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.
Important Notice: Criminal Record Check Feedback Period
On July 16, 2019, the Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing Board (EMALB) notified Emergency Medical Assistants (EMAs) and their employers of an upcoming policy change. Effective September 1, 2019 for initial and reinstatement licenses, and October 1, 2019 for license renewals, all EMAs will be required to complete a criminal record check.
Since then, the EMALB has received feedback from several stakeholders expressing concerns about the policy.
In order to provide a greater opportunity to receive and consider this and other potential stakeholder feedback, the EMALB has placed on hold implementation of this policy while it undertakes a 90 day feedback period ending November 24th, 2019. For further context, a draft policy has also been posted.
Following the conclusion of the feedback period, the EMALB will consider the full range of feedback received and make a final decision on the implementation of the policy.
Written feedback may be sent to email@example.com (Subject Line: CRC Consultation) or by mail to:
EMA Licensing Branch
Attention: Amanda Saville – CRC Consultation
PO BOX 9625 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9P1
Notice of Upcoming Hearings
There are currently no upcoming hearings scheduled at this time.
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.
Patricia Sheela Lane, Chair
Ms. Lane obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (’76) and after a year at the BC Law Reform Commission and another in articles at Swinton and Co. in Vancouver, was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1979. After practicing labour law for ten years, she joined the Yukon government's treaty negotiation team with special responsibility for the self-government and dispute resolution tables. She worked in Ontario on tax policy and reported to the Deputy Minister of Health as a special consultant on health care reform. In 1992 she returned to BC to assist the Ministry of Health in implementing the Closer to Home initiative. She has deep tribunal experience. Her practice consists of serving clients as an arbitrator and mediator and sole tribunal judge. She has served on the BC Securities Commission, the BC Real Estate Council and is past Chair of the University of Victoria Harassment and Human Rights Panel. Ms. Lane served as a Director of Coast Capital Savings for nine years and has extensive Board experience in the charitable sector.
Ms. Lane holds the Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator designations.
Ms. Lane was appointed as board chair on December 31, 2017, for a two-year term ending December 31, 2019.
Philip Yoon, MD, MBA, CCFP(EM), FCFP, Vice Chair
Dr. Yoon works as a staff emergency physician at the Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospitals and is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He moved to British Columbia in 2012 from Nova Scotia where he was a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and the District Chief/Department Head of Emergency Medicine.
Prior to his move to the Maritimes in 2009, Dr. Yoon completed all of his medical training at the University of Alberta and was an academic emergency physician based at the University of Alberta Hospital for 13 years. He also served as the Associate Medical Director of Special Operations for Edmonton EMS. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Yoon has remained involved in emergency medicine/EMS operations, administration, education, and research. Additionally, he has maintained membership in the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) since 2006.
He is also a Navy Reserve Medical Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Since February 2013, Phil has held the position of Medical Director of the EMS Physician Online Support (EPOS) service with the British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS).
Dr. Yoon was appointed to the Board November 8, 2012, and was reappointed in December of 2018 until December 31, 2020.
Grant Ross, Member
Grant Ross is a career paramedic, working for the British Columbia Ambulance service since 1987. Starting as a Primary Care Paramedic in the Vancouver post, he obtained his Advanced Care Paramedic certification in 2006 and then completed his Critical Care/Flight Paramedic training in 2014. He is currently working at the Vancouver Airevac station. Throughout his career, Grant has contributed to the professional development of his peers as a preceptor, mentor and field trainer at all paramedic levels.
In addition to patient care delivery, for the last 25 years, Grant has volunteered for the Paramedic Association of Canada and the Ambulance Paramedics of BC writing, reviewing and revising the corporate bylaws. He is also the Chair of the Paramedic Association's Benevolent Committee. This committee is tasked with providing support to families of paramedics killed in the line of duty.
Grant is also the current President and founding Board member of the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation, a registered charity seeking to build a national monument in Ottawa to showcase paramedicine and pay respect to fallen Canadian paramedics.
Grant was appointed to the board December 31, 2018, for a two-year term ending December 31, 2020.