IPSS Annual Business Meeting

IPSS held its annual business meeting and transfer of leadership as planned on Wednesday, 19 May. The meeting was held virtually again this year instead of the traditional in-person convening. Over 100 people from around the world attended the event to hear updates about the society’s accomplishments, financial strength, future plans and the transition of leadership.

2020 IPSS president, Lydia Lofton, focused on the year’s accomplishments including the gains made in increasing IPSS’s global and interprofessional reach. Lofton said, “2020 was a year of resilience, innovation and growth for IPSS. I am thankful to be able to say that we didn’t just survive the past year, but we thrived. We have initiated work together to move our strategic goals into action. We have strengthened the society by gaining new members, increasing renewals, and offering new education initiatives.”

She extended her thanks and gratitude to the Executive Committee, Board and emeritus leadership for their voluntary tireless efforts and hours in advancing society matters, rewarded only by the knowledge that we all care passionately about pediatric simulation. Treasurer Lillian Su provided the year-end financial report bringing awareness to the effects of COVID-19 on planned financial gains and expense areas to adjust as the year progresses. 

 Lofton issued a Presidential Citation recognizing the dedication and efforts of one of our leaders. Lillian Su has served as Treasurer during a tumultuous time. Lofton commented on her attention to detail and clear articulation of financial needs to the Board as well as her steadfast commitment to the Society.

Lydia then officially passed the presidency to Robbie Hales, a critical care pediatric respiratory therapist and nurse by background. In articulating plans for the coming year, Hales will continue building on the great work we started this year with a focus on adding value to our members and sustainable revenue streams. Now more than ever, she explained, we need to draw on all our resources, especially people, and use our collective intelligence, experience, and knowledge to adapt as things continue to change. She called on members of the society to get involved and answer the call for action as leadership works diligently to ensure the organization is solvent and thrives long into the future.

Hales then announced IPSS’ election results, and these new members were added to executive board and directors:

  • Taylor Sawyer, President-Elect
  • Travis Whitfil, Treasurer
  • Newly-elected directors include: Brittany Dahlen, Kristen Glass, Elaine Ng and Trish Wood.
  • Elected for a second term were: Isabel Gross and Khang Gee Han (trainee).

Hales concluded that she will continue to lead you virtually this year, however, there are opportunities to find connections within the IPSS community, to continue our growth, and to bring others on board during this time where we are physically apart. We are a small and mighty niche society…and we are a strong community of caring individuals. Being a member is valuable and ensuring all multidisciplinary views are heard enables a shared focus on our goals, providing an avenue for both collective learning and innovation. She encouraged members to connect through virtual forums and take steps to get involved because our support of each other through this community makes it what it is. 


I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Douglas Starship Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programmer in NICU. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012, am a past Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2017-2018) and a current member of the Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, I established the IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship in 2018 and am on the working group leading this initiative. My vision for IPSS is to continue to support collaborative knowledge sharing and research development in the pediatric and perinatal simulation community. My wish for IPSS is to see an increasing number of non-physician members and to support and develop the ability of those still at the early stage of simulation.



Dr. Carl Horsley

Intensivist, Counties Manukau Health, Auckland, New Zealand

Clinical Lead for Patient Safety, Health Quality and Safety Commission, New Zealand

Dr. Carl Horsley dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care, and works clinically in the Critical Care Complex of Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. As part of his work there, he developed an in-situ simulation program specifically focused on building the adaptive capacity of the ICU team. This was put to the test in the Whakaari volcanic eruption with Middlemore being the national burns centre responding to a mass casualty event.

Carl is currently completing an MSc in Human Factors and System Safety at Lund University, Sweden with a thesis focusing on the sociology of safety.  He is also part of the Resilient Healthcare Society which is an international collaboration exploring the implications of resilience engineering in healthcare. As Clinical Lead for Patient Safety at the Health Quality Safety Commission, Carl is also involved in developing innovative approaches that support “work-as-done” by frontline to improve both patient care and staff wellbeing. He has published several book chapters on resilient healthcare and presented widely on the topic.


Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak

Emergency Physician & Trauma Team Leader, Assistant Professor

St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto

Following an unsuccessful career as an intramural basketball player, Dr. Petrosoniak now works as an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital. He’s an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. He’s the lead for translational simulation at St. Michael’s Hospital which involves the application of simulation techniques to identify issues and support the design of solutions related to healthcare delivery and improving health service outcomes.

More accurately, he seeks to reduce the number of F-bombs by providers linked to poor system/space design in healthcare. He also applies this work in the private sector as the co-founder of Advanced Performance Healthcare Design, a design and consulting firm that uses multi-modal simulation techniques to inform the design of clinical infrastructure, equipment and high performing teams.




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