Aga Khan

Aga Khan is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS & ACLSEP) Course Director/Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Course Instructor and has been trained as a ACP on the Toronto Joint CBRNE Team since 2002 

Paramedic / Toronto Paramedic Services

1994   Primary Care Paramedic

2001   Advanced Care Paramedic

2002   Toronto CBRNE certified

2003   Live CBRN Training, Counter Terrorism Technology Centre (CTTC), Canadian Forces Base Suffield, Alberta

2004    Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) certified

2004-2006   Clinical Research Technician, Ventana Clinical Research Corporation

2005   Live CBRN Training, CTTC, CFB Suffield, Alberta

2005-2017   Toronto Police Public Safety Unit

2005   ACLS Instructor

2005   Course Director ACLS & ACLSEP, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

2006-Present   Parkview Air Medical, global air medical repatriations

2010   Oak Ridges Institute for Sciences & Education, TN United States.  Radiation Trauma Management intermediate course.

2013   Toronto Police, Community Response Unit Bike Medic

2017   Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Response Training Program certified, University of Laval

2017-2018   Trillium Gift of Life Tissue Recovery Technician

2018/2019   Cadre Member Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Training Program, University of Laval  

2020-Present   Hospital for Sick Kids Acute Care Transport Service Medic

2021-Present   COVaxON Certified Vaccine Administrator


June 2001   Advanced Care Paramedic / C.Rubes, Toronto Paramedic Services

 Advanced Care Paramedic, Field Training Officer ACP, CBRNE Specialist

May 1987   Bachelor of Science / Mt. Allison University

Published Thesis in Canadian Journal of Zoology

Community Service/Activities/Awards

2020   CBRNE World article contributor

2011   Instructor of the Year, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine/Sunnybrook Health Sciences

2012   Toronto Police Services, Award of Excellence

2012   Ontario Paramedic Services, Appreciation Award

2013   N.H. McNally Award, Conspicuous Bravery

2013   Toronto Paramedic Services, Merit Award

2015-2019   Paramedic Ride, Toronto to Ottawa

2006-2019   Coach/Assistant Coach Caledon Soccer Club

2016   Ontario Paramedic Association, Act of Valour Award

2019 Ontario Paramedic Association, Long Service Award

Andreas Gisholt Gustavsen

Nurse anaesthetist and Paramedic, specialized in CBRNe with focus on high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) and preparedness

Andreas has worked 16 years as a paramedic in the Ambulance Service in Oslo. He is CBRNe responsible for the special operations unit in Oslo, Norway. In addition, he oversees HCID in the National Rapid Response Unit in Norway and is part of the RescEU team, which transports HCID patients across the EU. Andreas is also part of the NOR-EMT Norwegian Emergency Medical team.

Andreas has extensive experience working abroad. He was part of the Ebola Response Team in 2014 and part of NOR-EMT response team in Bergamo in 2020. In terms of training, Andreas was responsible for CBRNe training in Lebanon and Jordan with the EU in 2018 and EpiShuttle training with the WHO in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018/2019.

Col. Daniele del Gaudio

Maj. Daniele del GAUDIO, 7th CBRN Defense Regiment CBRN Specialist Support Office Chief.

He began his career in 2001 in CBRN branch as a Corporal, he attended the 5th Course at the Italian Military NCO Academy from 2002 to 2005 and he was promoted 2nd Lt in 2006. He spent all his career at the 7th CBRN defense regiment across a range of roles, as Platoon Leader, Deputy Coy Commander, Coy Commander and Staff Officer and currently the Chief of the CBRN Specialist Support Office of 7th CBRN defense regiment.

His diversified operational experience lead him to assume various leadership, he was the CBRN defense Platoon Leader in Afghanistan under the ISAF mission in 2007, the Deputy Coy Commander in Lebanon under the UNIFIL mission in 2009, the Deputy Team Leader of the Liaison Officer Monitoring Team in Kosovo under the KFOR mission in 2010, the Mobile Training Team Leader in Lebanon under the MIBIL mission in 2018.

He is National Representative in the NATO JCBRND Capability Development Group Physical Protection Panel and in NATO Framework Concept Nation Cluster CBRN Protection Sub Cluster Operation and Integration. He is a National CBRN expert for the United Office for Disarmament Affairs. He graduated in Organizational and Management Sciences, he achieved two international masters’ degree in Protection against CBRNe Events 1st for first responders and 2nd level for decision makers.

Craig Crume

Craig Crume, Director of Product Management-Detection, Teledyne FLIR

Craig Crume is Director of Product Management, Detection, for Teledyne FLIR. His expertise working with analytical instruments spans more than 30 years, and he has spent over 20 years overseeing development of field-deployable and portable instrumentation focused on CBRN applications. Previous to FLIR, Mr. Crume served as a Vice President at Federal Resources and before that as Co-Owner of KD Analytical Consulting, Inc. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University.

Matt Scullion

Matt Scullion, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, BioFire Defense 

Mr. Scullion has been in the biodefense sector for over 15 years, initially entering the field from his formal training in biology and as an R&D scientist.  Since then he has gained first-hand experience during the anthrax attacks of 2001: performing training and advising biodetection efforts in New York City and Washington DC. He was also a critical asset in the strategic deployment of diagnostic aid to the U.S. Military during the Ebola crisis in West Africa.   

He participated in the first U.S. Department of Defense InVitro Diagnostic platform program (JBAIDS), from its award to expansion, and is now intimately involved with the launch of the US DoD’s Next Generation Diagnostic System for syndromic diagnostics and surveillance.  

Mr. Scullion has supported BioFire in multiple capacities, ranging from Director of Business Development for Government Programs to now Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BioFire Defense, LLC 

Ryan Putman

Ryan Putman, Deputy Fire Marshal, Utah State Department of Public Safety

Ryan Putman started with the Utah State Fire Marshal's Office in 2016 in their Hazardous Materials Section and developed its Unmanned Systems Program, which provides training and guidance to other public safety agencies, as well as responding to requests for aerial imagery from agencies that do not have their own programs. The Utah State Fire Marshal's Office Unmanned Systems Program consists of 10 UAVs and one underwater ROV, and has deployed these vehicles to fires, missing persons, and hazardous materials spills.

Ryan has worked in public safety for 15 years, from small town volunteer fire departments, to career metro fire departments and now the Utah State Fire Marshal's Office. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, completed coursework at Utah State University on designing and building Unmanned Vehicles, and is currently working on his Master's of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University.               

Jason Rubenstein

Police Officer Jason Rubenstein is currently assigned to the NYPD Counterterrorism Division’s CBRNE Section. P.O. Rubenstein has served in the Counterterrorism Bureau for over 10 years, across two commands. He previously served as an U.S. Air Force Nuclear Munitions Officer before joining the NYPD nearly 15 years ago. Police Officer Rubenstein is among one of the senior members of the team that leads the CBRNE Unit’s mission to interdict and detect CBRNE based threats to New York City and additionally the protection of the large scale events that take place within the five boroughs.

                        Police Officer Jason Rubenstein was hand selected to be assigned to start up the World Trade Center Command when it stood up in July of 2011, he performed numerous assignments including visitor screening, site security, and vehicle checkpoints. In March of 2014, PO Rubenstein was transferred to the Counterterrorism Division where he was assigned to work in the CBRNE Section. Since joining the CBRNE section; 8 years ago, Officer Rubenstein has quickly become the CBRNE section subject matter expert within his explosive trace detection responsibility.  He is the FIDO X3 explosive trace detector program manager and coordinates allocation and training for units throughout the Department.

                        Additionally, he provides unit refresher training for numerous units and Commands in the explosive detection, radiation detection and other CBRNE detection equipment.  Officer Rubenstein continuously liaises with outside agencies, Federal partners and organizations in an effort to ensure the NYPD and the Counterterrorism Bureau have the best possible equipment to complete the mission. 

Lt Col Steve Johnson

Lt Col Steve Johnson is the SO1 Counter CBRN in the British Army’s Land Warfare Centre. He specifically advises on doctrine and training in the land environment, but additionally champions the Field Army’s C-CBRN requirements across all lines of development (e.g., equipment and infrastructure). He was previous the lead staff officer for Counter CBRN Training Policy. This marked a return to the military following a hiatus as an academic and forensic scientist. His initial military service was within the Royal Engineers and Royal Tank Regiment across a range of roles culminating in specialist Counter CBRN with the Joint CBRN Regiment.

Steve is also an academic and forensic scientist, with a distinguished track record in providing strategic advice, training and education to government, armed forces, academia and industry on CBRNE and forensics. Educated at Cambridge University and Cranfield University, he has received broad training across policing and counter terrorism, with specialisation in CBRNE.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University where he was part of the team which set up the Masters in Emergency and Disaster Management focusing on Terrorism, CBRN, International Disaster response and Emergency and Disaster Management policy and law. At Cranfield University he was Course Director for the MSc Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation for 5 years before handing it over on his return to the military and still runs or lectures on courses and research on CBRN, Fire, Explosives and Intelligence. His hazardous forensics module, supported by DSTL and AWE, was the first of its kind in the UK. He is on the professorial committee of the University of Tor Vergata, on their CBRNE Protection Master of Engineering program, where he has also taught on explosives, CBRN and crisis communication.

Finally, he is a special constable with Wiltshire Police where he focuses on response policing but is also a trained CBRN initial responder and instructs on CBRN threat and Intelligence Analysis to a number of police forces.

Commander Martin Desbiens-Côté

Commander Desbiens-Côté began his career in February 1992 with the Montreal Police Department. He rose through the ranks and was promoted to the rank of Commander in April 2006. Over the years, Commander Desbiens-Côté had the opportunity to lead several units. Most notably, he was in charge of the Intervention Group (crowd control and strategic response) for a period of 6 years and was later responsible for the Cybercrime unit.

His diversified operational and administrative experience lead him to assume the command of the Counterterrorism and Emergency Measures Section in October 2020. In addition to its emergency measures coordination mandate, his team fulfills its antiterrorism mandate through operational response planning, hardening of soft targets and critical infrastructure, and insuring that the department maintains a high level of preparedness in order to face terrorist threats. The unit also leads multiple committees including a national security intelligence committee and the Montreal Antiterrorism Advisory Committee, which is comprised of operational leaders from allied organizations (public health, fire department, EMS, emergency preparedness, military, etc.).

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