Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a one-week, intensive leadership program for students and young professionals from across Canada and beyond. Participants gain the skills to lead effective change across the health system. Since 2016, ELP has had a transformative impact on global healthcare by nurturing a community of future leaders.
ELP focuses on leadership development through a teams lens. Participants work closely with each other to build and lead a collaborative team of engaged and supportive peers. Together interdisciplinary teams take on health-focused challenges in change management, conflict resolution, team engagement, strategic foresight, and design thinking.
ELP is also a personal journey. Self-awareness and reflection through assessments, peer feedback, and a one-on-one coaching session encourage participants to understand their own leadership capabilities and potential. Throughout the program, participants build a personalized leadership portfolio; a living evolving document that can be used to record experiences, aspirations and to chart one’s progress toward one’s goals.
ELP creates innovative leaders who can respond to the changing health landscape, disrupt the status quo, and lead innovation and meaningful change. The Emerging Leaders Program is a life-changing experience which will challenge your thinking and give you the tools to become a better leader.
Upon completion of the Emerging Leaders Program you will have:
- Enhanced self-awareness of who you are as leader and your unique leadership style
- The ability to work effectively in and across teams, communicate with others and think creatively
- The confidence and skills to make a meaningful contribution as a leader in health
- An understanding of the challenges currently facing health systems and healthcare in Canada
- A network of supportive peers and leaders you trust and place in the HLA alumni community
- A detailed leadership development portfolio to record your experiences, chart your goals and continuously expand upon as you venture on your leadership journey
- A plan and commitment to continue your leadership development through practice and the support of others
- A certificate of completion from McMaster University
Participants who complete ELP can apply it towards their CHE credential with the College of Canadian Health Leaders. Contact us for more details.
Who is the Emerging Leaders Program for?
With a health context focus, ELP attracts many participants from the health sciences, engineering, business, and the arts. The diversity of perspectives, experiences, and expertise lends itself to dynamic interdisciplinary team and learning environment.
ELP participants are primarily senior undergraduate students, many are recent graduates, medical residents, and other young professionals eager to take on leadership roles in health. ELP students are high achieving, and successful in their academic and extra-curricular activities.
What do Emerging Leaders Alumni Do?
The majority of ELP alumni go into healthcare as physicians, nurses, or allied health professionals. Alumni can also be found in administrative and policy-making roles, as well as entrepreneurship and business. Others ventured into tech, law, and higher education.
Hear from the members of the 2019 ELP cohort:
Sample Program Topics
This is a sample outline of the topics covered during the one-week Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). All ELP programming has a health focus. The HLA brings in industry speakers to share insights into current health challenges, innovations and practices.
- Personal Leadership
- Building Effective Teams
- Moral Reasoning and Social Decision Making
- Foresight & Design Thinking for Innovation
- Leading Personal & Organizational Change
- Managing, Coaching and Mentoring Self & Others
- Conflict Management
- Dynamic Decision Analysis
- Persuasive Communications & Negotiations
- The Ecology of Organizing: Complex Adaptive Systems
Emerging Leaders Program Faculty and Guest Speakers
Emerging Leaders Program participants learn from, and interact with, faculty from both the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences and the DeGroote School of Business. Each year, experienced and innovative guest speakers draw connections between the concepts students learn and challenges across the health landscape.
Over the years, ELP has engaged over 50 speakers from a variety of professions and industries.
Facilitators & Faculty
Recent Guest Speakers
The application process consists of an online application, followed by a personal interview with a selection panel of faculty and/or staff. The selection panel looks for well-rounded applicants who can demonstrate leadership capabilities in their life, education, or work.
We accept applications and interview applicants during admission windows (See Important Dates and Deadlines for details). Applicants will be contacted within 5 business days of their application submission. Interviews will be scheduled and selection committee decisions will be communicated as soon as possible.
Program fee: $3,995 CAD + HST
Student* fee: $2,995 CAD + HST
*Any current student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at any institution.
The fee includes:
- One week of programming
- 1-on-1 session with an executive coach
- All course materials and assessments
- Off-site transportation for in-person programs
- Several in-course meals for in-person programs
Hotel accommodation is optional for in-person programs, and is not included in the program fee. A preferred rate at a local hotel is available for ELP participants.
Some financial assistance may be available for a limited number of students, please contact us to discuss and explore other avenues of support.
Important Dates and Deadlines
- Spring Admission Window
- Applications accepted and interviews conducted: 8 March 2021 to 12 April 2021
- 2021 Session Dates
- Spring: 2 May to 9 May 2021 (virtual program)
- Fall: 15 August to 22 August 2021 (in-person)*
*this may be subject to change