SIM Awards

The SIM awards are peer-nominated and peer-reviewed awards that celebrate the very best in our community. Join us in celebrating the achievements, commitment and passion of the individuals and organizations who lead the way!

The SIM Awards are presented annually at the SIM Expo.

SIM Citizenship Award

This award recognizes simulationists across Canada who have made incredible contributions in the field of healthcare simulation. It honours those who have made an outstanding impact on building the simulation community, education, creative professional activities, advocacy, research, and other endeavours. The award celebrates collaborative and dedicated simulationists who have advocated for and championed simulation in their communities. It recognizes leading simulationists who may not be otherwise celebrated through more traditional academic awards.

The SIM Citizenship Award is generously sponsored by Gaumard.

SIM Innovator Award

The SIM Innovator Award is a national award that recognizes an organization that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to innovate, advocate and advance simulation for education, patient safety and/or quality improvement. The award celebrates an organization at the leading edge of integrating simulation into their activities, using simulation-based strategies to disrupt the status quo and profoundly improve education and/or patient care.

The SIM Innovator Award is generously sponsored by HIROC.


Congratulations to all the previous recipients, and thank you for all you have done to support simulation in Canada!

YearSIM Citizenship AwardSIM Innovator Award
2023Annamaria Mundell • Alberta Health ServicesTimiskaming District Secondary School • Sim Lab
2022Adam Dubrowski • Ontario Tech UniversityCorporate Nursing Education Team • The Ottawa Hospital
2019Karen Schafer • Vancouver Coastal Health▸ ‘Be the Beam’ Project Team, The Medical Radiography Program • BCIT
▸ Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre • St. Michael’s Hospital
▸ Institut du Savoir Montfort
▸ Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
2018Karl Weiss • Conestoga College▸ Speciality Nursing, School of Health Sciences • BCIT
▸ Clinical Simulation Centre, FHS • Queen’s University 
▸ Clinique de diabète et CSME • CHU Sainte-Justine 
▸ Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia (EHS NS) • Ambulance Operations – Performance & Development Division
2017Colette Foisy-Doll • MacEwan University▸ Alberta Health Services • eSim Program
▸ Canadore College
▸ John Abbott College
▸ Dalhousie University • Stroke Interprofessional Team
2016Karen PaquetteCambrian CollegeN/A
2015Elizabeth Horsley
Tony Malette
Judy Bournais
2014Cathy Smith
Julie Rivers
2013Dominic Giuliano
Lisa Satterthwaite
Louise Moir
Luc Simard
Marie McEwan
Yvonne Galbraith

Prior to 2017, SIM-one offered a SIM Student award. Here are the past recipients!

YearSIM Student Award
2016Megan Mahoney
2015Paul Schnider
2014Murray A. Hudon
2013Lucy dong Xuan Li
Meghan Friesen
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