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EMA Licensing Branch Ministry of Health 1515 Blanshard Street, 1st Floor Victoria BC V8W 3C8
EMA Licensing Branch Ministry of Health PO Box 9625 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9P1

Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board

The Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board is responsible for examining, registering and licensing all emergency medical assistants (EMAs) in B.C., including first responders.

The board, under the authority of the Emergency Health Services Act, sets licence terms and conditions. In addition, the board investigates complaints and conducts hearings where necessary.

Board Members

The board has three appointed members. By law the board must include a licensed EMA and a medical practitioner. The third member sits as the board chair and brings legal expertise.

Ken M. Kramer, Chair

Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Kramer obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Simon Fraser University in 1991 and his Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of British Columbia in 1995.  Mr. Kramer is the founder, President and Senior Associate Counsel with KMK Law Corporation, a boutique law firm located in downtown Vancouver, BC, which provides specialized legal services in the areas of Estates and Trusts law, Wealth Management, Elder Law, Estate Mediation & Litigation.

Mr. Kramer has been a spokesperson and advocate for the disabled community in British Columbia and throughout Canada for the past 20 years.  He has sat and continues to sit on numerous boards of professional, charitable and community interest.   He is also Past Chair of the National Board of Directors of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Mr. Kramer has dedicated many volunteer hours to the issues of long-term care and disability supports in our country for persons with disabilities as well as the elderly.  He is currently a member of several national and provincial community and charitable groups advocating and educating all levels of government for improved disability supports throughout Canada.

 Philip Yoon, MD, MBA, CCFP(EM), FCFP, Vice Chair

Dr. Yoon recently moved to British Columbia from Nova Scotia where he was a full Professor of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University. He also served as the Associate Medical Director of Special Operations for Edmonton EMS and is currently a reservist Medical Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Dr. Yoon also has extensive administrative experience in senior education and management portfolios, most recently as the District Chief and Department Head of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In his 16 years of experience as an academic emergency physician, Dr. Yoon has remained involved in EMS and ED operations, education, and research. He currently works as a staff emergency physician at the Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospitals.

Bill Leverett, Member

Bill Leverett started with the British Columbia Ambulance Service in 1979 as a part-time employee in the South Okanagan. He was hired full-time in 1984 for the Vancouver post and completed his advanced life support (ALS) training in 1992. He moved to Victoria as an ALS unit chief in 1994 and completed his air evac training in 1997. In 2002, Bill completed his Master of Arts in Leadership and Training at Royal Roads University in Victoria.

Bill has been active in all aspects of EMA 1, 2 and 3 training and continuing medical education. He also served three years on the Victoria Standards of Care Committee. Bill has sat on the Paramedic Association of Canada Advisory Committee developing the National Paramedic Occupational Competency Profiles.

Bill is currently a district supervisor with the B.C. Ambulance Service in Victoria.

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