DeGroote School of Business & Faculty of Health Sciences

Collaborative Health Governance Program

"Acquire the right competencies and skills needed to navigate in the new world of healthcare governance"

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Program Overview

The healthcare sector is facing urgent pressure and scrutiny on systemic issues at every level. Board directors need to think and lead differently to become the drivers of change.

In partnership with the McMaster Health Leadership Academy, the Collaborative Health Governance Program (CHG) has been designed with an understanding of the new world of governance and with the unique requirements of health and social sector boards in mind.

This multi-day virtual program will help directors gain an understanding of the new world of collaborative governance and provide an opportunity to co-design new and innovative approaches to health governance.

I cannot overstate the value of my participation in the Collaborative Health Governance program. The skills and experiences that I gained from my interactions with other leaders in health systems across Canada were truly remarkable. The program team is to be commended for their hard work in ensuring meaningful collaboration, fostering creativity in decision making, and helping instill the fundamentals of collaboration in governance in our cohort.
Sivajanan Sivapalan — Pharmacist and Member of the Board of Directors, Ontario College of Pharmacists
As a new board director and officer, the program provided me with the necessary tools and skills to effectively balance strategy and operational effectiveness. It also equipped me with a better understanding of the liabilities and exposures that come with being a board director and strategies for mitigating them. Thanks to this program, I am better prepared to make meaningful contributions to the world of health governance. Overall, I found this to be a valuable investment in my professional development, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to take their skills to the next level.
Bernadee Koh-Bilodeau — Director, Ontario Physician Human Resources Data Centre (OPHRDC), McMaster University

Program Outline:

This specialized program offers an opportunity to learn from governance and healthcare leaders and make a positive and immediate impact in the boardroom with the ability to:

  • Facilitate meaningful collaboration to navigate the line between strategy and operational effectiveness
  • Cultivate a learn-by-doing attitude of experimentation, reflection, and iterating approaches to working together to solve problems
  • Co-create compelling visions with foresight around emerging issues and stakeholder engagement
  • Explore new avenues for creating and supporting sustainable value
  • Enhance your ability to engage with management and other key board partners particularly around complex multi-stakeholder issues
  • Understand your potential liabilities and exposures as a board director and how to mitigate them
  • Contribute to the future of health governance in Canada

Leveraging The Directors College proven delivery model for virtual learning environments, the CHG Program’s experiential approach is to learn by doing through case studies, active dialogue and best practice examples to address key questions.

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Lead Faculty

  • Dr. Michael Hartmann, Principal of The Directors College, Executive Director of the EMBA in Digital Transformation and Co-Director of the Health Leadership Academy at the DeGroote School of Business
  • Jodeme Goldhar, Strategic Advisor, Health Leadership Academy and Co-Program Director for Collaborative Health Governance and National Health Fellows

Program Faculty

  • David A.H. Brown, C.Dir., Executive Vice-President, Governance Solutions Inc.
  • Shanon Grauer, Counsel at INQ Law
  • Andrew Poprawa, C.Dir., Regulatory and Governance Advisor, The Directors College, Facilitator
  • Sean Park, Principal, Spark Design; Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University


Admission Requirements:

This Program is open to:

  • Individuals currently sitting on boards, or who intend to service on a board, and those who work with boards of directors
  • Healthcare leaders seeking to improve boardroom skills, expand knowledge of good governance, and become high-performing board directors
  • The Directors College Alumni, graduates of other accredited programs on governance, and those looking to enhance their knowledge on healthcare stewardship
  • Current participants in The Directors College who have not yet completed Module 1 of the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program

Select scholarships are available.  Please contact us at for more information.


The Collaborative Health Governance Program can be taken as a stand-alone earning a Certificate of Completion, or graduates of the program can also apply to have the program recognized as the equivalent of Module 1 of the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program. To be eligible for program recognition, applicants must meet all of the Chartered Directors Program registration requirements and must also complete a mandatory 90-minute governance workshop and associated readings.

Continuing Professional Development

For graduates of The Directors College programs (C.Dir., A.C.C., H.R.C.C.C.) this course qualifies for 15 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Application Process

The Collaborative Health Governance Program is a highly interactive 3.5 day virtual learning experience. The next program offering will be held June 19-22, 2024 and November 6-9, 2024.  Apply now to secure your spot!


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Ideal Candidate

  • Individuals currently sitting on boards, or who intend to serve on a board, and those who work with boards of directors
  • Healthcare leaders seeking to improve boardroom skills,
    expand knowledge of good governance, and become high-performing board directors
  • Individuals who work closely with boards
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Virtual delivery ONLY (Zoom)

**June 19, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Join Michael Hartmann and Jodeme Goldhar for a conversation with leading thinkers in the world of collaborative governance. 

Registration link coming soon!

Next Program Offering:

  • November 6-9, 2024

Fee – 4480.00 CAD*

*Fee is inclusive of all materials, certification of completion as Health Governance/The Director’s College graduate and participation in HLA, TDC and other relevant alumni events

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OHT Case Study

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