Dr. Neilson McLean, MD, FRCPC, Emergency Medicine Specialist
Dr. McLean founded Executive Air Ambulance as Medical Director, with an extensive background in Emergency Medicine as well as fellowships in both Critical Care Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine. His background also includes acting as the primary investigator in several research projects including the effects of cabin altitude in patients with COPD during aero medical transport. Dr. McLean holds a degree in aviation medicine from the University of Otago in New Zealand. Dr. McLean brings extensive experience as a flight physician transporting acutely critical patients worldwide on-board air ambulance flights. His role at Executive Air Ambulance is the complete oversight of aero medical operations as well as staff recruitment, retention and training. Neil also administers our medical QA program. A strong team player with an extensive aero medical background, Dr McLean brings a unique skill set to our operation ensuring the highest quality in medical oversight, the hallmark of Executive Air Ambulance’s commitment to patient safety.
Leanne Leduc, Chief Flight Nurse
Leanne Leduc is a RN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Shortly after graduating she returned to school to formally specialize in emergency nursing. Leanne worked in a busy trauma centre for 4 years before combining her love of travel with her nursing. She then spent 2 years working in the Middle East in a large urban hospital, again in an emergency setting. Upon returning home to Canada Leanne continued her career as an emergency nurse but later decided to again return to school to further her education in critical care. The Intensive Care Unit brought many new experiences and learnings with caring for the sickest of the sick. In recent years Leanne has been working as a cardiac clinical nurse educator. She finds this leadership / teaching role a very rewarding experience as she is able share her knowledge with other, often newer, nurses while maintaining her own skills by continuing to remain at the bedside.
Having a specialty and experience at both ends of the critical care spectrum – emergency and intensive care, gives Leanne the ability to give appropriate care for patients at any point of their injury / illness. Combining this fact with her mentoring and leadership abilities allows Leanne to help guide staff newer to the world of air transport medicine.
Leanne loves being an RN, and outside of work one of her other passions is travel. Before becoming an RN Leanne extensively traveled the world and continues to do so today. Working with executive Air ambulance as the Chief Flight Nurse allows Leanne to combine all of her professional and personal passions while delivering the best possible care to our patients.
David Nemec – Chief Flight Paramedic
David has worked as a paramedic for British Columbia Ambulance for thirty years. For the last seventeen years David has been a Flight Paramedic with the world renowned Neonatal / Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team. As one of the initial members of the ECMO transport program in British Columbia, David has transported multiple patients on heart / lung bypass in both the air and on the ground.
David was also previously Director of Medical Operations for the Vancouver Griffins Women’s Hockey team, of the NWHL. He was responsible for organizing all aspects of medical care for these high-level athletes while at home and traveling.
David joined Executive Air Ambulance three years ago, bringing with him his knowledge and expertise of aero-medical transports, with a focus on the population’s sickest and most fragile patients.
David maintains licensure in good standing under the paramedic licensing authority in British Columbia at the critical care level.
Chris Lucia, Chief Pilot
Like a lot of Canadians, Chris began his flying career as a bush pilot in northern Canada and the high arctic flying various aircraft on floats, wheels and skis. Eventually moving on to a regional airline in Ontario he continued to build on that experience and eventually took a position flying air ambulance in his home city of Vancouver, BC, a role that has evolved from provincial air ambulance to global air medical repatriations. Now, with over 20 years in the industry, Chris is the Chief Pilot of Helijet International’s fixed wing division, responsible for maintaining their high standard of safety and training. Chris currently flies the Learjet 31A and Hawker 800A jet aircraft.