National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety

Presented in collaboration with:

June 12, 2018
George Brown College, Lakefront Campus, Toronto.

The Forum is a unique event that highlights applications of simulation to advance patient safety and quality improvement efforts.

The primary audience for this unique conference is healthcare agency leadership, patient safety, and quality improvement officers who wish to better understand how simulation-based approaches are meaningfully improving organizational reliability, culture, patient safety and care quality.

The past two years' events sold out - register now to reserve your spot!



We are se excited about the diversity of presentations and applications of simulation that will be highlighted this year!

Keynote: Safer Care, One Simulation at a Time: Innovative Opportunities for Quality Improvement

A Vision For a Fully Integrated Simulation + Quality/Safety Program

We are excited to announce this year's keynote speaker: Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak!

Dr. Petrosoniak will present a vision for a quality and safety program that fully integrates simulation to achieve high reliability - using multiple modalities in multiple ways to improve teamwork, processes, spaces, workflow and patient outcomes.

Dr. Petrosoniak is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael's Hospital. He’s an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. His research work focuses on using in situ simulation to improve patient safety and optimizing skill acquisition of rarely performed procedures. More recently, he’s applying  simulation to inform design within newly constructed clinical environments. His publications include work on using in situ simulation in emergency medicine and trauma care. He's an invited speaker at both national and international conferences on topics related to acute trauma resuscitation and in situ simulation. More >

Case Studies & Impacts

This session will highlight ways simulation is being used by Canadian healthcare agencies to achieve meaningful improvements in care quality and patient safety. Ten dynamic, rapid-fire panel presentations summarizing each project will be followed by networking time so you can meet the presenters of your choice to learn more about their achievements and secrets of their success. Presentations will be added as they are confirmed.

Medical Assistance In Dying (MAiD): A community simulation Darin Abbey; Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning, Royal Jubilee Hospital
Investing Wisely – Working With Volunteers to Establish a High Quality SP Program Lisa Sokoloff and Cathy Smith; Baycrest Health Sciences
Supporting Rural and Remote Hospitals to Conduct Regular In-Situ Simulations for Sustainable IPE: The use of TeleSIM and beyond... Jaime Gallaher; Vancouver Coastal Health
Simulation to inform procurement decisions Anjum Chagpar; Healthcare Human Factors, University Health Network
You can escape, but did you learn? Using escape rooms to measure knowledge and increase awareness Cynthia Welton, Gemma Styling, Sean Sia, Erika Petersen; Trillium Health Partners
Getting a Bang for your Buck: Simulation to improve day-to-day processes that impact every patient Li Peckan; Queensway Carleton Hospital
Beam me up Scotty… Téléportez-moi! Sophie Audet, Josée Berends, Patrick Jolin-Rodrigue; l’Institut du Savoir Montfort
Impacting Quality and Safety with Code Simulations Agnes Ryzynski; Sunnybrook Health Sciences
In situ simulation debriefing: defining a role for latent safety threat identification Sparsh Shah, Chris Hicks, Kari White, Mark Fan, Sonia Pinkney, Patricia Trbovich, Melissa McGowan, Andrew Petrosoniak; St. Michael's Hospital

...additional info coming soon on simulation for reducing sepsis incidence and mortality, and more!

Q&A Panel

Frugal SIM – starting and growing a quality SIM program with limited resources.

Starting up a sim program in a hospital or other care delivery setting can be a daunting task - especially if space, financial and human resources are limited. But it is quite possible to implement good and successful simulations on a budget! In this session, experts who have creatively and frugally integrated sims will respond to questions and share their wisdom.


We are pleased to host these 90-minute workshops for a deeper dive into important topics.

TeamSTEPPS & Simulation Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Advocating simulation: Strategies and data to promote your sim program Tim Willett, SIM-one/CNSH & Eric Lamoureux, CPSI
Simulation for organizational culture change Agnes Ryzynski & Rob Burgess, Sunnybrook Health Sciences

Using simulation to systemically mitigate safety events: Human factors approach

Anjum Chagpar, Healthcare Human Factors, University Health Network



This year's National Forum is generously hosted by George Brown College at their Waterfront Campus with gorgeous views over Lake Ontario!

For directions to George Brown Waterfront Campus and access by TTC or parking options, please visit the campus website.



Promote your products and services to an intimate audience of patient safety and quality improvement leaders! A limited number of exhibit tables are available. Please download the prospectus for details.


Confirmed exhibitors:



Advocating Simulation to Your Leadership

Need help convincing your hospital's administration of the value of simulation for safety and quality improvement? Have them join us in the cockpit on June 11 then at the Forum on June 12!

SIM-one/CNSH and CAE Healthcare are excited to present this unique opportunity for healthcare administrators and decision-makers: Your leadership can experience the power of simulation first-hand as they enter a flight simulator to pilot a plane and employ crew resource management, flight safety protocols, the use of checklists, and post-simulation debrief. Our interest is to better serve clinicians, patients and their families by helping leaders to understand how aviation practices for safety and high reliability can transfer to healthcare, where they can have the most impact on patient safety.

This opportunity takes place June 11, 2018, at CAE's flight simulation centre in Toronto. The event is free and space is very limited. If you think your leadership may benefit from this, please email us to suggest who we ought to invite.



We have secured a limited block of suites with preferred rates at the George Brown Residence & Conference Centre - Downtown Toronto. Rates available until April 30, 2018 or until blocking capacity has been met.  The residence is located within 5 minutes by car to the George Brown Waterfront Campus.

Suite type: 2 bedrooms (up to 4 guests)
Suite rate: $139/night (excl. applicable tax)
*Includes complimentary Wi-Fi, does not include supply utensils, plates, cookware, hairdryers, irons, extra beds or cots.

To make reservations within the group block please call (416) 761-8000 and inform the Reservation Agent that you’re booking with 2018 SIM-one/CNSH prior to April 30, 2018 to receive the discounted group rate. You may also email and provide the information below:

  • Group: 2018 SIM-One/CNSH
  • Name:
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  • Check Out:
  • Telephone #:
  • Email:

Check-in is at 3:00pm on day of arrival and check-out time is at 11:00am on day of departure. Upon arrival each suite is required to pay the full room amount as well as complete $100 pre-authorization on a Visa or MasterCard. This amount will be released upon departure. *Debit Visa is not accepted for pre-authorization. American currency is not accepted as payment.

Residence parking (subject to change without notice):
There is pay-and-display parking available underground at The Residence (entry off Cooperage Street, just north of our front doors).


By rail - VIA Rail

Valid June 9th 2018 to June 14th 2018. From all stations throughout the VIA system to Toronto, Ontario and return.
Restrictions: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa only. Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.
Discount: 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. "Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied."
Instructions: Book online at:  On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention fare" from the “Discount Type” drop-down menu, and enter the discount code 13652.

By air - Porter

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the 2018 NFSQS. The discounted fares are available for booking from January 11, 2018 to June 15, 2018 and available for travel:
From: Anywhere in Canada or US    To: Toronto    From: 09/06/2018    To: 12/06/2018
From: Toronto    To: Anywhere in Canada or US    From: 12/06/2018    To: 15/06/2018

Please book online at or through your travel agent using promo code “NFSQS18”.
Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available. The promo code is intended for use by conference attendees and organizers and is not meant for distribution outside of authorized channels. Porter’s fare rules and conditions apply. For any questions regarding Porter’s services or any pre-travel concerns, contact us at 1-888-619-8622.

The 2018 INACSL Conference

We are honoured to be working with the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) to offer the Forum juxtaposed with their 2018 International Conference, June 13-16 in Toronto. If you are coming to the INACSL conference, plan to come a day early and join us! Or, if you're coming to the Forum and want a deeper dive into healthcare simulation, stay for the INACSL conference.


Previous Forums

The 2017 National Forum, held on June 8th in Edmonton, Alberta, was a huge success! In its second year, this unique 1-day conference highlighted the many roles simulation can play to advance patient safety and quality at the point of care delivery and celebrates achievements in Canada.

Access summaries of and presentations from the two past events here:

2017  |  2016