SIM-one welcomes new Interim President

SIM-one welcomes new Interim President
Fri, January 29

Dear SIM-one Community,

As we enter one of the most exciting and opportune years for SIM-one, it is with mixed emotions that I announce the departure of Susan Lenard, current President and CEO, and appointment of Dr. Timothy Willett as the Interim President. Dr. Willett will assume his role effective Monday, February 1st, 2016.

Since joining SIM-one in 2012, Susan Lenard has been a critical contributor to the organization’s development into an independent entity with an active presence in Ontario and increasingly across Canada. We are grateful to Susan for her leadership over the past four years.

Dr. Willett also joined SIM-one in 2012. As the inaugural Director of Research and Development, Dr. Willett has led the growth of SIM-one’s extensive R&D portfolio, including the SIM-one grants program, simulation research courses, and knowledge translation. Dr. Willett has played an integral role in the launch of SIM-one’s website, online services such as the SIM Scenario Exchange and SIM Marketplace, and in expanding the SIM-one community. He brings a strong history of leadership and innovation within healthcare education, and holds a B.Sc. from Western University, MD from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Education from the University of Dundee.

The appointment of Dr. Willett as the Interim President is the right decision, and I, along with the Board of Directors, am confident in his ability to lead SIM-one. 

This is truly an historic time for SIM-one. With recent funding from the MOHLTC for our Seniors Care Project (Phase 3), the most successful healthcare simulation exposition to date, and a robust suite of products and services available for our simulation community, there could not be a better time to transition leadership roles. It is a reflection of SIM-one’s bold ambition to serve the global simulation community.

I would like to thank Susan Lenard for SIM-one’s amazing growth and evolution and for making it the incredible organization that it is today. With our community’s support, I look forward to continuing this momentum and seeing many more accomplishments under the leadership of Dr. Willett.



Dimitri J. Anastakis, MD, MHPE, MHCM, FRCSC, FACS, FICS
Chair of the Board
About 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. Supported in part by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), SIM-one offers advanced educational training and online services that are open to simulationists and health professionals across the globe.
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