Dave Olsen is a Canadian Physician Assistant (PA) who graduated from the Canadian Forces Medical
Training Centre in 2001. In July 2016, he retired at the rank of Master Warrant Officer (Senior Non
Commission rank) from the Canadian Forces Health Services Group after 31 years of loyal service.
During his career, he served as Medic for 16 years and as PA for the remainder of his career. He had the
privilege to deploy overseas on numerous occasions with Canadian Special Operation Forces Command
(CANSOFCOM) as Senior Medical authority and Senior Medical Advisor for Task Force Commanders.
During his career, he developed an expertise in advance trauma training and trained hundreds of
soldiers before deployment in hostile environments.
He retired as the Senior Physician Assistant with the CANSOFCOM, where he provided advice and
guidance to the Command Surgeon and CANSOF units with an emphasis on strategic planning and
training. Over the years, he acquired expertise in operational medicine, strategic, operational and
tactical medical planning, medical clinic management and medical care delivery. He is fully bilingual.
Working with ST/OPS Tactical Training Canada as Chief Medical SME, he provides expertise in the
medical field and has developing training programmes and delivering advance medical training to
military personnel, law enforcement agencies, and Federal Governmental Departments.