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.

Registration

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
$600
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]

Call for Abstracts

We are now accepting abstract submissions! Present your simulation research, developments, and innovations at Canada’s interprofessional simulation conference!

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 7th
  • Preparing your presentation: Communications will be sent mid-September, please contact us if you have not yet received your presenter guide at that time.

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.

Streams

There are two streams for abstracts: Simulation Research or Innovation & Implementation.

Simulation Research StreamInnovation & Implementation Stream
Academic research into simulation-based education or system improvement that generates new knowledge and understanding.Demonstrations or presentations about innovative new sim scenarios, applications of simulation, curricula, etc., including quality/safety improvement projects.
Rigorous peer review based on research merit, soundness, and breadth of applicability.Less rigorous peer review, based on novelty, development process, and breadth of applicability.
Works in progress are acceptable but completed research with results are preferred.Some evaluation data is preferable but not required.
Formats: Poster, paper presentation, or workshop.Formats: Poster, demonstration, or workshop.
Requirement to record paper presentations, posters and demonstrations for the virtual SIM Expo archive.
Option to publish your abstract on Annals of Simulation, the open-access e-journal by Springer Nature indexed in PubMed Central (PMC), PubMed, Google Scholar, Web of Science and more.

Abstract Expectations & Guidelines

We accept submissions for a wide variety of different presentations and activities, which make the Expo an incredible venue for sharing knowledge, celebrating achievements, demonstrating innovations, and more. Presentations on any topic related to simulation are welcome and considered equally; presentations addressing this year’s theme of “Simulation and Advocacy” are especially invited.

All abstracts must be structured, with a maximum word count of 350 words. Unstructured abstracts will not be considered.

Click on the format type to download a detailed guide to abstract structure requirements.

We encourage all presenters to be diverse, interactive, and creative. Feel free to propose something new or different than any options listed below! Contact [email protected].

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.

All abstracts are submitted via the ExOrdo system.

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!

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

Accommodations

We have secured a special room rate at the Fairmont Banff Springs for the duration of the conference starting at $329 CAD/night + applicable taxes/surcharges (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: A booking link will be posted here once it becomes available to reserve online. 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.

Travel

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 aircanada.com 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 www.westjet.com/conventions 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)

Pursuit Collection • LET’S EXPLORE THE ROCKIES TOGETHER
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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