SIM Symposium Presenters

Catherine Boudreau (RN, , MScN, Health Service Policy Research dip.)  is a Nursing Faculty at Canadore College, in North Bay, ON. Catherine teaches in the Nipissing/Canadore  Collaborative BScN. Catherine has been a nursing educator for 17 years. During her time at Canadore College, Catherine was seconded to work  on an interprofessional education project funded through HealthForceOntario (May 2007 –September 2010).  The Learn Together, Practice Together project targeted the development of interprofessional knowledge, skills, and attitudes among health science students studying in Northern Ontario. Catherine’s research interests are; Interprofessional Education/Collaboration, Knowledge Translation, Cultural Safety  and Community Health Nursing. Prior to nursing education, Catherine worked in community nursing and diabetes education for Nipissing First Nation for 6 years and a provincial health unit for 10 years.

Miranda Gillingham is a professor in the BScN Collaborative Nursing Program with Canadore College and Nipissing University. Her nursing background is diverse; she spent many years at The Ottawa Hospital in the birthing unit and worked at the Monarch Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health in Ottawa. She holds her Master of Science in Nursing as well as a license as a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Health Care, both of which she received from the University of Ottawa in 2015. She practised thereafter as a Nurse Practitioner at the Ottawa Mission’s Primary Care Clinic, providing care to the homeless population. Currently, her focus is primarily in education; sharing her expertise in Maternity and Pediatric nursing care with second year BScN students. She is actively engaged on many committees and is dedicated to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.   

Sandra Goldsworthy, PhD, RN, CNCC(C), CMSN(C), CCNSE

Dr. Sandra Goldsworthy is a recognized simulation, critical care expert, researcher and author. She is the recipient of the Canadian Nurses’ Association Order of Merit in Education and one of 10 University of Calgary Teaching Scholars. Sandra is author or editor of nine books including: ‘Simulation Simplified: A Practical Guide for Nurse Educators’, ‘Simulation Simplified: Student Lab Manual for Critical Care Nursing’ and ‘The Compact Clinical Guide for Mechanical Ventilation’. Dr. Goldsworthy is the Associate Dean Teaching, Learning and Technology and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. In addition, she holds a Research Professorship in Simulation Education. The Research Professorship has resulted in the development of a research team, research collaborations (locally, nationally and internationally) and design and implementation of more than 15 active research projects of which she is principal investigator. Sandra holds three national certifications: Canadian Nurses Association credentials in Critical Care and Medical Surgical Nursing as well as CASN Canadian Certified Nurse Simulation Educator credential (CCNSE). She is a member of a number of national and international committees including her role as a Director on the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses Association Board. Dr. Goldsworthy is passionate about improving patient safety and provider preparation through simulation. Her research program focuses on the impact of simulation in building competence in recognition and response to the deteriorating patient, reduction of medication errors and improving health team communication competencies through interprofessional simulation education.  

Laura Killam is an educator from Sudbury, Ontario who is interested in the innovative use of simulation to support interprofessional learning. Drawing on experience with online simulations, Laura is looking to critically reflect on how to build engaging simulated experiences by sharing with and learning from colleagues.

Dr. Michelle Lalonde is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Lalonde’s program of research is focused on 1) nurse readiness and transition to practice, which includes integrating simulation throughout the learning continuum, from student to experienced nurse, and 2) the experiences and needs of Francophone students and nurses living in minority situations.

Camille Lemieux

Coordinator and professor in the Funeral Director Class 1 and Class 2 programs at Collège Boréal, Camille Lemieux shares his enthusiasm and passion with the students. Licensed Funeral Director – Class 1 in the province of Ontario, he obtained with honours a Diploma in the Funeral Services Education program at Collège Boréal. He also obtained with honours a Bachelor of Arts – Religious Studies at the University of Sudbury (Laurentian University). With a change in provincial legislation in 2012, he was part of a panel of experts with the former regulatory body, Board of Funeral Services of Ontario, who established the new competencies in the bereavement sector in Ontario. He was responsible of establishing and creating curriculum, in accordance to the new competencies, where he integrated learning via simulation. Implicated within the funeral profession, he is a member of several funeral associations within Canada and sits on several committees at Collège Boréal. Camille Lemieux enjoys teaching by taking different learning initiatives to his group of students. A student in the program will not only learn solely by theory, but by simulation where the know-how skill is also evaluated. Learning outside of the classroom is held and many partners in education are involved with the students. Camille Lemieux was awarded in June 2017, the Collège Boréal Award of Excellence for Faculty in recognition for his outstanding commitment and professionalism.

Dr. Marian Luctkar-Flude is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University School of Nursing and Co-President of the Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation (CAN-Sim). She has extensive experience with high-fidelity patient simulation, interprofessional education and online learning. Her current program of research focuses on virtual simulation game design, presimulation preparation approaches, and faculty development. She develops and teaches simulation courses for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, Simulation Canada, and the Ontario Simulation Alliance, and delivers virtual simulation game design workshops through CAN-Sim. Dr. Luctkar-Flude was the 2016 recipient of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Excellence in research award in recognition of her innovative research and leadership in the field of clinical simulation.

Perry McLeod-Shabogesic of the "Crane Clan" is an Ojibway Anishinabe from N'biising (Nipissing) First Nation (NFN). He is the Manager of Cultural Services for the “Niinjaansinaanik Child & Family Services based in Dokis First Nation. He is an Elder/Helper/Resource Person for our Member First Nations of Wasauksing, Shawanaga, Magnetawan, Henvey, Dokis, Nipissing and Wahnapitae First Nations. In this role he has been assisting Children & families and First Nation staff in the area of traditional medicine, teachings, ceremonies and workshops. Perry also acts in an advisory capacity to other organizations in the area of cultural and traditional development.

Perry’s spirit name is "Anzoked", which means "Story Teller" in Anishinabemowin.  He is a “Helper/Oshkabewis” of the Anishinabek Nation Eagle Staff & Bundle.  He is also a recognized Traditional Helper/Oshkabewis/Pipe Carrier assisting and facilitating ceremonies and traditional activities such as sharing circles, pipe ceremonies, sweats, medicine wheel teachings, western door/funeral ceremonies/teachings, medicine walks/workshops, traditional art, harvesting game & wild medicines and one on one or group counseling for individuals and families upon request.

Dr. Tammie McParland is currently the Interim Director of the School of Nursing at Nipissing University. She holds certifications as a nurse educator, and simulation nurse educator. Her research program focuses on the various uses of simulation pedagogy to support student learning, and faculty perspectives on engagement and development of the required skill set to use simulation as a teaching-learning strategy. She has presented her research locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. She is a consultant in the use of simulation in the assessment of Internationally Educated Nurses. She holds membership in several regional, national and international nursing organizations and associations. Dr. McParland has held several leadership positions throughout her career in both public and private healthcare-related organizations.

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 13 years. Her expertise in simulation has enhanced programming in numerous health care disciplines.  She has participate in a wide variety of scenarios in which she has accumulated invaluable knowledge that can only be derived from years of experience. She is passionate for simulation and the unlimited possibilities that this new technology offers the learners. She actively pursues current technology in simulation to remain up-to-date. In addition to SimOne, 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 which further enhances her expertise.

Colleen Piekarski (RN, MScN) is a full time faculty member and the current coordinator of the Practical Nursing Program at Canadore College. Colleen has been with the PN program since the inception of the PN diploma in 2002. Prior to 2002, Colleen worked in the community sector in multiple roles including CCAC team manager and care coordinator, hospital discharge planner and visiting nurse.  Her thesis work examined the experience of northern seniors during their transition from home to long term care. Colleen’s experience across home health care spectrum led to the successful implementation of a community based placement, both simulation and practice based, in the PN curriculum in 2014.

Recently Colleen and Catherine Boudreau noted the need for better intra-professional collaboration within nursing. A collaborative project was developed and trialed in winter 2019 involving both BScN and PN students working together in the existing home care simulation lab. Specifically, Colleen and Catherine have been working to breaking down barriers between PN and BScN students, foster better understanding of nursing roles, scope of practice, and most importantly build positive relationships. The outcome of this collaboration has been positive with room for growth and the inclusion of other professions.


Colleen is committed to excellence in nursing education and practice and sees many opportunities for achieving this using simulation.

Stephanie Spencer, BScN, RN.

Stephanie has been a Registered Nurse for 10 years with much of her clinical experience being in the neonatal intensive care unit/pediatrics.  She is currently pursuing a MScN with a projected graduation date for July 2019. In 2017 she started working at Canadore College as a clinical laboratory technologist in hopes of instilling her passion for nursing onto the next generation of nurses.

Rob Theriault M.E.T., BHSc., CCP(f)

Rob Theriault is professor of paramedicine at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. He is a former Critical Care Flight Paramedic with Ontario’s air ambulance system. Rob has a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) Degree in Paramedicine from Victoria in University in Melbourne, Australia and a Master of Educational Technology (M.E.T.) from the University of British Columbia.

Rob is a published author, researcher, blogger, Podcaster and speaks at conferences across Canada and internationally. 

Rob is currently exploring extended reality (XR) in patient simulation, teaching empathy and social virtual reality or synchronous online learning.

Dr. Jane Tyerman is a Professor at the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing. Dr. Tyerman has diverse experience in both nursing and interprofessional simulation curriculum and research initiatives. She is co-president of the national Canadian Alliance of Nursing educators using Simulation (CAN-sim) which serves as a platform for simulation collaboration among health educators. She was part of the development team for the CASN Canadian Simulation Nurse Educator Certification (CCSNE) program and currently teaches two modules within the program. Dr. Tyerman has a strong simulation-based research portfolio with various publications and presentation focusing on nursing simulation design, development, curriculum implementation, and now virtual simulation games. She is well-regarded in terms of simulation expertise, collaboration and visionary leadership among the simulation community.

Sarah Wendorf
Instructional Designer
Cambrian College Teaching & Learning Innovation Hub


Sarah Wendorf is the Instructional Designer with Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. She works with a diverse and skilled team of professionals in Cambrian’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub. She joined Cambrian in 2018 and has a background in education, science, technology, marketing and communications. She has a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree and is actively working toward a Masters in Science Communication (M.S.Com). She is an advocate and champion of Open Education and Open Educational Practices.