Resus TO Speakers

Know God, No Fear (1)


Sara Gray (OC)

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’  Albus Dumbledore

Sara Gray is an emerg doc, ICU doc, wellness co-lead, public speaker, almost-professional coach, mom, summertime runner, soccer fan, foodie, introvert, traveller, book lover and puzzle solver.



Andrew Petrosoniak (OC)

“If you ain’t first first, you’re last.” Ricki Bobby

Not much has changed since last year’s ResusTO for Petro. His amateur pick-up basketball career remains on hold due to chronic injuries. Instead he’s pivoted towards a career as a beginner to intermediate tennis player. This isn’t much of a retirement strategy so he continues to work as a trauma team leader and emergency physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. His academic work focuses on new ways to use simulation to improve patient safety and design interventions. He’s also interested in how clinicians learn rare, high-stakes skills. He continues to quote himself in presentations which is moderately well received 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)

“Don’t panic.” Douglas Adams

For his paid work, Jesse is a critical care nurse. 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.



 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.


BrindleyPeter Brindley

“Life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forward.” Soren Kierkegaard

Full-time Critical Care Doc at the University of Alberta Hospital who suspects nobody cares what is written in bios. Somehow, he became a Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Medical Ethics, and has his name associated with over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 25 book chapters, and 70 other articles, including regular (rather self-congratulatory) opinion pieces. He has written one more book than he has read. Has bored the pants of audiences in 12 countries during approximately 500 invited presentations. Has also done all the other stuff expected of an old curmudgeon doctor. He is convinced that happiness is about finding meaning and showing gratitude- he occasionally succeeds.


KovacsGeorge Kovacs

Dr. George Kovacs is a full-time professor of Emergency Medicine and is cross-appointed in the Department of Anaesthesia, Department of Medical Neuroscience and Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University. He works clinically as an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. He is Medical Director of Lifeflight, the Provincial critical care transport program. He holds a Masters of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois where he developed his interest in procedural skill learning and is the Director of the Clinical Cadaver Program at Dalhousie. He is an award-winning educator who co-developed the internationally recognized airway education program (Airway Interventions & Management in Emergencies– AIME). He has four children and in addition to his passion for airway management education he loves being at his cottage on the Medway river spending time with his two loves of his life, his family and his Massey Ferguson tractor.



Kyla Caners

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Jillian Michaels

Kyla is an emergency physician at Hamilton Health Sciences and the simulation director for the McMaster Royal College EM training program. She is also the Assistant Director of Patient Safety and in situ Simulation at McMaster University. In her spare time, she co-created More importantly, she has a really cute kid whose hair colour matches her own.



Donika Orlich

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react.” Charles R. Swindoll

Donika Orlich is an emergency physician at Trillium Health Partner’s in Mississauga. She leads the Emergency Medicine Simulation Program for the Mississauga site and is also the Physician Simulation Curriculum Specialist for the simulation working group at Trillium Health Partner’s.  Donika’s main interests are curriculum design, faculty development and the use of simulation for quality improvement of patient care.  When not working, she can be found playing with her two boys or trying to nap.


Michael Lauria

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” Heraclitus

Michael Lauria is an emergency medicine resident at the University of New Mexico with a special interest in critical care, air medical transport, and human factors in resuscitation.  In a previous life, he spent his time jumping out of perfectly good aircraft and running around somewhat dangerous foreign locations providing combat search and rescue capabilities to elite special operations teams.  He also writes for the EMCrit Podcast and Blog, discussing how we can apply certain concepts from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and human factors engineering applied in high-risk environments to improve patient care.


David Carr

“He not busy being born is a busy dying”. – Bob Dylan

I like giving talks on esoteric zebras that are non evidenced based. Either that or old conditions that have minimal to no literature updates. I have been described as the person you hear before you see. Can’t wait to see everyone in the fall.


The Alfred and Q of ResusTO: Those Who Make it Happen


Andrea Meeson

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” Harriet Tubman

Andrea Meeson runs the University of Toronto Collaborative Specialization in Resuscitation Sciences—an adjunct graduate training program for aspiring resuscitation researchers—at St Michael’s Hospital. She’s also pretty good at planning and executing small conferences. When not doing her day job, she edits copy for pan-African journals and websites, struggles to complete a memoir, plays piano, and hangs with her grandbabies.



Melissa McGowan

“Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” Margaret Thatcher

Melissa is the research education go-to-person in the Emergency Department at St. Michael’s Hospital but really is the pitch fixer and problem solver for all things EM, including resusTO.  She works with teams across St. Michael’s Hospital and beyond to enhance patient care and experience through research, quality improvement, education and innovation. She also tends to be an event planner on the side and for all things fun. When not doing her day job, keeping the lads in order or wrangling her dogs, she can often be found by the lake at the cottage, in the mountains, traveling or having tea in London – as in the UK.