Expo Day One Speaker: Martin Johnston


Originally from Quebec, Martin studied to become a Paramedic at La Cité collégiale.  His entry into his field was as an Emergency Medical Call receiver for the 911 ambulance call centre operated by the Sisters of Charity in Ottawa.

After completing college, Martin moved to Toronto as a Level II Paramedic.  He quickly gained valuable service experience with the SARS crisis, the Pope Jean-Paul II visit, and many other large deployments.  He was accepted at the Christopher J. Rubes Centre for EMS Studies to complete his Advance Life Support certification in 2004 and was certified as a Level III Paramedic.

Martin has taught CPR/AED to community members through the Cardiac Safe City Program. After becoming an ITLS instructor, Martin taught trauma courses to emergency responders and to members of our Canadian Armed Forces across Ontario and Quebec.  Martin was invited to be a surveyor as part of the Canadian Medical Association conjoint accreditation team and has served on multiple paramedic program accreditation committees.

In 2010 Toronto Paramedic Services partnered with Toronto Employment and Social Services to deliver a unique Primary Care Paramedic Program developed and successfully executed by Martin and a selected team of paramedics.

Currently a Superintendent with Toronto Paramedic Services in the Education and Development Unit, Martin leads the paramedic student field placement program and is the current preceptorship lead for the Advance Care Paramedic program. He is also the current NAEMT Provincial Coordinator and continues to teach ACLS and PHTLS.

Martin received the 2017 John Dean Chief Award for his work as a lead architect in developing the mentorship program for recruits, and on his published article in Prehospital Emergency Care: Double Sequential External Defibrillation and Survival from Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Case Report.

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