Simulation Canada (formerly SIM-one and the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare) completed their integration in September 2017 to establish a new, interprofessional simulation network for Canada and beyond. Our skills-based Board of Directors is elected by our Organizational Voting Members at the Annual General Meeting.
Board of Directors
Ms. Kim Morris, Chair of the Board
Kim T. Morris is presently the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Collège Boréal. Responsible for 17 programs, Kim is no stranger to simulation in health care education. Given the vast and differing geography covered by Boréal, simulation has been key in providing hands-on learning activities necessary for tomorrow’s bilingual health care professionals.
Born and raised in the Sudbury area, Kim graduated from Laurentian University with a BA in Political Science and also holds a Masters in Communications Management from McMaster University. Prior to becoming Dean of Health Sciences, Kim was the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the North-East Community Care Access Centre, and Manager of Communications and Administrative services at the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario. Kim is presently Chair of the Heads of Health Sciences of Colleges Ontario, member of the Board of Directors of the North East LHIN, and Member of the Comité du Plan de ressources humaines en santé en français en Ontario. Kim also served as Vice-Chair and more recently Chair of the North East CCAC, and was President of the Réseau de Santé du Moyen-Nord de l’Ontario for the past two years.
Ms. Linda Crelinsten, Secretary
Ms. Crelinsten is a nurse with many years of clinical and administrative experience. She has a Masters degree in Public Policy and Public Administration. She was responsible for the financial, operational, educational and personnel activities at the Arnold and Blema Steinberg Medial Simulation Centre, McGill University Faculty of Medicine from 2005 to 2015. She is currently working as a consultant in medical simulation. Linda is a member of professional, national and international committees related to medical simulation in healthcare education. She is Vice Chair of the Simulation Accreditation Committee of the Royal College. Linda has led workshops on simulation centre operations, the process and value of simulation program accreditation, as well as “train the trainer” sessions. She is the former President of the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare.
Mr. Phil Hunt
Phil was most recently the Director of Business Development for London Health Sciences Centre and the Director for CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics), one of Canada’s premier healthcare simulation centres. His role was to bring private sector business acumen into the health sector to identify new revenue streams and operational efficiencies across all LHSC operations and specifically within CSTAR.
His expertise is reversing the declining fortunes of departments or organizations and increasing their levels of revenue and profit generation, with proven success in the Healthcare, Private business, Education and Government sectors. In the private sector he led organizations in the office technology, enterprise software and telecommunications sectors in Canada and the USA.
Phil received his MBA from Ivey (UWO) and has certifications as a Professional Management Coach, Career Coach, Personal Brand Strategist, and Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP).
His Board involvement includes Make-a-Wish Canada on the national board and as current Board Chair for Simulation Canada, Canada’s healthcare simulation network.
Dr. François Bergeron
Dr. Bergeron is Director of Partnerships at MEDTEQ, in Montreal. As an ex-entrepreneur in the field of the biomedical sector with Tactus Scientific and pioneer of "peer-to-peer" open innovation with Sensorica, he is now accelerating with Innovitech and MEDTEQ the creation of economic and social value through innovation in full sync with businesses and innovators. Dr. Bergeron holds a PhD in Nuclear Medicine and Radiobiology from Université de Sherbrooke and a MBA from Université de Montréal.
Ms. Liane Coulahan
Ms. Coulahan is the Co-Founder and Director of Creative and Communications for Nordest Media Inc. She has a Masters in Design and Communication from Ryerson University, and holds a bilingual degree in Organizational Communications from the University of Ottawa.
With a passion for understanding how technology and social platforms are used to engage people in a meaningful way, Liane has dedicated the past eight years of her research and career to using tech and innovation to connect people with brands. Since founding her company in 2014, she has spearheaded marketing campaigns, video series, and experiential activations for brands like RBC, The National Ballet of Canada, AMEX, and Ottawa’s Canada 150 show on Parliament Hill. In 2015, Liane was coined as one of Toronto’s “Notable young professionals” after being recognized for her work with Nordest. She has also been a technology career speaker at Ryerson University, a panelist at the Venture Out conference and continues to be a guest lecturer for the Digital Interactive and Emerging Technologies course at Humber College.
Today, Liane and her team are emerging leaders in the virtual reality space in Canada, leveraging the highest-grade film technology to immerse viewers in unique environments for training/education purposes and to capture experiences that transport viewers into alternate realities.
Dr. Adam Dubrowski
Dr. Dubrowski is Associate Professor, Divisions of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and the Marine Institute, at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Inaugural Academic Director for the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre, Memorial Chair in Teaching and Learning, and Co-Chair fo the Tuckamore Simulation Scholarship and Research Collaborative.
As one of Canada's leading and most-published simulation and education researchers, his research career commenced with studying factors influencing the acquisition of technical skills for surgery and particularly methods of optimizing the use of simulation in medical education and training, factors influencing retention, maintenance and transfer of skills and the validation of innovative assessment methods to measure these effects. More recently his interests have evolved to study the acquisition of complex clinical skills, behaviours and attitudes by progressively contextualizing the simulated experiences to match the learners’ needs. Finally, he has begun investigating the use of virtual learning environments (e.g., educational networking and serious and educational games) as means of preparing and improving retention of skills learned in simulation.
Dr. Vincent Grant
Dr. Grant is Medical Director, KidSIM Pediatric Simulation Program, an Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Calgary, and a Pediatric Emergency Physician, Alberta Children’s Hospital. Dr. Grant has been an integral part of simulation-based education growth at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, within the City of Calgary and now throughout the Province of Alberta. He is an integral part of eSIM, the provincial simulation initiative in the province of Alberta, where he is a member of the eSIM Expert Advisory Committee. He is active on a national scale and is the current co-chair of the Canadian Pediatric Simulation Network. He was also an active member of the Canadian Pediatric Society, where he sat on the executive for the Emergency Medicine section, and was the past-chair of the Pediatric Section of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Grant is recognized internationally as an expert in the leadership and building of simulation programs. His main academic interests include simulation program development and planning, interprofessional education through simulation, outreach simulation, and simulation instructor training and faculty development.
Dr. Nicole Harder
At the University of Manitoba, Dr. Harder's interprofessional position includes simulation-based education and research for the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Medical Rehabilitation, Nursing and Pharmacy. Her current work is creating, implementing, and studying the use of a psychologically safe debriefing framework following expected and unexpected patient death in simulation and clinical experiences with health care students and practitioners. Dr. Harder is the Editor-in-Chief for the peer reviewed journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing, and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, and with Simulation Canada. She is also an educator for the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing in the Simulation Nurse Educator certificate program.
Mr. Andy Howes
Mr. Howes is Program Manager of the QEII Simulation program at Nova Scotia Health Authority, and Founder & Operator of the popular simulation technology blog, http://thesimtech.com. His simulation career started in Kingston, Ontario in 2010 as the Head of Operations for the Kingston Resuscitation Institute, and then assisting with the build and development of Queen's Universities Clinical Simulation Centre and Program. In 2014 he moved back to Halifax for a short term contract as Technical Advisor for Dalhousie Universitie School of Nursing's Simulation Program. From there he moved to Doha, Qatar as a Simulation Technologist at Sidra Medical and Research Center, before returning to Halifax and the QEII Simulation program in 2015. As a side project he runs a free online resource focused on healthcare simulation technologists - www.thesimtech.com.
Dr. Arielle Levy
Arielle Levy, MD is a pediatric emergency physician working at the Sainte-Justine Hospital University Centre’s pediatric emergency department. She is an associate professor at the faculty of medicine of the University of Montreal. Dr. Levy completed a master's degree in medical education at University of Cincinnati in 2011 with a focus in medical simulation. She has been the academic medical co-director at the Sainte-Justine hospital-based simulation center since 2012 and is actively involved as a simulation educator and facilitator for pre-graduate, graduate and post-graduate training. She has been a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Pediatric Simulation Network since 2012, which she is now the co-chair since 2014. Dr. Levy has also been director of pediatric training for the family medicine residency program at the University of Montreal since 2008.She has presented at many national and international emergency and simulation conferences on various simulation-based education research projects. She has been an active member of the Royal College Pediatric Examination OSCE Committee since 2010 as well as the Royal College Pediatric Emergency Examination Committee since 2014. Since June 2015, she is a committee member of the Simulation Task Force and has recently been appointed as a member of the new RC Simulation Accreditation Committee. Dr. Levy was attributed the University of Montreal Pediatric Department’s Best Teacher Award twice in 2010 and in 2012. In 2014, she was won the Award for Excellence in Education of the Pediatric Department of the University of Montreal. In June 2017, she was appointed faculty member of the Royal College Simulation Education Trainer Course.
Ms. Maureen O’Neil, OC
Maureen O’Neil is outgoing President of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. After joining the organization in 2008, Ms. O’Neil successfully re-oriented the Foundation from its previous mandate in applied health services research to its current role in healthcare improvement. Previous positions include President of the International Development Research Centre, Interim President of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, President of the North-South Institute, and Deputy Minister of Citizenship, Government of Ontario.
Ms. O’Neil is, a member of the boards of e-Health Ontario, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Centre for the Study of Living Standards. She is former Chair of the Board of the United Nations (UN) Research Institute for Social Development, the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development, the International Advisory Group, IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative, and the Advisory Council on Corporate Social Responsibility of Canada’s Export Development Corporation. She has chaired the Board of Governors of Carleton University and has also represented Canada on the UN Commission on the Status of Women and on OECD committees, and has been a member of the UN Committee for Development Planning and the Board of the UN Research Institute for Social Development. Ms. O'Neil has chaired or been a member of boards or committees of several not-for-profit organizations.
In June 2011, Ms. O’Neil was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for public service, recognizing her contributions to international development, gender equality and human rights. Ms. O’Neil has a BA in Sociology from Carleton University and Honorary LLDs from Wilfrid Laurier University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
Ms. Chris Power, BScN MHA, Treasurer
What began as a desire to help those in need 35 years ago has evolved into a mission to improve the quality of healthcare for all Canadians. Chris Power's journey in healthcare began at the bedside as a front-line nurse. Since then, she has grown into one of the preeminent healthcare executives in Canada. Her experiences, her success, and her values have led her to the position of CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
Previously, Chris served for eight years as president and CEO of Capital Health, Nova Scotia. Under Chris's leadership Capital Health achieved Accreditation with Exemplary Status in 2014 with recognition for 10 Leading Practices.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Masters in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University. In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Canadian College of Health Services Executives and in 2007 received an Award of Excellence from the Halifax Progress Club. She was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector Category three years in a row from 2007-2009 and in 2010 was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She was named one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada four times and in 2013 was inducted into the Top 50 CEOs Hall of Fame. In 2013 Chris received an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from St. Mary's University.
Chris holds significant governance roles including President of the Canadian Association for Health Services & Policy Research Board, Co-Chair of CHLNet, Board member of Colleges & Institutes of Canada and past member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council. Most recently Chris participated as a member of the federal advisory panel on healthcare innovation and through this role has gained even greater insight into the many pan-Canadian organizations that will be beneficial in forming partnerships, leveraging expertise and advancing the goals of CPSI.