Registration is now Open for TAC 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference in Edmonton April 20-21, 2023

Registration is now open for Delegates to attend the 2023 conference at the Westin Edmonton on April 20-21, 2023.  Pre Conference day is April 19th.

For additional information and to register: CLICK HERE
Early bird rates in effect until January 31, 2023.

The Program Planning Committee is hard at work putting together an exciting in-person event and the program will be posted when finalized in January.  The Scientific Abstracts have undergo peer review and primary authors will be receiving confirmation of their acceptance this week.

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation September 30th.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The TAC Board of Directors would like to acknowledge this significant day in Canada. We encourage our members to take the time to educate themselves on the meaning of this commemorative day by accessing the resources available at:
National Day for Truth & Reconciliation-English version

Journee-Nationale-Verite-Reconciliation-French version

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

This federal statutory holiday was created through legislative amendments made by Parliament.

Wear orange

Beaded orange shirt necklace

Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.  The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

On September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools.


“We are all thinking of you in Saskatchewan” TAC President says

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like the people in Saskatchewan to know that we are thinking of you at this time. We extend our thoughts to the victims and families of those who have died or who are injured and also to our trauma colleagues caring for multiple stabbing attack victims. It is horrific. Be safe.”  Dr Andrew Beckett, TAC President

New Executive Director for TAC!



After a job search and application/interview process, the TAC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Cheryl Connors to the role of Executive Director as of September 1, 2023. Cheryl will run the affairs of the Association from her home office in Caledon, Ontario. She will be overlapping with Kate for orientation during September and the office location will be transitioned during this time.

Cheryl has an extensive healthcare association management background, with over 30 years’ experience. She specializes in education program development, financial and event management, marketing/ communications, public relations, strategic planning, fundraising, and government relations. Cheryl has also worked as the executive director of several professional and trade associations, including the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care, the Canadian Association for Quality Assurance in Healthcare and the Canadian Market Research Association. Cheryl also worked as a Strategic Communications Planner with the Ontario government. Cheryl has an Honours BA in Political Science as well as certificates in Marketing and Public Relations. She is a long-time member of the Canadian Association of Association Executives. At the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care, Cheryl created a training and certification program for healthcare professionals in smoking cessation. She was successful in securing a million dollar grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada and securing partnerships with Alberta Health Services and the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) to develop and deliver a very successful education and certification smoking cessation program.

At this time, the Board of TAC would like to thank Kate Mahon for her past nine (9) years of service. Kate was the first Executive Director for TAC starting in 2013. She has strengthened the business model and the governance structure of TAC during her tenure and been an ambassador for the Association. She will be greatly missed by all the TAC family, and we wish her all the best in her retirement plans. Kate’s last day with TAC will be September 30th.

Andrew Beckett CD MD MSc FRCSC FACS
TAC President





Australasian Trauma Society Annual Conference starts on Sept 1

The Australasian Trauma Society (ATS) conference is a week away in Brisbane Australia.  Be sure to check out the final program:

ATS Conference Program

The following TAC members will be giving talks:

Dr Tarek Razek is the International Keynote Speaker (virtually) speaking on “International Experience of Training for Trauma Care.”

Dr David Evans is doing a plenary talk on “The Argument for a National Trauma Performance Audit Program in Canada.”



International Paramedics Day is July 8th! TAC salutes our paramedic members!

On July 8, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust will join forces with over 40 global paramedic associations, College of Paramedics, higher education institutions and affiliated organisations to celebrate the first ever International Paramedics Day.

It will be a day to remember and salute the personal sacrifices and life-saving efforts made by paramedics and first responders during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, as well as recognising all that they do to give their patients the best possible treatment and care.

The theme for the inaugural International Paramedics Day is ‘Proud to be a Paramedic’.

Oxford Health paramedics make a massive contribution to the work of the Trust and have additional skills which make them specialists suited to working with specific services and patient groups.

Craig Barlow, Trust Clinical Educator & Advanced Clinical Practitioner, said: “Over the past few years the number of paramedics working within Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has grown year on year with now over 40 paramedics directly employed throughout the organisation.

“The paramedic profession has seen huge changes and developments over the years, allowing the profession to diversify in other clinical setting and roles outside of the traditional ambulance service.

“These innovative developments have brought many opportunities for those paramedics joining Oxford Health, allowing them to delivering outstanding, patient centred care to all of our services users. The paramedic profession forms part of and is represented within the wider Allied Health Care Professional (AHP) network. As a representative of the organisation, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Happy International Paramedic Day!”

International Paramedics Day is celebrated every year on July 8 because this marks the anniversary of the birth of Dominique Jean Larrey, the French military doctor who became Napoleon Bonaparte’s chief surgeon of the Grand Armee and the man often referred to as the ‘father of modern-day ambulance services.’

International Paramedics Day is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • Celebrate paramedics and first responders around the globe;
  • Promote the profession;
  • Acknowledge the difference they can make in an emergency or crisis;
  • To raise awareness and champion all the settings paramedics work including primary and secondary care, GP surgeries, military, offshore, research, education, helicopter emergency medical services and telephone triage systems


Job Posting-TAC Executive Director

Are you looking for a part time job, working from home anywhere in Canada?  Do you enjoy  supporting the work of a volunteer Board of Directors, and managing the day-to-day operations of a small Not-for-Profit Professional Health Care Association?  Do you like flexible working hours and an opportunity to travel when needed? Do you have your own business and are looking for contractual work?

The Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) is looking for a part-time (0.8 fte) person (contractual agreement) who has some flexibility for working hours (occasionally evening work required for meetings) to support the Directors who are located across Canada.

For full job posting CLICK HERE

Deadline for applications is June 30, 2022

Happy National Physician’s Day to all the TAC members who are Physicians

Today, May 1 is National Physician’s Day in Canada. Here is a shout out to all our TAC members who are physicians. You have a tough job caring for injured patients as part of the team.  We are all grateful for your skills and knowledge and caring for injured patients and families. We appreciate all you do!

TAC Board of Directors