The Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy proudly supports collaboration and showcases new projects and pedagogy in health innovation within the McMaster community and surrounding area. Browse our public events and come witness the future take shape.

By focusing on identifying solutions to local health-related issues, we nurture collaborative opportunities to engage stakeholders in transformative health leadership activities. 

See our calendar for upcoming events



Upcoming Events

Watch this space for our next Leading in Health event

The HLA’s new “Leading in Health” speaker series explores what it means to be a health leader. Alumni and special guests will share their stories, experiences, and perspectives on key issues happening in healthcare today, and how they are making an impact in the industry. Connect with our community of health leaders by participating in discussions and networking.


McMaster Collaboratorium

In conjunction with The Directors College, and the  Executive MBA in Digital Transformation , Executive Education, the  Health Leadership Academy offers the McMaster Collaboratorium a webinar series for board directors, executives and emerging leaders. It examines how governance and leadership best practices are evolving in the areas of business and health care.

Check here for upcoming Collaboratorium sessions on health leadership and health innovation.

Past Events

The Role of Theatre Arts in Healthcare

September 3, 2018

Hartley Jafine looks at how theatre can help the performance of medicine. Jafine is an instructor in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program and Arts & Science program at McMaster University.

Perfectionism is Paralysis: Learn to Lead with Confidence

June 7, 2018

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

The Future of Indigenous Health and Well-Being

April 5, 2018

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.

Workplace Pressures and its Impacts on Health

March 6, 2018

A session on how workplace pressures impact health and what role employers and employees play to improve workplace culture.

Leading Health Systems Innovation – Think Tank

February 14, 2018

Dr. Danielle Frechette and Dr. Des Gorman gave us their insightful perspectives of the health care system across Canada.

Natasha Sharma

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

February 8, 2018

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

Two people talking at the HLA Alumni Workshop

Health Leadership Academy Alumni Workshop – A Leadership Profile

October 30, 2017

This was HLA’s first alumni workshop. Alumni included students who graduated from the Emerging Health Leaders program, Innovation by Design course, as well as community programming. 

People at the DIHLC Conference

DeGroote Interprofessional Health Leadership Conference

October 14, 2017

The Health Leadership Academy was pleased to be a gold sponsor of DIHLC 2017.

Research @ HLA: Health Leadership Across the Health System

October 3, 2017

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.

Digital Leadership Summit

September 20, 2017

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

The Health Leadership Academy was pleased to co-facilitate an interactive afternoon where priorities related to autism training were identified using design methodologies.

How “Disabled” Youth with Autism Enabled our Workplace

September 12, 2017

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.