World-renowned Faculty

We collaborate with McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, known worldwide for its ability to train exceptional medical leaders. With the reputation of our Desautels Faculty of Management for innovative programs, we aim to develop world leaders and managers in all aspects of health care.


Leslie Breitner, IMHL Academic DirectorLeslie Breitner (DBA [Doctor of Business Administration]'96, Boston University Graduate School of Management; MBA'76, Simmons College Graduate School of Management), joined the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill in 2010 and is the IMHL Academic Director. She taught graduate level financial management, nonprofit financial management, and public sector budgeting at the University of Washington, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Seton Hall University's Masters in Healthcare Management Program.

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Leslie was Faculty Director of the Executive Masters in Public Administration Program and the Cascade Executive Programs at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She has also taught and consulted to medical schools, teaching hospitals, foundations, and nonprofit organizations on issues related to financial management, integrated health delivery, and strategic planning.

Breitner is co-author (with the late Professor Robert N. Anthony) of the popular accounting books Essentials of Accounting, 11th Edition and Core Concepts of Accounting, both revised and published in 2012.

Abraham Fuks, IMHL DirectorAbraham Fuks, (BSc'68, McGill; MDCM'70, McGill), Former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, is himself a McGill graduate.

After training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology in the McGill teaching hospital network, he took three years of postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and histocompatibility antigens at Harvard University.

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Fuks' research interests include the immunogenetics of diabetes, the biology of tumour-associated antigens and cell adhesion molecules, and ethical aspects of human clinical trial design.

He has an ongoing scholarly interest in the language of medicine and its metaphoric structure, and is a professor in the departments of Medicine, Pathology and Oncology at McGill. He continues his work as a professor and is actively involved in the design, content, and also delivery of the IMHL program.

Henry Mintzberg, IMHL DirectorHenry Mintzberg, (BEng '61, McGill; PhD '68, MIT), holds the Cleghorn Chair of Management Studies at McGill University.

Named as one of the most influential management thinkers in the world by the Financial Times and the New York Times, Professor Mintzberg has published 16 books and 140 articles on managerial work, strategy formation and organizational structure (see publications).

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For much of the past decade, Professor Mintzberg has worked with colleagues from Canada, England, France, India, and Japan to develop new approaches to management education.

In his role as Faculty Director of the IMHL, Professor Mintzberg both teaches in the program and helps lead its modules.  To read more about Henry Mintzberg, go to

Module Directors / Faculty Members

Believing strongly in the value of differing perspectives, each of the five IMHL modules has been developed and is delivered by a different team who collectively possess a variety of interests and expertise. The 50 faculty members represent the entire health spectrum and all areas of management education. They include McGill academics from Management, Medicine, Political Science, etc. as well as renowned practitioners and educators from around the world.

Sheila Damon

Sheila is the Director of Mitchell Damon, an organisational and management development practice, established in 1993-4, in London, UK, whose work emphasises the public and charitable sectors.  From 1989-1994 she was a Faculty member, Deputy and Acting Director of the management college of the King’s Fund, a London-based foundation for health and social care thinking and development work.  Her portfolio included management and organisational development in the UK and Central and Eastern Europe.   

Her first degree was from Cambridge, in philosophy and natural sciences.  She has postgraduate degrees in applied psychological research in learning disability, in clinical psychology and in occupational psychology from the Universities of Wales, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London.  Her earliest work experience included being a nursing assistant in old mental asylums and working on an assembly line.  She went on to roles in social policy action research for children, clinical practice, service development and management, working in health, social care and higher education.  

She has been a Board member of a number of charitable organisations, and was a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair of her local Health Authority.  She was a founder member of the Steering Group for Durham University Business School's Public Sector Management Research Centre, and a member of the Board of CORE, a UCL/BPS organisation evaluating research and effectiveness in applied psychology in health and social care.

Alan Engelstad

Adjunct Professor, McGill University

Alan Engelstad is an Adjunct Professor of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. Since first reading Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals while studying Public Health at the University of Minnesota, Engelstad has been fascinated by the many questions surrounding the notion of "change" and has been equally frustrated by the usual answers. This fascination eventually led him to search for and develop new ways of achieving ambitious ends by minimalist means.

For 20 years, Alan Engelstad has worked with executives in North America and Europe, using his expertise on "how things change" to capture latent value within their companies that would otherwise be out of reach. At the same time, he has worked with leaders in social sector organizations, applying the same expertise to issues in health care, education, housing and social enterprise innovation.

Samer Faraj

Professor, McGill University

Samer Faraj holds the Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management & Healthcare at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. 

He is head of the research group on Complex Collaboration and serves as Director of the Faculty’s PhD program. His current research focuses on complex collaboration in settings as diverse as health care organizations, knowledge teams, and online communities. He is also interested in how emergent social technologies are transforming organizations and allowing new forms of coordination and organizing to emerge.

He has published over 90 journal articles, refereed proceedings, and book chapters in outlets such as: Management Science, Organization Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of AIS, Journal of Applied Psychology, Business Horizon, OMICS, and Annals of Emergency Medicine. He has recently completed a 7-year term as Senior Editor at Organization Science (2006-2012) and is now Senior Editor at Information Systems Research. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of four other journals. He has won multiple best paper awards, most recently the AIS 2012 best Published Paper Award as well as the 2013 Desautels best doctoral advisor award. Institutions such as SSHRC, NSF, IBM, the Fulbright foundation, and the Government of Quebec have funded his research. He has been a visiting professor at HEC-Paris, VU University and the American University of Beirut.

Antonia Maioni

Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Antonia Maioni is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Institute for Social Health and Policy. From 2001 to 2011 she served as Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada while holding the position of William Dawson Scholar. She studied at St. Mary's University and Université Laval, and earned an M.A. from Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. She has taught at the University of Ottawa, and has held visiting appointments at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, Harvard's Center for European Studies, Duke University's North American Studies Program, and the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute.

Professor Maioni has published widely in the fields of Canadian and comparative politics, with a particular focus on public policy. She is author of Parting at the Crossroads: The Emergence of Health Insurance in the United States and Canada (Princeton University Press, 1998) and is currently investigating political change and the future of the Canadian health care model through funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institute for Health Research. Maioni is a frequent media commentator on Canadian and Quebec politics and public policy. She is a mentor in the Action Canada program for young leaders, the Sauvé Scholars and the Canadian Merit Scholars programs.  

Theodore Marmor

Professor of Public Policy and Management, Yale School of Management and Harvard University

Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Professor Marmor teaches at Yale's Law School and Political Science department as well as at its School of Management. His books include The Politics of Medicare (1973, 2000); America's Misunderstood Welfare State, co-authored with Mashaw and Harvey (1992); Understanding Health Care Reform (1994); and Fads and Fashions in Medical Care Management (2004).

Former editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (1980-85) and former policy advisor to Walter Mondale (1983-84), Marmor is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine, The National Academy of Social Insurance, and emeritus fellow of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (1987-93).

Kieke Okma

Kieke G. H. Okma received a Ph.D. from the Medical Faculty at the University of Utrecht and a master's degree in economics from Free University, Amsterdam. She is now Visiting Professor at the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium and Visiting Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health in New York. She has lectured and published widely on issues of health politics, international comparison, European law and health care in different countries.

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Recent Visiting Professors have included:

  • Rafael Bengoa, Minister for Health in the Basque Country, Spain
  • Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer, Scotland
  • Michael Decter, Founding Chair of Health Council of Canada, former Deputy Minister of Health for Ontario, Canada
  • Eva Jarawan, Public health specialist and operations manager with over 35 years of experience in international development, including 25 years at the World Bank.
  • Prof Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health, Director, McGill Global Health Programs, Associate Director, McGill International TB Centre


IMHL has an alliance with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.