March 1 & 2, 2023. 

For those who were unable to join us, or if you wish to watch this year's presentations again, they have been made available for viewing. 

View Recorded Presentations.

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Each day, we connect communities with critical care across Ontario, Canada. In the air and by land, our teams deliver equity in emergency response, uplifting the lives of those in our care.  
A vital part of Ontario's health care system, Ornge provides high quality air ambulance services and medical transport to people who are critically ill or injured. In the air and on the ground, our job is to be there for patients, so they can get safe and timely care, transport and access to health services they need. 


ACAT Overview


ACAT Safety Conference 2023

Message from the Director, Aviation Safety

We are excited and pleased to announce that the 5th ACAT Safety Conference will take place in March 1st and 2nd 2023 in Mississauga, Ontario. The ACAT conference brings together fixed and rotary wing aeromedical transport operators from all over Canada to learn, share, and discuss solutions to common safety issues. This year, we are pleased to announce the integration of paramedicine safety as part of the scope of the conference. By bringing the two disciplines of aviation and paramedicine safety together, our aim is to gain a better and more holistic understanding of safety issues within our unique operations.

We look forward to seeing you all at the  ACAT 2023 Safety Conference!
Justin Labelle
Director, Flight Operations Safety



Click Here for the ACAT 2023 Participant Guide - Full Speaker topics, biographies and agenda


Keynote Speaker - Captain Erik Temple - Snowbirds
Patient Safety Learning System
Experiential Learning in Virtual Reality
Safety Culture Assessments - Ornge
Legal Considerations
Quality and Patient Safety Leadership in Paramedicine: Nurturing an Authentic Culture of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Paramedicine
Improving the Safety of Medication Use: Medication Safety Self Assessment
The State of the Industry – Transportation Safety Board
Patient Safety Incidents– What does the data say?
Rewiring our approach to safety: measurement and monitoring of safety in Canada – Healthcare Excellence Canada
Sleep Disorders and Sleep Apnea - SAFTE-FAST
Bariatric Transport in the Aeromedical Environment - Ornge
Paramedicine Safety at Ornge – Trends and Developments - Ornge


All Canadian Aeromedical Transport (ACAT) 2023
Conference Venue:

Centre for Health & Safety/Corporate Event Centre Innovation
Creekbank Rd. Mississauga ON L4W 0A1

Nearby Hotels

Residence Inn Marriott
5070 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga
Distance: 300m

Courtyard by Marriott
5050 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga
Distance: 350m

Hampton Inn Hilton
5515 Eglington Ave W, Toronto
Distance: 1.8km

Sandman Signature
5400 Dixie Rd, Mississauga
Distance: 1.9km

Double Tree Hilton Toronto West Airport
5444 Dixie Rd, Mississauga
Distance: 2.1km



March 1st 2023:

7:30—8:30 —Registration & Reception Corporate Event Centre Main Lobby
8:30—8:40 — Opening Remarks - Homer Tien, President and CEO | Ornge
8:40—9:30— Keynote Presentation Presented by: Captain Erik Temple
9:40—10:30 — The Expanded In-Flight Environment: Improving Patient Care with Intelligent Connectivity Presented by: Luke Billington
10:40—11:30 — The Dreaded Lawsuit: What Happens when a Paramedicine Incident Leads to a Lawsuit Presented by: Logan Crowell
11:30—12:30 — Lunch (1 hour)
12:30—13:20 — Safety Culture Presented by: Justin Labelle
13:30—14:20 — Quality and Patient Safety Leadership in Paramedicine: Nurturing an Authentic Culture of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Paramedicine Presented by: Ivanette Hargreaves (Stubbert)
14:30—15:20 — Experiential Learning in Virtual Reality Presented by: Rob Theriault
15:30—16:20* — Raising the Bar on Safety Presented by: Heather Parker (change from printed agenda)
16:20—17:00 — Open Discussion

March 2nd 2023

7:30—8:30 — Registration & Reception Corporate Event Centre Main Lobby
8:30—9:20 — Patient Safety Incidents: What Does the Data Say? Presented by: Ben de Mendonca
9:30—10:20 — Improving the Safety of Medication Use: Medication Safety Self-Assessment Presented by: Julie Greenall & James Bowen
10:30—11:20 — Patient Safety Learning System: Building a Culture of Patient Safety Reporting with BCEHS Presented by: Dugg Steary
11:20—12:20 — Lunch (1 hour)
12:20—13:10 — Rewiring our Approach to Safety: Measurement and Monitoring of Safety in Canada Presented by: Anne MacLaurin & Rachel Gilbert
13:20—14:10* — Bariatric Transport in the Aeromedical Environment Presented by: Patrick Auger
Paramedicine Safety—Trends and Developments Presented by: Marcie Auger & Robbie Lougheed (change from printed agenda)
14:20—15:10 — Fatigue, Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders Presented by: Dr. Jamie K. Devine
15:20—16:10 — Urban Airspace Law: The Future of Canadian Healthcare Delivery Presented by: Katherine Ayre
16:10—16:50 — Open Discussion
16:50—17:00 — Closing Remarks

* Presentation time changes
All times are in EST


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