SIM Expo

We’re excited to announce that this year’s 2024 SIM Expo will be held at the “castle in the Rockies”, the Fairmont Banff Springs. Nestled within the Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, join us on November 25 & 26!

iStock Credit: Olga Radzikh. A twilight view of Mount Norquay from Banff Avenue in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Banff Avenue • Banff, Alberta, Canada

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We look forward to reconnecting with the incredible simulation community in western Canada, especially in one of the most beautiful locations in North America!

The SIM Expo is Canada’s premier gathering of simulation enthusiasts. It is a true multidisciplinary conference, which hosts everyone from the simulation community—from a variety of professions—including clinicians, researchers, and educators. It is a unique, annual opportunity for great minds in healthcare simulation to unite, collaborate on current issues in simulation, share knowledge, and advance simulation.

Our theme this year is SIMULATION AND ADVOCACY. The importance of simulation is growing – both for workforce development and for quality improvement and patient safety. This year, we focus on how we can better advocate for, within, and using simulation: How can we convey to leaders and stakeholders the value of simulation and investment in it? How can we advocate within simulation for personal and team growth? And how can we use simulation to help our learners develop skills to more effectively advocate on behalf of their patients and clients? Join us as we explore the many perspectives on this unique and powerful intersection!


Monday November 25 • Day 1

Breakfast & Day 1 Check-in | Open Exhibit Hall
Welcome & Day 1 Orientation
Keynote: Advocacy in Action: Strategies to Embed, Integrate and Sustain Simulation in Healthcare • Dr. Rebecca A. Szabo
Morning Workshops
Exhibit Hall — Explore the 2024 SIM Expo!
Lunch | SIM Awards
Poster Crawl and Demonstration Presentations
Exhibit Hall — Explore the 2024 SIM Expo!
Afternoon Workshops
2024 SIM Expo Day 1 Reflections
*Program timing tbc and subject to change

Tuesday November 26 • Day 2

Breakfast & Day 2 Check-in | Open Exhibit Hall
Welcome & Day 2 Orientation
Morning Workshops
Exhibit Hall — Explore the 2024 SIM Expo!
Research Presentations
Lunch | SIM Awards
Exhibit Hall | Industry Live Demonstrations
Afternoon Workshops
2024 SIM Expo Day 2 Closing Reflections | Prize Draws
*Program timing tbc and subject to change


Advanced registration is required for efficient check-in at the event. Capacity is limited; onsite registration will not be available.

Regular Individual members save 20% Organizational members save 25%
Full 2-Day (Nov 25 & 26) $800 $640
save $160
save $200
1-Day (Nov 25 or 26) $480 $384 $360
2-Day – Resident/Post-Grad* $425 $340 $318.75
2-Day – Student** $300 $240 $225
* Must be a full-time healthcare resident or graduate student. Proof of enrolment is required upon check-in at the event. Tickets are limited.
** Must be a full-time student in a university undergraduate or a college level program. Proof of enrolment is required upon check-in at the event. Tickets are limited.

Sales taxes will be added to all registration fees.

Members: Please contact us via [email protected] for the registration discount code.

International attendees: Simulation Canada does not provide invitation letters for international attendees seeking visas for attending our event. Following an official letter provided to us by the registrant and their institution/organization supporting their attendance and why the conference is pertinent to their professional development, we may provide a letter of information. Full payment is required in advance, and refunds will only be provided as per our cancellation policy below. For full details of the request and our policy, please contact [email protected]


The Global Consensus Statement urges “simulation practitioners to champion healthcare simulation as indispensable.” How do we do this? Drawing on her PhD research using implementation science and her lived experience of embedding and integrating a simulation service in a teaching hospital, Rebecca Szabo will challenge us to realize this call for action. She’ll raise pertinent questions for us to consider together, and offer practical strategies to embed, integrate and sustain healthcare simulation.

MBBS FRANZCOG MClinEd GCH (Pall Care) Spec Cert Clin Res (Onc)

Lead of Simulation | Melbourne Medical School | University of Melbourne
Lead | Women’s Health Education & Gandel Simulation Service | Royal Women’s Hospital
Honorary Senior Lecturer | Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Newborn Health
Honorary Senior Lecturer & PhD Candidate | Department of Critical Care

Dr Rebecca Szabo (she/her) is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and Medical Educator with several leadership roles in simulation and education. She is Lead of the Gandel Simulation Service in Partnership with University of Melbourne which was established in early 2020. Rebecca is a senior lecturer with The University of Melbourne Department of Medical Education where she is the lead of simulation. Rebecca is also an honorary Senior Lecturer with Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Newborn Health and a Department of Critical Care where she is a PhD Candidate. Her PhD research is exploring how to embed, integrate and sustain, or normalise simulation for systems integration, quality improvement, and patient safety in teaching hospitals. Rebecca is Lead of The Gandel Simulation Service in Partnership with University of Melbourne which was established in early 2020 after she secured $2.4 million initial funding from Gandel Foundation, The University of Melbourne and the Women’s based on her research work. 

She currently practices clinically at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. Rebecca has lived and worked in various locations across Australia, UK and Thailand. She has regularly supported maternity safety education and simulation in Thailand and Mongolia. Rebecca is passionate about teamwork, patient safety and the role of education and simulation as tools to improve healthcare for all. She is also passionate healthcare equity, advocacy, education as well as science and health care communication and the responsible use of social media. Her Twitter/X handle is @inquisitiveGyn.

Rebecca has been an invited speaker on simulation as a tool for quality improvement and implementation of simulation in Australia, Spain, France, Norway and Portugal. She is academic Lead of Women’s Health Education at The Royal Women’s Hospital. She is the Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Simulation Training and Advisory Group (STAG). Rebecca has been a member of the Simulation Australasia Women in Simulation Committee and the immediate past Chair of the Board of AMaRE – Advanced Maternal and Reproductive Education Australia (ALSO Asia-Pacific) 2020-2023, a director of the board 2017-2023 and an instructor since 2010.

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!

To nominate an individual or organization, visit our “>SIM Awards page for details >


The call for abstracts is now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted!

The SIM Expo provides an excellent forum to disseminate research findings to front-line simulationists, forge new collaborations, share knowledge, and demonstrate your exciting new simulation scenarios, programs, and achievements.

Key Dates

  • Call for abstracts: Monday, April 2nd
  • Abstracts due: Friday, May 10th, 5pm EST
  • Notification of Acceptance: week of June 5th
  • RSVP & Registration of Presenters: Friday July 12th
  • Preparing your presentation: Communications have been sent July 18th, please contact us if you have not yet received your presenter guide.

NOTE: Presenters of all accepted abstracts must register for the SIM Expo. A 10% discount will be offered to presenters – any organizational or SIMadvocate member can contact us directly for greater discounts. We are unable to combine discounts.

Virtual SIM Expo Video Recording

New this year! In response to requests from our community to make SIM Expo content available to those who cannot attend in person, and to allow attendees to access sessions that they couldn’t attend because of scheduling conflicts, we are introducing an online video archive of SIM Expo content!

SIM Expo presenters of posters, research paper presentations, and demonstrations will be required to record a short video of their presentation for posting to the virtual conference archive. Details about the virtual SIM Expo platform and recording process will be provided at the time of abstract acceptance.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

We have always considered the simulation and healthcare education industries to be an important part of the simulation community in Canada. This comes to life at the SIM Expo, which is a wonderful hybrid of academic conference, industry exhibition, and networking event.

SIM Expo is different than other sim conferences in how we integrate industry – both physically (with booths in the plenary space and in the adjacent foyer/hall) and into the program.

Why sponsor or exhibit? Download our brochure here on SIM Expo benefits and information on why your company should attend!

Our detailed prospectus is now available. Register your company to reserve your booth!

NEW FOR 2024! This year, the SIM Expo will have a dedicated ‘XR Zone’ to recognize the growing importance of XR technologies in healthcare education, and the incredible innovation happening in Canada and internationally! Those interested in sponsoring and exhibiting in the XR Zone, please see the last two pages of the prospectus for details.

Travel & Accommodation

This year’s Expo will be held at the historic Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fairmont Banff Springs


We have secured a special room rate at the Fairmont Banff Springs for the duration of the conference starting at $329 CAD/night + $16/pp surcharge and applicable taxes/fees (based on double occupancy). This special rate is only available from Saturday, November 23 to Wednesday November 27 inclusive and must be reserved before October 23. Other room levels and alternative rates will apply if you wish to extend your stay. Rooms are subject to space and rate availability. Check-in time is 4:00pm MST; check-out time is 12:00 noon MST.

To book your stay: Reserve by following to the online booking link: Or call the in-house reservations number at 1-833-762-6866 and quote “2024 SIM Expo“. Individuals must guarantee their reservations by use of a major credit card. 30 days prior to program arrival (October 23, 2024), a nonrefundable reservation deposit equal to 100% of the applicable reservation room and tax charges will be applied to the individual’s credit card.

Please reach out to us to connect you with the Fairmont Sales Manager for pre- and post-conference promotional rates at other Fairmont Hotels & Resorts properties in the vicinity (Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Palliser and/or Fairmont Hotel Macdonald) if you wish to extend your visit to Alberta!

Hotel Amenities: We encourage you to Fairmont Banff Springs website for a full list of amenities and activities available at the hotel.

Hotel Parking: Parking is located beside the Convention Centre – 3-level roofed parkade. Pricing includes applicable taxes. Parking rates are subject to change without notice. Charges per vehicle are as follows:

  • Overnight Self-Parking – $35.00 CAD per day, unlimited access (registered hotel guests)
  • Overnight Valet Parking – $49.00 CAD per day, unlimited access (registered hotel guests)
  • Electric Vehicles – Complimentary charging and self-parking, unlimited access
  • Outdoor Lots (non-registered hotel guests) – $13.00 CAD per hour or $50.00 CAD per day
  • Non-Registered Hotel Guest Valet Parking – $50.00 CAD per day

Car rental services are available via the Fairmont Banff Springs, please inquire directly with hotel services.


AIR CANADA: Enjoy 5% on standard fares, 10% discount on flex fares & higher (10% on standard fares and higher for international travel) exclusive to the 2024 SIM Expo. Booking to be made to Calgary, YYC (CA). Travel period begins Monday, November 18, 2024 and ends Tuesday, December 03, 2024. To book a flight with your promotion code, access and enter the promotion code Q4BJV261 in the search panel.

WESTJET: Enjoy 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border. No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings. Travel period begins Monday, November 18 and ends Tuesday December 03, 2024. To take advantage of this offer, use the discount code 1Q6M1BS. Please visit to make a booking online.

BANFF AIRPORTER: Receive a 15% discount on the Banff Airporter’s daily shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel from 05:40 and 22:30. Click Banff Airporter and then Book Now. Proceed through the reservation and type – Simulation2024 – in the “Promo Code?” section on the final payment page to receive the discount. The code is valid for travels between November 20 & December 1, 2024. To guarantee availability, make a reservation at least a month prior to travel. Total travel time is 1.5hrs or less, including pickup and drop off. The Banff Airporter desk is located on the main arrivals level at the Calgary International Airport, between exit doors 5&6.

Banff/Lake Louise Excursions

If you’re interested in booking an independent excursion during your time in Banff, please contact Megan Bowman at [email protected] from Pursuit Collection. (Groups of 15+ may be applicable for group discounts, excursions are not included in your registration to the conference)

Glide across an emerald lake. Soar to the top of a mountain peak. Dine in the forest, at the edge of a canyon. And long after the sun has set behind the Canadian Rockies you’ll drift off to sleep, awaking refreshed and ready for your next adventure. And we’ll be ready to take you there. We are Pursuit: people, places and experiences that create memories you’ll never forget.

Health and Safety Plan

Simulation Canada will be adhering to all guidelines and restrictions set by local public health and the Province of Alberta as well as any additional measures outlined by the Fairmont Banff Springs. Masking, hand hygiene, and distancing continue to be effective strategies to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses. Wearing a mask is recommended, and masks will be available. Hand sanitizer will be available on all tables. For any questions about health and safety or what to do if you have symptoms, you can also contact us at [email protected].

The health and safety requirements for SIM Expo are subject to change to reflect changes in public health requirements.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Event Cancellation. Simulation Canada reserves the right to cancel the 2024 SIM Expo should any circumstance beyond the control of the venue or Simulation Canada occurs—to the extent that such makes it illegal or impossible to hold the event. If such does occur, notifications will be provided after learning of such basis and a full refund of registration fees will be provided. Simulation Canada will not be responsible for any other costs incurred by attendees in arranging their attendance at the SIM Expo.

Refund policy. Attendees can request registration refunds up to 30 days before the Expo start. After this time, refunds are not possible. Please contact  [email protected] for refund requests, which are assessed on a case-by-case basis. In most cases we will offer a full refund less a cancellation fee. Simulation Canada is not responsible for any external cancellations (travel, hotel, etc.).

  • Refund requests due to emergency. Please contact [email protected] for all refund requests due to an emergency (up until conference dates). All requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis. In most cases we will offer a full refund less a cancellation fee. Simulation Canada is not responsible for any external cancellations (travel, hotel, etc.).
  • Refund requests due to illness. If you are symptomatic of infectious disease or a have positive test result (including but not limited to Covid-19), please stay home. Use Alberta’s self-assessment tool and follow its recommendation. Please contact [email protected] for all refund requests. We will offer a full refund less a cancellation fee.  Simulation Canada is not responsible for any external cancellations (travel, hotel, etc.). We appreciate your consideration keeping our staff, your colleagues, attendees, and our community safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us directly at [email protected].


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