Dr. Robert Cronin
Courtenay, British Columbia
» Appointed to a part-time term of four years on November 29, 2017.
Dr. Cronin obtained a medical degree from Queen's University in 1970 and a family practice certification from McMaster University in 1973. He is a retired family physician who has practiced in various settings including Flin Flon and Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He also worked for five years with the Northern Medical Unit at the University of Manitoba as a fly-in physician in isolated First Nations communities in Northern Manitoba. His aviation experience includes many years as a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner, three years as an Aviation Medical Officer with Transport Canada, and 12 years as an Air Reserve Medical Officer with 17 Wing in Winnipeg. During this time, he flew as a flight surgeon with 435 Squadron in Hercules aircraft on search and rescue missions and training flights, medevac and transport missions, and air to air refuelling missions. He also flew regularly with 402 City of Winnipeg Squadron on Dash 8 navigation school training flights. Dr. Cronin has a private pilot's licence and approximately 850 hours of pilot-in-command time, most of which was accumulated in the Northwest Territories while flying into native communities to conduct medical clinics. He is also a qualified Basic Dive Medical Officer and has worked with search and rescue divers, RCMP divers, and civilian commercial divers in this capacity.