Sherri Ferguson, MSc candidate  

Instructor: Hyperbaric Safety Director (EMPU100), Hyperbaric Medical Technologist (EMPU120), Hyperbaric Technician (EMPU150)   

Sherri Ferguson has been a proffesional diver since 1995, and was the regional manager for TDI/SDI and worked for both Poseidon and Dräger as their service technician instructor. She has been involved in hyperbarics for the last 12 years. 

Sherri Ferguson is currently the Director of the Environmental Medicine and Physiology Unit at the Simon Fraser University. She is the Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Underwater Science. She is the current Chair of the CSA Z275.1 standards committee on Hyperbaric Operations and an Executive voting member of the CSA Z275 committee on Occupational Diving and is an instructor trainer for both recreational SCUBA and Technical Diving and rebreathers. Sherri is a trained commercial diver and instructor from the Commercial Diving Group at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Sherri is currently a Masters of Science candidate in Biomedical Physiology at SFU where her research for the US Office of Naval Research focuses on cardiovascular responses to diving, and the pharmacology of gas under pressure.

Dr. Neilson Mclean, MD FRCPC Emergency Medicine Specialist

Instructor: Hyperbaric Safety Director (EMPU100), Hyperbaric Medical Technologist (EMPU120)

After completing his medical degree, Dr. McLean did his FRCPC specialist in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, as well as additional training in Hyperbaric Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He then continued his education, completing a diploma of Aviation Medicine, and a diploma in Public Health. Dr. Mclean now carries on his career in emergency medicine and hyperbarics. 

Currently, Dr. Mclean is Emergency Medicine Physician in the Surrey Memorial Hospital and Lions Gate Hospital, as well as the Department Head Critical Care in the Abbotsford Regional Hospital in B.C. Dr. Mclean is also a Hyperbaric Medical Consultant for the ASI Group, Hyperbaric/Diving MD at Vancouver General Hospital and the Medical Director and founder of Executive Air Ambulance. He is also the Medical Director right here at the EMPU. 

Daniel Gericke, CHT DMT-A LST CDI

Instructor: Hyperbaric Medical Technologist (EMPU120) in South Africa

Daniel began his career in the South African Navy Marines and Diving Unit specializing in and teaching underwater explosive clearance diving and disposal. Taking a keen interest in HBOT and its applications he went on to direct the South African Navy Decompression Chamber Program and began treating Hyperbaric Therapy patients in addition to Decompression Illness. In 2000, Daniel founded the first Multiplace Hyperbaric Medical Center in South Africa at Saint Augustine's Hospital in Durban and later in 2004 opened a sister Monoplace Facility at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. 

In 2006, Daniel accepted the position of Safety Director at the Bermuda Hospitals Board where in 2011 the Island's Multiplace Facility achieved its first international safety accreditation. Under Daniel's stewardship and commitment to safe diving in this active community, King Edward Memorial Hospital Hyperbaric Center was chosen as a DAN Preferred Provider Facility. 

Dr. Afshin Khazei, MD, FRCPC, ABEM, ABPM-HB, AAFP

Instructor: Hyperbaric Medical Emergency Simulation (EMPU125)

Dr. Khazei completed his medical training at the University of British Columbia in 1995, and family medicine residency in Victoria, BC in 1997, before working as a rural family physician for 3 years. He then completed Emergency Medicine specialty training and fellowship in Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine (FRCPC), Family Medicine (AAFP), and Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine (ABPM).

Dr. Khazei is currently serving as Medical Director for the Hyperbaric Unit at Vancouver General Hospital, where he has worked an Emergency Physician and Hyperbaric & Diving Medicine Specialist since 2004. He is the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Lead in the BC Emergency Medicine Network, where he has focused on creation and delivery of simulation-based CPD programs throughout BC. He has been the recipient of the UBC “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2012 and the “Innovation in CPD Award” in 2013.

Dr. Khazei's areas of expertise are focused on error reduction and performance improvement through simulation and interprofessional team training. As well as maintenance of emergency procedural competency through simulation-based curriculum development and delivery.

Robert Sheffield, BA, CHT

Instructor: Hyperbaric Safety Director (EMPU100), Hyperbaric Technician (EMPU150)

Rob is Director of Education of International ATMO in San Antonio, Texas. He started his career in hyperbaric medicine in 1985. He is an expert in wound center design and development, reimbursement, hyperbaric safety, and transcutaneous oximetry. He is Past-President of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Gulf Coast Chapter. Rob has served on the NFPA Technical Committee on Hyperbaric and Hypobaric Facilities (Chairman 2006-2014), and the UHMS commitees for Hyperbaric Safety and oxygen, Materials Testing Advisory, and Practice Compliance.

He is co-author of the CHT/CHRN Certification Exam Practice Book. He authored committee commentary in four editions of the NFPA Health Care Facilities Handbook. He co-authored several articles on reimbursement and hyperbaric safety.

Francois Burman, Pr. Eng, IntPE (SA), BSc Eng (Mech), MSc (MedSc), MSAIME, FSAIW

Instructor: Hyperbaric Safety Director (EMPU100), Hyperbaric Technician (EMPU150)

Francois Burman started his career as a registered professional engineer from Cape Town, South Africa. His background includes serving as a commissioned marine engineering officer in the South African Navy; then working as a project & welding engineer and later as a senior manager at the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa.

Since 1994, he specialized in diving and hyperbaric engineering. He is a consultant on new manufacturing programs in the nuclear energy field and an international safety consultant in diving and hyperbaric medicine. He conducts safety surveys of recompression and clinical hyperbaric facilities internationally; and is a frequent lecturer on hyperbaric safety topics. He also completed a MSc in Medical Sciences (Baromedicine) from the University of Stellenbosch (2014).

Francois Burman is the Director of Underwater & Hyperbaric Safety for Divers Alert Network (DAN) in Durham, North Carolina, as well as the CEO of DAN Southern Africa and the Director of the DAN Europe Board.

Jeff Forbes, Technical Instructor for High Pressure Compressors

Instructor: Hyperbaric Technician (EMPU150), Bauer Level 1 & 2 Technician

Jeff began his immersion into the world of high pressure compressors with comprehensive factory training at the Bauer Kompressoren plant in Wolfratshausen, Germany. He has worked with and provided training for operators of high pressure compressors extensively in nearly every province in Canada, the Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavet. He has also provided training internationally, occasionally with the use of an interpreter. He observes that apparently the best time to install equipment and provide training in Northern communities is when the mercury slides below -30.

For the past 20 years he has been the Manager of Technical Training and the Technical Service Manager for Jordair Compressors Inc. in Delta B.C., the exclusive Bauer Compressor dealer for Canada.

Alex McCall, IEng 

Instructor: Hyperbaric Technician (EMPU150), Swagelok Fittings & Tube Bending

Alex worked at British Aerospace in the Dynamics Division for 9 years, where he completed his Electrical/Mechanical Apprenticeship. During his time there he also completed his Higher National Diploma at North Hertfordshire College. From this he was offered a position in the Special Projects Group as a Mechanical Engineer at British Aerospace. 

Next he was hired at Swagelok Organisation in London, England and Vancouver, Canada in 1996 as the Technical Sales Engineer. He has now been here for the last 20 years, involved in sales and servicing instruction. He also has two boys, Aged 16 and 12 years.


Don Kinney, Instructor Trainer - Visual  Inspection & Eddy Current for High Pressure Cylinders

Instructor: Hyperbaric Technician (EMPU150), Cylinder Inspection & Oxygen Cleaning

Don is the owner of Cylinder Training Services. He started formally working with and filling high pressure cylinders in 1991. With his background in public safety he continued to gain knowledge in the field of high pressure cylinders and began to develop training programs. He has developed numerous programs for cylinder safety including; Eddy Current testing (2003), SCBA, Fire Department (2004) and their Fire Safety Seminar program (2004). He went on to develop his own visual inspection program covering cylinders, valves, cleaning and compressors in 2011. At this time he realized that inspectors needed a source for affordable and high quality inspection tools. His tools are designed for the high pressure cylinder industry, and assist them in determining damage and ensuring cylinders remain safe.

In 2014 he developed an inspection program for International Training (ITI) where he published a manual and developed an on line training program the program was updated in 2017 and is taught worldwide. Don continues to dedicate himself to safety in the high pressure cylinder industries. He prides himself on understanding the client and their needs and coming up with a safe and useful training program designed to keep them safe.