History of SIM-one


SIM-one is a not-for-profit organization that connects the simulation community, facilities, and resources across Canada and beyond. SIM-one advocates for and advances simulated learning in health professions education for the benefit of patient care and safety.

SIM-one grew out of NESCTL (Network of Excellence in Simulation for Clinical Teaching and Learning), founded in 2007 by the University of Toronto, the Michener Institute and the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN).

SIM-one was re-branded and launched as an Ontario-wide network in 2010. It has now organically grown into a nation-wide network with simulationists engaged across Canada, plus international participation in our conferences and courses.

SIM-one offers value through:

  • Advocating simulation to government and other stakeholders;
  • Interprofessional simulation courses, workshops, and simulationst certification;
  • Canada's premier simulation events, which bring together the simulationist community for knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration
  • Connecting educators, researchers, innovators, industry and other stakeholders for collaboration and to advance the field; and
  • Online tools and resources for the global simulation community.

SIM-one was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 2012 and introduced its inaugural skills-based board of directors in 2013. It has evolved into a service-oriented membership-driven network.

SIM-one Milestones

2009 – 2010: Building the foundation

  • Launch of SIM-one's education division; the foundation for a leading education program with over 400 faculty and alumni.
  • Dr. Dimitri Anastakis hired as new executive director; introduces rebranding and new vision for SIM-one ("Ontario – The Global Leader in Healthcare Simulation”).
  • Launch of the Keystones of Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program.
  • The inaugural SIM Expo takes place in December as a one-day event. Three years later, the 2014 SIM Expo is the largest healthcare simulation event in Canada, attracting over 300 participants.
  • Public launch of new brand. NESCTL becomes SIM-one – Ontario Simulation Network.

2011: Community outreach and engagement

  • SIM-one develops first Summer Simulation Institute in collaboration with George Brown College, Ryerson University and Centennial College.
  • Building of online engagement platforms (e-newsletter and social media).
  • First SIM-one Community Engagement Drive. More than 60 institutions representing the academic, hospital and non-profit sectors have joined the SIM-one community since.

2012: Not-for-profit organization

  • SIM-one introduces Meta-Leadership in Health Professions Education Program. To date, SIM-one has graduated 53 Ontario meta-leaders.
  • Launch of SIM-one research & development division.
  • Launch of the SIM-one Provincial Equipment Coordination Service (SPECS); a strategic inventory and management of Ontario’s simulation investments.
  • SIM-one incorporates as a not-for-profit organization.

2013: The Seniors Care Project

  • SIM-one completes Seniors Care Project; a strategic province-wide investment in simulation equipment to enhance PSW training across Ontario.
  • Recipients of first SIM-one Simulation Research & Innovation grants program announced.
  • Unveiling of new SIM-one.ca website; complete with online tools and resources for the simulation community.
  • SIM-one launches consulting portfolio for custom education and training, and simulation centre design and resource planning.
  • SIM-one’s first Annual General Meeting held on December 4 with appointment of skills-based board of directors.

2016: Launch of SIM-one membership programs

  • SIM-one welcomes organizations, individuals, and industry to join SIM-one for exclusive access to benefits, special offers, and discounts in effort to strengthen the simulation community across Canada and beyond.