Simulation Canada Faculty
The world-leading simulationists who help develop and facilitate our courses have unparalleled experience. They are highly collaborative, generously share their knowledge and experience, and passionately believe in the power of simulation to enhance education and healthcare delivery.
Lorraine Betts (RN, MN, CHSE)
Lorraine Betts is Faculty and Simulation Program Coordinator in the Centre for Health Sciences, School of Nursing at George Brown College. Lorraine’s teaching experience is in the Ryerson, Centennial, George Brown Collaborative Nursing Degree Program. She has been involved in simulation since 2006 with experience in all aspects of simulation including designing of simulation centre, operations, scenario development, and debriefing as well as building faculty capacity and mentoring. In addition, Lorraine has incorporated the use of different simulation modalities into simulation program for undergraduate nursing students.
Ms. Betts has completed the Comprehensive Instructor Course and the Advanced Instructor Courses in Healthcare Simulation from the Centre for Medical Simulation in Boston, the Research Primer through SIM-one and has taught SIM-one’s Summer Institute Course. Lorraine obtained her Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) credential in 2016 and is an accreditation site reviewer for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Recently Lorraine has expanded her portfolio to include virtual simulation and research related to simulation education.
Shelley Clarke (RN, MScN)
Shelley Clarke, (RN, MScN) works as a Nursing Professor and Simulation and Lab Coordinator at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Shelley completed her Nursing Diploma at St. Lawrence College and her BScN and MScN at the University of Ottawa. She has 24 years experience as a clinical nurse in Critical and Emergency Care in a variety of locations across Canada and Europe before starting her teaching career. Shelley completed the SIM-one/CNSH Keystones of Healthcare Simulation Certificate course in 2017 and has recently completed the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing’s (CASN) Simulation Certification Program in 2018.
Yvonne Galbraith refers to herself as a Simulation Artist. Yvonne is an artist and registered nurse working in nursing simulation at Georgian College. Several years of clinical practice, facilitating students and art have given Yvonne a unique perspective regarding simulation in healthcare. Yvonne has exhibited art internationally with a focus on hands and healing. Most recently Yvonne has developed a light weight, low-cost manikin for students to practice nursing skills and health assessment techniques, for home use. Yvonne explores innovative approaches in simulation to create learning opportunities in nursing.
Jordan Holmes (B.Eng, MRT(N), CHSE)
Jordan Holmes is the Manager of the Centre for the Advancement of Simulation and Education at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Prior to joining the simulation centre, Jordan was faculty in the Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technology Program at Michener. Jordan is passionate about simulation-based healthcare education and its potential to close the clinical-didactic divide. Jordan is currently completing his Master of Arts degree at UOIT, where he is researching virtual communities of practice in simulation.
Darlene Hubley (BScOT, MScCH)
Darlene Hubley is the Interprofessional Education Leader at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is passionate about creating meaningful interprofessional educational experiences for learners and interested in exploring simulation as a method to enhance interprofessional communication and collaboration. Darlene is a graduate of the Education Scholars Program from the Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Toronto and completed a Master of Science degree in Community Health with a focus on education in health care environments in 2011. She is also a 2013 graduate of the Keystones of Healthcare Simulation Program offered by Simulation Canada. She has over 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist at Holland Bloorview and is a lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.
Bill Kapralos (PhD)
Bill Kapralos is an Associate Professor in (and former Program Director of) the Game Development and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His current research interests include: serious games, multi-modal virtual environments/reality, the perception of auditory events, and 3D (spatial) sound generation for interactive virtual environments and serious games. He has led several large interdisciplinary and international serious gaming research projects that have included experts from medicine/surgery, and medical education with funding from a variety of government and industry sources. He is currently leading the serious gaming theme within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Interactive and Multi-Modal Experience Research Syndicate (IMMERSe) initiative. Bill chaired the2014 IEEE Games, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) conference, and the ACM FuturePlay International Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology from 2007-2010. He co-chaired the 2015 IEEE GEM conference, and the ACM Virtual Reality Software and Technology Conference in 2012. He is a past recipient of an IBM Centers for Advanced Studies Faculty Award, a past co-recipient of a Google Faculty Award, and a past recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to conduct research in Japan. He recently completed a two-month stay at Shizuoka University in Hamamatsu, Japan, as a Visiting Research Fellow and Guest Professor as part of this Fellowship.
Louise Moir (RN, BScN)
Louise is the lead nursing lab technologist at Canadore College/Nipissing University and nursing faculty with Anishinabek Educational Institute. During her seventeen-year career in nursing education, she has been actively involved in designing and implementing healthcare simulation and helping to develop interprofessional education. She enjoys working with other healthcare programs at Canadore College to design and deliver effective simulations. Louise is the founder and co-organizer of the Northern Ontario Simulation Symposium; which allows healthcare educators and practitioners from Northern communities to network and learn more about the science and art of simulation. She was also fortunate to work as a co-designer and faculty for the Simulation Canada (formerly SIM-one) PSW Simulation Workshop. Louise is a graduate of Simulation Canada's Keystones of Healthcare Simulation and MASCS certificate programs and a proud recipient of the 2013 Sim Citizenship Award.
Amy Nakajima (MD, FRCSC)
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.
Kathryn Parker (MA, PhD)
Dr. Kathryn Parker received her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 2006 and her Master of Arts in Measurement and Evaluation from OISE in 1999. In addition to teaching, Kathryn has presented her work at various national and international conferences. Kathryn began working in the area of utilization-focused and theory-based program evaluation in 2002. She has applied her program evaluation skills when working with numerous academic/clinical groups to facilitate and direct program evaluation efforts. These groups include the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, George Brown College, the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education at Women’s College Hospital, the Global Research in Paediatrics group, and the Collaborative Change Leadership Program at the University Health Network. Kathryn currently serves as the Senior Director of Academic Affairs and Simulation Lead at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Co-Lead for the Centre for Leadership in Innovation at Holland Bloorview. She was also the recipient of the 2013 AMS Phoenix Fellowship.
Agnes Ryzynski (RRT)
Ms. Ryzynski is the Manager of Sunnybrook Canadian Simulation Centre and Curriculum Development. She is also the Associate Director of the Sunnybrook Education Research Unit. Her focus is to expand quality improvement initiatives via skill acquisition, practice and impact measurement. In addition to advancing interprofessional in-situ simulation programs, Ms. Ryzynski collaborates to develop initiatives that continuously improve patient safety.
Lynne Sinclair (MA (Ad Ed), BSc(PT))
Lynne Sinclair is a Physical Therapist, Educational Consultant and the Innovative Program and External Development Lead at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto (UT). She holds an Assistant Professor appointment with the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at UT and has over 20 years’ experience on the Faculty of Medicine. She has recently been appointed as the first Interprofessional Education Scholar-in-Residence at the School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College. Lynne has been invited faculty for UT’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Master of Science (Quality Improvement & Patient Safety) and for Ontario’s Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors (IDEAS) Advanced and Introduction programs. As a senior member of the rehabilitation and interprofessional education community, Lynne has adopted a wealth of expertise in education internationally and works as a strong advocate to ensure that health education responds to the current and future needs of the population. Lynne is widely invited as a keynote speaker for conferences, educational events and courses. She has taught across Canada, USA, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Denmark. She has been a principle investigator or investigator on numerous education initiatives and research projects totaling over $5 million.
Cathy Smith (HBA, MA, PhD)
Cathy Smith has worked in the field of simulation for over 20 years and currently consults for various local, national and international educational and assessment organizations. Cathy has a PhD in drama from the University of Toronto and draws on her background as a facilitator, performer, and simulated patient (SP) experience to collaborate on the development of simulation learning experiences. She works with health professional individuals and teams at all career stages and in diverse formats, including face-to-face and web-based programs. She is a member of the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and presents frequently at national and international conferences. Her research interests include performance in simulation, the role of SPs and authenticity. She is the immediate past Conference Chair of the Association of Standardized Educators, is a faculty member at Simulation Canada and was honoured to receive the SIM Citizenship Award in 2014.
Karl Weiss (BSc, RRT)
Karl is a Registered Respiratory Therapist of 22 years and has worked primarily with the adult population in acute, and intensive care settings. He brings 18 years of experience teaching students in Respiratory Therapy and other Health Science Programs. His adventure in simulation-based education began in 2004 as a project team member exploring clinical simulation for academic programming. In 2005, Karl completed the Institute for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Workshop offered at the Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard/MIT. He was part of the team that designed a clinical simulation lab at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. He developed some of the first clinical immersive simulation-based curriculum for Respiratory Therapy. He is currently the Simulation Education Coordinator for the School of Health & Life Sciences at Conestoga College in Kitchener where he continues to help others develop and facilitate simulation-based curriculum. Recently, he was the recipient of the 2018 SIM Citizenship Award from Simulation Canada.
Karl holds a diploma in Respiratory Therapy from The Michener Institute, an undergraduate degree in physiology from McGill University and is completing his Masters in Education from Athabasca University.