November 7-8, 2019 – Winnipeg, Canada
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, PhD, is a Professor in the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. She holds a University Research Chair in Gender, Diversity and the Professions. She leads the Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Empowering Women Leaders in Health initiative.
Dr. Bourgeault has garnered an international reputation for her research on the health workforce, particularly from a gender lens. Past projects have examined the migration and integration of health workers from a comparative perspective and on primary and maternity care workforce issues.
Recent projects focus on care relationships in home and long term care, and on psychological health and safety of professional workers. She has been a consultant to various provincial Ministries of Health in Canada, to Health Canada, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and to the World Health Organization. Her professional board experience includes the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the international journal, Human Resources for Health.
She teaches in the undergraduate program at the Telfer School of Management on diversity management and staffing organizations and in the graduate program in health administration on health care in Canada. She was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in September 2016 and received the 2016/17 University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research.
As the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), it is Ry Moran’s job to guide the development, growth and reach of the NCTR. Ry came to the centre directly from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) where he served as the Director of Statement Gathering and the National Research Centre. On the TRC’s behalf, he facilitated the gathering of nearly 7,000 video/audio-recorded statements of former Residential School Students and others affected by the Residential School system. He was also responsible for gathering the documentary history of the Residential School system from more than 20 government departments and nearly 100 church archives – millions of records in all. Ry’s professional skills have earned him many awards, including a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross and a National Aboriginal Role Model Award. Prior to the TRC, Ry was active in many areas including indigenous language preservation and the arts. Ry is a proud member of the Red River Metis.
Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at Monash University, and Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia. Debra is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM).
She is program lead for the Master of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and Master of Surgical Science (University of Melbourne) and Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation (Monash University).
Debra leads a national faculty development program for simulation practitioners at National Health Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim) and a virtual network in simulated patient methodology.
She has received national awards for her work in healthcare simulation including the Ray Page Award for service to the simulation community, Simulation Australasia and Program Innovation Award, and a Presidential Citation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Debra is also co-chair of the Simulation Committee, Association for Medical Education in Europe. She has held many positions in professional associations across her career. Mainly as a qualitative researcher, Debra has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2017), surgical education and on research methods for healthcare simulation (to be published in 2019).
Françoise Filion BSc(N), (1981) MSc(N) (Université de Montréal) (1986). Graduated in 1981, worked as a nurse in an hospital setting for 4 years. After a master’s degree in Community Health Nursing, worked as a public health nurse for 8 years. In 1995-1996, did one year of PhD in nursing and stayed for 13 years as project director for nursing research working in pain with neonates with Dr Celeste Johnston, during that time was also a part-time faculty lecturer at the Faculty of Nursing at Université de Montreal. Since 2010, working full time as assistant professor at Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University teaching community health nursing and working with several underserved populations.
Loïc is a Standardized Patient Educator at the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, Faculty of Medicine, McGill. He finds the world of medical simulation to be the perfect work environment as it allows him to use his scientific and artistic backgrounds.
A professional actor and writer, Loïc worked as a Standardized Patient (SP) for 11 years before transitioning to his current role as Standardized Patient Educator, a position he has held for the past three years.
Presently, Loïc is dedicated to helping existing and future health professionals in developing their communication skills to provide the best patient-centered care possible. He believes that SPs are the voice of patients and it is his role to make it heard through feedback. His goal is to break down barriers such as, over-protecting learners from constructive feedback, excluding direct input from SPs whereby it is filtered through an instructor/evaluator or SPs do not participate in debriefs at all. These barriers prevent some faculty and program directors from engaging with SPs to their full potential in their simulations.
Human Trafficking and other social justice issues, such as supporting caregivers of dementia patients through simulations with SPs, are some of Loïc’s other passions. He is always enthusiastic about finding ways to use simulation to bring a positive impact in the community.
Niki Soilis is the Education Manager at the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL), Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. She has a passion for education as a means to enhance performance and improve patient outcomes. Niki began her career as a Project Manager at Pfizer Canada where she organized train-the-trainer programs, and oversaw the design and implementation of accredited continuing medical education programs across Canada.
She then served as a Performance Improvement Consultant to both public and private sector clients for whom she conducted curriculum needs analysis, and served as the lead writer and instructional designer in both online and face-to-face educational activities. Prior to joining SCSIL, Niki worked at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) where her most significant mandate was to create and deliver the training and orientation related to the transition to the new Glen site, the largest hospital move in Canadian history.
Since joining the world of medical simulation in 2015, Niki has been responsible for the educational activities within the SCSIL, leading their design, organization, implementation and evaluation. She works with McGill Faculty and allied academic health centres to align simulation activities with their clinical training curricula.
Niki’s interests lie in building patient-centered and socially conscious simulations that explore the holistic picture of the patient through their life path, including their emotional and physical journey within the healthcare system. Furthermore, Niki seeks to broaden the reach of simulation and interactive learning across the continuum of care by developing programs that educate patients, their families, and the communities being served.