The SIM-one Team


The SIM-one Team is devoted to the advancement and advocacy of simulated learning in health professions education for the benefit of patient care and safety. Please never hesitate to contact us directly with any questions or ideas!

Sara Budd, BA, MEd
Director, Education & Community Engagement

Holding various roles in academic administration within the Ontario post-secondary system, Sara has led diploma and degree studies, academic partnerships, health sciences continuing education, corporate training and healthcare simulation. Sara has managed the development of academic programs with immersive simulation experiences and has built custom simulation training programs for hospitals and colleges in Ontario.

In November 2016 Sara was appointed interim Director of Education for SIM-one, where she oversees academic development and delivery of our simulationist courses, workshops and certificate programs.

Sara holds a Social Service Worker Diploma from Sheridan College, a Social Work Certificate from Renison College at the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo, and completed her Masters Degree in Education from Athabasca University in 2014.

Nicole Fung
Network and Event Specialist

Nicole Fung has over thirteen years of experience working in a professional environment, focused on an event management, logistics planning and administrative capacity. She is an honours graduate of both the Interior Design - Advanced program and the Event Management graduate certificate program, from Algonquin College. Nicole possesses a wide-ranging skill set and works closely with each member of the SIM-one | CNSH team.

Dr. Amy Nakajima, MD, FRCSC
Director, SIM Advancement & Innovation

Dr. Amy Nakajima is an active clinician-teacher at the University of Ottawa, in the Faculty of Medicine, providing both didactic and simulation-based teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has contributed to regional simulation activities as a member of the Simulation and Novel Education Strategies Subgroup, Interprofessional Education and Research Committee of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP). She also contributes to patient safety and quality improvement teaching, having developed elective experiences for medical students and workshops for residents. She regularly provides faculty development workshops, both locally at the University of Ottawa and at national simulation and medical education conferences, including the SIM Expo and the Canadian Conference on Medical Education. Dr. Nakajima completed her residency training at the University of Saskatchewan and received her Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) certification in obstetrics and gynecology in 2000.

Lorraine Rotz, CPA-CA
Director of Finance

Lorraine Rotz, a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of financial management experience, currently provides services to small organizations, specializing in not-for-profit organizations and start-up companies. She leads a team that provides better financial management services by ensuring that senior financial skills and a strategic perspective is supplemented by strong accounting and bookkeeping resources. Lorraine's career has spanned a variety of industries, including venture capital, information technology, entertainment and media, and the not-for-profit/charitable sector.  She has also served on the Board of a number of small charities.

Venus Sinson
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

Venus Sinson brings 15 years experience in advertising and design to the Communications & Marketing team at SIM-one. Her strategic approach to communications ranges from TV to brand and identity programs to online campaigns to numerous multi-media projects. She is experienced in broadcast, print, direct marketing and digital. Some of the brands she was fortunate enough to work with include The Globe and Mail, President’s Choice Financial, Toronto Transit Commission, Xerox, Ontario Science Centre, Rotman School of Management, SickKids Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Human Rights Watch Canada, Right To Play and University Health Network.

Katherine L.W. Smith, MHSc
Manager of Analytics

Katherine Smith brings experience in critical thinking, problem solving and data analysis and management to SIM-one. Katherine is instrumental in designing and maintaining our SPECS (Equipment Coordination Service) database, analysis of event evaluations, and management of projects. She also works as a Senior Research Coordinator at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital on the evaluation of the Regent Park Revitalization in downtown Toronto. Previously, she worked in health planning, epidemiology and performance measurement at the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). She holds a Bachelor of Sciences (Honours) from Queen’s University and a Masters of Health Sciences in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Timothy Willett, MD, MMEd
President & CEO

Dr. Timothy Willett is SIM-one's President & CEO (2016) and inaugural Director of Research & Development. He works to support the simulation research, development, and innovation communities. This includes managing SIM-one grant programs, developing courses in simulation research, facilitating networking and collaboration, and ensuring the knowledge transfer of new research findings to simulationists. Tim received his MD from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Medical Education from the University of Dundee, Scotland. He has served as a curriculum developer and educational researcher for the University of Ottawa, CRI Critical Care Education Network, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.