The Health Leadership Academy (HLA) proudly supports collaboration and showcases new projects and pedagogy in health innovation within the McMaster community and surrounding area. Browse our public event series and come witness the future take shape.


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Perfectionism is Paralysis: Learn to Lead with Confidence

June 7, 2018

Discussion Overview:

Earlier this month, Professor Maja addressed a packed house at the Health Leadership Academy’s spring Collaboratorium Talk to discuss apologies, perfectionism and more. Check out more highlights from the talk here.

The Future of Indigenous Health
and Well-Being

April 5, 2018

Discussion Overview:

Dr. Bernice Downey discussed key concepts related to engaging with Indigenous peoples towards implementation of the TRC Calls to Action in the spirit of reconciliation. More resources are available here.

Workplace Pressures and its Impacts on Health

March 6, 2018

Discussion Overview:

The Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy was proud to host a panel discussion on how leaders experience and manage their stress levels in the workplace. Researchers included Drs. Marissa Young, Erin Reid and Emile Tompa. The session was facilitated by Linda Morgan. Each researcher drew on their expertise to elaborate on how workplace pressures impacts health and what role employers, employees and society can do to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations.

Leading Health Systems Innovation -think tank

February 14, 2018

Discussion Overview:

The Health Leadership Academy was proud to host, along with Wilson Foundation, Dr. Danielle Frechette Executive Director of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Dr. Des Gorman Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences University of Auckland. Our two presenters gave us their insightful perspectives of the health care system across Canada. Current challenges were highlighted as well as areas for improvement. Afterwards, the presenters and audience participated in a Think Tank using design thinking strategies on How Might Emerging Health Leaders Innovate Ontario’s Health System.

Dangers of Burnout and the Leadership Needs for Self Care in the Health Industry

February 8, 2018

Discussion Overview:

The Health Leadership Academy was pleased to host Dr Natasha Sharma at our Collaboratorium Talks which focused on Emotional Fitness in the digital age.

Health Leadership Academy
Alumni Workshop-
A Leadership Profile

October 30, 2017

Discussion Overview:

This was HLA’s first alumni workshop. Alumni included students who graduated from Emerging Health Leaders program, Innovation by Design course, as well as community programming. The workshop helped equip alumni with the knowledge to develop a professional leadership profile on social media platforms. The Health Leadership Academy was pleased to have Suzanne Zandbergen, founder of The Generator, and Paul Copcutt, one of the first personal brands experts in North America, present at the workshop. See the summary on what was learned.

DeGroote Interprofessional
Health Leadership

October 14, 2017

Discussion Overview:

The Health Leadership Academy was pleased to be a gold sponsor the DIHLC 2017. Featured keynotes included Dr. Karim Mamdani, Dr. Jonathan Irish and Mr. Ted Scott. A panel discussion focused on the opportunities Public-Private Partnerships will play in introducing and advancing innovative technologies in the health system wrapped up the conference with commentary by Mr. Hadi Salah, Mr. Tyson Roffrey and Mrs. Sarah Sharpe.

Research @ HLA:
Health Leadership
Across the Health System

October 3, 2017

Discussion Overview:

The Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy was proud to showcase its four research projects studying healthcare issues from a business and health innovation perspective that underscores the interdisciplinary tradition of McMaster University. Panelists featured included Drs. Thomas Doyle, Gillian Mulvale, Meredith Vanstone and Matthew Woolhouse.

“A very open and intimate atmosphere and format.”

“I was extremely inspired and motivated about the works of speakers through their research and impact in health. Additionally, the great learning experience that was provided by the Health Leadership Academy despite being a biostatistics major in my undergraduate program. The HLA made atmosphere was extremely warm and welcoming as I learned so much.”

Digital Leadership

September 20, 2017

Discussion Overview:

The Health Leadership Academy was pleased to sponsor the 2017 Digital Leadership Summit’s panel on modelling the future of work in health. Featured panelist included Dr. Jason W. Fisher, Mr. Marwan Sati and Ms. Kathy Woods with moderation by Mr. Mark Morreale.

MacART Symposium – Rethinking Autism Training

September 15, 2017

Discussion Overview:

As our understanding of autism continues to deepen and evolve, the time is right to start exploring ways to revise, refine, innovate and improve our training models. That will in turn prove to be an important investment in our collective efforts to advance autism care. The Health Leadership Academy was pleased to co-facilitate an interactive afternoon where priorities related to autism training were identified using design methodologies. See article. A report is available on information about existing training opportunities in ASD and a synthesis of stakeholder priorities to help shape training collaborations.

How “Disabled” Youth with Autism Enabled our Workplace

September 12, 2017

Discussion Overview:

Dr. Georgiades discussed how working alongside students with autism has forever changed the way he thinks as a researcher, as an educator, as a father, and as a citizen. He shared some ideas on how we can refine our education, healthcare, and vocational systems to create opportunities for individuals with autism to access the necessary supports and services so they can lead fulfilling lives and make their own unique and much-needed contributions to Society.

“Learning more about the MACart team has given me hope about my son’s future and the possibilities for healthcare professionals to be able to contribute to the services provided for adults on the spectrum.”

“A very well done event that was informative and a good group of people engaged on topic.”

“This was an eloquent overview of the enormous gap in services for helping those with ASD to transition from school to the workplace.”

“Great to have speakers from various faculties with experts in various fields at our fingertips.”

“Thank you for an informative afternoon.”

Understanding Design Thinking and Foresight

June 6, 2017

Discussion Overview:

The methodologies of Design Thinking and Foresight can be used as tools in today’s health industry to promote collaboration and bring about meaningful change.

“The knowledge and humility of the speakers made for an engaging and meaningful discussion!”

“Design thinking incorporates thinking outside of the box and someone that you may not think has the best idea, has the greatest solution!”

The Hamilton Early Warning System – An App that Saves Lives

April 4, 2017

Discussion Overview:

In collaboration with IBM, Hamilton Health Sciences has developed an application that automatically notifies a Rapid Response Team to assist patients whose vitals go beyond a critical threshold.

The Digital Transformation Research Centre with Dr. Khaled Hassanein

February 7, 2017

Discussion Overview:

The Digital Transformation Research Centre (DTRC) will focus on generating and advancing knowledge on the best approaches to leverage technology in business, education, health, and industry, while managing its disruptive effects.