History of Simulation Canada


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

Key Milestones

Sep 2018 Our members vote unanimously to change our name to "Simulation Canada," reflecting the renewed scope, energy and vision of the integrated network.
Aug 2018 We offer our first course entirely in French
Sep 2017 Our members vote unanimously to finalize the integration of SIM-one and the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare, forming a new, integrated, interprofessional simulation network for Canada.
Sep 2016 SIM-one and CNSH begin the integration process.
Jul 2016 SIM-one launches its membership programs, officially shifting from a government-funded to a member-based 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).