Simulation Canada (formerly 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 is elected by our Organizational Voting Members at the Annual General Meeting.
Board of Directors
Kim Morris, Chair of the Board
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. François Bergeron
Dr. Bergeron is Director of Partnerships at MEDTEQ, in Montreal. As an ex-entrepreneur in the field of the biomedical sector with Tactus Scientific and pioneer of "peer-to-peer" open innovation with Sensorica, he is now accelerating with Innovitech and MEDTEQ the creation of economic and social value through innovation in full sync with businesses and innovators. Dr. Bergeron holds a PhD in Nuclear Medicine and Radiobiology from Université de Sherbrooke and a MBA from Université de Montréal.
Kymberley Bontinen, Board Secretary
Kymberley Bontinen is the Experiential Learning Coordinator for Health Sciences at Douglas College in British Columbia, working with Health Care Support Worker, Health Information Management, Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing programs. Her current work is in deliberate practice and mastery learning, interprofessional education and faculty development in simulation, with research in evaluating student health care provider communication and simulation education. Kymberley actively participates in the simulation community across Canada as an executive member of Western Canada Collaborative of Health Sciences Educators Society (WCCHSE) and the Virtual Simulation Community of Learning (VSCoL). Kymberley received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Laurentian University, Master of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified Health Care Simulation Educator (CHSE).
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.
Tanya Dutton currently leads the Centre for Collaborative Clinical Learning and Research, a state-of-the-art health care simulation centre for the Faculties of Health, Medicine and Dentistry at Dalhouise University. While the Centre has a strong technology focus, standardized patients are a large focus of the work. Tanya’s role of Director also includes developing the interprofessional aspects of overall curriculum, including simulation, within the health disciplines. Tanya has a long history of leadership experience within clinical settings, building and working with interprofessional health care teams to ensure the best clinical outcomes. Tanya received her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie, and a Masters of Rehabilitation Science from McGill University.
Dr. Vincent Grant
Dr. Grant is Medical Director, KidSIM Pediatric Simulation Program, an Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Calgary, and a Pediatric Emergency Physician, Alberta Children’s Hospital. Dr. Grant has been an integral part of simulation-based education growth at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, within the City of Calgary and now throughout the Province of Alberta. He is an integral part of eSIM, the provincial simulation initiative in the province of Alberta, where he is a member of the eSIM Expert Advisory Committee. He is active on a national scale and is the current co-chair of the Canadian Pediatric Simulation Network. He was also an active member of the Canadian Pediatric Society, where he sat on the executive for the Emergency Medicine section, and was the past-chair of the Pediatric Section of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Grant is recognized internationally as an expert in the leadership and building of simulation programs. His main academic interests include simulation program development and planning, interprofessional education through simulation, outreach simulation, and simulation instructor training and faculty development.
Dr. Nicole Harder
At the University of Manitoba, Dr. Harder's interprofessional position includes simulation-based education and research for the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Medical Rehabilitation, Nursing and Pharmacy. Her current work is creating, implementing, and studying the use of a psychologically safe debriefing framework following expected and unexpected patient death in simulation and clinical experiences with health care students and practitioners. Dr. Harder is the Editor-in-Chief for the peer reviewed journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing, and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, and with Simulation Canada. She is also an educator for the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing in the Simulation Nurse Educator certificate program.
Rachel led the award-winning content department at Diply, Canada’s largest digital media company, with 70 million monthly followers. There, she developed a content strategy and determined creative direction for five Diply brands while managing a team of 70 in-house and freelance creative professionals.
Content is both an art and a science, requiring iteration, innovation, and a good sense of humour—all while achieving ambitious performance goals. At Diply, her team’s work distinguished us from the competition, earning us the Canadian Innovation Award in Arts and Entertainment in 2018. Diply topped Deloitte’s Fast 50 list of Canada’s high-growth tech companies in 2017, and generates 5 billion social impressions monthly.
Dr. Kevin Lachapelle
Dr. Lachapelle is an Associate Professor of Surgery and holds the Adair Chair in Surgical Education at McGill University. He is a Cardiac Surgeon and practises at the McGill University Health Centre. He also serves on the Educational Institutes Accreditation Committee of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Lachapelle has a long-standing interest in skills acquisition and team training. He has given numerous workshops on training and debriefing, and is a course developer for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Simulation Educator Training. His research interests centre on the development and evaluation of innovative technology for teaching and learning. In 2011, Dr. Lachapelle was a co-recipient of the John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education.
Dr. Arielle Levy
Arielle Levy, MD is a pediatric emergency physician working at the Sainte-Justine Hospital University Centre’s pediatric emergency department. She is an associate professor at the faculty of medicine of the University of Montreal. Dr. Levy completed a master's degree in medical education at University of Cincinnati in 2011 with a focus in medical simulation. She has been the academic medical co-director at the Sainte-Justine hospital-based simulation center since 2012 and is actively involved as a simulation educator and facilitator for pre-graduate, graduate and post-graduate training. She has been a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Pediatric Simulation Network since 2012, which she is now the co-chair since 2014. Dr. Levy has also been director of pediatric training for the family medicine residency program at the University of Montreal since 2008.She has presented at many national and international emergency and simulation conferences on various simulation-based education research projects. She has been an active member of the Royal College Pediatric Examination OSCE Committee since 2010 as well as the Royal College Pediatric Emergency Examination Committee since 2014. Since June 2015, she is a committee member of the Simulation Task Force and has recently been appointed as a member of the new RC Simulation Accreditation Committee. Dr. Levy was attributed the University of Montreal Pediatric Department’s Best Teacher Award twice in 2010 and in 2012. In 2014, she was won the Award for Excellence in Education of the Pediatric Department of the University of Montreal. In June 2017, she was appointed faculty member of the Royal College Simulation Education Trainer Course.
Kaye joined the Health Standards Organization (HSO) in 2018 and is now Executive Director, Global Programs. Kaye and her team work with an incredible network of patients, family members, health care professionals, researchers, policy makers and partnering organizations to build evidence-based health and social services standards, assessment programs and quality improvement services for accreditation bodies, jurisdictions, and associations, in Canada and around the world.
Prior to this role Kaye worked with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) for nine and a half years. As Director she was responsible for leading the design, implementation and evaluation of a variety of CHFI’s pan-Canadian and provincial spread and scale collaboratives, such as the pan-Canadian Appropriate Use of Antipsychotic (AUA) collaborative (2014-2015), New-Brunswick AUA collaborative (2016-2017) and the scale of the PREVIEW-ED(TM) tool across Fraser Health Authority nursing homes and select Interior Health homes (2016-2017). She also led the design and integration of strategic evaluation and performance measurement across CFHI’s programs and corporate and program-wide evaluations, using techniques such as outcome mapping, program ROI and social network analysis.
Chris Power, Board Treasurer
What began as a desire to help those in need 35 years ago has evolved into a mission to improve the quality of healthcare for all Canadians. Chris Power's journey in healthcare began at the bedside as a front-line nurse. Since then, she has grown into one of the preeminent healthcare executives in Canada. Her experiences, her success, and her values have led her to the position of CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
Previously, Chris served for eight years as president and CEO of Capital Health, Nova Scotia. Under Chris's leadership Capital Health achieved Accreditation with Exemplary Status in 2014 with recognition for 10 Leading Practices.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Masters in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University. In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Canadian College of Health Services Executives and in 2007 received an Award of Excellence from the Halifax Progress Club. She was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector Category three years in a row from 2007-2009 and in 2010 was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She was named one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada four times and in 2013 was inducted into the Top 50 CEOs Hall of Fame. In 2013 Chris received an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from St. Mary's University.
Chris holds significant governance roles including President of the Canadian Association for Health Services & Policy Research Board, Co-Chair of CHLNet, Board member of Colleges & Institutes of Canada and past member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council. Most recently Chris participated as a member of the federal advisory panel on healthcare innovation and through this role has gained even greater insight into the many pan-Canadian organizations that will be beneficial in forming partnerships, leveraging expertise and advancing the goals of CPSI.