I have had the great geographical fortune of living in Halifax which has been a hot bed for airway management education. The relationship between emergency medicine and anesthesia has been strong and allowed for a progressive dialogue in part because of several individuals who were dual certified in both specialties. Ian Morris is one such individual who is also a mentor, friend, colleague and neighbour who I interview in this part 1 of 2 posts on the awake intubation. I believe he has the experience and definitive knowledge on performing an awake intubation in the OR. In part 2 I'll give my take on how we can adapt these necessary awake intubation skills for successful use outside of the OR.