For complete information on the Paramedic Careprogram, please visit the program section of the John Abbott website.

For any information on the Paramedic Care  department or program, please email: paramedic@johnabbott.qc.ca.

Members of the Department

Bigio, Lawrence : Faculty member

Bigio, Lawrence

Faculty member
514 457-6610 ext. 5942

Lawrence started his EMS career as a volunteer first responder in 1999.  He very quickly realized this was his passion and wanted to deliver the best possible care for his patients. He decided to pursue schooling in the United States to become an Advanced Life Support Paramedic. Lawrence Graduated from Capitol Community College in 2002.

Over the years, while working as a paramedic in Connecticut, Lawrence was also a Field Training Officer with American Medical Response. In addition, he was a Paramedic Field Instructor with Yale Sponsor Hospital program (an affiliate of the Yale School of Medicine). Currently Lawrence also works as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Emergency Department.

Cawston, Andrew : Faculty member

Cawston, Andrew

Faculty member
514 457-6610 ext. 5942

Tse, Kenneth : Lab Technician

Tse, Kenneth

Lab Technician
514 457-6610 ext. 5529

Brown, Jeffery : Chair

Brown, Jeffery

514-457-6610 ext. 5016


Jeffery Brown started his career on an ambulance in 1976.  In 1977 he graduated at the top of his class in the Paramedic Program at Dawson College and the Royal Victoria Hospital, under the direction of Dr. Pieter Cohen.

Since that time, he has worked for private employers, Bombardier, and Urgences-santé, working as a field supervisor for 21 years.   He is part of a volunteer search and rescue unit in the West Island, and provides medical coverage for events as well as being called out to searches for the Sûreté du Québec.

Jeffery is the coordinator of the Paramedic Care program at John Abbott.

Afonso, Fernando :

Afonso, Fernando

514-457-6610 ext. 5119


My name is Fernando Afonso and like many, my love for emergency medicine started while watching episodes of the NBC show "EMERGENCY" as a child!

I have been a faculty member of the Paramedic Care program at JAC since August 2010. I graduated in 1993 as a Registered Nurse (RN) and specialized in emergency and critical care. I worked for 18 years in the emergency department at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. This experience allowed me to expand my clinical practice and knowledge base by taking on different roles both at the bedside and in a more management-oriented aspect. It also gave me the chance to work on the receiving end of paramedic care.

From 1994 to 2000, I worked as a volunteer medic/first-responder for the City of Côte-Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Service during my spare time. This is where I truly discovered my passion for EMS and the paramedic world.

In 2000, I graduated from the Primary Care Paramedic Program of Ahuntsic College in Montreal and worked from 2000 until 2006 as a primary care paramedic for the Montreal and Laval EMS agency, la Corporation d'Urgences santé. During this time, I continued to work part time as a nurse and greatly enjoyed the combined careers.

I have been a Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and first aid instructor for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation since 2001 and have been involved in the implementation of CPR-AED programs in many locations in the Montreal area. In 2008, I trained and became an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructor for this same entity. I now teach and train advance providers such as paramedics, nurses and physicians in this specialized training. I am also a member of the McGill University Medical Faculty and provide ACLS training to medical students, residents and physicians throughout the year.

Outside of work, I am happily married to a nurse and we have four children who enrich our lives every day!

Charpentier, Martin :

Charpentier, Martin

514-457-6610 ext. 5798


Due to a popular 70’s TV show, I became a Paramedic in 1995. My training was both in New York state and the province of Quebec.
I have been working on an ambulance in Montreal since 2001. While gaining hands-on experience, my appetite for knowledge grew and grew. I began to have students tag along with me. During this time, I enjoyed sharing my knowledge with these students.
“Why not teach it?” I asked myself. I then became a Basic and Advanced CPR instructor. After a few months, I realized that I really enjoyed teaching. I wanted to go further. John Abbott’s Paramedic Care program arrived. I have been part of this team since 2008.

Meunier, Sophie :

Meunier, Sophie

514-457-6610 ext. 5805


Morin, Matthew :

Morin, Matthew

514-457-6610 ext. 5659


Matthew is a primary care paramedic who has been teaching at John Abbott College since the fall of 2013. His EMS experience expands across several provinces including Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. He has also worked in a variety of settings including two emergency departments as a transition zone paramedic.

Nikolopoulos, Louis :

Nikolopoulos, Louis

514-457-6610 ext. 5092


Poirier, Martin : Faculty member

Poirier, Martin

Faculty member
514-457-6610 ext. 5623


With teaching experience dating back to 1988, Martin Poirier served as a dispatcher, a paramedic, and then as a paramedic instructor for Urgences-santé in Montreal from 1992 to 2011. During that period, Martin was deeply involved in the development of the current Provincial pre-hospital care report and was project manager of the two first editions of the pocket user guide still used by a majority of paramedics. Martin has been teaching Paramedic Care at the college level since 2008 and specifically at John Abbott since 2013.

Martin has a Bachelor’s Degree, and is working on his Master’s in Education.

Stipdonk, Nelly : Faculty member

Stipdonk, Nelly

Faculty member
514-457-6610 ext. 5521


Nelly has been a member of John Abbott College faculty since the start of the Paramedic Care Program in 2008.

She started her career in EMS at Dawson College in the Paramedic Program as a student and later became a teacher in Pre-hospital Care at the same college.

Nelly is currently an Advanced-Care Paramedic licensed in the state of New York where she practices.

She is also a PHTLS (Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support) instructor and has traveled to Senegal and Ghana to teach PHTLS to United Nations soldiers..

Wood, Kent : Faculty member

Wood, Kent

Faculty member


Kent is a primary care paramedic whose accreditations include HAZMAT/WMD response, mine rescue, Basic Cardiac Life Support instructor and First Responder instructor.  He works as paramedic and a first responder in the province of Québec and as a remote site paramedic for SIRIUSMEDX in the Canadian north.  Passionate about pre­­hospital care, he is always researching leading edge care and equipment.

Kent has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of New Brunswick. He has been an avid practitioner of outdoor pursuits for many years. He is also a partner in a skydiving club, a pro exhibition jumper, and a safety and training advisor for the United States Parachute Association.


For a detailed list of Courses offered, please visit the Paramedic Care section of the Course Calendar.

Supplemental Information


At the January 30, 2016 Open House, Paramedic Care and Nursing students cooperated on a live demonstration with our new High-Fidelity Simulator, TRAUMA HAL®, and showed to 3 groups of potential students and their parents how HFS is used in both the Nursing and Paramedic Care programs.


The Paramedic Care Physical Testing was held on Friday, February 12, 2016, with 62 potential candidates registered.  This brings the total of candidates for Fall 2016 admission to over 100!