Canadian Medical Association

Ottawa; University of Ottawa, 1971; emergency medicine; recipient, Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross (GGMSC). Died of cancer May 2, 2022, aged 74. Survived by his wife, Gail Carroll, and a son. “He was an attending emergency physician at the Ottawa Hospital for more than 40 years. In addition to clinical duties, his roles included providing medical direction to the paramedics of Eastern Ontario. He was also an associate professor with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Emergency Medicine, with his academic interests focused on prehospital care and emergency preparedness. His work earned Justin the GGMSC, which recognizes extraordinary people for their innovative acts, thereby setting an example or model for others to follow, while bringing honour to Canada. This award was bestowed for his role as medical director in the ground-breaking establishment of the ACT (advanced coronary treatment) High School CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) program, which has empowered more than 4.8 million students and more than 8000 teachers across Canada with CPR and automated external defibrillator training and skills. He created an environment for a generation that considers it their civil duty to know resuscitation skills and to assist other citizens in need. As well, his far-reaching impact as a role model and mentor had an enormous impact on emergency medicine in Canada. He supervised and trained a significant number of emergency physicians in the country, as well as most of the prehospital and transport medicine physicians.”

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