Dr. Paula Price Signature Event Featuring Simulation

May 7th from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Mount Royal University

Uncover the transformative potential of simulation in bridging the gap between theory and practice across various industries such as music, aviation, nursing, midwifery, social work, child studies and athletic therapy programs.

This dynamic conference promotes cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange, innovation and collaboration through immersive live simulation demonstrations. Meet like-minded professionals, gain practical skills and learn how simulation methodologies, techniques and best practices improve safety, skills, decision-making and outcomes across sectors. 

The Health Simulation Learning Center located in the Faculty of Health, Community and Education at Mount Royal University is proud to celebrate and honour the life of Dr. Paula Price, past faculty member and director of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, at its inaugural simulation conference. 

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Cross-disciplinary collaboration

The conference will share abstract presentations from educators, students and researchers related to simulation in their respective disciplines. Participants will share their innovative practices and research findings that contribute to the wealth of knowledge in the field of simulation. Abstract themes include:



This track invites presenters to share their cutting-edge innovations in simulation techniques, technologies and methodologies that revolutionize professional practice across diverse fields. Potential topics include:

  • Artificial intelligence in higher education
  • Augmented reality, virtual reality, extended reality and gamification in higher education
  • Emerging simulation technologies
  • Home-grown solutions: the use of low to medium-fidelity simulation


This track explores the role of simulation in advocating for positive change in professional practice. Potential topics include:

  • Equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and Indigenization and decolonization
  • Representative leadership
  • Inequity in education and health 


This track is focused on simulation as a powerful educational tool. Potential topics include:

  • Curriculum
  • Professional development
  • Bridging practice gap
  • Interprofessional education
  • Non-traditional use of simulation in education  



Keynote speakers 


Dr. Suzan (Suzie) Kardong-Edgren is an internationally known speaker and educational researcher with over 140 publications. Dr. Edgren was a consultant on the landmark US National Council of State Boards of Nursing National Simulation Study that determined that up to 50% of traditional clinical hours could be replaced with high-quality simulation. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing for 10 years. She is a past presenter of the Michael Gordon Lectureship in Simulation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Kellie Bryant is currently the Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Simulation and Associate Professor at Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Bryant has garnered expertise in her field with a teaching career spanning over two decades and 15 years of specialized simulation experience. Within her current role, Dr. Bryant oversees the day-to-day operations and execution of simulation-based education for both pre-licensure and advanced practice nursing students at Columbia’s accredited Helene Fuld Health Trust Simulation Center.

Dr. Vincent (Vince) Grant is the Medical Director for the eSIM Provincial Simulation Program for Alberta Health Services, where he is tasked with leading the growth, breadth, and scope of simulation-based activities across Alberta. Vince is an Emergency Physician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He was the Founding Medical Director for KidSIM, the internationally recognized simulation-based education and research program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital from 2005-2020. He was also the Founding Medical Director for the Advanced Technical Skills and Simulation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art surgical and clinical simulation education facility at the University of Calgary.

Abstract presenters 


Escaping a Hospital Situation: Utilizing an Escape Room SIM Lab to Foster Clinical Knowledge and Application of Leadership Concepts
Tanya Paananen, MN, MBA, RN*, Christine Shumka, MN, RN, Danielle Curran-Cook, MR, RN

What Are the Benefits of Introducing Simulation into Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training for Student Nurses?
Leah Tellier, RN, MN, CCNE, CHSE* and Breanne Krut, RN, MN, CMSN(C), CHSE*

The use of Simulation in Social Work: Child Intervention through Simulated Court
Christina Tortorelli, RSW, PhD (c)* Assistant Professor Social Work and Peter W. Choate, PhD, RCSW* Professor, Social Work

Interlacing Disciplines: The Stephanson Cooke Symposium on Interprofessional Collaboration
Sadia Begum, Amy Chen and Melissa De La O Villegas

Learning about Expertise Development through Interdisciplinary Simulation: An Innovation in Professional Surgical and Music Education
Terry Clark, PhD

Use of Simulation to Augment learning in Social Work
Dr. D. Gaye Warthe, PhD, RSW, Associate Dean, Dr. Brent Oliver, PhD, RSW, Associate Professor, and Danaiet Teame, MN, RN, CHSE, Manager, Health Simulation Learning Centre

Proposing a Calgary simulation community of practice (CoP): breaking silos and connecting people
Hanin Omar, BN, MN, RN, CHSE

Breaking Boundaries: Revolutionizing Nursing Clinical Education Through Immersive Realities
Clare Howland, RN, CpedN(C), CHSE

Introduction to Flight Simulator
Mark Benson, ATPL, MBA