SIM-one and the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare completed their integration in September 2017 to establish a new, interprofessional simulation network for Canada and beyond. Our skills-based Board of Directors was elected by our Organizational Voting Members at the September 2017 Annual General Meeting.
Board of Directors
Mr. Phil Hunt, Chair of the Board
Phil was most recently the Director of Business Development for London Health Sciences Centre and the Director for CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics), one of Canada’s premier healthcare simulation centres. His role was to bring private sector business acumen into the health sector to identify new revenue streams and operational efficiencies across all LHSC operations and specifically within CSTAR.
His expertise is reversing the declining fortunes of departments or organizations and increasing their levels of revenue and profit generation, with proven success in the Healthcare, Private business, Education and Government sectors. In the private sector he led organizations in the office technology, enterprise software and telecommunications sectors in Canada and the USA.
Phil received his MBA from Ivey (UWO) and has certifications as a Professional Management Coach, Career Coach, Personal Brand Strategist, and Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP).
His Board involvement includes Make-a-Wish Canada on the national board and as current Board Chair for SIM-one/CNHS, Canada’s healthcare simulation network.
Dr. Cory Ross, Secretary
Dr. Cory Ross is Dean, Centre for Health Sciences and Centre for Community Services and Early Childhood, at George Brown College. In addition to this role, he serves as the Head of the Interprofessional Education Office. Before joining George Brown College, he was the Vice-President Academic, Executive Director Institutional Development at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, President and CEO of a biotech firm and Manager of Organizational Health at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a Diplomate of Public Health as well as a certified health executive (CHE).
Mr. Malcolm Eade, Treasurer
Mr. Malcolm Eade is the President and CEO of Salus Global Corporation. Mr. Eade has a career history of building high functioning organizations and sustainable profit for multi-billion dollar healthcare companies. His key strengths are managing complexity and ambiguity, where he prioritizes initiatives and builds collaborative and cross-functional leadership teams that exceed performance expectations. Mr. Eade has a track record of guaranteeing long-term sustainable results backed by highly engaged organizations, often built from scratch. With an innate ability to develop people and teams, he values accountability and is passionate about improving industry leadership positions and exceeding targets. Having extensive leadership experience within a Fortune 500 company, he has confidently turned around business units to achieve unprecedented profit. As a two-time ironman triathlon and adventure-racer, Mr. Eade understands the value of commitment to excellence and has seen first-hand how individuals can over-achieve their physical and mental abilities.
Dr. Dimitri Anastakis
Dr. Dimitri Anastakis is a Professor of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He was the founding President and CEO of SIM-one and is currently the SIM-one’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Anastakis has held numerous leadership positions in both the hospital and university sectors. He was the Vice Dean of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Anastakis was the Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. He was past President of the Association for Surgical Education.
Dr. Anastakis obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto. He holds a Masters of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Masters of Health Care Management from Harvard University. Dr. Anastakis’ clinical practice focuses on brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery and reconstruction of the paralyzed upper extremity.
Dr. Anastakis is an internationally recognized clinician, educator, scholar, and academic leader. He is respected clinician with major leadership roles in numerous societies and organizations. He is an educator and scholar with a long-standing track record of excellence in innovation and creative thinking.
Dr. Anastakis is committed to health professions education and to the important role educators play in transforming our health care system.
Ms. Liane Coulahan
Ms. Coulahan is the Co-Founder and Director of Creative and Communications for Nordest Media Inc. She has a Masters in Design and Communication from Ryerson University, and holds a bilingual degree in Organizational Communications from the University of Ottawa.
With a passion for understanding how technology and social platforms are used to engage people in a meaningful way, Liane has dedicated the past eight years of her research and career to using tech and innovation to connect people with brands. Since founding her company in 2014, she has spearheaded marketing campaigns, video series, and experiential activations for brands like RBC, The National Ballet of Canada, AMEX, and Ottawa’s Canada 150 show on Parliament Hill. In 2015, Liane was coined as one of Toronto’s “Notable young professionals” after being recognized for her work with Nordest. She has also been a technology career speaker at Ryerson University, a panelist at the Venture Out conference and continues to be a guest lecturer for the Digital Interactive and Emerging Technologies course at Humber College.
Today, Liane and her team are emerging leaders in the virtual reality space in Canada, leveraging the highest-grade film technology to immerse viewers in unique environments for training/education purposes and to capture experiences that transport viewers into alternate realities.
Ms. Linda Crelinsten
Ms. Crelinsten is a nurse with many years of clinical and administrative experience. She has a Masters degree in Public Policy and Public Administration. She was responsible for the financial, operational, educational and personnel activities at the Arnold and Blema Steinberg Medial Simulation Centre, McGill University Faculty of Medicine from 2005 to 2015. She is currently working as a consultant in medical simulation. Linda is a member of professional, national and international committees related to medical simulation in healthcare education. She is Vice Chair of the Simulation Accreditation Committee of the Royal College. Linda has led workshops on simulation centre operations, the process and value of simulation program accreditation, as well as “train the trainer” sessions. She is the former President of the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare.
Dr. Nicole Harder
Dr. Harder is Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Nicole is known nationally and internationally as an expert in the areas of simulation design and simulation in nursing education. Her research work has been funded both by local and national funding bodies. She has authored many papers on the use of simulation in nursing education, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the peer reviewed journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Nicole has served on other boards in various capacities, including the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), as Co-Chair of the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing (CASN) Taskforce on Clinical Education, as Chair of the CASN Simulation Special Interest Group, and the President of the Western and Northern Region-CASN. She is excited to work with the board on the SIM-one/CNSH merged organizations.
Dr. Adam Dubrowski
Dr. Dubrowski is Associate Professor, Divisions of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and the Marine Institute, at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Inaugural Academic Director for the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre, Memorial Chair in Teaching and Learning, and Co-Chair fo the Tuckamore Simulation Scholarship and Research Collaborative.
As one of Canada's leading and most-published simulation and education researchers, his research career commenced with studying factors influencing the acquisition of technical skills for surgery and particularly methods of optimizing the use of simulation in medical education and training, factors influencing retention, maintenance and transfer of skills and the validation of innovative assessment methods to measure these effects. More recently his interests have evolved to study the acquisition of complex clinical skills, behaviours and attitudes by progressively contextualizing the simulated experiences to match the learners’ needs. Finally, he has begun investigating the use of virtual learning environments (e.g., educational networking and serious and educational games) as means of preparing and improving retention of skills learned in simulation.
Dr. Brian Hodges
Dr. Hodges is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto; the Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre and Executive-Vice President Education at the University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab Hospitals and the Michener Institute). He is a practicing psychiatrist and teacher. His research focuses on assessment, competence, compassion and the future of the health profession. His work has been recognized with the Association of American Medical Colleges Flexner Award (2015) and the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (2016).
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MD at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He then pursued a residency in psychiatry at University of Toronto. He earned a Masters and then a PhD in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto and he holds a Diploma in Health Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Paris.
Mr. Dan Huffman
Dan Huffman is the Provincial Director of the Alberta Health Services, e-SIM Provincial Simulation Program. Dan possesses a Bachelor of Nursing degree, a Masters of Science in Health Services Administration and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Dan has an eclectic background in Simulation, HealthCare Education, and Business Management.
In his former career with the Canadian Armed Forces, Dan's accomplishments resulted in his appointment as a Member of the Order of Military Merit. Just a few examples of his work include the design of new tactical aeromedical training curriculum; the construction of an aircraft cabin simulator for the CC130 Hercules aircraft; the design and delivery of advanced emergency response exercises and the development of new computer based training programs and other e-learning tools at a time when the use of desktop computers was still the exception as opposed to the norm.
Within Alberta Health Services Dan has led the design and implementation of multiple new innovations. These included the Critical Care Line, a service that provided rural physicians immediate access to specialist consult advice and the advanced resources of tertiary care centers for the stabilization and care of the critically ill. The design of a new inter-facility patient transfer service to manage the movement of lower acuity patients; the development of a new Bed Efficiency Database for tracking capacity at 12 hospitals.
Within his simulation leadership role, Dan was instrumental in the rejuvenation of a failing simulation program in the former Capital Health region. Since the establishment of the Alberta Health Services provincial healthcare program in 2009, Dan has led the development of a new Provincial Framework and business plan to support the on-going Simulation Education of over 120,000 staff and physicians within Alberta. He is also supporting the development of universal alignment between Alberta Health Services and the Educational Institutions in Alberta, including curriculum design, innovation and research.
Ms. Kim Morris
Kim T. Morris is presently the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Collège Boréal. Responsible for 17 programs, Kim is no stranger to simulation in health care education. Given the vast and differing geography covered by Boréal, simulation has been key in providing hands-on learning activities necessary for tomorrow’s bilingual health care professionals.
Born and raised in the Sudbury area, Kim graduated from Laurentian University with a BA in Political Science and also holds a Masters in Communications Management from McMaster University. Prior to becoming Dean of Health Sciences, Kim was the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the North-East Community Care Access Centre, and Manager of Communications and Administrative services at the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario. Kim is presently Chair of the Heads of Health Sciences of Colleges Ontario, member of the Board of Directors of the North East LHIN, and Member of the Comité du Plan de ressources humaines en santé en français en Ontario. Kim also served as Vice-Chair and more recently Chair of the North East CCAC, and was President of the Réseau de Santé du Moyen-Nord de l’Ontario for the past two years.
Dr. Christopher Schlachta
Dr. Christopher Schlachta is one of the thirty Canadian physicians who have been selected by the Canadian Medical Association to receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Diamond Jubilee Medals were instituted to mark the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. These special commemorative medals recognize outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life – people who have built and continue to build our caring society and country through their service, contributions and achievements. He is known for his clinical expertise in advanced minimally invasive surgery and in particular laparoscopic and computer-assisted surgery for gastrointestinal disease and cancer. His research and clinical expertise has led to a number of Canadian and World surgical firsts including: World’s first needlescopic sigmoid colon resection (2001), Canada’s first robotic assisted common bile duct exploration (2007) and World’s first robotic assisted intestinal bypass for SMA syndrome (2008).
Mr. Jim Shenkman
Mr. Jim Shenkman is the President and CEO of Bivio Investments Limited and Bivio Events Inc. He is known for bringing business people together to share their experiences and knowledge, gain new insights, cultivate relationships, make deals, and feel part of a unique community. Jim was also the founder of Brunico Communications Inc., producing over 60 conferences in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Scottsdale. In 2015, through Bivio Events Inc., he launched Expand in the USA. The inaugural, two-day conference brought together a community of high level, Canadian business executives to discuss strategies and financing options to significantly increase market penetration in the United States. Jim has a BA from York University and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.