IMHL alumnus leads project to install 900 defibrillators in Quebec

The use of an automatic external defibrillator in conducting a basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Published: 27 October 2023

Each year, about 10,000 people in Quebec suffer a cardiac arrest, and receiving resuscitation care in the first minutes is critical to survival. For every minute that passes without treatment, survival rates decrease by 7-10%. Dr. François de Champlain (IMHL’2021) lost his father to a sudden cardiac death and wants to improve public access and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Quebec. The Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at the McGill University Health Centre launched a foundation in his father’s memory in 2009.  The Quebec government is now providing the Jacques de Champlain Foundation with funding to install 900 defibrillators throughout Quebec and to improve and maintain the Quebec AED registry.

International Masters for Health Leadership

Beyond the Masters of Management degree, the International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) program is designed for experienced working professionals in all areas of healthcare, including clinicians and senior managers from different health sectors. Our participants come from all regions of the world and from various organizations (hospitals, community care, public health, government, pharma and more).

Why Dr. François de Champlain chose the IMHL program: 

"When I decided to enrol into the IMHL program, my purpose was to learn from excellent Faculty but also from other students around the world to challenge my views and concepts in healthcare and management. In the end, I got much more than that, and the program allowed me to reflect and evolve as a leader and as an advocate, which I believe has played a role in the success of our non-profit organization dedicated to improving survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Quebec. I couldn't be more appreciative for the lessons learned during this Masters program, which continues to serve me daily."


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