About the Instructor
Brian Bennett, a Registered Massage Therapist from Collingwood/Markham, was formerly employed for 17 months as a medical venue manager for the Toronto2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, in this position he coordinated development of a mental health program for the first time in Pan/Parapan Am Games history, and managed 8 sport venues, 3 satellite accommodation clinics, assisted the Emergency Manager in the coordination of medical services for spectators across the Games, and managed all medical for the opening/closing ceremonies for the Parapan Am Games. In September 2017 Brian was the medical co-lead for all cycling events at the Invictus Games. Most recently Brian was employed by the GoldCoast Games organising committee, as Venue Medical Manager for the Commonwealth Games in Australia. As part of this role he developed and presented a Medical Staff Support (CISM) Program to 50 Fulltime medical staff/managers at the Games. This program was in place to support over 1400 medical volunteers for the duration of the Games.
He has been a volunteer and paid ski patroller with the Canadian Ski Patrol (for 30 years), and a member of their CISM team (15 years) being presented with several awards for his dedication to CISM with the Patrol. In 2016 he became the first National CISM Coordinator for the Canadian Ski Patrol with approximately 4500 members. Brian volunteered for the Canadian Red Cross during the Ft McMurray fire disaster working as a Safety & Wellbeing Responder/Supervisor providing psycho-social support to residents displaced by fires and residing in Edmonton. He has trained in firefighting becoming NFPA 1001 FF1 and FF2 certified.
Brian has been an ICISF approved crisis intervention instructor since 2009 teaching Group Crisis Intervention, Assisting Individuals in Crisis, Strategic Response to Crisis, Advanced Assisting Individuals in Crisis, Advanced Group Crisis Intervention, and an approved instructor for the R2MR Road to Mental Readiness program from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and the Mental Health Commision Canada. Brian teaches locally in Toronto as well as across Canada. He has presented "International Multisport Games and the Provision of CISM, Past, Present, and Future" at the "ICISF World Congress on Stress, Trauma, and Coping" In Baltimore Maryland, the Pan/Parapan Am medical conference prior to the Games in Toronto, to sports medicine physicians during the CASEM endurance medicine course at Ironman Muskoka, and at the PRO Parks and Recreation Ontario Aquatics conference. Brian regularly volunteers his time to teach CISM courses for the "CCISF" Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation's national conferences, and for the YORK CISM team.
Brian strives to make each class a true learning experience, tailoring each course to the particular needs of the group. He develops scenarios that relate to the students backgrounds, and makes use of video roll plays to increase learning and skill development.
Many thanks to Brian for a job well done teaching the CISM course for the past 3 days. It's a tough job but you managed to keep us captivated and awake non stop. I highly recommend this course and Brian as an instructor for any emergency services individuals that might be interested to obtain their certification.
First Responder/Peer support team member 2019
What did you find most valuable about the course? "The interactive learning experience was amazing! So many opportunities to participate"
Emergency Operations Peer Team Member 2019
"Brian was one of the best instructors I've ever had. Kept it interesting"
Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital 2019
"Brian is an incredible instructor, I would take a course with him again"
Emergency Management/PEOC 2019
"Brian was an excellent presenter and made the course enjoyable"
Social Services 2018
"Great training Brian. Kept it interesting, fun and exciting, very professional. A big thank you!"
Women's shelter staff 2018
"Brian was fun and encouraging, kept it interesting!"
Elementary school Peer Support Team 2018
"Found the instructor very well informed and can easily flow with the information. Kept us engaged"
Social Services 2018
"This CISM course was life changing, I can't wait to use these skills to help peers in the workplace"
Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital Manager 2018
"Brian did an excellent job using the backgrounds of the course participants. He is clearly passionate about what he is teaching"
Fire department 2017
What did you like most about the course?: "Instructor- great presentation, excellent facilitation, work & life experiance" "I have really appreciated this oppurtunity and the care that went into being inclusive of all participants and backgrounds. Very respectful, playful, and insightful."
"Professionaly presented in a structured, safe, respectful environment that fostered excellent learning environment. Instructor is passionate and well informed about material and teaching them"
Ski Patrol 2017
"Brian was a great instructor, and clearly is very comfortable speaking about this subject"
Fire Department CISM team member 2017
"The wallet size cards were Awsome tools for activities, the books were easy to follow along and exercises helped bring the info into action"
Community Mental Health Worker 2017
Would you recommend this course? "Absolutely, this is a perfect tool for all First Nation communities" "This stuff is paramount to bring back to our CISM teams"
Mental Health Responder 2017
"There are no words to describe the importance of this training, it is invaluable!"
"Great job. I especially appreciate the efforts the trainer went through to prepare himself for the group he was training. A great effort put forth to make it as culturally appropriate as possible"
Victim Services-Responder/Team Lead First Nations. 2017
"I found this very informative and stimulating. It took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me. I learned a lot from this training and it has motivated me to learn more. I really enjoyed this training."
Community Mental Health Worker 2017
"Brian was very knowledgeable and was easy to follow along, and listen to. Made the topic very interesting"
"The presenter (Brian) was truly knowledgeable and connected very well with everyone. Our two day training course didn't seem like a course at all, but an in-depth learning session. I loved it!"
Human Resources 2016
"Thank you for being so generous with your time this past weekend. We learned a lot and feel much more able to support our own members in the event of a difficult event."
Saskatoon Ski Patrol Division President 2016
"Your skills have grown and I've seen you blossom as a lecturer, leader, and a great event manager. Thanks for being a solid team player, energetic to the very end, and always positive!"
Chief Medical Officer Toronto2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games 2015
"Excellent instructor with depth of understanding, empathy, fantastic positive input and answering questions"
"You need good instructors to enhance the the learning, Brian was Great"
Building trades union
"Brian was awesome!, answered questions with examples, made dry information interesting"
Police, Hamilton CERT team
"Brian was a great instructor. A natural teacher, great voice with recap + effective stories, Included all students"
CCISF national conference attendee 2013