Simulation Canada Faculty

Bruce Ballon

Dr. Bruce Ballon is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and Adjunct Professor for UOIT's Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Ballon also is an Academic Educator for the Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ballon has received numerous national and international awards and peer-reviewed grants for his work in medical simulation, addiction psychiatry, psychotherapy, education, the humanities, and his writing. His training includes a B.Sc. in Genetics, his M.D., a Psychiatry Specialist degree and two fellowships: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He has also received an Education Scholars Program certification. 

As past Director of Education for Simulation Canada (formerly SIM-one), Dr. Ballon designed numerous workshops, events, expositions, certification programs and more for advancing the uptake and innovation of simulation across healthcare. In this role he promotes the embedding of inter professionalism and patient safety in education and training.

 He is the lead developer and lead of the Advanced Clinical and Educational Services (ACES) for Problem Gambling, Gaming and Internet Addiction at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Ballon is considered an expert in the area of simulation and experiential interactive techniques. He has designed a variety of novel educational and therapy initiatives involving the use of film, television, the internet, video games, theatre, magic, mentalism and art.

Carol Butler (RN, BScN, MScN, MEd)

Carol is the simulation lab coordinator/manager at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Carol became the simulation lab coordinator in 2006 with the goal of setting up a high-fidelity simulation program and promoting the integration of simulation into curriculum of health sciences, nursing and human services programs. As a simulation pioneer, Carol initiated and developed the high-fidelity simulation capacity at Fanshawe College. The program currently provides over 1,700 high-fidelity simulations per year with students of nursing, practical nursing, personal support worker, paramedic, advanced care paramedic, respiratory therapy, MRI technology, dental hygiene, emergency medicine and anesthesia assistant.

Yvonne Galbraith

Yvonne Galbraith refers to herself as a Simulation Artist. Yvonne is an artist and registered nurse working in nursing simulation at Georgian College. Several years of clinical practice, facilitating students and art have given Yvonne a unique perspective regarding simulation in healthcare. Yvonne has exhibited art internationally with a focus on hands and healing. Most recently Yvonne has developed a light weight, low-cost manikin for students to practice nursing skills and health assessment techniques, for home use. Yvonne explores innovative approaches in simulation to create learning opportunities in nursing.

Dominic Giuliano

Dr. Dominic Giuliano received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology in 1988 from the University of Waterloo and his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1992. He practiced in the field for 17 years before becoming an educator. Dr. Giuliano is currently the Year III Director of Education for the undergraduate department at CMCC. As the previous Coordinator of CMCC’s Simulation lab he was involved with both manikin-based simulation events and force-sensing table technology used by students to learn and reinforce manipulation skills. His research interests include how simulation can be used to aid in retention of knowledge and the development of manual skills.

Audrey Gottlieb

Audrey Gottlieb currently works as Coordinator of New Continuing Education Programs, Markets and Partnerships at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. With an educational background in Kinesiology, she first entered the field of simulation evaluating and validating simulation equipment for implementation into the education of future health professionals. This inspired her to pursue formal education in simulation through Simulation Canada. She continues to enjoy contributing to numerous Simulation Canada events and will soon be receiving her MASCS certificate. She has designed large-scale, interprofessional simulations for over 770 current and future health professionals in nine different professions. Although her role at Michener has expanded significantly to exploring and implementing new commercial programs and partnerships to meet the health system needs of Ontario, Audrey continues to link her work and contribute to the rapidly evolving field of simulation every chance she gets!

Julia Gray

Julia is a Toronto-based artist-researcher (playwright, theatre director, choreographer) and social scientist specializing in the area of arts and health. As part of her PhD (OISE/UT) she developed a theoretical frame, called 'an aesthetic of relationality,' to better understand the ways embodiment, imagination and foolishness (as vulnerability with the willingness to fail) are integral to performance approaches to research. She is the playwright and director of the research-based theatre project "Cracked: new light on dementia", is the playwright and director of "After the Crash: a play about brain injury" and co-wrote with Dr Gail Mitchell "Seeing the Forest" a play about patient safety culture. In professional theatre, Julia has worked with Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, The Charlottetown Festival, Mirvish Productions, The Canadian Stage Company, and many independent theatre companies. In healthcare, Julia has collaborated with health researchers and clinicians at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute/UHN, Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance (University of Waterloo), Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, the York Academy for Nursing at UHN, York’s Faculty of Health, and University of Toronto. Julia is thrilled to be working with Simulation Canada and its amazing team.

Jordan Holmes (B.Eng, MRT(N), CHSE)

Jordan Holmes is the Manager of the Centre for the Advancement of Simulation and Education at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Prior to joining the simulation centre, Jordan was faculty in the Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technology Program at Michener. Jordan is passionate about simulation-based healthcare education and its potential to close the clinical-didactic divide. Jordan is currently completing his Master of Arts degree at UOIT, where he is researching virtual communities of practice in simulation.

Elizabeth Horsley (RN, MSMS, CHSE)

Elizabeth began her nursing career as an Operating Room Nurse in 1993. In 2003 she Joined the Nursing Department at Brock University as a Lab Coordinator. In 2006, she began working with clinical simulation. She became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator in 2015. Elizabeth the lead writer on the simulation project proposal from Brock University was awarded a scholarship to attend the Debriefing Course at the Centre for Medical Simulation at Harvard in November of 2015. This spring, she Graduated in the inaugural class of the Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Elizabeth is the only Registered Nurse and the only Canadian to complete this degree.

Darlene Hubley (BScOT, MScCH)

Darlene Hubley is the Interprofessional Education Leader at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is passionate about creating meaningful interprofessional educational experiences for learners and interested in exploring simulation as a method to enhance interprofessional communication and collaboration. Darlene is a graduate of the Education Scholars Program from the Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Toronto and completed a Master of Science degree in Community Health with a focus on education in health care environments in 2011. She is also a 2013 graduate of the Keystones of Healthcare Simulation Program offered by Simulation Canada. She has over 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist at Holland Bloorview and is a lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. 

Mark Huisman

Mark Huisman is a professional actor, writer, director, puppeteer and occasional teacher, who worked with the Standardized Patient Program at the University of Toronto for over 10 years as a standardized patient, facilitator and assistant in the video department. Mark has participated in numerous Simulation Canada workshops as a teacher, facilitator and standardized patient. Most recently, he assisted in the development of Dr. Bruce Ballon's award-winning Code White training workshop.

June MacDonald Jenkins (RN, BScN, MSc, PhD Candidate)

June MacDonald Jenkins is a nurse educator and e-Learning Specialist who has taught traditional, blended and online courses. June was instrumental at Durham College/UOIT in moving several nursing courses to a hybrid learning environment. She was seconded by Durham College/UOIT to work in their Innovation Centre of Academic Excellence as a Learning Technologies Facilitator for two years. The focus of her PhD research has been on the integration of simulation and interactive learning environments into Nursing Curriculum to facilitate clinical decision making based on discovery, clarity and inquiry. June presently works in both the Office of Research Services and Innovation and is a professor in the Collaborative BScN program. June consults with health sciences faculties across the country to help with the integration of technology into curricula. She was the recipient of the 2007 Elsevier Canada Resource Award, which recognizes excellence in the use of technology to enhance the teaching/learning environment.

Bill Kapralos (PhD)

Bill Kapralos is an Associate Professor in (and former Program Director of) the Game Development and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His current research interests include: serious games, multi-modal virtual environments/reality, the perception of auditory events, and 3D (spatial) sound generation for interactive virtual environments and serious games. He has led several large interdisciplinary and international serious gaming research projects that have included experts from medicine/surgery, and medical education with funding from a variety of government and industry sources. He is currently leading the serious gaming theme within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Interactive and Multi-Modal Experience Research Syndicate (IMMERSe) initiative. Bill chaired the2014 IEEE Games, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) conference, and the ACM FuturePlay International Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology from 2007-2010. He co-chaired the 2015 IEEE GEM conference, and the ACM Virtual Reality Software and Technology Conference in 2012.  He is a past recipient of an IBM Centers for Advanced Studies Faculty Award, a past co-recipient of a Google Faculty Award, and a past recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to conduct research in Japan. He recently completed a two-month stay at Shizuoka University in Hamamatsu, Japan, as a Visiting Research Fellow and Guest Professor as part of this Fellowship.

Mandy Lowe (MSc, BSc(OT))

Mandy Lowe is the Director of Education at UHN and Associate Director, Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto. She holds a status appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Mandy has been recognized for excellence in teaching by colleagues and studentsincluding receiving the ‘Helen A. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development: Sustained Contribution to the Field of Faculty Development’, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 2015.

Mandy is passionate about the interface of clinical practice, education, research and leadership. Her work has influenced how interprofessional education occurs across the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network, the province, the country and beyond. She has been involved in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education across a wide range of teaching, leadership and research projects and initiatives that have addressed knowledge translation, learning and collaboration.

Louise Moir (RN, BScN, Certified Simulationist)

Louise is the lead nursing lab technologist at Canadore College/Nipissing University and nursing faculty with Anishinabek Educational Institute. During her seventeen-year career in nursing education, she has been actively involved in designing and implementing healthcare simulation and helping to develop interprofessional education. She enjoys working with other healthcare programs at Canadore College to design and deliver effective simulations. Louise is the founder and co-organizer of the Northern Ontario Simulation Symposium; which allows healthcare educators and practitioners from Northern communities to network and learn more about the science and art of simulation. She was also fortunate to work as a co-designer and faculty for the Simulation Canada (formerly SIM-one) PSW Simulation Workshop. Louise is a graduate of Simulation Canada's Keystones of Healthcare Simulation and MASCS certificate programs and a proud recipient of the 2013 Sim Citizenship Award.

Elaine Ng (MD, FRCPC, MSHPEd)

Elaine is a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto where she is also the Director of Residency Education in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She completed the comprehensive and graduate courses at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston and the Train-the-Trainer course at MSR in Israel. She holds the Master of Science in Health Professions Education (with a concentration in simulation) from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Elaine's main interests are in simulation-based education for postgraduate trainees and faculty development. She started the simulation program in pediatric anesthesia at SickKids in 2006. She is actively involved with teaching and curriculum development for simulation for team training and resuscitation, in situ simulation, debriefing, simulation in low resource environments and patient safety. She is the Lead Quality and Safety (with Patient Safety focus) on the Simulation Steering Committee at SickKids, a member of the Education Committee at the International Pediatric Simulation Society, and a Simulationist and Associate Simulation Consultant at Simulation Canada.

Holldrid Odreman (Ph.D., MScN-Ed, RN)

Dr. Odreman is a full-time faculty and program coordinator in the Practical Nursing program at Niagara College and a certified Simulationist from Simulation Canada. Dr. Odreman holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Adult Education Leadership. Dr. Odreman also holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education and has a background in critical care nursing and clinical nursing education. Key areas of expertise include simulation-based learning and clinical teaching, faculty & staff professional development, quality control and efficient educational strategies that enhance the theoretical and practical learning experiences of learners and faculty. Adult education leadership, effective learning strategies, and simulation-based learning are critical areas of research interests.

Karen Paquette

Karen is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of clinical experience. As a Simulation Technologist, she has overseen the operations of the Health Science Simulation Laboratories at Cambrian College for the past 10 years. Her expertise in simulation has enhanced programming in numerous healthcare disciplines. She's participated in a wide variety of scenarios where she has accumulated invaluable knowledge that can only be derived from years of experience. Karen is passionate for simulation and the unlimited possibilities that it offers learners. She actively pursues current technology in simulation to remain up-to-date. Karen is a member of many innovative web-base groups that lend themselves to the growth of simulation. She’s attained two certificates in advance Military Moulage.

Kathryn Parker (MA, PhD)

Dr. Kathryn Parker received her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 2006 and her Master of Arts in Measurement and Evaluation from OISE in 1999. In addition to teaching, Kathryn has presented her work at various national and international conferences. Kathryn began working in the area of utilization-focused and theory-based program evaluation in 2002. She has applied her program evaluation skills when working with numerous academic/clinical groups to facilitate and direct program evaluation efforts. These groups include the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, George Brown College, the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education at Women’s College Hospital, the Global Research in Paediatrics group, and the Collaborative Change Leadership Program at the University Health Network. Kathryn currently serves as the Senior Director of Academic Affairs and Simulation Lead at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Co-Lead for the Centre for Leadership in Innovation at Holland Bloorview. She was also the recipient of the 2013 AMS Phoenix Fellowship.

Agnes Ryzynski (R.R.T) 

Ms. Ryzynski is the Manager of Sunnybrook Canadian Simulation Centre and Curriculum Development. She is also the Associate Director of the Sunnybrook Education Research Unit. Her focus is to expand quality improvement initiatives via skill acquisition, practice and impact measurement. In addition to advancing interprofessional in-situ simulation programs, Ms. Ryzynski collaborates to develop initiatives that continuously improve patient safety.

Lynne Sinclair (MA (Ad Ed), BSc(PT))

Lynne Sinclair is a Physical Therapist, Educational Consultant and the Innovative Program and External Development Lead at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto (UT). She holds an Assistant Professor appointment with the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at UT and has over 20 years’ experience on the Faculty of Medicine. She has recently been appointed as the first Interprofessional Education Scholar-in-Residence at the School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College. Lynne has been invited faculty for UT’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Master of Science (Quality Improvement & Patient Safety) and for Ontario’s Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors (IDEAS) Advanced and Introduction programs. As a senior member of the rehabilitation and interprofessional education community, Lynne has adopted a wealth of expertise in education internationally and works as a strong advocate to ensure that health education responds to the current and future needs of the population. Lynne is widely invited as a keynote speaker for conferences, educational events and courses. She has taught across Canada, USA, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Denmark. She has been a principle investigator or investigator on numerous education initiatives and research projects totaling over $5 million.

Cathy Smith (HBA, MA, PhD)

Cathy Smith has worked in the field of simulation for over 20 years and currently consults for various local, national and international educational and assessment organizations. Cathy has a PhD in drama from the University of Toronto and draws on her background as a facilitator, performer, and simulated patient (SP) experience to collaborate on the development of simulation learning experiences. She works with health professional individuals and teams at all career stages and in diverse formats, including face-to-face and web-based programs. She is a member of the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and presents frequently at national and international conferences. Her research interests include performance in simulation, the role of SPs and authenticity. She is the immediate past Conference Chair of the Association of Standardized Educators, is a faculty member at Simulation Canada and was honoured to receive the SIM Citizenship Award in 2014.

Celeste Sansregret

Celeste Sansregret is an award-winning writer, as well as an actor, producer, and educator. She has written six plays, two feature scripts, story edited over 20 stage and screenplays, and appeared in over 30 plays. She previously taught screenwriting for the Winnipeg Film Group. For the past three years she has taught writing with Simulation Canadae. She is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg (B.A. Theatre) and the Canadian Film Centre (Television Writing).


David Starmer

Dr. David Starmer is the Education Coordinator for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College’s simulation lab and is a past instructor in the departments of Clinical Diagnosis, Clinical Education, and Chiropractic Therapeutics. His primary instructional roles are teaching manual therapy motor skills, and medical simulation where he has won multiple teaching awards recognized by both administration and students. In addition to completing his Doctors of Chiropractic Degree, Dr. Starmer earned his Master’s Degree in Health Studies with an educational focus targeting the teaching and learning of motor skills along with graduating Simulation Canada’s inaugural Keystones Certificate Program. He is an active award winning researcher involved in spinal manipulation training and has publications in multiple peer reviewed journals. Dr. Starmer has led multiple workshops at international conferences, along with providing numerous platform presentations. Along with his teaching and research positions, Dr. Starmer has grown a large family care practice in a medical building in Etobicoke, Ontario working alongside a diverse array of health care specialists. As a former professional BMX racer, he represented Canada in the World Championships in 2001, and through his connections in the sport he has also been able to integrate chiropractic care inseveral growing cycling and motocross related sport disciplines.