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. 

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Upcoming Events

Leading in Health: “Advocacy as a Resident Physician: Being a Little Fish in a Big Aquarium”

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 12-1 PM EST

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Before jumping into advocacy it’s important to have a solid understanding of the environment and the many different factors at play. There are always multiple perspectives to take into account, and any change, even keeping the status quo, is going to benefit some and harm others. As a leader one needs to know the risks you and your organization might be taking, who you’re taking with you and who you might be leaving behind, and think about how you can mitigate the harms. Discover how self awareness, emotional intelligence and communication skills can help you to jump into this big aquarium and stay afloat rather than be eaten by the sharks.

Lauren Bilinsky (ELP 2019) is a postgraduate year four Public Health & Preventive Medicine Resident Physician at the University of Calgary and completed her family medicine residency in 2020. She is also the Vice President of Leadership and Education, and President-elect for the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta. As part of this role Lauren is the Resident Observer on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Council.

Following Lauren’s talk there will be an open Emerging Leaders Information Session. Join us from 1-1:30 PM EST to learn more about the program, ask questions and chat with HLA staff about the Emerging Leaders Program.

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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

Understanding Design Thinking and Foresight

June 6, 2017

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.

A Woman's Face

The Hamilton Early Warning System – An App that Saves Lives

April 4, 2017

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

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.