As part of a landmark $50 million gift from Michael G. DeGroote, the faculties of Business and Health Sciences present the Health Leadership Academy (HLA) at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Centre. The HLA strives to attain transformative impact on global healthcare by nurturing a community of future leaders right here in Burlington and Hamilton, Ontario.

Thanks to the HLA’s interdisciplinary and forward thinking approaches to education, these leaders will be prepared to succeed in a number of fields – everything from informing government policy to developing and supporting health innovations. In addition to offering world-class academic programs and informative public events, the HLA encourages entrepreneurial and start-up ideation and innovations with the potential to revolutionize healthcare as we know it.

Welcome to the Collaboratorium: Health Leadership Academy is poised to make an impact

Global healthcare is changing, and McMaster University is at the forefront of that change with the Health Leadership Academy (HLA). more…


What We Do



We equip emerging leaders with capabilities to change the health landscape by support a new leadership paradigm with the Emerging Health Leaders Program, a 2-week intensive leadership program focusing on leadership development. Innovation by Design (IBD), a 3-unit design thinking course for undergraduate students (level 3 and higher) and graduate students.


We promote and endorse interdisciplinary research that shows strong potential for training and development of tomorrow’s health care leaders and transforming Canada’s health care system, with a focus on leadership and one or more of entrepreneurship, change management, digital transformation, innovation and education. Currently, four studies are being funded and a signature health project is underway.


By focusing on identifying solutions to local health related issues, we nurture collaborative opportunities to engage stakeholders in transformative health leadership activities. We invite you to join us monthly at our free Collaboratorium Talks focused on health innovation and health leadership and stay tuned for a new design competition in 2019.

In the News

Learn more about the HLA’s research project, Preparing Leaders for Alternative Futures of Health

Students design solution to encourage proper use of personal protective equipment

Canadian leaders share three pieces of advice for emerging health leaders



Check out more highlights from our In the News Archives.


Featured Programs


The Emerging Health Leaders Program is an intensive, residential, leadership certificate program for undergraduate and graduate students across the province. This program will challenge your thinking and will push you to become a better leader by focusing on: personal leadership development, effective teams, change management, design thinking, as well as identifying, implementing and championing new ideas and innovations in a health environment.


This course enables students to engage in design thinking as a methodology to assess health problems / challenges, collect meaningful data, iterate alternative design options, and build a prototype solution for validation with user groups. This interdisciplinary course teaches conceptual approaches to ‘design thinking’ and develops capabilities with spotting, supporting and scaling up new innovative ideas.


As a collaborative event between the Health Leadership Academy & the CCHL Hamilton Area Chapter, MIHIC challenges undergraduate and graduate students to form interdisciplinary teams to leverage their diverse skills to develop what they believe will be the Next Big Health Idea. Teams compete with each other to advance to the next round. Along the way, they’re connected with mentors and network with industry professionals.


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