The IMHL is designed for experienced healthcare professionals. The program is delivered in 11-day modules over 15 months, followed by a final paper. Class 12 begins in September 2024.

World-renowned Faculty

We collaborate with McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, 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

Leslie Breitner [Doctor of Business Administration]'96, Boston University Graduate School of Management, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; MBA'76, joined the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill in 2010 and is the IMHL Academic Director. She taught graduate level financial management, nonprofit and health care financial management, and public sector budgeting at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts , and Seton Hall University's Masters in Healthcare Administration 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 and Core Concepts of Accounting.

Abraham Fuks, IMHL DirectorAbraham Fuks

Abraham 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

Henry 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.

Luciano Barin-Cruz

Luciano Barin-CruzFull Professor of Management and Sustainability at HEC Montréal, Canada

Luciano Barin Cruz is Full Professor of Management and Sustainability at HEC Montréal, Canada. He is the Director of Pôle Ideos (Social Impact Centre) at HEC Montreal, the Director of the Yunus Social Business Centre (HEC Montreal) and the Director of the ‘Sustainability Challenge’ module of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal. 

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He holds a research professorship on organizational models and social impact. Professor Barin Cruz has worked in projects supported by the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Quebec, Desjardins International Development, among several others.

He currently serves as a board member at the Maison de l’innovation social – MIS, an organization that aims at reinforcing the managerial capabilities of social enterprises in Quebec. His research projects focus on sustainability, social responsibility and social impact and they have been published in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Organization, World Development, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Decision, Journal of Cleaner Production, among others.

Guest Faculty Members / Visiting Contributors

Dr. Mahmoud AlYamany

Mahmoud AlYamany Chief Executive Officer of King Fahad Medical City (KFMC)

Dr. Mahmoud AlYamany is currently the Chief Executive Officer of King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) and a practicing Neurosurgeon at the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) of KFMC. KFMC is the largest leading tertiary care Academic Medical organization with a Medical School under the Ministry of health in Saudi Arabia. He received the MBBS in 1990 from the Faculty of Medicine of King Saud University in Saudi Arabia and finished his internship in 1991.

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Completed the residency training program in Neurosurgery at the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1998. He is American Board & Canadian Board Certified Neurosurgeon.

Dr. AlYamany is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is certified in Cerebrovascular Surgery, Neurooncology & Skull base surgery from the University of Toronto, Canada. He completed the Masters degree in Health Administration at Washington University in St. Louis, USA in 2008.

Serving as the Chief Executive Officer of King Fahad Medical City, his main duties are to formulate, define, communicate and materialize the KFMC mission statement, values and corporate objectives. He established an executive administration of Patient Experience, Business Intelligence Office, process re-engineering, and Innovation & Research Centers. He leads, directs and coordinates the senior management team to achieve the formulated strategic objectives of King Fahad Medical City and Saudi Health and continues to serve as a neurosurgeon.

A Member of the Board of Trustees of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. Chairs the Board of Directors of the Self Finance Development Fund as a standalone organization to help fund KFMC. A member of many local and international professional associations, published neurosurgeon and health administrator. Interested in health economics, organizational behavior and healthcare policies & a prominent leader in healthcare management as well as in neurosurgery in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Khalid Aziz

Khalid AzizProfessor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

Dr. Khalid Aziz, MBBS, BA, MA, Med(IT), FRCPC is Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Medical Director (Quality Improvement) in the Office of Lifelong Learning at University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta. He is also a staff neonatologist in the Edmonton Neonatal Program and Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton since 2007.

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He is a graduate of Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London University and received his BA Hons and MA in Neurophysiology from Cambridge University. He completed his Family Practice training in the United Kingdom before training in Pediatrics in Harrow and Oxford, England. He completed his training as a neonatologist in Edmonton, Alberta and subsequently worked as a general pediatrician in Lethbridge, Alberta. From 1996-2007, he was a neonatologist at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on faculty at Memorial University (where he received his MEd (Information Technology).

Dr. Aziz’s academic interests lie in interprofessional medical education and knowledge translation. He is editor of the EPIQ quality improvement workshop for Canadian NICUs and is a member of the Canadian Neonatal Network Governing Board (a research network) and the Canadian Neonatal Foundation Board (a registered Canadian charity). He is a past member of the Neonatal Task Force of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and a member (Past Chair) of the Neonatal Life Support Writing Group of the American Heart Association – both these organizations develop and disseminate neonatal resuscitation science internationally.

He is married to Carolyn, a retired family practitioner, and they have 4 children and one new grandchild. He has lived and studied in Africa, Europe, and Canada. Travelling is his passion, and he has volunteered for perinatal projects in China, India, and Ethiopia. He was a SCUBA instructor in a past life and is now a ski instructor. In summer he spends time falling off his mountain bike.

John Breitner

John BreitnerGeriatric psychiatrist and epidemiologist

John Breitner is a geriatric psychiatrist and epidemiologist who has devoted his career to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), its risk factors and their implications for its prevention. He has worked extensively in diagnosis and treatment of patients with dementia but is better known as a researcher.

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His work began with studies on familial aggregation in AD and evolved to twin studies of heritability and environmental risk factors. He then founded the Cache County Study of Memory in Aging, a longitudinal investigation of genetic and environmental antecedents of AD, which has produced over 100 scientific papers. He was Chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease Anti-inflammatory Prevention Trial (ADAPT), a randomized controlled trial to evaluate nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as agents for the primary prevention of AD in healthy elderly people, and INTREPAD, a similar trial among healthy elderly at high risk

John's research included the investigation of the possible effects of these drugs on the earliest signs of the disease. In 2010 he joined the McGill faculty as Director of the new Centre for Studies on Prevention of AD (StoP-AD) at the Douglas Mental Health Research Institute. The Centre is devoted to identification and quantitation of markers of AD in its pre-symptomatic stage, and to preliminary testing of experimental strategies for their capacity to prevent progression of the disease toward the symptomatic illness.

Prof. Breitner has authored over 200 publications and is known as an outstanding teacher. He has mentored more than 20 doctoral and post-doctoral students who have gone on to hold full-time academic appointments.

Andy Caldwell

Andy CaldwellLeadership development facilitator and ICF credentialed coach

Andy Caldwell is an experienced leadership development facilitator and ICF credentialed coach, with a passion for enabling collaborative approaches to the complex issues facing our world today. As a Partner with London-based CoCreate Consultancy, he works extensively across the UK health and care sector, building the capability for System Leadership at all levels of healthcare systems - from Board and Executive level to clinical leaders and front-line staff.

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Re-shaping healthcare systems is both complex and emotive work. Andy’s approach enables leaders to gain insights into the way systems function, and to apply these insights to new ways of thinking and working together. Andy leverages a range of tools and qualifications in support of this work - including Systems Thinking, Systemic Constellations, and the iEQ9 psychometric profiling tool. He also incorporates mindfulness practices, guided by his Black Belt in TaeKwonDo and PADI Rescue Diver qualifications.

More broadly, Andy works extensively with Boston Consulting Group, supporting Managing Directors and Partners to build more Psychologically Safe operating environments for their people. He is also consulting on a major new initiative to re-think how Youth Criminal Justice is delivered in the UK.

In 2018 Andy took time off work and moved to South Africa to spend 18 months volunteering with global not-for-profit organisation Oasis. He worked with marginalised youth, delivering employability training and contributing to the development of a pioneering programme to fast-track young black South Africans into the teaching profession.

Prior to this, Andy was the first facilitator to join the Forward Institute, a highly regarded non-profit institute enabling senior leaders to explore and engage with issues of responsible leadership within their own organisations. He also partnered with Olympic Gold Medallist Michael Johnson to establish a Young Leaders programme for highly talented young athletes from all around the world.

Outside of work Andy is married to Anna (a yoga instructor with a specialism in trauma), and they have three wonderful kids. He is a passionate cyclist and can often be found escaping the city out in the Kent countryside.

Matthew Cesari

Matthew Cesari Program Chief and Medical Director of the Laboratory Medicine and Genetics Program

Matthew Cesari is Program Chief and Medical Director of the Laboratory Medicine and Genetics Program at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ontario. He is a gynecologic pathologist and an assistant professor of pathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at University of Toronto. He completed medical school and residency in anatomical pathology at McGill University, clinical fellowships in both oncologic pathology and gynecologic oncologic pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, as well as a postgraduate fellowship in health sciences education at McGill.

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He holds a Masters of Management from the Desautels Faculty of Management and a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management from the Schulich School of Business, York University. His main administrative interests include coaching for quality and its influence on the development of innovative service delivery models. He is the Vice President of the Canadian Association of Pathologists and serves on several boards, including the Gynecologic Cancer Advisory Committee to Cancer Care Ontario. Matthew is active in post-graduate medical education, having developed a competency-based curriculum for resident remediation in the anatomical pathology residency program at University of Toronto. He is also an examiner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as an active member of their Anatomical Pathology Examination Development Committee.

Jean-Louis Denis

Jean-Louis DenisProfessor of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health of Montreal University

Dr. Denis' research aims at developing an organizational and comparative perspective on large-scale reforms, transformations and improvement in health systems. He is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health of Montreal University and senior researcher at the CRCHUM. His current research focus on the role of medical doctors in health system change and improvement, on transformative capacities of health systems in Canada and in Europe and on the development of learning health systems in academic health centers.

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Dr. Denis’ stature as a leader in his field is evident in the various appointments and honours he has held and received: member of the Academy of Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada (2002), fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2007) and chair of the advisory board of CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (2009-2012). Since 2000, he has obtained three competitive research Chairs: the CHSRF/CIHR Chair on health system transformation and governance (2000-2010) as Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Medical School of Montreal University, a Canada Research Chair (CRC-tier 1) Chair on health system governance (2010-2017) as professor at the ENAP (National School of Public Administration) and a CRC-Tier 1 on health system design and adaptation as Professor of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health of Montreal University.

He was director of the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Health at the Université de Montréal (2006-2010). In 2013, he was co-organizer of the EGOS (European Group of Organizational Studies) annual conference at HEC Montreal-Université de Montréal. In March 2015 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Department of Management, King's College London and International Visiting Fellow at the King’s Fund (London) between 2014-2016.

He has published 185 scientific papers, 65 book chapters and obtained $5M in peer-reviewed research funding as PI or co-PI. His work has been published in top health policy and management journals like BMC Health Services Research, Implementation Science, Family Practice and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. While Dr Denis’ research has primarily taken place in healthcare settings, because of his strong theoretical location in organization theory and strategy, his ideas and findings are transferable to the broader field of organizational science. Indeed, the wider value of his research has been demonstrated through publications in top management and public sector journals like Human Relations, Milbank Quarterly, Organization Science, Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Annals. Since 2016, he is co-editor of the Palgrave series on Organizational Behaviours in Health Care since 2017 Associate Editor of BMC Health Services Research. In addition, since 2000, he had worked closely as senior advisor with the Canadian Foundation on Health Improvement to support their portfolio of collaborative health improvements across Canada and their health system transformation initiatives.

Vincent Dumez

Vincent DumezCo-director of the Centre of Excellence on Partnering with Patients and the Public of University of Montreal

Vincent Dumez, MSc, holds a finance degree and a Master’s degree in Management Science from Montreal’s international business school, Hautes Études Commerciales. Until 2010, he was an associate in one of Montreal’s most influential consulting firms, specializing in organizational design.

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Living with three chronic diseases for more than three decades, and thus a significant user of healthcare services, Mr. Dumez has been actively involved in developing the concept of “Patient Partnership.” He first explored the concept in his Masters’ dissertation. Since then he has pursued the development of patient partners by training patients with chronic diseases, working on the boards of various community organizations and speaking in workshops and conferences addressed to healthcare professionals.

In October 2010, Mr. Dumez became the first director of new Office of Patient Partner Expertise of the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine. Since summer of 2016, Mr. Dumez now co-directs the new Centre of Excellence on Partnering with Patients and the Public of University of Montreal. The mission of the centre is to make collaborating with patients and the public a science, a culture and the new standard to improve the health of all and the (health) experience of each.

Mr Dumez is on the Board of Director of the Health Research fund of Quebec (FQR-S), of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet). During the last years, he was also a special advisor for HSO/Accreditation Canada CEO supporting the development and implementation of the patient partnership strategy but also a member of the advisory council for the implementation of a national pharmacare in Canada. Finally, since recently is a member of the BMJ patient panel and now the CMAJ editorial advisory board.

David Eidelman

David EidelmanVice-Principal (Health Affairs) | Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

David Eidelman, MDCM, FRCPC, FACP, a McGill graduate and native Montrealer, is Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Prior to his appointment January 1, 2012, Dr. Eidelman served as Chair of the McGill Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) for seven years. 

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As Chair, he was responsible for overseeing the largest clinical department of the McGill Faculty of Medicine and its academic network, which includes the MUHC, the Jewish General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Center and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, among other partners.

In addition to his administrative successes as Chair and Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Eidelman has served as Director of McGill’s renowned Division of Respiratory Diseases. After receiving his MDCM (Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery) degree in 1979, Dr. Eidelman continued training in internal medicine at the University of Toronto, first at St. Michael’s Hospital and then at Toronto General Hospital. He returned to Montreal to pursue advanced training in respiratory medicine and research at McGill. He is an accomplished clinician-scientist, whose research in inflammatory disorders of the airways is based at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories in Montreal. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Eidelman is active in clinical medicine and research in Canada and internationally and currently serves on various boards, including that of the West-Central Montreal Integrated University Health and Social Services Center.

Hossam Elsharkawi

Hossam ElsharkawiSeasoned professional and leader

Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi is a seasoned professional and leader with over 30 years of experience in the humanitarian world, the healthcare sector and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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In his humanitarian journey, Hossam has been for past 10 years Vice President for the Canadian Red Cross. He has also worked with ICRC, IFRC, Norwegian Red Cross and Palestine Red Crescent.

Hossam has been leading the preparedness and response to complex humanitarian emergencies – including epidemics, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wars. He has managed teams responding to catastrophic events domestically and internationally. He has also focused on the capacity strengthening of National Societies, learning and innovation.

His extensive experience includes assignments to more than thirty-five countries and led complex humanitarian negotiations. He completed a one-year assignment as Senior Consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where he developed a guidance document for medical teams responding to health emergencies in armed conflict and insecure environments. Hossam has a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, a Certificate in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and a PhD in Health Management from City University in London, England. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and guest faculty at McGill and McMaster Universities. He teaches disaster response and healthcare in complex humanitarian crises. He has authored or edited more than a dozen publications and presentations on issues dealing with humanitarian work, disaster response, healthcare and medical technology, and capacity building.

Hossam, who is married and is a father of two, is fluent in English and Arabic, and possesses a basic grasp of French.

Dror Etzion

Dror EtzionAssociate Professor of Strategy and Organization at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management

Dror Etzion is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, and Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment. His academic career is rooted in the study of sustainability. Currently, he is exploring the role of inclusive efforts to promote sustainability transitions.

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Through his research, he argues that emergent initiatives increase the recruitment of diverse stakeholders, foster creativity, and yield impactful social and environmental outcomes. Originally from Israel, Dror has lived in Montreal with his wife and three daughters since 2008.

Timothy Grant Evans

Timothy Grant EvansInaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Timothy Grant Evans joined McGill University in September 2019, as the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Principal (Global Policy and Innovation). He joins McGill after a 6 year tenure as the Senior Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group.

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From 2010 to 2013, Tim was Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Senior Advisor to the BRAC Health Program. From 2003 to 2010, he was Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to this, he served as Director of the Health Equity Theme at the Rockefeller Foundation.

Earlier in his career, he was an attending physician of internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was Assistant Professor in International Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Tim has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. He has been a co-founder of many partnerships including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as well as efforts to increase access to HIV treatment for mothers and innovative approaches to training community-based midwives in Bangladesh.

Tim received his Medical Degree from McMaster University in Canada and was a Research and Internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Richard Fleet

Richard FleetEmergency physician and clinical health psychologist

Richard Fleet MD PhD, CCFP (EM) is an emergency physician and clinical health psychologist. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at Université Laval in Québec City since 2010 (tenured since 2016) and holds the endowed research Chair of Emergency Medicine at Université Laval and Hôtel - Dieu de Lévis Hospital. In April 2016 he was awarded a Clinician-Scientist award (Junior level 2) from the Fonds de Recherche Santé-Québec.

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He completed his bachelor of science at Mc Gill University (Psychology 1989), his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1995) and his MD at Université de Montréal (2003). His residency training in family medicine was conducted at U Montreal (2005), followed by a certification in emergency medicine CCFP (EM) (2009). He recently completed the Mini-MBA Executive Development Course 1 at McGill University (January 2018).

His research interests include rural emergency and trauma care as well as psychological factors associated with the practice of emergency medicine as well as physician wellness. Since 2018 he has embarked on a national speaking tour with the CMA and has reached more than 2000 with his presentation: Top Evidenced-based Stress Management Techniques for the Doctor and his Patients. Dr Fleet has published more than 70 scientific articles/book chapters and one book.

Between 2006 and 2010, Dr Fleet worked as a rural emergency physician / Chair of the Emergency Department at Kootenay Lake hospital in Nelson BC. His experience in this hospital, after it underwent the major health care cuts, has inspired his current research program. Dr Fleet and his team have become international leaders in the field of rural emergency medicine research. In 2019 Dr Fleet and colleagues founded the Living Lab hospital Charlevoix. A user driven novel approach to the implementation of innovations in rural emergency care.

Finally, Fleet is the rural representative on the board of l’Association des Médecins d’Urgence du Québec. And is a member of the “Rural medicine road map” committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Miriam Gosling Gage

Miriam Gosling GageCoach specialising in Personal Development challenges

Miriam Gosling Gage works as a Coach specialising in Personal Development challenges. She is an experienced facilitator of large groups, primarily working with young adults, providing them with resources to expand their strengths and leadership in an ever-changing world. She has been running large scale events and programs for over a decade on behalf of international NGOs, creative arts organisations and Pelumbra Ltd.

Jody Hoffer Gittell

Jody Hoffer Gittell Professor at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Jody Hoffer Gittell serves as Professor at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She is the founder of relational coordination theory, co-founder of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, and creator of the Relational Coordination Survey. Gittell has studied the impact of relational coordination on performance in airlines, long term care, and especially healthcare. In addition to assessing performance outcomes, she has studied how organizations strengthen relational coordination among key stakeholders through the adoption of structural, relational and work process interventions.

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Gittell has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, and several books for a broader audience. For example, The Southwest Airlines Way (2003) and High-Performance Healthcare (2009) demonstrate how relational coordination drives performance, and how organizations support or undermine its development depending on the design and implementation of their structures. Transforming Relationships for High Performance: The Power of Relational Coordination (2016) shows how relational, structural and work process interventions together enable organizations to achieve sustainable positive change. Her new methods textbook, Relational Analytics: Guidelines for Analysis and Action, will be available in May 2021.

Gittell received her PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management and taught at the Harvard Business School before joining the faculty of Brandeis University in 2001. She serves as Treasurer for the Seacoast NAACP, on the Advisory Board for the Greater Seacoast Community Health Center, on the Advisory Board for the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, and on the Editorial Review Board for the Academy of Management Review. She is currently co-leading the Relational Society Project to explore multi-level systems change in communities around the world.

Jay Allen Hewlin, Esq.

Jay Allen HewlinAttorney and consultant

Jay A. Hewlin is an attorney and consultant, specializing in employment law, managerial effectiveness, leadership, contract negotiations, and conflict resolution. Jay’s diverse clients include corporations, law firms, government agencies, and not-for-profits. Jay’s counseling, training, and instruction facilitate organizational change, strategic human resource management, handling complaints of discrimination, mediation, and more generally, optimization of organizational development through effective human resource strategy.

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Jay has extensive experience counseling U.S. corporations on employment law matters arising under federal, state, and local laws.

Jay is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, NY where he teaches “Negotiation Workshop.” He is also a Course Lecturer at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, Montréal, Canada, where he teaches Negotiations and Conflict Resolution for the MBA and Bcom programs. His work in the Faculty of Management has won him the Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of outstanding teaching in the undergraduate program. Jay also teaches in modules of both the International Masters Program for Managers, and the International Management in Health Leadership programs, co-founded by Henry Mintzberg. On occasion, Jay teaches Business Fundamentals for Musicians for the Schulich School of Music at McGill and also on occasion, conducts seminars and workshops on Contract Negotiations and Conflict Resolution for McGill’s School of Continuing Studies. Most recently, he was invited to lecture at the National University of Singapore, Singapore, and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China.

Jay’s consulting and teaching are largely informed by his extensive management experience as well as his collaborative efforts with management scholars throughout the US and Canada on research examining employee satisfaction, retention, organizational culture, managing inclusive work forces, and employee selection. He is often called upon to assist managers with developing core competencies of leveraging talent within diverse environments.

In addition to his work for corporations, Jay has counseled and represented the United States Senate offices in employment law matters, and researched the impact of particular provisions of the U.S. Constitution on workplace policy. Before working for the Senate, Jay worked in New York City for Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the largest U.S. law firms, with a national reputation for its Labor and Employment practice. While at Proskauer, Jay investigated charges of discrimination for private and public sector clients. He counseled human resource managers and senior executives on a broad range of labor and employment issues arising under federal and state labor and employment laws.

Jay holds a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Brass Performance from Boston University.

James J. Huntzicker

Dr. James J. Huntzicker

Professor in the Division of Management in the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Dr. James J. Huntzicker is a professor in the Division of Management in the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine.  Dr. Huntzicker joined Oregon Graduate Center (subsequently renamed to Oregon Graduate Institute) in 1974 and served in a number of capacities, including several department headships (in particular, his home department of Environmental Science), provost, and acting president. He was the founding head of the Department of Management in Science & Technology in 1993. 

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He joined OHSU in 2001 when Oregon Graduate Institute became the OGI School of Science & Engineering at OHSU. In 2004 he again became Head of the Department of Management in Science & Technology, which subsequently became the Division of Management in the OHSU School of Medicine.  As head of the Division of Management he co-led the development of the OHSU-Portland State University MBA in Healthcare Management and the Paths to Leadership program for faculty in the School of Medicine.  He stepped down from his division head position in December 2016 but continues to be heavily involved in teaching (health systems and policy, leadership and management, quality and patient safety).  He has a growing interest in global health, particularly in developing countries.  He has a B.S. in Chemistry (University of Michigan, 1963), Ph.D. in Chemistry (University of California, Berkeley, 1968), and M. Management (McGill University, International Masters for Health Leadership, 2008).  

David K. Hurst

David HurstSpeaker, Educator and Writer on Management

David Hurst is a speaker, writer and management educator. David spent 25 years working in corporations at progressively more senior levels in several countries in a series of organizational “train wrecks”, as the Western World began its radical transition from the industrial era to the age of knowledge and information. He extracted from his experience some highly innovative ideas about leadership, the management of change and the dynamics of organizations that promote creativity and learning. 

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He has spent another two decades honing his thinking as a consultant and teacher, activities that have taken him around the world.

David runs an active blog and his articles have been published in leading business publications such as the Financial Times, Globe and Mail, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, and several academic journals. His first book, Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change, was published by the Harvard Business School Press in 1995 and was reprinted in paperback in 2002. The second book, Learning from the Links: Mastering Management Using Lessons From Golf (The Free Press 2002) broke new ground in understanding what it takes to create excellence through practice. The third book, The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World (Columbia University Press 2012), is an extraordinary integration of management thought and practice from a systems perspective. It has recently been published in paperback.

For 10 years David was Executive Vice-President of a large North American industrial distributor. He holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Chicago and a BA (Psychology) from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Regina’s Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business and Adjunct Faculty with the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is also a Contributing Editor to Strategy+Business, where he reviews books on management.

Ahmad "Firas" Khalid, IMHL'14

Ahmad Firas KhalidMedical doctor; Health policy researcher; Lecturer

Ahmad Firas Khalid is a medical doctor, a health policy researcher, and a lecturer on health systems and policy. Firas completed his PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University with a focus on supporting the use of research evidence to inform decision-making in crisis zones.

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Previously, Firas worked as a health policy researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked in the department of Child and Maternal Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Firas has expertise in medicine, education, health policy, knowledge translation and health emergencies working with relief and intergovernmental organizations.

Firas attended St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2005 where he graduated MD with Research Distinction. He also hold a Masters of Management (IMHL) from McGill University (2014), and both a Masters of Health Professions Education (2014) and a Graduate Certificate in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management (2012) from the University of Ottawa.

Martin A. Koyle

Martin A. KoyleChief, Division of Urology at The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Martin A. Koyle until recently, was Chief, Division of Urology at The Hospital for Sick Children and Professor, Department of Surgery and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto before returning to USA in July 2021.

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He graduated from the University of Manitoba with an MD in 1976 and completed his residency training in Urology at Harvard University. He holds an MSc in quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS) from the University of Toronto (2015) & is expecting to complete a Master’s in Management (IMHL) at McGill University in 2021. He received the Michael Decter Scholarship in Health Policy while studying at McGill, which was focused on moral distress in health care workers, and also was the theme of his final paper.

During his 4-decade career in academic medicine, Dr. Koyle has been known for his innovations and contributions, specifically, to the fields of pediatric urology, oncology and transplantation, and more recently related to his research in QIPS, learning health systems, ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery), and moral distress in healthcare workers. To date, he has contributed over 400 publications and chapters to the literature and has co-edited 8 major textbooks. He is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Urology, as well as Associate Editor of Dialogues in Pediatric Urology and the Canadian Urological Association Journal. Dr. Koyle is the past president of the Society for Pediatric Urology and the American Association of Pediatric Urologists and is the current President of the Pediatric ERAS Society. He has been honored as the only American to be awarded lifetime membership in the British Association for Pediatric Urology and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England on merit, for his contributions to pediatric urology and pediatric surgery.

He is married to Ellen, a physician and is the father of 3 children, and recently became a grandparent for a second time this April. He is an avid reader, enjoys movies (especially classics) and music of all kinds, travel, food and wine, and is an avid sports fan who wishes he still could participate in athletics as actively as he once did, but now is obsessed with the Peleton, thanks to COVID 19!

Joanne Liu

Joanne LiuAssociate professor at the Université de Montréal

Dr. Joanne Liu, IMHL'14 was elected International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2013. She trained at McGill University School of Medicine and specialized in pediatrics at Sainte-Justine hospital, Montréal. An associate professor at the Université de Montréal and a professor in practice at McGill, she holds a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine from New York University School of Medicine and an International Master’s in Health Leadership from McGill. 

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She began MSF field work in 1996 and has undertaken over twenty missions since in Central Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Her operational contributions range from introducing comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence to developing a telemedicine platform connecting physicians in remote sites with medical specialists worldwide. In 2014, in the face of an ineffective global response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, she spearheaded a campaign to marshal world support, addressing the United Nations General Assembly and urging world leaders to take immediate action. She has also spoken twice at the United Nations Security Council to denounce attacks on hospitals, healthcare workers and patients in armed conflicts.

A staunch advocate of anchoring MSF’s identity in field based, quality-driven patient care, she seeks to introduce the same focus into the global health arena. She has received many awards, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award 2013 and Officer of the Government of Quebec.

Saku Mantere

Saku MantereProfessor of Strategy & Organization; Director, Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management

Saku Mantere’s research focuses on strategic organizations: on questions such as what it is that makes organizations strategic and how strategic management affects organizations. He is particularly interested in strategic change, middle management and organizational communication, as well as the methodology of studying management and organizations.

Estelle Morin

Estelle MorinPsychologist and full professor at the Department of Management, HEC Montreal

Psychologist and full professor at the Department of Management, HEC Montreal, Estelle Morin has devoted her career to the promotion of mental health at work, employee engagement and organizational performance. She has developed her expertise in the area of emotional intelligence, job design and work organization, work meaningfulness and quality of working life.

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She is a member of Ordre des psychologues du Quebec (1984), Canadian Psychological Association (1984), American Psychological Association (1986), as well as of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (1996).

Olawale Olaleye

Olawale OlaleyePharmacist and a PhD Candidate at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Olawale Olaleye is a Pharmacist and a PhD Candidate at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. His research focuses on the performance of healthcare organizations and issues related to the healthcare workforce. He is interested in understanding and utilizing stakeholder value in healthcare to drive effective care delivery.

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He is currently studying Interprofessional teams at Beth Israel Lahey Medical Center in Boston where he has identified workforce diversity as an impediment to effective communication and relationship building between and within teams. His dissertation focuses on the use of RC principles to uncover role-based and minority identity discrimination on health care teams.

Olaleye received an MBA degree with a focus on Health Systems Management from the Charlton College of Business at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He also received his Pharmacy degree from the University of Ibadan Nigeria. Prior to joining the Heller School, he completed an Administrative Residency with Steward Health Care System in Massachusetts. He has also worked at Care New England Corporate of Rhode Island and with government-owned hospitals in Abuja, Nigeria.

Madhukar Pai

Madhukar PaiCanada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal

Professor Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD is a Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal. He is the Director of McGill Global Health Programs, and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. Madhu Pai did his medical training and community medicine residency in Vellore, India. He completed his PhD in epidemiology at UC Berkeley, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSF. 

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Madhu serves as a Consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the STAG-TB committee of WHO, Geneva; Scientific Advisory Committee of FIND, Geneva; and Access Advisory Committee of TB Alliance, New York. He has previously served on the Coordinating Board of the Stop TB Partnership. He is on the editorial boards of Lancet Infectious Diseases, PLoS Medicine, PLoS ONE, International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, among others. Madhu’s research is mainly focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, especially in high-burden countries like India and South Africa. His research is supported by grant funding from the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is recipient of the Union Scientific Prize, Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, and Haile T. Debas Prize. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.


Corey Phelps

Corey PhelpsFred E. Brown Chair | Dean of the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma

Corey Phelps is the Fred E. Brown Chair and Dean of the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. As a business school academic, Professor Phelps has lived and worked in the U.S., France and Canada, and has taught or consulted in more than 20 countries around the world.

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Prior to joining OU, Professor Phelps served as Associate Dean of Executive Programs and Education, Professor of Strategy and Organization, and Marcel Desautels Faculty Fellow at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. As Associate Dean, he was a member of the faculty’s executive and academic committees, oversaw three executive masters programs and the McGill Executive Institute, and led the development and implementation of the faculty’s five-year strategic plan.

Before McGill, Professor Phelps was a member of the Strategy and Business Policy faculty at HEC Paris, where he directed large bespoke executive programs. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization and Dempsey Faculty Fellow at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington.

Professor Phelps received his Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business, New York University and MBA and BA degrees from San Diego State University.

Professor Phelps’s research, which has been published in leading management journals, intersects strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and has been cited over 6,000 times according to Google Scholar. His book, Cracked It! How to Solve Big Problems and Sell Solutions Like Top Strategy Consultants (co-authored with Bernard Garrette and Olivier Sibony), was published in 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan and has garnered considerable media attention. He has received multiple research awards and research grants, and is a member of the editorial boards of four leading academic journals.

Professor Phelps is currently the Chair of the Academy of Management Technology and Innovation Management Division and past Chair of the Knowledge and Innovation Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society. In 2011, he initiated and co-founded the European Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Doctoral Consortium and continues to serve on its executive committee.

Professor Phelps has delivered keynote presentations, executive training programs and consulting engagements to more than 70 organizations in Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He has designed and directed numerous executive development programs, including the HEC Paris-Atos GOLD Talent Development Program, which received the EFMD Excellence in Practice Award for best custom talent development program. In recognition of his teaching excellence, he received the Pierre Vernimmen BNP Paribas Award at HEC Paris and undergraduate and MBA professor of the year awards at the University of Washington.

Stéphane Robichaud

Stéphane RobichaudChief Executive Officer of the New Brunswick Health Council

Stéphane Robichaud is Chief Executive Officer of the New Brunswick Health Council (NBHC) where he has led its creation and evolution since 2008. The NBHC has a dual mandate to engage citizens in the improvement of health services quality and to measure, monitor and report on health system performance. In a provincial health system with no history of public reporting, Mr. Robichaud has successfully implemented public reporting an engagement initiatives.

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The NBHC is recognized as a credible source of information thanks to the establishment of generally accepted indicators pertaining to population health and health service quality through stakeholder engagement. The use of this info has grown significantly in the past decade, particularly among community stakeholders.

Prior to joining the NBHC, Mr. Robichaud entered the public health-care sector as Vice President, Planning and Operations, with the Beauséjour Regional Health Authority.

Previously, Mr. Robichaud was Vice president for Atlantic Canada with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), where he advocated for small and medium-sized businesses in all areas of public policy, including economic development, fiscal policies and labour force development. His years of experience with CFIB also provided valuable learnings in the areas of organizational management, as the organization undertook transformational changes in its management practices and significantly growing its membership.

Mr. Robichaud has completed his ICD-Rotman Director Education Program and has contributed his time to several boards. Recently, he focused his involvement with the Université de Moncton as President of the Alumni, Member of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Finance Committee.


Conrad Sauvé

Conrad SauvéPresident and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross

Conrad Sauvé has a proven track record of bringing together diverse partners in support of complex humanitarian challenges. Notably, he led the successful negotiation of a strategic partnership with the Government of Canada, including the development and launch of the only Red Cross field hospital in North America. In Canada, he led the Red Cross in the most historic domestic response in Red Cross history – the Fort McMurray wildfires.

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Today, Mr. Sauvé is overseeing the Red Cross as it enhances its disaster response capabilities through the use of technology and innovative digital platforms. For the past twenty years, Mr. Sauvé has been involved in several health and social service committees, associations and executive boards. He holds a Bsc from the Université du Québec à Montreal and is a graduate of McGill University’s International Masters in Health Leadership (IMHL).

Ghada Selim

Ghada SelimCardiologist

Dr. Ghada Selim is a Lecturer of Cardiology at Ain Shams University and Adjunct Professor at McGill University. Dr.Selim is a cardiologist with special interest and passion for preventive cardiology and rehabilitation. 

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Dr.Selim graduated from Ain Shams University in Egypt where she completed her residency training in cardiology and earned a Master's Degree in 2001 and a Ph.D. in 2008 in cardiovascular medicine. As a lecturer in the cardiology department, she has taught clinical cardiology to undergraduates and graduates and has had extensive experience supervising and advising students in their thesis in cardiology. Dr.Selim’s special interest and passion for preventive cardiology have led her to co-found Egypt’s first multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation program, a huge milestone in the quality of care of patients with heart diseases. She led a variety of activities to advocate for health promotion, smoking cessation, and control of risk factors among the health illiterate and underprivileged sectors of the community. Her research and publications focused on the impact of water-pipe smoking, a widely spread practice among the youth, on coronary heart disease. In 2011, Dr. Selim authored “ Living with heart failure: everything a patient with heart failure needs to know” - a book in Arabic. In 2013, she enrolled in the International Masters of Health Leadership at McGill University. Her thesis focused on developing innovative and cost-effective models that improve patient care and tools to assess healthcare staff engagement. Dr. Selim is currently an Adjunct Professor at McGill and advises IMHL participants in their reflection and final papers.

Sharon Turnbull

Sharon TurnbullIndependent leadership development specialist and academic

Professor Sharon Turnbull is an independent leadership development specialist and academic who has published widely, and whose interests are in leadership, organisational change, and global executive development. She is particularly interested in how personal and organisational transformation can become mutually reinforcing, and the important relationships between personal growth, organisational productivity, responsibility for society, and leadership. She has worked for many years with executives across the world.

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Following a successful corporate career in HR and Management Development, Sharon directed and taught on executive MBAs and other corporate executive programmes at Lancaster University Management School for ten years, and still holds a visiting role there. In 2003, she joined The Leadership Trust, where she was Director of Research until January 2011.

She has held the role of Cycle Director for the well-known global International Masters Programme in Practicing Management (IMPM) since 2006. This work has enabled her to work with executives in numerous countries and in seven major business schools. Sharon currently works with business schools in the UK and overseas, providing programme development, tutoring and supervision, executive teaching, organisational and leadership development and research.

Sharon has a PhD in Management and an MBA (Distinction) from Lancaster University. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has served as a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Lancaster, Gloucestershire, Worcester, University of West of England, and Newcastle.


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