Leadership & Governance

The SimEd Network is governed by a collaborative leadership model, supported by various committees that provide guidance, support and oversight.

SimEd Network Organization Structure

SimEd Network Co-Chairs

The day-to-day operations and implementation of the strategic plan is overseen by: 

Dr. Stephen Miller, BSc, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, Med, Co-Chair
Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Miller is the Assistant Dean of the Skilled Clinician Program and Interprofessional Education in Undergraduate Medical Education at Dalhousie University Medical School. He is an Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University Department of Emergency Medicine and attending staff at the Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Center. Dr. Miller’s interest lies in interprofessional simulation in undergraduate medical education, as such he has been instrumental in development of interprofessional simulations and in the co-creation of the SLIIC (Simulation Leader Interprofessional Instructor Course) course. Stephen is a member of the Operations Committee of the SimEd Network, which aims to increase opportunities for IPE and simulation to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of healthcare providers. He is also the Chair of the Faculty of Medicine Interprofessional Advisory Committee, and Co-chair of the Interprofessional Education Coordinating Committee. Dr. Miller has presented Simulation and IPE research locally, nationally and internationally. He was recently the co-winner of the Sim One Simulation Innovation Award and Will Webster Award for Teaching Excellence in IPE, as well as the Faculty of Medicine Emerging Leader Award of Excellence. 

Tanya Dutton, PT, Co-Chair,
Faculty of Medicine

Tanya Dutton, PT, is the Director for the Centre for Collaborative Clinical Learning and Research (C3LR) at Dalhousie University.  The C3LR is an interprofessional simulation and experiential learning centre that serves the Faculties of Health, Medicine and Dentistry.  Ms Dutton graduated from Dalhousie University’s School of Physiotherapy with her BScPT in 1991. After working as a physiotherapist in Halifax, and then travelling and working in Kuwait with the Kuwait Dalhousie Project, she earned her MSc (Rehabilitation Sciences) from the McGill University School of Physical and Occupational Therapy in 2000. Much of Ms Dutton’s leadership career is within the public health care environment in Nova Scotia, where, from 2000-2017, she was a Health Services Manager of large, multisite discipline specific and interprofessional teams, as well as a Manager of Interprofessional Practice and Student/Learner Placements.  Ms Dutton has presented locally, nationally and internationally on leadership, teams and interprofessional practice. One of Ms Dutton’s achievements was the design and launch of the Occupational Therapy Assistant-Physiotherapy Assistant diploma program at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), the first of it’s kind at NSCC and is currently the chair of their Program Advisory Committee.  Ms Dutton’s expertise lies with building and sustaining collaborative interprofessional team structures and processes as well as building relationships and connections to further the interprofessional, client-centred care skills to enhance health care for all. Ms Dutton is excited and proud to be part of such an innovative and collaborative simulation team at Dalhousie. 

Oversight Committee

The Oversight Committee provides strategic leadership and decision making necessary to the SimEd Network's mandate.  Members are champions of the simulation agenda in their respective organizations. They help ensure the governance structure aligns with Network goals, adequate funding is secured now and in the future, simulation related initiatives are positioned for success and Network human and financial resources are used efficiently and effectively


  • Dr. David Anderson, Dean, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Brenda Merritt, Interim Dean, Faculty of Health
  • Dr. Doug Sinclair, VP Medicine, Academic Affiars, IWK Health Centre
  • Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, VP Research Innovation & Discovery, Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Dr. Stephen Miller, Director of Simulation, Faculty of Medicine
  • Tanya Dutton, Director, C3LR

Operations Committee

The Operations Committee advises the Directors on matters related to space, equipment and human resources to encourage shared knowledge and best practices across the Network. This committee’s mandate includes maximized use of simulation resources and management of issues. Committee members represent the Network’s four Partners and collaborators and have leadership and operational responsibilities for delivery of simulation-based education for learners at the pre-licensure, undergraduate and post-graduate levels and/or practicing health professionals.


  • Dr. Vered Gazit, IWK
  • Andy Howes, Program Manager, QEII
  • Kathy Johnston, Coordinator, IWK
  • Dr. Diane MacKenzie (sabbatical until June 30, 2018) Member, Faculty of Health
  • Dr. Francois Michaud, PGY3 Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Steve Miller, Co-Director, Faculty of Medicine
  • Mary Thibeault, Manager Learning, IWK
  • Tanya Dutton, Co-Director
  • Dr. Darrell White, Member, Faculty of Medicine

PreLicensure Committee (IPE Advisory Sub-committee)

The IPE (interprofessional education) Advisory Sub-committee provides input to the Operations Committee with the goal of ensuring increased integration of pre-licensure learner needs and perspectives across the Network. The committee works towards increasing interprofessional simulation-based learning and delivery, and collaboration among the Network’s Partners. Its members are faculty representatives of the Network’s Partners, and others who have leadership and operational responsibilities for delivery of simulation-based education for learners at the pre-licensure level.  The chair of this committee is also a member of the Operations Committee who provides regular updates.




Post-Licensure Committee

The Post-licensure Simulation Sub-committee’s purpose is to provide input to the Operations Committee. The goal is to ensure increased integration of post-licensure and professional learner needs and perspectives across the Network. Its members are representatives of the Network’s Partners, and others who have leadership and operational responsibilities for delivery of simulation-based education for learners at the post-licensure levels.


  • Dr. Glen Richardson , FOM Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
  • Kellie Lackie, FOH Post-licensure Education Lead
  • Marilyn Girouard, Managing Director SimEd Network
  • Lynn Shaw/ Brock Vair, Clinician Director(s) - SimEd Network
  • Jennifer Foster, IWK Health Centre Post-licensure Simulation Education Lead
  • Narendra Vakharia, Post-licensure Simulation Education Lead (NSHA Zone 1)
  • Mary Ellen Gurnham, RNPDC (under NSHA)
  • Bruce Holmes, Regulated Health Professions
  • Rhonda Kirkwood, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Margaret Champion, NSCC
  • Deborah Sheppard-LeMoine, St. Francis Xavier
  • Post-licensure student representatives x 2
  • New Brunswick Representative


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