All Life Support Services instructors are certified paramedics in the Province of Ontario. All have an extensive background in classroom communication, as well as the principles of adult education.

Several instructors have a military background, which provides the tactical programs with an element of realism. Several instructors have done combat tours in the Middle East as well as the former Yugoslavia. Other instructors also have a discipline in fire fighting. Life Support Services strives to provide the best programs taught by the best instructors in the field.


Aaron Smith | A-EMCA
Executive Director

Started with Life Support Services in 2008 as an instructor. Now in charge of program development, I oversee the development of new programs, maintenance & implementation. Certified Instructor with Heart & Stroke Foundation in BLS, PALS, PEARS & ACLS.

An active Paramedic in Southwestern Ontario since 2007.

Jonathan Zubik | A-EMCA

Graduated Fanshawe College Paramedic program in 2012, been working as a Primary Care Paramedic for the past six years. I have been with Life Support Services for the past two years. 

Craig Deryk | A-EMCA P-II
Master Trainer

Craig attended Lambton College as a student in the Paramedic Program. After graduation, he worked part time as a paramedic in SW Ontario and became an instructor with Life Support Services. 

In 2016 he attended Niagara College  in the Advanced Paramedic  Program, graduating on the President’s Honour Roll.

Craig is currently working as a full-time Advanced Care Paramedic while also  becoming a Master Trainer with Life Support Services.

Sarah Leason

Graduated from St Clair college paramedic program in 1999, started my career as a paramedicworking in Elgin County in 2000. As the newest instructor I am very excited to be part of this team.

Dr. W. Paul Fox, MD, CCFP
Medical Director

I am originally from London Ontario and attended the University of Western Ontario. I graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. In 2002, I completed an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, from which I graduated with distinction. I subsequently attended the Doctor of Medicine program at UWO and graduated in 2006. Following medicine, I completed a 2 year residency in Family medicine and obtained certification with The College of Family Physicians of Canada. I have been an active member in good standing since 2008. I currently practice as a family physician, and act as the associate lead in the Elmwood Family Health Organization.

I have served as the medical director for Life Support Services since 2014. My role has been to review and assist the development of protocols, as well as to review calls.