Chief Michael Sanderson

Hamilton Paramedic Services

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Michael Sanderson has served the public in his chosen profession for more than 46 years with his most current leadership role as Chief of the Hamilton Paramedic Service.  An internationally recognized Paramedic Service executive his experiences range from front line practitioner, educator, manager, to senior executive in both Ontario and British Columbia.

From 2004 through 2010 he had overall responsibility for the planning and successful implementation of all ambulance service delivery for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is passionate about the creation of high reliability organizations including the implementation of just culture principles.

Michael is a member of the International Association of EMS Chiefs, the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, the National Association of Emergency Physicians, and the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs.  He has served on boards of directors of local, provincial, and national agencies including the EMS Chiefs of Canada where he co-authored the national white paper on the future of EMS in Canada.

Michael is an honours graduate from the Humber College Paramedic program, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters in Health Sciences (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto.  In 2008 he completed the inaugural physician-executive co-leadership certificate program through Simon Fraser University and the Health Care Leaders Association of BC.  Most recently in 2018 he completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive program.

Michael has received Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal with two bars, has been appointed to the Order of St. John, and has served since 2008 as an Honorary Colonel with the Canadian Armed Forces Medical Services.