National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety

On Monday, May 30, 2016, Toronto will welcome 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 should expect a dynamic program with inspiring and informative presenters from Canadian leaders in simulation in hospitals, and networking opportunities.

This groundbreaking initiative is 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.

The event's co-chairs are Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, and Dr. Joshua Tepper.

All hospital and care delivery organizational leaders, administrators, quality and safety leads, hospital-based simulationists and researchers are welcome. 


  • Demonstrate ways in which simulation reduces adverse events, costs and financial risks for hospitals;
  • Promote evidence and examples supporting the use of simulation at the point of care delivery;
  • Highlight current Canadian leaders and their knowledge and insights into establishing hospital-based simulation programs; and
  • Motivate decision-makers to pursue the integration of simulation-based patient safety and quality improvement initiatives/education/programs at their organizations.


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

Topic: Challenges in Quality Improvement and Opportunities for Simulation

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown is the Director of the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana Chair in Public Health Policy, and the Head of the Division of Public Health Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He is a scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital. His past roles include the Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategy and Policy at MOHLTC, and for Science and Research at the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and doctorate from the University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar). 


Dr. Vincent Grant, MD, FRCPC

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

Dr. Vincent Grant is an Emergency Physician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada. Vince is a native Calgarian, who completed undergraduate training at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, his medical degree at the University of Calgary, then spent time training in pediatrics, emergency medicine, and trauma at the University of Ottawa. He returned to Calgary in 2005 to head up the new simulation initiative at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and continues in the role of Medical Director for KidSIM™, the Pediatric Simulation Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.


Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS

Topic: Evidence for and Return on Investment of Simulation

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov completed his surgical training at the University of Copenhagen, and a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Dr. Grantcharov is a staff surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety. Dr. Grantcharov’s area of academic interest is in the field of minimally invasive surgery, surgical education and patient safety. He has become internationally recognized as a leader in this area with a focus on curriculum design, assessment of competence and impact of surgical performance on clinical outcomes. Dr. Grantcharov developed the surgical black box concept, which aims to transform the safety culture in medicine and introduce modern safety management systems in the high-risk operating room environment.


Dr. Glenn Posner, MDCM, FRCSC, M.Ed.

Topic: TOH Simulation Patient Safety Program – Interprofessional Education through In-Situ Simulation

An obstetrician and gynecologist, Glenn Posner serves as the Medical Director of the Simulation Patient Safety Program at The Ottawa Hospital, and is a Simulation Educator for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Posner obtained his MDCM from McGill University and completed his residency training at the University of Ottawa, before going on to earn an M.Ed from the University of Cincinnati. 


Dr. Joshua Tepper, MD, MPH, MBA

Welcome remarks

Dr. Tepper is a family physician and the President and CEO of Health Quality Ontario (HQO). HQO works in partnership with Ontario’s health care system to support a better experience of care and better outcomes for Ontarians. Dr. Tepper holds a degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a medical degree from McMaster University, a Master of Public Health from Harvard, and his executive Master of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He completed residency at the University of Toronto.

Panel presentations

Hear from national leaders in Canada applying simulation in a variety of innovative ways to improve care quality and safety. Plus, enjoy plenty of networking time for individual followup with further discussions and questions!

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.

Sponsors & exhibitors

View the 2016 National Forum Sponsor & Exhibitor Package.


Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 3, Toronto ON, L5P 1C4.

Travel & Accommodation

Air Canada

To book a flight, access and enter promotion code NKCP2VF1 in the search panel. The booking is to be made to the following city: Toronto, YYZ (ON). The travel period begins Monday, May 23, 2016 and ends Tuesday, June 07, 2016. Travel is valid Monday through Sunday. No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. However, all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10 passenger requirement for Meetings and Conventions events.

VIA Rail

Valid May 28 to June 2, 2016, from all stations throughout the VIA system to Toronto, Ontario and return. A discount of 10 per cent off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class.  

To book, log in to your profile, or create one prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention fare" from the “Discount Type” drop‐down menu, and enter discount code 13272 in the “Discount code” field. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class. Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied. 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, Montréal or Ottawa only.

Sheraton Gateway Hotel

Guests can access the hotel website to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from February 29 to June 3. Use group code SE29AA when calling Reservation Center at 1-888-627-7092. 


To register, click here.


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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.


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