Simulation Centre Staff Bios

Learn more about our Simulation Centre Staff

David Bishop - Nursing Lab Specialist

Twenty-six years in the Emergency Department as a General duty Nurse, Educator and Manager, David achieved success and enjoyment in supporting Nurses realize their potential to provide safe practice, utilizing the principles of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory and Sister Callista Roy’s Adaptation Model of Nursing. David has gained many experiences in the areas of Professional Practice, Quality and Patient Safety/Risk, Operating Room, Thrombosis Team, Diagnostic Imaging, and Infection Control. Completion of a Master of Education included an integration of curriculum development, adult learning principles, and business/leadership strategies that supported his ability to develop an inter-professional collaborative approach to knowledge transition. Exercising his passion to support learning, David is proud to be working with the students and colleagues of George Brown College, where together, we can develop the next generation of Nurses.

Michael Eliadis – Simulation Centre Manager

Michael has been his role for approximately four years coming to GBC after five years of employment at SIM-one – The Ontario Simulation Network. He is currently completing his Master of Arts in Education through Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bishop's University and two Master Certificates in Project Management from the University of Villanova in Philadelphia PA. He maintains the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation as well as the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS). Michael brings a wealth of knowledge in the administrative, simulation and project side of healthcare. Michael is a well-connected member of the simulation community nationally. He has previously worked at SickKids as the Patient Representative and finished his career there in the Department of Strategic Projects.

Howard Harris - Simulation Technologist

Howard commenced his career at GBC in 2009. He spent four years honing his trade as a Technician at the Simulation Centre at St. Michael's Hospital. An interesting fact is that Howard was the first employee of the SIM-centre. He assumed all tasks related to simulation including administrative to repair and everything in between, finding a little spare time to do simulations. His role is as a Technologist now where he plays the part of patients in simulations, repairs equipment, thinks of, and implements best practices in high fidelity and also acts as an ambassador to the program conducting tours and even acting in some short clips here in the simulation centre.

Hannah Kim - Nursing Lab Specialist

Hanna Kim is a Registered Nurse who joined GBC Simulation Centre in a full-time capacity in September 2018. She received her BSc and MSc in Clinical Anatomy at Western University before eventually receiving her BScN at University of Toronto in 2014. Hanna practices as a bedside Registered Nurse, specializing in paediatric rehabilitation, as well as held various teaching roles in clinical and academic settings, including part-time positions as a Clinical Instructor for University of Toronto and Nursing Lab Specialist at GBC. After four years of bedside nursing, although Hanna cared for her young clients, she could not ignore her passion for teaching and decided to give back to the nursing community by accepting a full-time position as a Nursing Lab Specialist at GBC. Hanna has a special interest in human biology and strives to pass on her enthusiasm in her demonstrations. She also has a special interest in providing compassionate, quality care to clients, and hopes to encourage students to develop the same principles for their future practice.

Timothy Leung – Nursing Lab Specialist

Timothy Leung is among the newest members of the George Brown Simulation Team in the role of Nursing Lab Specialist. He has completed his Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Degree and Master's Degree of Nursing in the Health and Illness of Individuals and Communities field of study from Ryerson University. His personal philosophy is to employ an emancipatory nursing framework, that embraces and nurtures social justice goals and outcomes, where practice becomes praxis. Timothy brings a diverse set of experiences from his time at SickKids where he worked on the inpatient multi-organ transplant, nephrology, rheumatology, gastroenterology/nutrition/hepatology, endocrinology, and group for the improvement of intestinal function and treatment (GIFT) unit. Personally, Tim enjoys the persona of being a foodie, travelling and sports – especially when it comes to the Toronto Raptors.

Alecia Lin – Support Officer

Alecia holds a BA in Economics and also has completed a Business Communication Certificate from the University of Toronto. Alecia is an analytical, multilingual, hands-on individual with a diverse skill set. Her career path blankets the areas of Business Operations, Student Advising, Customer Service and Administration. Alecia joined the School of Nursing full-time in 2010. Since her initial hire in 2003 at the College, she has worked in the International Centre, the Registrar's Office and in the Dental program. Alecia enjoys interacting with students and faculty where she seeks to make a positive impact in their daily routines.

Barry Robinson – Simulation Technologist

Barry began working in simulation in 2008 while serving as a medic in the Royal Canadian Medical Service with 25 Field Ambulance here in Toronto. He received his medical training at the Canadian Forces Medical Services School at CFB Borden. Barry holds a BTech in Photographic Arts and a Certificate in Computer Programming, both from Ryerson. To increase the realism of his simulation work, he has learned special makeup effects including the creation of prosthetics in silicone, latex and gelatin. He has been at George Brown College since 2014.

Taiesha Stewart-Francis – Nursing Lab Specialist

Taiesha Stewart-Francis has been a Registered Nurse for over 15 years and has worked as a Clinical and Laboratory Instructor at MacEwan University in Edmonton Alberta. Prior to assuming her current role as Nursing Lab Specialist she worked as a Clinical Instructor and Faculty Advisor here at the College. Taiesha earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing and a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Education from the University of Alberta. Her focus was on gamification as a Pedagogical tool for post-modern nursing. Taiesha initially completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Northern Caribbean University in her native country of Jamaica and also holds a certificate in Operating room techniques from the University Hospital of the West Indies. Taiesha has worked as a labour and delivery nurse and operating room nurse in both Alberta and Ontario with experience in the Cardiac, Neurology, Urology, General Plastics, ENT, and Orthopaedics disciplines. She currently maintains employment at SickKids in this role.