Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program is a two-week intensive, residential, leadership program for students and young professionals from across Canada and beyond. 

The healthcare landscape is continually changing, and will require innovative leaders who can disrupt the status quo to bring forth meaningful changes.

With a focus on personal leadership development, collaborative team engagement, and change management capabilities, the Emerging Leaders Program will push you to become a better leader.

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“Evolving a new generation of innovative healthcare leaders.”

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:

Given the recent developments associated with COVID-19, it is with regret the Health Leadership Academy has decided to cancel the Spring (May 3-16) and Summer (August 9-22) 2020 Emerging Leaders Program.

For updates on McMaster University’s response to COVID-19 please visit: https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/

Help us plan for the future

We at the Health Leadership Academy and its Emerging Leaders Program Team want to know how we can support our students during these tumultuous times.

Please complete this short survey to help us produce valuable and interesting programs, tools, and activities, that will allow us to continue to engage our students and support their leadership journey.

What Can Alumni Do After Emerging Leaders?

Our alumni leave Emerging Leaders with 

  • Enhanced self-awareness of who they are as leader and their unique leadership style
  • The ability to work effectively in and across teams, communicate with others and be creative thinkers
  • The confidence and skills to make a meaningful contribution as a leader in health
  • A network of supportive peers and leaders they trust



Who Should Apply?

Program participants will be interdisciplinary students, recent graduates, medical residents and young professionals (with less than 7 years of experience) from across Canada with an interest in the field of healthcare. These students will have been successful in their academic and extra-curricular activities while demonstrating leadership capabilities.

Application Process

A selection committee will be looking for well-rounded applicants who can provide examples of demonstrated leadership capabilities. The application process consists of an online application, followed by a personal interview with a selection panel of faculty and staff.  Applicants are accepted into the program on a rolling basis, and will be contacted to confirm next steps within 5 business days of their application submission. 

There is no fee to apply to the program. 

CCHL Category II credits

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders Members (Che/Fellow) to 20 category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Fees and Bursaries

Program fee  – $3,995 CAD + HST

PLUS: 25% reduced fee for any current student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at any institution.

The fee includes:

  • Two weeks of in-class programming
  • 1-on-1 session with an executive coach
  • All course materials and assessments
  • Shared hotel accommodation (single accommodation available at an additional cost)
  • Off-site transportation
  • Several in-course meals

The program fee is subject to increase after the 2020 season.

Important Dates and Deadlines

SPRING: May 2-15, 2021 

Final application deadline    April 1, 2021

SUMMER: August 8-21, 2021

Final application deadline    June 1, 2021

More Information

For more information, read our frequently asked questions page, or take a look at a sample program outline, showing sample topics for both weeks of the program.

Still have a Question?

All questions about the program or application process can be directed to hlainfo@mcmaster.ca