Simulation Summit 2020 – our dates will change. More information will be communicated at the start of the new year!
Josée Mensales is a police officer with over 20 years of service. She works for the Sexual Exploitation—Human Trafficking Investigation Unit of the Montreal Police Department. With her colleague Officer Diane Veillette, who has more than 27 years of service, they cofounded the SPVM Survivor Program that helps victims and families cope with situations involving sexual exploitation. For over 10 years, they have organized conferences on human trafficking to help various professionals better understand and detect potential cases within their practice, and to create awareness. They even include survivors in their training and in some structured interventions. They co-authored two French books used as educational tools: Pour l’amour de mon pimp [For the love of my pimp] published in 2015 (currently used in missions in Haiti) and Mon ami, mon agresseur [My Friend, My Abuser] launched in 2019 that caters to the Indigenous and Inuit clientele. Their initiative sparked interest in several European countries, and they were invited on different occasions to present their program in Paris (France) as well as in Tournai (Belgium). The two officers were also awarded the Guy Marcil prize for the creation of the program. On a more personal level, they also work as volunteers with different community organizations that provide services to street youths. They support them by offering them safe spaces so that they can regain their confidence and fulfill themselves. Ms. Mensales describes herself primarily as a mom, but she also sits on the board of a youth organization and volunteers with minor hockey associations as a coach and administrator. She has a keen interest for sports, especially hockey, since she is a player herself, as well as for the arts, since she draws and paints as a hobby. She hopes that through both her professional and personal actions, she will contribute to the improvement of services and living conditions of youth at risk, and always giving them a voice and a safe place to take part in positive changes.
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.
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.