Garrie Wright is the Emergency Service Consultant for Circadian. Garrie is a retired Deputy Chief from Toronto Paramedic Services with over 36 years’ experience in the emergency services industry.
Garrie Wright was a senior leader for the largest municipal paramedic ambulance service in Canada. The service is the sole provider of emergency medical response for Toronto, responding to over 250,000 emergency calls annually: with a daytime population of 3.5 million people.
Garrie led a project team that implemented a new work schedule for Toronto Paramedic Services. Garrie successfully navigated the project through several major issues in order to replace a 35-year-old schedule. By matching staffing with emergency call demand, the service was able to offer a variety of schedules to the staff and significantly improved response times and reduced their overtime budget.
Garrie has extensive experience in labour relations and contract negotiations. He was the lead for three consecutive contract negotiations and has experience in arbitration and conflict resolution.
In 2011, Garrie was promoted to Deputy Chief and was the senior management lead for three portfolios over his tenure. As Deputy Chief of Operations, he managed approximately 1,000 frontline paramedics, as Deputy Chief of Operations Support he successfully implemented a budget of just under $200 million dollars and finally as Deputy Chief of Communications he managed an emergency dispatch centre that was an Accredited Centre of Excellence.
Garrie played a key role in several major events affecting paramedic services in Toronto including the G7 and G8 Summit, the Papal visit and World Youth Days. Garrie has had the opportunity to speak at both local and international conferences about the SARs crisis and disaster planning.
Garrie was awarded the Canadian Governor General’s EMS Award for exemplary service in 2005 and the Toronto Exemplary Service Award in 2006. He also received the Toronto EMS Chiefs Award for his work in improving the publics’ health and safety in the community.
Garrie is a graduate of McMaster University and Humber College.