Region of Peel announces new Chief and Director of Paramedic Services

The Region of Peel has a new Chief and Director of Paramedic Services.

On May 28, the Region announced Brian Gibson is the new leader of Peel’s paramedic services, which are the second-largest in Ontario and serve 1.5 million people.

As Chief and Director of Paramedic Services, Gibson will report to Peel’s Commissioner of Health Services Nancy Polsinelli.

“Chief Gibson will lead strategic direction in providing the community with the highest quality of care through the delivery of various programs — pre-hospital emergency response, community safety and relations, and community paramedicine,” said the Region of Peel in a media release from communications specialist Monica Misra-Lui. “Peel Region is an innovative leader in pre-hospital paramedic care, working with hospitals to address off-load delays, addressing 9-1-1 misuse, improving ambulance dispatch, and enhancing community paramedicine to contribute solutions in caring for frail seniors in their homes.”

Gibson has 34 years of paramedic leadership experience. He’s been Peel’s Deputy Chief since 2014, and acting chief since 2023.

Polsinelli said Gibson is an empathetic and innovative leader “who builds a strong, supportive workplace culture and forges partnerships across Peel Region and the health system to continually improve care to the community.”

Peel’s Chief Administrative Officer Gary Kent said Peel’s paramedics are essential professionals who care for people in crisis and use their skills and knowledge to build a better community.

“Chief Gibson's extensive experience and significant leadership abilities will ensure continued progress in enabling excellence among our committed paramedic teams,” said Polsinelli.

Zachary Roman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Caledon Citizen