Meet our new Team Canada from British Columbia ...
I have been a Paramedic with the BC Emergency Health Service for 26 years. I presently live and serve as an Advanced Care Paramedic in the municipality of Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver. I also work at special events as a bike squad member and UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) member.
I’m excited to participate for the first time at the Rallye Rejviz. I have assisted in prepping past participants for the Rallye and now am taking the next step as a participant. I look forward to meeting Emergency Responders from all over the world. This will be an exciting opportunity to hone my skills and to see how emergency first responders from many different countries deal with the challenges of our chosen careers.
Alex Mattes - Captain & Manager
I have been a paramedic for 20 years with the BC ambulance service. I started back in 1997 as an OFA attendant on Gabriola Island. Over the years I have moved around BC working my way up to a Primary Care Paramedic. I currently work as a PCP Paramedic Chief in Richmond BC. I have been a Paramedic Chief for over 6 years now and I am very active in the community as my role as Paramedic Chief. In this role I continue my day to day paramedic duties but also assume the role of a leader and mentor. I have organized and participated in multiple mock disaster training plans and continually work with partner agencies on MCI plans and preparation.
I have twice been nominated and won paramedic of the year in the city of Richmond and have received the life saving order from St. Johns.
I am married with 2 kids. My wife (Sarah) is also in the first responder group as a Police officer and both my boys are very active with sports and school. My family is very supportive of my career and this exciting opportunity for me to be part of a team that is competing internationally.
I look forward to returning to the Rallye-Rejviz and competing this year.
Very honored and excited to be a part of Team Canada BC.
I currently work as a Critical Care Paramedic with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and am working out of YVR (Vancouver Airport) flying across the province of British Columbia. I have been with BCEHS for 23 years and have worked as a Primary and Advanced Care Paramedic prior to Critical Care. I married better than my wife did, have two waterpolo playing hooligans, a dog who waits by the door patiently for me to get home at night (the most obedient and loving of my family), and I enjoy being involved in different forms of paramedic education because no one listens to me at home.
This will be my first time going to Rallye Rejvis and I am excited not only to be meeting new people from all over the world who have chosen this important profession, but also to be working with a great team.
I’m excited, honoured and humbled to be joining this years Prague 2018 Team BC and am looking forward to working with such a great group of paramedics.
I began my career with BC Ambulance in 1989 in my home town of Salmo, operator 426. I moved to Vancouver in 1991 as a part-time Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) I and was hired full time in 1997 and successfully completed my EMA II.
In 2003 I completed the Justice Institute of BC’s, Advance Life Support (now ACP) program.
In 2005 I moved to Nanaimo BC as part of a pilot program for new service delivery for ALS. Suffice to say the de-paired, ALS capable ambulance model wasn’t as success and I’m proud to say that I was part of a group of paramedics who pushed to maintain best practice for patients in the Nanaimo area.
Over my career I have been a vocal advocate for better service delivery, training and lowering response times. For several years I served as the Public Education Director for the Ambulance Paramedics of BC, CUPE Local 873 and have been involved in many public education events representing both CUPE Local 873 and BCAS. My career with BCAS has included working in rural and metro areas
My move to Nanaimo was driven by my love of the outdoors and the opportunity to find a quieter lifestyle. I’m the proud father of a wonderful 8 year old boy and we are fortunate to enjoy fishing, hiking, skiing and many other outdoor activities.
While it has been a number of years since I have done scenarios or competed I am looking forward to working with Clarke, Alex, Gene and Ron. I’ve had the pleasure over my 28 years to have worked with all of these paramedics and respect their professionalism, knowledge and experience. I look forward to working with a great line up of coaches and to learn from their years of competition experience at the Rallye Rajviz.
Clarke McGuire – Canada’s Liaison to the Rallye Rejviz in the Czech Republic
I was an Advanced Life Support Paramedic for 40 years, during this time I received many awards, medals and accolades for numerous projects and volunteer initiatives. I am proud to say I brought about changes with provincial and federal law dealing with elevators, allowing ambulance stretcher access decreasing time to hospital and reducing back injuries. I wrote our emergency response plan for large scale events and worked tirelessly on disaster preparedness.
In 2004 I attended the Rallye Rejviz as a competitor and was invited back as a judge. The organizers welcomed me into their “Realization Committee” and I have been an international judge and medical presenter since. With this I’m proud to say I have taken many teams to the Czech Republic from B.C. and Ontario and these men and women left with a true admiration for the people of the Czech & Slovak Republics and many new found friends of their profession around the globe. A sincere thanks to my good friend Lumir Popek who is a wonderful guide.
August 2017 at the PACE Exposition in Quebec City I received an inaugural award from the Paramedic Association of Canada for Excellence in Leadership and Community Building, I was both humbled and most appreciative to be recognized by my peers. In addition to this I was honoured by my colleagues at the Rallye Rejviz for promoting this incredible event around the globe last May, thank you!
I take great pride in introducing this gentleman and wonderful friend Lumir Popek. Lumir first invited me to attend the Rallye Rejviz Competition in 2004. Mr. Josef Bas, from Delta, B.C. was involved with its inception and invited him to the Czech Republic and to bring a team. He contacted me and we have been fast friends ever since. He not only introduced me to competition but to the Czech Republic and it's people, their traditions, the culture of music, beers and wine and so much more and for this I can not thank him enough.
He was born in the former Czechoslovakia and left there at a young age for Canada where he still resides. As a Czech ex patriot he serves our teams as a true historian that really rounds out our experience. He acts as an interpreter, a travel guide, photographer and this year a videographer. For me as an international judge although the event is held in English I have relied on his interpreting skills many times to make my point or to make things clear or concise with other members that have English as a fourth language. We are thrilled to have him as part of our team again this year.