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.”


Who Should Apply?

Program participants will be interdisciplinary students, recent graduates, medical residents and young professionals 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. Deposits are non-refundable.

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

Early Bird Rates available until February 17, 2020:

  • Program fee for applications submitted before February 17, 2020- $3,695 CAD + HST
  • Program fee for applications submitted after February 17, 2020 – $3,995 CAD + HST

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

All fees can be paid via the DeGroote online store. The Emerging Leaders Program can be found under the “Health Leadership Academy” program listing. 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 2019-2020 season.


Financial Aid

Bursaries are available to students. There are a limited number of bursaries available. A screening and selection process is followed whereby bursaries are granted based on the strength of the application and priority will be given to McMaster students.

Email hlainfo@mcmaster.ca for more information. Successful bursary recipients will have bursary funds applied towards their program fee.

The HLA encourages applicants to explore additional opportunities for financial support. McMaster University students may be eligible for scholarships and bursaries from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

For applicants seeking support from employers or academic programs/departments, the HLA staff is available to communicate the value of the program.


Information Session

Candidates hear from and speak to ELP alumni regarding their experience with the program and how they applied what they learned. Applicants are encouraged to ask questions during the session. Questions will be addressed by ELP alumni, faculty and program administrators. 

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Important Dates and Deadlines

SPRING: May 3-16, 2020

Final application deadline    March 23, 2020

Payment Schedule

$595 CAD
Due 7 business days after notification of acceptance.
Second Payment 
$1200 CAD
Due April 6, 2020
Remaining Balance Due April 20, 2020

SUMMER: August 9-22, 2020

Final application deadline    June 1, 2020

Payment Schedule

$595 CAD
Due 7 business days after notification of acceptance
Second Payment 
$1200 CAD
Due June 15, 2020
Remaining Balance Due July 6, 2020

More Information

For more information, read our frequently asked questions page, or check out our prospective student package.

We’ve also posted a sample program outline, showing sample topics for both weeks of the program.


Have a Question?

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