2016 National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety

On Monday, May 30, Toronto welcomed the first National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety – an exciting knowledge-sharing event on the growing interest in using simulation to improve patient safety and quality of care. Attendees experienced a dynamic program with inspiring and informative presenters from Canadian leaders in simulation in hospitals, and networking opportunities. Read more!

This groundbreaking initiative was a joint launch by SIM-one, IDEAS (Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors), Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), Accreditation Canada, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), Health Quality Ontario (HQO), and HealthCareCAN.

PDF slides for presentations are now available below!

Keynote presentations

Dr. Joshua Tepper, MD, MPH, MBA

President and CEO, Health Quality Ontario (HQO)

Presentation not available.


Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) D. Brown, D.Phil

Director of the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; Dalla Lana Chair in Public Health Policy; Head of the Division of Public Health Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Presentation: Challenges in Quality Improvement and Opportunities for Simulation

Dr. Vincent Grant, MD, FRCPC

Emergency Physician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary; Medical Director for KidSIM™ - Pediatric Simulation Program at Alberta Children’s Hospital

Presentation: The KidSIM Program at Alberta Children's Hospital: Bringing Safety and Quality to the Bedside

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS

Staff surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital; Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety; creator of the surgical black box concept

Presentation: Evidence for and Return on Investment of Simulation

Dr. Glenn Posner, MDCM, FRCSC, M.Ed. 

Medical Director of the Simulation Patient Safety Program at The Ottawa Hospital; Simulation Educator for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Presentation not available.


Panel presentations

National leaders from across Canada presented "rapid-fire" summaries of how they are applying simulation in a variety of innovative ways to improve quality of care and patient safety.

SOS! A Gaming App to Improve Care of the Elderly Raquel Meyer, Jennifer Reguindin & David Chandross, Baycrest Health Sciences
Applied Theatre as Simulation to Enhance Interprofessional Competencies Melissa Tafler, Hartley Jafine & Raquel Meyer, Baycrest Health Sciences
Team training ranging from part-task sim to clinical grade cadavers in a converted hospital ambulance bay John Ross, QEII Health Sciences
Simulation for System Change and Staff Hiring Kathryn Parker, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Improving New Nurse Orientation with Simulation Lara Murphy & Jennifer Yoon, London Health Sciences Centre
Simulation to Improve Alcohol Withdrawal Management in the ER Sev Perelman, Mount Sinai Hospital
Improving the Quality of Team Training and Performance During Interprofessional In-Situ Code Blue Simulations Catharine Walsh, SickKids
Trauma Resus Using In-Situ Simulation Training (TRUST) Study Andrew Petrosoniak & Chris Hicks, St. Michael's Hospital
Simulating Blood Transfusion in the OR to Detect Latent Errors Douglas Campbell, St. Michael's Hospital
Incorporating Simulation for On-boarding of New Nurses and Professional Development: An Evolutionary Process Jennifer Dale-Tam, The Ottawa Hospital
Simulation in the Clinical Laboratory: The Massive Hemorrhage Protocol in Transfusion Medicine Megan Parrish, Alberta Health Services & Amanda van Spronsen, University of Alberta
Culture Shift! Using Interprofessional Opportunities to “Speak Up” for Patient Safety Lorna Bain & Zaev Wulffhart, Southlake Regional Health Centre
Interprofessional Simulation to Reduce In-Hospital Sepsis Rates: A Returns on Investment Program John Parker & Alison Fox-Robichaud, Hamilton Health Sciences
System improvement through simulation-based building commissioning studies Sue Barnes & Dan Huffman, Alberta Health Services
Clinical process validation and improvement through simulation: Impact of multiple projects Dan Huffman, Alberta Health Services
The CACE Homecare Curriculum: Virtual Simulation to Improve Homecare for Older Adults Nicole Woods, Women's College Hospital
Use of Simulation to Support Clinical Best Practice in the Home Care Sector Daria Garnier & Sandra McKay, VHA Home HealthCare

Caring Safely Campaign: Simulation to aid in hospital-wide training of error prevention and leadership methods for patient safety

Lennox Huang & Emily Louca, SickKids

Simulation in the testing and design of clinical spaces

Lennox Huang & Kevin Middleton, McMaster Children's Hospital

Sunnybrook Health Sciences: Impact of Sunnybrook Canadian Simulation Centre on Quality and Safety Agnes Ryzynski, Sunnybrook Health Sciences


View the 2016 National Forum Agenda.


For more information, please contact Nicole Fung at [email protected].


Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 2 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.


The 2016 National Forum would like to recognize and thank its partners: