National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety

Presented in collaboration with:

June 12, 2018
George Brown College, Waterfront 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 so excited about the diversity of presentations and applications of simulation that will be highlighted this year! Click here to view our official program.


08:00 Registration & breakfast
08:30 Welcome
09:00 Keynote: Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak
10:15 Case studies & impacts - Rapid-fire panel then an hour of discussion and networking
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Workshops
15:00 Structured networking
15:45 Q&A panel: Frugal SIM
16:30 Final remarks

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's presentation slides can be found here.

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.

Simulation and IPE: Is it worth the cost and effort? Alison Fox-Robichaud; McMaster University
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
Simulation for Emergency Department Quality Improvement JoAnne Slinn, Jared Baylis, Kevin Clark; Kelowna General Hospital
Using simulation to refine, test and maintain competence in the Code Omega protocol at MGH Debbie Gillis, Angelina Lomoro, Laura Finley, Adrian Harrington; Michael Garron Hospital
MAID: An Interprofessional Simulation Experience Sarah Branton; Humber River Hospital
OnBoard: A Day in the Cockpit for Healthcare Leaders Robert Nag, Kim Cartlidge; CAE, Guillaume Tirtiaux; REPORT'in, Scotty Newell, PSA

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 critical topics.

Using Simulation to Improve Teamwork and Communication Skills: Introducing TeamSTEPPS Canada™
Tricia Swartz & Gina De Souza, Canadian Patient Safety Institute; Debbie Gillis, Toronto East Health Network
Evidence demonstrates that improving teamwork and communication skills is one of the best ways to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes. Evidence also shows that the use of simulation has proven to be a powerful strategy in improving teamwork in team-based health care. Simulation affords excellent opportunities to enhance the quality of continuing education for health care professionals, as well integrate evidence based tactics and learning into everyday practice. Join TeamSTEPPS master trainers for an experiential learning session to understand how to teach and integrate TeamSTEPPS Canada™ (a teamwork and communication curriculum), tools and resources by using simulation in the education and integration process. 
Learners from this session will:

  • Learn about using the TeamSTEPPS Canada™ program to address teamwork and communication issues
  • Develop an understanding of how to use simulation to teach the TeamSTEPPS Canada curriculum
  • Develop insights into how to integrate TeamSTEPPS tools and resources into everyday practice

Advocating simulation: Strategies and data to promote your sim program
Tim Willett, SIM-one/CNSH & Eric Lamoureux, CPSI
Simulationists and quality/safety improvement personnel often find themselves having to advocate: for the value of what they do, for resources, for funding, for space. In this unique workshop, we bring together data and skills to enhance your advocacy work. We will spend half the session on strategies and techniques for advocacy - how can you best frame your pitch to influence decision-makers - and half on key evidence to support your arguments and justify investment in simulation.

Simulation for organizational culture change
Agnes Ryzynski & Rob Burgess, Sunnybrook Health Sciences
Simulation in quality and safety is a rapidly developing best practice model. What once was an innovative concept is now becoming an essential component of quality and safety in healthcare. This workshop will highlight approaches to transform current culture, strategies to facilitate senior leadership, staff and patient support, and discuss tools for outcome measures that address accountability to ensure sustainable change. The workshop will explore emergency preparedness and code training to demonstrate the aforementioned objectives.

Fixing it for Good: Using Human Factors & Simulation to Systemically Mitigate Safety Events 
Anjum Chagpar, Healthcare Human Factors, University Health Network
Despite almost 20 years of concerted effort to reduce harm, rates of preventable safety events remain stubbornly unchanged. Could this be due to the disproportionate effort placed on cause identification as opposed to intentionally designing the system to be resilient to error? Through storytelling, hands on activities and discussion, this workshop will describe how human factors concepts and tools can be used to design simulations that allow us to quantify risk and proactively design mitigations that systemically, and permanently address safety.



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.



Block booking was provided at George Brown Residence & Conference Centre - Downtown Toronto.  Please note that preferred rates have since expired May 11th and are no longer available.  If you wish to book at the residence, please check availability via their website or directly.


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