Media Advisory - Michener's breaking down walls to construct the future of health education

    TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - Media representatives and photographers are
invited to attend the ceremonial groundbreaking for phase one of The Michener
Institute's Capital Development Project. The event will also mark the official
announcement of the CAE/Michener Centre for the Advancement of Simulation in
Health Care, and the launch of Michener's Capital Fundraising Campaign.
    In attendance will be the Honourable David Caplan, Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care, Marc Parent, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer, CAE, and Dr. Paul Gamble, President and CEO, The Michener Institute.
    The Michener Institute, along with the Province of Ontario, is ushering
in a new era of health education by building a 21st century team-based
learning facility for health care providers. The overall renovation of
Michener, originally built in 1972, will look to renew and upgrade the aging
physical infrastructure (architectural, mechanical, electrical, environmental,
and code related deficiencies) throughout 15 storeys and transform the 236,000
square foot space into a state-of-the-art school, modernized to support
interprofessional education, advanced infrastructural technologies, and
integrated simulated learning.
    Michener's master plan Capital Development Project is estimated at $69
million, and the campus renovations will be approached in stages, led by
Toronto-based architects Diamond + Schmitt. Phase 1 of the retrofit is a
$10.73 million dollar plan, with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
and CAE having invested $6.27 and $3 million respectively.
    Floor plans for the CAE/Michener Centre for the Advancement of Simulation
in Health Care will be showcased at the groundbreaking event. The Centre will
be located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Michener and, when completed in the
fall 2009, the Centre is expected to provide team-based simulated training to
more than 1,500 students and health care practitioners per year.
    The Michener Institute will also launch the 'Stronger, Smarter, Better'
Capital Fundraising Campaign to raise much-needed investment capital for the
infrastructure enhancements to its unique vertical campus. When the total
renovation is complete, Michener will truly be a state-of-the-art facility for
interprofessional health care learning.
    This is an RSVP only event. Media must RSVP by April 3, 2009, and submit
any requests for interviews with Marc Parent or Paul Gamble in writing at the
same time.

    What:   Ceremonial, simulated groundbreaking

    When:   Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
            9:15 a.m. - Media registration
            9:30 a.m. - Presentation
            9:50 a.m. - Photo opportunity of the simulated groundbreaking
            10 a.m. - Interviews with Marc Parent and Paul Gamble (scheduled
            upon e-mail request)

    Where:  The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Schatz Hall
            222 St. Patrick Street (University and Dundas)
            Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1V4

    Who:    The Honourable David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term
            Marc Parent, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
            Officer, CAE
            Guillaume Hervé, Vice President, Healthcare Simulation and
            Services, CAE
            Dr. Paul Gamble, President and CEO, The Michener Institute
            Cathy Fooks, Chair, Board of Governors, The Michener Institute
            Paul Duffy, Chair, The Campaign for Michener

    About The Michener Institute
    The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only
post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science
education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who
serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as
medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy,
chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound and magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI).
    Interprofessionalism, patient-centred learning and simulation-enhanced
education are essentials of the Michener academic experience for over 5,000
full-time, part-time and continuing education students. The Michener Institute
is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care and further enriched through partnerships with
universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations.
For more information, visit

    About CAE
    CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies
and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defence
forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1.4 billion, CAE
employs approximately 7,000 people at more than 75 sites and training
locations in 20 countries. We have the largest installed base of civil and
military full-flight simulators and training devices. Through our global
network of 27 civil aviation and military training centres, we train more than
75,000 crewmembers yearly. We also offer modelling and simulation software to
various market segments and, through CAE's professional services division, we
assist customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs.

For further information:

For further information: about Michener, interview requests or media
tours please contact: Iliana Arapis, Senior Director, Communications & PR,
(416) 596-3120,; Katie Schrank, Communications Associate,
(416) 596-3101 ext. 3482,; CAE contact: Pascale Alpha,
Director, Global Communications, (514) 340-5475,

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