Tom Ashman (PA MA CCPA CD)   |   VP Operations, Frontline Medics Inc.

Chief Warrant Officer Tom Ashman CD retired from the Canadian Forces Medical Branch in February of 2007 after twenty-eight and half years of dedicated and loyal service. Tom served in wide variety of leadership capacities during his time in the service as a Medical Assistant and Physician Assistant (PA).

Tom's true passion has always been operational and remote medical care as certainly exemplified during his time with the Canadian Forces by his completion of multiple operational tours including Haiti crisis in 1987, the Persian Gulf Conflict in 1990, Somalia in 1993, Bosnia in 1996, and the Canadian Forces Station Alert in 1997. Tom received several commendations during his prestigious career including; the Chief of Defense and Deputy Minister of Defense Innovators Award (for the Canadian Medical Association Accreditation of the Canadian Forces PA program in 2005), the Major General Barr Award of Excellence (for exceptional contributions to the Canadian Forces Medical Branch in 2001) Department Of Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Commendation (for providing medical care to 1200 Kosovo refugees at Canadian Forces Base Borden in 1999), and the Land Forces Central Area Commander's Commendation (for life saving in 1994).

Since his retirement from the Forces in 2007 Tom has primarily worked as a health care consultant and service provider in occupational health. He served as Operations Manager for a private medical company in the facilitation and setting up of an Air Medical Evacuation service for the North West Territories (NWT). He has also provided medical coverage as a PA in Baker Lake and for the Miramar Hope Bay mining project in Nunavut. Tom also provided contract services as the Quality Improvement Coordinator/Manager for the 21 Health Services Center at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia.

Tom is the original visionary leader behind the recognition of the PA profession in Canada by the Canadian Medical Association in May of 2003. He is the founding member and first President of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants.

As the father of the current PA movement throughout Canada he has lectured extensively throughout North American about the Canadian PA profession including presenting at the American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference 25 May 07 Philadelphia regarding "Developing the PA Profession in Canada". Tom was the first non-physician ever to be invited to co-present at the Canadian Orthopedic Association convention in Halifax on 2 June 2007 regarding "Access for care/alternative care models, Physician Assistants in Canada Today". Other presentations include at an Aboriginal Health Conference in Vancouver, a briefing to Northwest Territories Health Minster on the potential for the introduction of PAs into their healthcare system, co-presenter to the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Authorities Chief Executive Officers and Deputy Minister of Health on 6 Dec 07 regarding "Physician Assistants a perspective for Newfoundland and Labrador". Additionally, he has advised international representatives from Australia, Great Britain, and Netherlands on how PAs could best be utilized within their healthcare systems.

Tom completed his military PA course at the Canadian Forces Medical Services School in April of 1997. Setting another historic first as the only Non-Commissioned Officer in the 100-year history of Canadian Forces Medical Branch to obtain a graduate degree, he graduated from Royal Roads University with a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training Degree in October of 2003.

Tom has been happily married for thirty plus years and has four gifted children. He is an avid golfer, downhill skier, sailor and loves to laugh.