Resus TO Speakers

Know God, No Fear (1)

Sara Gary

Sara Gray (OC)

“The greatest teacher, failure is.’  Yoda

Dr. Sara Gray is cross-trained in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.  She works in both areas at St. Michael’s Hospital, and is the co-lead for Wellness in the ED.  Her most important achievements are her kids, who don’t care what she does at work all day, but who appreciate her fine chauffeuring skills and her quirky sense of humour.





PetroAndrew Petrosoniak (OC)

“If the system lets you make the error, it’s badly designed. And if the system induces you to make the error, then it’s really badly designed.” Donald Norman

Following an unsuccessful career as an amateur pick-up basketball player, Petro now works as a trauma team leader and emergency physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He has some academic appointments at the University of Toronto, but basically they just allow him to figure out new ways to use simulation to improve patient safety and infrastructure design. He’s also interested in how clinicians can be best taught technical skills that they’ll only perform a few times in their careers. Overall, the gig is great. Recently quoted himself in a presentation he was giving. A questionable move, at best.





Kari White (OC)

“Think and wonder. Wonder and think.” Dr. Seuss

A small town girl at heart, Kari moved to the ‘big city’ for Respiratory Therapy work experience to bring back to the north. Instead, she grew up professionally at St. Michael’s, at countless patient bedsides, happily working alongside many different professionals. Kari has dedicated her energy and time to educating and debriefing IP teams, from a focus on CRM skills to Stress and Performance. Kari remains curious about what makes teams work and stays involved in education thanks to her IP colleagues. She currently spends her work time as the Clinical Leader Manager – Respiratory Therapy at St. Michael’s, using that role as an opportunity to help develop team membership skills in her team. Her two lads (not Hicks and Petro) are the main reason for her daily, mighty smile.





Jesse Spurr (OC)

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Mike Tyson

For his paid work, Jesse is a critical care and emergency nurse and educator. Much to the dismay of his ever-patient (and infinitely more successful) wife, Jesse likes to use his ‘spare’ time doing ‘volunteer’ work in the form of conference organising, co-producing healthcare simulation podcast Simulcast, producing nursing practice development blog and podcast Injectable Orange, and all manner of other questionable healthcare and education pseudo-academic activities. A sport and functional fitness obsessive, Jesse classes himself a lifelong student of teaching, learning, health and human performance. Like Petro, he wishes he was a baller.




 Chris Hicks (OC)

“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot

Chris Hicks is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at
St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  He is a clinician educator and education research scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge institute, and appointee to the International Centre for Surgical Safety, with a program of research that focuses on simulation-based psychological skills training, human factors and patient safety.  Chris is an avid speaker and lecturer, staunch #FOAMed supporter, and is thrilled to be launching the great experiment that is #resusTO.



Chris NicksonChris Nickson

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” Epictetus

Chris is an Intensivist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation and the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Education Committee. In addition to Intensive Care, he has completed further training in emergency medicine, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology and health professional education. Chris coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE, created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference. His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.




 Victoria Brazil

“Simulation debriefing is easier than you’ve been told, but harder than you think.” Anon

Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator. She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service, and at Bond University medical program. Victoria’s main interests are healthcare simulation, technology enabled learning, faculty development, and seeing a few ED patients. Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and #FOAMed world, and she is co-producer of Simulcast.





PatriciaPatricia Trbovich

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein

Patricia holds the Badeau Family Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at North York General Hospital and is Associate Professor of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Patricia’s areas of expertise include human factors engineering and patient safety. She has made significant contributions to research through evaluations of medical technology such as smart infusion pumps, offering evidence-based recommendations regarding their implementation in the health system. 

AliaAlia Dharamsi

“Own the clutch.” Anon

Alia is a final year emergency medicine resident at the University of Toronto; a Simulation, Health Sciences and Resuscitation [SHRED] Fellow; and Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust [ARHT] Helicopter Emergency Medical Services [HEMS] Fellow. While collecting fellowship acronyms, she has spent the last few years exploring the limitless potential of EM in Canada, South Africa, Ethiopia, and New Zealand—discovering some of the most beautiful landscapes, deserts, forests, and coastlines in the world. From high fidelity, to low technology, Alia’s “have mannequin will travel” attitude turns any grassy patch, muddy field, backyard pool, sandy beach, or dark corner into a sim lab—bringing mother nature in as a confederate to the organized chaos of simulation. Rain or shine, all the world’s a stage.




AliceAlice Gray

“Now Homer, don’t you eat this pie.” Marjorie Simpson

Alice is a final year emergency medicine resident at the University of Toronto, a Simulation, Health Sciences and Resuscitation [SHRED] Fellow, and Geriatric Emergency Medicine Fellow. She loves doing in situ simulation for trauma resuscitation as much as she likes evaluating the « weak and dizzy ».  Even more than fixing constipation, she loves to travel, somehow visiting 10 counties in a single year of residency (just don’t tell our program director).  She believes simulation can be adapted to all environments and learners, from teaching geriatric EM to running resuscitations in Addis Ababa.





AshAshley Voss-Liebig

“You’ve got this. Just work hard, be respectful and be kind.” Ashley Voss-Liebig

Ashley Voss-Liebig is the Division Chief, Clinical Training and Performance for Travis County EMS.  She began her quest for excellence in medicine during a combat deployment with the 101st Airborne Division as a combat medic, and continues 10 years later.  Ashley is a trained helicopter rescue specialist, swift water swimmer, dedicated multitasker and nurse advocate. Ashley teaches and lectures around the globe on a variety of topics including; provider wellness, team performance and communication.






RiggsJamie Riggs

“I read somewhere…how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong…but to feel strong.” Christopher McCandless

Jamie is a third year medical student at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. It was during a short and undistinguished career in road cycling where he developed an interest in psychological skills training. When not in the hospital or mentally practicing being in the hospital, he is on his bike, in the woods, or drinking coffee.






Rachel Poley

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works.” Leonardo da Vinci

Dr. Rachel Poley practices as an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s hospital. She has a special interest in resuscitation and simulation medicine and is heavily involved in residency education at the University of Toronto. When not at work, you can find her chasing her crazy toddler son around.







Scott Weingart

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”  William Gibson

Scott is an ED Intensivist from New York. He did fellowships in Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and ECMO. He is best known for talking to himself about Resuscitation and Critical Care on a podcast called EMCrit, which has been downloaded > 19 million times.







Bryan Au

“Success is a journey, not a destination.”  Arthur Ashe

Bryan Au is a staff emergency physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.  He has a special interest in airway management and medical education. Incredibly grateful for the opportunity to teach alongside Scott Weingart (!) along with the rest of these absolute legends.