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, 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, 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.

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 DamonSheila Damon 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. 

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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.

Saku Mantere

Saku MantereAssociate Professor 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. 

Guest Faculty Members / Visiting Contributors

Jeremie Abitbol

Jeremie AbitbolJer is finishing his PhD in Experimental Medicine at McGill University and coordinates numerous projects at the Jewish General Hospital. His primary focus is evaluating the clinical and financial implications of robotic surgery. He has experience using hospital-based information systems, streamlining data collection processes, and is also familiar with trends in healthcare.

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Jeremie has multiple peer-reviewed publications, was previously on the board of a healthcare consulting company and was involved in an advisory capacity for a project at a home automation startup.

In his spare time, Jer enjoys water activities (e.g., swimming, kayaking) and racquetball.

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.

Sylvie Bernier, IMHL'11

Sylvie Bernier In winning the gold medal in the three-metre event at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Sylvie Bernier made history by becoming the first Quebec athlete to win gold at the Olympics, as well as the first—and to date the only—Canadian gold medallist in diving. Her win fuelled the dreams of an entire generation of athletes. After this achievement, Sylvie retired from competition and took up a new cause: promoting a healthy way of life. 

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She would do so on radio and television for more than 20 years. In 2011, she completed a master’s in the McGill University International Masters for Health Leadership program.

Since 2012, Sylvie has been a healthy lifestyle ambassador. In addition to her role as ambassador, she chairs the Table sur le mode de vie physiquement actif (TMVPA) and the Table québécoise sur la saine alimentation (TQSA). In October 2016, she was involved in creating the Regroupement pour un Québec en Santé and joined its executive team.

This Olympian has a rich and varied resumé. She embarked on a second career in communications as a radio host and speaker. Since September 2015, she has been a weekly reporter on Radio-Canada’s Gravel le matin.

As a woman of action, Sylvie was involved in creating the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. A recipient of the Orders of Quebec and Canada, she was also inducted into the International Aquatic Sports Hall of Fame, the first Canadian to receive this honour in diving.

Sylvie returned to the Olympics in a volunteer role as Assistant Chef de Mission for the Canadian delegation in Turin in 2006 and in London in 2012, as well as Chef de Mission at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where the entire Canadian team appreciated her leadership. At the Rio Games in 2016, she was a commentator for the official broadcaster, Radio-Canada.

Mother to three daughters, Sylvie Bernier is an inspiration for the generation that saw her dive for gold. She is dedicated to ensuring that the next generation grows up well informed and healthy.  

Rubin Cohen

Rubin CohenDr. Rubin Cohen, MD, MSc (Quality and Safety), FACP, FCCP, FCCM, specializes in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and is the director of the Pulmonary programme at the Amarillo VA Health System. He served as vice chair and chair of the Airways Disorders Network for the American College of Physicians (ACCP) and as a member of ACCP's quality improvement (QI) committee. He is presently a member of ACCP's Guidelines Oversight Committee.

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This committee oversees clinical guideline development, publication and implementation in respiratory, critical care and sleep medicine. Dr. Cohen's interest in QI in healthcare began as director of an adult cystic fibrosis centre in the NYC metropolitan area. He initially trained in the Clinical Microsystems improvement approach. In 2015, Dr. Cohen completed a Master’s in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto's Institute of Health Management, Policy and Evaluation. He led and coached several QI teams and had published on QI in peer-reviewed journals.

Graeme Currie

Graeme CurrieProfessor of Public Management at Warwick Business School

Graeme Currie is Professor of Public Management & Pro-Dean Research at Warwick Business School in the UK. His research focuses on healthcare organization and management, within which he examines leadership, knowledge mobilisation, strategy and innovation. The empirical setting for his research is mainly the UK NHS, where he enjoys current NIHR funding for two studies, first use of evidence in commissioning, and second, scaling up innovation to address long-tern conditions. 

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He is also currently engaged in funded research programs in Australia (transformation of the healthcare system in Victoria State) and India (early intervention youth mental health service delivery). His work has been published in leading academic journals, such as The Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies. Graeme has been a non-executive director for a large mental healthcare provider in the UK, and "in a previous life" worked in organization development for the UK NHS and a large car manufacturer.

Jean-Louis Denis

Jean-Louis DenisDr. 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.

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 ElsharkawiVice President for International Operations, Canadian Red Cross

Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi is Vice President for International Operations at Canadian Red Cross. He oversees the Red Cross strategic directions, global relations, partnerships and operations. He has worked in many crises and led numerous operations around the world. For over 27 years, Hossam has been involved in the humanitarian field with a focus on preparedness, response and health in emergencies.

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His extensive experience includes assignments to more than thirty countries with a wide spectrum of disaster complexities. He joined the Canadian Red Cross in 2010 as Director, Emergencies and Recovery and in October 2016, was appointed Vice President, International.

Hossam has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, a Certificate in Health Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and a PhD in Health Management from City University in London, England. In addition, he is an adjunct Professor/lecturer at the Universities of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, and McMaster Health Sciences. He teaches disaster response and healthcare in complex humanitarian crises.

Samer Faraj

Samer FarajProfessor and Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management, and Healthcare | Director, Desautels PhD program

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.

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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 100 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.

Jonathan Gosling

Jonathan GoslingEmeritus Professor of Leadership, University of Exeter | Director, Pelumbra Ltd.

For the past 20 years Jonathan Gosling has worked in leadership education, mostly with international companies and NGOs. His work is published in journals such as Leadership, Harvard Business Review, and Social Epistemology. Trained as an anthropologist, Professor Gosling specializes in culturally diverse and boundary-spanning organizations.

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He is currently researching how leadership works when socially accepted norms about legitimate and trusted authority are threatened by corruption, migration and change. This extends earlier work on how leaders provide continuity through disruptive change. He has completed two major studies of leadership in UK Universities and is now working on the leadership challenges facing malaria control program when they change strategy to aim for malaria elimination.

His 2015 book Napoleonic Leadership: a study in power looks at the tactics by which people get, hold and lose power, and is the basis of a popular series of lectures and workshops. Other books include Key Concepts in Leadership Studies (2008, with Marturano) and Foundations in Leadership: articles in celebration of John Adair (2008, with Witzel and Case). Exploring Leadership: Individual, Organizational and Societal Perspectives (2011, with colleagues at Exeter), is a standard text; and another textbook, Sustainable Business: A one Planet Approach, will be published later in 2016.

He was co-founder of the One Planet MBA and played a significant role in the so-called ‘critical management‘ movement. His early career was as a mediator in neighbourhood conflicts in London, where he directed the UK‘s first community mediation service and was the founding Secretary of the European Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution. He served on the Advisory Board of the UK Defence Academy, is a director of Coaching Ourselves Inc. and an Associate of the International Centre for Humanitarian Assistance, Kenya. He is or has been a Visiting Professor at Renmin University of China, INSEAD, France, McGill University, Quebec, and at Lund University, Sweden.

He is a keen sailor, competing in fast catamarans and relaxing on slow cruises to the Channel ports.

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.

Patricia Faison Hewlin

Patricia HewlinAssociate Professor, Organizational Behaviour, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Dr. Patricia Faison Hewlin conducts research on how organization members and leaders engage in authentic expression, as well as factors that impede authenticity in every day work interactions. Her research has centered on employee silence, and the degree to which members suppress personal values and pretend to embrace organizational values, a behavior she has termed as “creating facades of conformity”.

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Her research interests also include gaining insight on how members cope with perceived organizational value breaches in megachurches and other values-driven organizations. Professor Hewlin's research has recently expanded to studying the roles of authenticity and values among diverse organizational leaders and entrepreneurs in Canada and Asia.

She is published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Group and Organization Management, and Harvard Business Review. Her work is also found in edited volumes and books: Positive Organizing in a Global Society, Research on Managing Groups and Teams, Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations, and The Business of Culture. Dr. Hewlin’s breadth of teaching encompasses a wide set of topics such as leadership, authentic self-expression, organizational change, power and influence, diversity, and gender dynamics in communication.

Prior to joining McGill University, Dr. Hewlin was on faculty at Georgetown University in the McDonough School of Business. She also has extensive managerial experience as a Vice President at Citigroup, where she received awards for excellence in management and community relations. Additional organizational affiliations include JP Morgan Chase, Johnson and Johnson, The Berkshire Bank, American Express, and the US Department of Agriculture.

Donetta Hines

Donetta HinesDonetta Hines earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. She has extensive experience in academic and research writing, and specializes in close reading and highly focused individual feedback. Donetta is particularly skilled at helping writers strategically use language, and effectively structure and organize their ideas in order to more compellingly and convincingly express themselves to their target audiences in academic and research genres such as abstracts, literature reviews, theses, dissertations, conference presentations, journal submissions, cover letters, and grant applications. 

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Because of these emphases on structure, audience, language, and genre, she is able to work with writers from a wide range of academic disciplines and professions.

In addition to conducting workshops, Donetta also works as an academic writing coach, convenes Peer Writing Groups, and teaches academic and research writing courses to graduate and undergraduate students at McGill University. Since Donetta knows what it is like to be ‘stuck’ while attempting to write, she finds it professionally and personally rewarding to help other scholars along their own paths from ‘stuck’ to ‘finished’ and ‘published.’

Although originally grounded in contemporary Latin American literature and film, as well as gender and cultural studies, fields in which she has published and presented widely, her interests now encompass critical theoretical approaches to cultural, visual, economic, and political narratives, in addition to the teaching of academic and research writing. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and is able to give feedback on academic and research writing in French.

Matthew Hunt

Matthew HuntAssociate Professor and Director of Research, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Matthew Hunt is the Director of Research and an Associate Professor in the McGill University School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and an Associate Member of the McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit. Previously, he has worked as a physiotherapist in Montreal, North Africa and the Balkans. From 2007-2015 he chaired the Clinical Ethics Committee of the Shriners Hospital for Children – Montreal. 

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He has also worked as an ethics consultant for three other rehabilitation hospitals in Montreal.

Matthew’s research interests are at the intersections of ethics, global health and rehabilitation. He currently leads research projects related to palliative care in humanitarian emergencies, equity and access to rehabilitation services, and oversight of research in situations of disaster. Matthew also heads a capacity building project for rehabilitation providers in Haiti and co-leads the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group.

James J. Huntzicker 

Dr. James J. Huntzicker

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.

Inbal Itzhak, PhD

Inbal ItzhakInbal is the scientific liaison at the Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music. In this role, she consults researchers regarding knowledge translation project planning, leads knowledge translation workshops, and manages outreach programs aimed at building a bridge between scientists and the world outside of academia. She also oversees the organization of centre activities targeting skill and knowledge development for students and faculty members.

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Inbal has a PhD from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University, and a Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate from SickKids Hospital and the University of Toronto.

Eva Jarawan

Eva JarawanDr. Jarawan is a public health specialist and operations manager with over 35 years of experience in international development, including 25 years at the World Bank. She directed projects for improving the lives of under-served populations in the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and East Asia and Pacific. 

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She held several leadership positions at the World Bank, including: Sector Manager for the health program in sub-Saharan Africa, Human Development Manager for health, education and social protection for West Africa; and Lead Health Specialist and Operations Advisor for East Asia and the Pacific region.

Dr. Jarawan has more than 10 years of experience in the academic field teaching graduate and undergraduate public health students and conducting health research. Since retiring from the World Bank, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University where she teaches Comparative Health Systems, Health Policy, Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, and advises students on careers in international health.

Prior to the Bank, Dr. Jarawan held academic positions in the department of Health Services Management and Policy at the University of Michigan’s (UM) School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, and the department of Health Care at UM’s School of Health Sciences in Flint. While at Michigan, she developed and conducted courses in health planning and regulatory processes, health economics, evaluation of health programs, and health management for the Master of Public Health program.

She has been recognized for her technical skills in health policy, health system strengthening, human resources for health, and her leadership skills in strategic thinking and innovation. Dr. Jarawan is also a dedicated mentor and has championed cross-cultural communication and building multi-sectoral partnerships.

Dr. Jarawan holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major in Health Administration and a minor in Management, an M.B.A. from Georgia State University, and a Master of Public Health from the American University of Beirut.

Marie-Hélène Jobin

Marie-Helene JobinMarie-Hélène Jobin, M.B.A., Ph.D. is a Full Professor in the Operations Management and Logistics department and Associate director of the HEC Montréal’s Healthcare Management Hub. She is also the Director of the M. Sc. Program of HEC Montréal Business School. Her research interests are focused on value based and result based management, performance measurement, innovation, business process improvement management, and of course, healthcare management.

Ahmad Firas Khalid

Ahmad Firas KhalidDr. Ahmad Firas Khalid, MD, MMgmt, MEd, GradCertPHM, PhD (c) , is a medical doctor and a PhD candidate in Health Policy at McMaster University. Previously, Firas worked as a senior 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 as a research coordinator.

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Firas consulted on a number of health policy projects for the department of information, evidence, and research department in WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and for Health Canada in Ottawa. Firas has expertise in medicine, education, health policy, knowledge translation and health emergencies working with relief and intergovernmental organizations.

Currently, Firas lectures at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Medicine. Firas attended St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2005 where he graduated MD with Research Distinction. He also holds 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.

Firas is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar working on research that explores the use of research evidence to inform policy and system change in crisis situations.

Nicholas B. King

Nicholas KingAssociate Professor, Biomedical Ethics Unit, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University Faculty of Medicine

Nicholas B. King is an associate professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit and associate member in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University. He co-directs the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium (MHERC), a multi-disciplinary project investigating health and health equity research and policies.

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Dr. King conducts research in the following areas: (1) The role of social context, framing effects, and biases in the production and interpretation of health information; (2) public health ethics and policy, including the ethics of biosecurity and public health preparedness; and (3) health inequalities and the social determinants of health. He has published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, PLOS Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Marie-Josée Lareau

Marie-Josée LareauFounder, Innove Lab

Marie-Josée Lareau has more than twenty years of experience in creativity and innovation. She specializes in the development of creative corporate events that stimulate ideation, strategic reflection and induce culture change and collaboration. She likes to build personalized events, conferences and workshops to offer the best solution to her customers. She completed an EMBA at HEC and McGill University. For her final paper, she studied and analyzed: “How the artistic world and the business world could collaborate better”.

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She has developed workshops for business people, where the artistic content is used to help administrators improve some aspects of their functions. She likes to explore themes such as creativity and innovation, improving team spirit, stress management, communication skills and sense of inclusion. She thinks that the business world could learn from the cultural world and vice versa.

For the past several years, she has taught her workshops at Cirque du Soleil, Bombardier, McGill, HEC, ETS, Concordia and Abbott & Abbvie Laboratories.

She worked for Cirque du Soleil for ten years, and was in charge of the specific artistic training program, transforming acrobats into new circus artists within a very short time frame. She also worked as an assistant choreographer for KOOZA and as a Creator for Special Events, the lifestyle and innovation department within the company. With her wide expertise in the entertainment business (dance, yoga, visual arts, photography and circus), Marie-Josée has accumulated a lot of experience. She transformed and adapted all of her knowledge and expertise into creative exercises for the business world, in order to build personalized workshops, events and conference for individuals, teams and companies.

She recently worked for two years at Abbvie, an International Bio Pharma company. as an Innovation Manager. She conducted strategic workshops and brainstorming to help the different business units identify innovative solutions. She is trained as a Certified "No limit, What if" practitioner. She also organized creative corporate events to enhance the adherence of the employees to the new innovative mindset and values supporting the culture change management, and aligned with the company priorities (best practices, sharing, celebration of the failures, all employees event, brainstorming and creative events with patient’s association).

In 2016, Lareau founded her own brand call Innove Lab. She developed her own methodology and process to train, help and support leaders and their teams to improve their creativity, their innovative mindset and to collaborate better.

David Levine

David LevinePresident and CEO of DL Consulting

David Levine is presently President and CEO of DL Consulting, a management consulting group, primarily in health care, looking at strategic management issues of institutions and health care systems both in the public and private sector. David Levine left the Montreal Health and Social Service Agency in April 2012 after ten years as President and CEO. The Agency is responsible for health and social services on the island of Montreal. 

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With a 1.9 million population and a 6.3 billion operating budget this, other than Alberta, is the largest health region in Canada. There are 8 university teaching hospitals, 4 psychiatric hospitals, 12 health and social service networks, and 19 other specialty institutions under the Agency's jurisdiction. 

Previous to the Agency in 2002 Mr. Levine was junior minister of health for the province of Quebec. From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Levine held the position of President and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital responsible for merging 5 hospitals into the Ottawa Hospital as a result of the recommendation of the restructuring commission in Ontario.

In 1997-98 Mr. Levine was the Delegate General in New York for the Quebec Government. He was also President and CEO of Notre-Dame hospital, Quebec's largest teaching hospital at the time, from 1992 until 1997. From 1982-1992 he was president and CEO of the Verdun General hospital, a community teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal.

Mr. Levine has held the post of associate vice-president prevention at the commission of occupational health and safety as well as economic adviser to the minister of state for economic development from 1977 to 1980. He was CEO of the Local Community Health Center in downtown Montreal from 1975 to 1977.

Mr. Levine has a bachelors degree in civil engineering form McGill University 1970,a Masters of Philosophy in Bio Medical engineering from Imperial College, London, England 1972, and a masters in Health Administration from the University of Montreal 1975.

Mr. Levine has been President of the Association of Teaching Hospitals of Canada, President of the Association of CEO's of Quebec, a board member of the Ontario Hospital Association, the Quebec Hospital Association, and the Canadian Institute of Health Information.

Mr. Levine is currently Adjunct Professor in the department of Family Medicine at McGill University and Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Administration at the University of Montreal. He is presently giving a course in public administration at the University of Moncton.

He has recently been named Chairman of the board of The Group for Personalized Health Care of Quebec, a non profit organization where the minister of economic development of Quebec, the minister of health and social services in Quebec and major private sector companies in the pharmaceutical and information service industry are partners. He has also been named to the board of Neomed, a Bio -Tech company that is a public private partnership for the development and testing of new molecules in health care. He has been recently named to the board of The Personalized Medicine Partnership for Cancer, a public private partnership for the development of diagnostic testing tools using personalized medicine.

Recent clients are Medtronic of Canada, TELUS, Ministry of Health Government of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration.

Joanne Liu

Joanne LiuDr. 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.

Antonia Maioni

Antonia Maioni Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Antonia Maioni was named Dean of Arts at McGill University on July 1, 2016. Professor Maioni came to McGill in 1994, and is jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Health and Social Policy. Her research focuses on health-care reform and the Canadian political process. She holds a BA from Université Laval, an MA from the Norman Paterson of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a PhD in political science from Northwestern University.


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She has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Duke University, and the European University Institute. Professor Maioni served for 10 years as the Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and is a past President of the Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

She has regularly engaged audiences in thoughtful dialogues about public policy issues with major news media across Canada. She is currently a member of CIFAR’s Research Council.

Ted Marmor

Ted MarmorTheodore R. Marmor, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Yale University in the School of Management, Faculty of Law, and Department of Political Science. He is an Adjunct Professor in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the former Director (1992-2003) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s post-doctoral program in health policy.

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Professor Marmor is primarily a scholar of the modern welfare state, with special emphasis on health and pension issues. His opinion essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. The second edition of The Politics of Medicare appeared in 2000; the first edition was considered a political science classic and launched his career in health politics, policy and law.

His best known other works include Understanding Health Care Reform (Yale Press, 1994), Why Are Some People Healthy and Others Not? (Aldine de Gruyter, 1994), and America’s Misunderstood Welfare State (Basic Books, 1992) co-authored with Yale colleagues Jerry Mashaw and Philip Harvey. A collection of his recent articles appeared in 2007: Fads, Fallacies and Foolishness in Medical Management and Policy (World Scientific Publishing, 2007).

In 2005, the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis chose the article “Comparative Perspectives and Policy Learning in the World of Health Care,” co-authored with Richard Freeman and Kieke Okma, as its best article in 2005. Yale University Press in 2009 published both a co-edited book on comparative analysis and the world of health care, and a collection of essays with Rudolf Klein on politics, health and health care.

Estelle Métayer

Estelle MetayerEstelle Métayer is an expert in Competitive and Strategic Intelligence. Her research focuses on how managers, CEOs, and board members build and improve their strategic planning and/or competitive intelligence function to avoid strategic blindspots. Her best work is done when companies need to drastically change the way they do business and/or grow aggressively. She is a reputed public speaker in international conferences ( for example in Davos in 2012) and facilitates strategic workshops around the world. 

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An adjunct professor for McGill University, she teaches in the Advanced Leadership Programs, the International Master for Health Leadership, and the Executive MBA among others. She leads the strategic module for the McGill-Rottman School of Business’s certification program for Canadian board directors. Estelle has also been a guest lecturer in programs led or co-led by IMD (Lausanne), the IMB (India), INSEAD (France) or MIT (United States).

Prior to selling the company in 2004, Estelle was the president and founder of a leading training organization for executives and analysts in Strategic Intelligence. A former consultant at the international Strategic Consulting firm McKinsey & Company, she gained first-hand practical experience while managing the competitive intelligence, business development and strategic planning function at CAE Inc. She started her career at the ING Bank in the Netherlands and in Poland, studying the financial risks of expanding into emerging countries, and in the French Conglomerate Bouygues in France and the United Kingdom.

She received in 2000 the Arista Sunlife Award for "Entrepreneur of the Year".

Estelle is an independent member of the board of BRP inc ($DOO on the TSX) and a member of the audit committee. She is also a member of the board of directors of Zag Bank (Calgary, Canada), Blockstream ( blockchain technology) (Montreal-San Francisco), the Montreal Board of Trade, and a member of the advisory board of Ricardo Media (Montreal, Canada). Previously, she was a member of the board of Ubisoft ($UBI on Euronext) where she chaired the compensation committee, of the Grands Ballets Canadiens and of World Canada Youth.

Estelle was trained in the Netherlands, where she obtained her MBA and Drs. from the University of Nijenrode. She speaks French, English, German, Dutch, Italian and is learning Arabic. She is also a mother, a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

Madhukar Pai

Madhukar PaiProfessor 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.

Nitika Pant Pai

Nitika Pant Pai​Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University

Nitika Pant Pai (Nikki Pai), MD., MPH., PhD, is an Associate Professor at McGill University in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Epidemiology and a Research Scientist at the MUHC Research Institute. She is a medical doctor with a doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley and a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University. She is currently a tenured professor at McGill University.

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She has 15 years of experience in the design and conduct of diagnostic/implementation research with rapid point-of-care tests for HIV and related co-infections (i,e, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Syphilis, Trichnomonas). She has conducted studies in diverse marginalised populations: incarcerated in the US, immigrants, injection drug users, MSMs in Canada, STD clinic attendees and rural pregnant women in India, and healthcare workers and townships of South Africa.

Her research vision is to develop innovative and strong methodological screening and treatment linked strategies with point-of-care tests, so as to inform and change global and domestic policies. Her current focus is on evaluating innovative strategies for in home, selftesting for HIV in South Africa and Canada, and multiplexed co-infection screening strategies for India and Canada, and Hepatitis Screening/treatment strategies for Canada.

Her research work is supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, FRSQ, Quebec, Grand Challenges Canada, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH among others. She is a recipient of numerous awards: CIHR New Investigator award 2010, FRSQ Junior one scientist award, Grand Challenges Canada's Stars in Global Health Awards (2011,2013) and transition to scale awards (2015). She has also been awarded by McMaster's University Chanchalani Award for Research Excellence in HIV, 2012, McGill University's Maude Abbott Award 2013 for research excellence. In 2013, She and her team developed innovative digital HIV self- testing strategy, and for that, she received the Accelerating Science in Progress Award (ASAP) for developing innovations borne out of open access from Google, PLOS and Wellcom Trust at the World Bank, Washington.

Corey Phelps

Corey PhelpsAssociate Professor, Strategy & Organization | Associate Dean, Executive Programs and Education

Corey Phelps is Associate Professor of Strategy and Desautels Faculty Fellow at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. He also serves as the Associate Dean of Executive Education for the Faculty. In this role, Professor Phelps oversees three executive masters programs (the McGill-HEC EMBA, IMPM and IMHL) and the McGill Executive Institute, which is responsible for public and customized executive programs.

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Dr. Phelps’s research focuses on understanding how companies use strategic alliances, acquisitions, and corporate venture capital to enhance their agility and growth. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Information Systems Research, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of Management

Davide Ravasi

Davide RavasiDavide Ravasi is Professor of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management and director of the PhD in Management at the Cass Business School, London. His research primarily examines interrelations between organizational identity, culture, and strategy in times of change, and he has served as a consultant to organizations reflecting on their own identity and core values. He has done extensive research on how design and designers contribute to strategic change and innovation. 

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He is interested more generally in cultural-cognitive processes influencing how new objects and new practices come to be, and whether and how they are valued and adopted by individuals and organizations.

His research is mainly based on case studies and grounded theory and it has been published on Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, the Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, and the Journal of Business Venturing among others. He is also a co-editor of the recent Oxford Handbook of Organizational Identity.

He has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Management Studies (2010-2013) and sits on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Management Studies, and Strategic Organization. He is Division Chair-elect of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management.

He is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Aalto School of Business, Helsinki, and has also been visiting the Rotterdam School of Management, Copenhagen Business School, University of Lugano, and at the International Hellenic University of Thessaloniki. Prior of joining Cass, he was a Professor of Management at Bocconi University, Milano, where he also received his PhD in Business Administration and Management.

Bill Ryan

Bill RyanEducated at the University of Ottawa, the Université de Paris, and Dalhousie University, Bill Ryan is a social worker and adult educator. He has worked locally, provincially, nationally and internationally on issues related to sex education, prevention, care and policy development. Presently he teaches in Social Work and Couple and Family Therapy at McGill University.

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He has been a consultant to the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Québec Human Rights Commission, Health Canada, the International Federation of Social Workers, UN AIDS, CCF Geneva, CCF Kyiv (Ukraine), CCF Minsk (Belarus), UNICEF, and to the Canadian AIDS Society.

In 2004, he became a consultant to the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth of the Government of Romania, aiding in the implementation of sexual education in the school curriculum there.

He is the founder of Project 10, one of Canada’s largest outreach programs to gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and two-spirit youth.

His research has centered on gay youth, homophobia, gay men’s health, same-sex parenting, aging in the gay and lesbian population, sexual education, schoolyard homophobic bullying, access to health care and the development of support services. He teaches the only course at McGill University on counseling issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

In 2009, he was named Person of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian Council of Québec. In 2010, he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for Montréal as well as being named one of the "Top Ten" researchers by the Institute of Gender and Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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).

Ian Sutherland

Ian SutherlandDean, School of Music, Memorial University

Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Dr. Ian Sutherland is Dean of the School of Music at Memorial University. Internationally he has developed a dynamic career as an academic leader, educator, researcher, and consultant. Prior to his Memorial University return he served as Associate Dean for Research and Director of PhD Studies at IEDC–Bled School of Management (Slovenia) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter (UK). 

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Other appointments include: Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School (Poland), Fellow of the Peter Pribilla Stiftung – Technische Universität München (Germany), Co-Convener of the Deans, Directors and Chairs Affinity Group of the International Leadership Association (USA). A leading expert in the art and business nexus, Ian was originally trained as a professional musician. Holding B.Mus. (Hons) and M. Mus. Degrees from the School of Music of Memorial University (Canada), he completed his PhD in Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter (UK) under Prof. Tia DeNora. Today he brings these backgrounds together combining expertise in sociology, philosophy, creativity, music and leadership studies. A globally active speaker, facilitator and organizational development practitioner he has worked across numerous industries in more than 40 countries.

Dr. Sutherland’s work is rooted in cultural sociology and spans a wide range from historical studies to leadership practice, creativity and innovation to strategic process. Much of his most recognized work is in the area of experiential arts-based methods of management and leadership development. He is the founder of the Arts and Leadership Learning Community of the International Leadership Association, co-founding editor of the journal Music and Arts in Action and the author/co-author of articles appearing in, amongst others, Academy of Management Learning & Education; Academy of Management Review; Management Learning; Organizational Aesthetics; Advances in Developing Human Resources; Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society; Emotion Review. He is also co-author of the book "Key Concepts in Leadership" (Sage, 2012).

With a keen interest in working beyond the academy he also sits on the boards of Business & Arts Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Centre for Social Enterprise at Memorial University.

Andrew H. Van de Ven

Andrew H. Van de Ven Andrew H. Van de Ven is Professor Emeritus in the Carlson School of the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1972, and taught at Kent State Univ. and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before that. He teaches courses on the management of innovation and change, organizational behavior, and engaged scholarship research methods. 

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Van de Ven's books and journal articles over the years have dealt with the Nominal Group Technique, organization design and assessment, inter-organizational relationships, organizational innovation and change, and engaged scholarship research methods. He is co-author of 13 books, including: The Innovation Journey (1999, 2008), Organization Change and Innovation Processes (2000), Handbook of Organizational Change and Innovation (2004), Engaged Scholarship (2007, which won the 2008 Terry best book award from the Academy of Management), and Managing Knowledge Integration across Boundaries (2017), all published by Oxford University Press.

During 2000-2001 Van de Ven was President of the Academy of Management, and he was founding editor of Academy of Management Discoveries (2013-1017). He also served on the Board of Directors of Ascension Health System from 2010 – 2014, the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in the U.S.

Ruth Vander Stelt, IMHL'15

Ruth Vander Stelt Dr. Ruth Vander Stelt is a family physician in rural Western Québec. Her duties include daily hospital rounds, emergency room call, office follow-up of 1100 patients, as well as teaching with McGill University. Throughout her career, she has also performed a variety of medical administrative roles. 

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Whether it be Chief of Staff of her local hospital, president of the Québec Medical Association (QMA, 2011-2013), Board committee member for the Canadian Medical Association’s Health Care Transformation campaign, or in her current role as Assistant Director of Professional Services in the Papineau sector of Western Québec, Dr Vander Stelt has continually strived to improve upon various systemic contributions to patient care.

For example, in the Pontiac region of Western Québec, she and her colleagues put together a program to bring patients without family physicians into the circle of primary care. This program includes a Transition Clinic, where patients may be cared for until such time as they are matched with a regular physician. The program has met with great success and the Transition Clinic won a Ministerial Prize in 2010. The program was also featured in the Canadian Medical Association’s innovation campaign.

While at the QMA, Dr Vander Stelt instigated a request for Québec’s Institute for Excellence in Health and Social Services to research and propose standardized Medical Care Levels across the province. Groundbreaking work is ongoing and an official guide is slated for the end of 2015.

Dr Vander Stelt most recently took up McGill University’s International Masters for Health Leadership in 2013. During the Masters program, she was introduced to the Theory of Constraints (TOC), which she has since applied to her health care setting with promising results.

Rather than seeing complex systems as best managed by breaking them down into parts, the TOC approach sees such systems as a chain of activities where system performance is determined by a few underlying constraints. This approach focuses on ongoing improvement achieved through a rapid process of identifying and strengthening the weakest link in the chain. In its health care application, TOC is both clinically led and patient-centred. This gives it simple, yet powerful ability to transform health care.

Dr Vander Stelt is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians and a member of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives.

Dr. Shawn Whatley

Dr. Shawn Whatley President, Ontario Medical Association

Dr. Shawn D. Whatley is the 136th President of the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Whatley trained in medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has worked in emergency medicine and served for a number of years in a leadership positon at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket. He is a lecturer for the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine and an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine in Hamilton. He is currently a rural family physician in Mount Albert.

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Dr. Whatley previously served as a member of the OMA Board for six and a half years before he was elected President in May, 2017. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Association.

Originally from Thunder Bay, Dr. Whatley lives with his wife and four children on a hobby farm in Mount Albert, in rural York Region.


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