What is AERO?


AERO launched in 2018, enabled by two new donations to the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation: The Arrell Family Chair in Health Professions Teaching and the Professorship in Technology-Enabled Education. We continue to raise funds through grants and donations, toward sustainability.

The Applied Education Research Operatives (AERO) is a group of researchers from across Unity Health Toronto, who share a common commitment to doing impactful work by bridging education science and innovative education. AERO is based at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital.

AERO serves two main groups:

1) AERO Scientists: Education researchers who spend a large proportion of their time on research activities. AERO promotes, supports, and connects the work of this group.

2) AERO Researchers: Education scholars who spend some time on research activities. Depending on fit, AERO consults to, collaborates with, and coordinates efforts for this group.

AERO partners with many people and units locally, nationally, and internationally. Our closest partners are the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre and the Centre for Faculty Development.

Contact: For more information, please email us: aero@smh.ca or call us at 416-864-6060 ext. 77416

AERO Leads:

Dr. Ryan Brydges

Dr. Stella Ng

AERO Research Coordinators:

Ms. Emilia Kangasjarvi

Ms. Lori Nemoy

AERO Scientists:

Ms. Lindsay Baker

Dr. Doug Campbell

Dr. Samir Grover

Dr. Christopher Hicks

Dr. Betty Onyura

Dr. Janet Parsons

Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak

Dr. Catherine Yu

AERO Researchers :

Dr. Anju Anand

Dr. Dov Gandell

Dr. Jillian Alston

Dr. Jory Simpson

AERO General Members include over 100 clinicians, educators, and researchers across Unity Health Toronto. Email us to join.

Contact us

Applied Education Research Operatives
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Toronto ON

Phone number
1-416-864-6060 ext. 77416