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.

Directors

Leslie Breitner, IMHL Academic DirectorLeslie Breitner

Leslie 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

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 www.mintzberg.org


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.


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.


Guest Faculty Members / Visiting Contributors

Jeremie Abitbol

Jeremie AbitbolPhD candidate in Experimental Medicine at McGill University

Jer 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.


Ammar Albanna

Ammar AlbannaHead of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center of Excellence

Dr. Ammar Albanna MD FRCPC IFAPA is Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center of Excellence, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, MBRU, and President, Emirates Society for Child Mental Health, Emirates Medical Association.

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Dr. Ammar Albanna is a Canadian trained Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and the Head of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital in Dubai. He is the founding president of the Emirates Society for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, the national representative society for this field in United Arab Emirates, under the Emirates Medical Association. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Health Sciences in Dubai (MBRU).

Dr. Albanna completed his psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry training at McGill University, Canada. He then Joined the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children as a fellow in Pediatric Neuropsychiatry. Dr. Albanna is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and an international fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Albanna has peer-reviewed research publications and is a recipient of Research Grant Awards as the Principal Investigator, including the Dubai Harvard Center for Global Healthcare Delivery Research Award and from Al Jalila Foundation. His current research focus is on neuropsychiatric disorders in the UAE including Autism Spectrum Disorder and innovative models for healthcare delivery. He is the Co-Principle Investigator for the research project that received the first cycle funding from SWARD (Sandooq Al Watan Research Award), entitled : “Application of Machine Intelligence to Quantify Neuronal Pathogenicity and Phenotypic Progression for Mutations in Autism Spectrum Disorders”.

Dr. Albanna has received awards for recognition of his clinical, research and educational work. He is regularly invited to present at local and international scientific meetings. Dr. Albanna is a peer reviewer for scientific medical journals and served on and chaired the scientific committee of several conferences. Dr. Albanna has chaired a global mental health conference on Autism Spectrum Disorder, and will chair the global congress of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) in 2022 in Dubai, following a winning bid for Dubai to host this prestigious congress. He is a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Mohamed Bin Rashid University. Further , he is on the Jury committee for Princess Haya Award for Special Education, and Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Motherhood and Childhood.


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.


Sylvie Bernier, IMHL'11

Sylvie Bernier Olympian athlete

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.  


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.


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 of AD, to investigate possible effects of these drugs on the earliest signs of the disease. In 2010 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.


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.


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 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.


Nathalie Duchesne

Nathalie DuchesneAssociate Professor in Radiology at Université Laval, Québec city; Adjunct Professor at McGill University

Dr Nathalie Duchesne’s professional career encompasses over 25 years as a radiologist focusing on women’s health, especially breast cancer. Associate Professor in Radiology at Université Laval, Québec city, and Adjunct Professor at McGill University, Montréal, Dr Duchesne has been practicing in university affiliated hospitals in Quebec City, Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto and is now at Imagix Network.

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In 2003, she founded The Breast Practices ™ which comprised the world famous The Breast Course™, The Breast Days™, The Breast Webinars™, The Breast Scholarship™ and The Breast Charts™. These courses and teaching opportunities allowed her to successfully teach Breast Diseases and Intervention in interdisciplinarity for 13 years to more 3500 physicians from more than 65 countries.

Having been involved in various humanitarian and volunteer initiatives since 2001, she has advised governments, NGOs and physicians from different part of the world, such as China, Tunisia and Maghreb countries, Egypt, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Vietnam, thereby contributing to setting up breast practices with good quality and standards.

Through her career, Dr Duchesne has authored and co-authored many publications in the field and has an impressive track record of international invited conferences and lectures. With the industry, she has also contributed in developing tools for breast imaging and intervention to improve diagnostic accuracy and worldwide access to technology.

Nathalie’s clinical, research and teaching work in breast imaging and intervention has been recognized nationally and internationally by her peers and students. She has received numerous awards for her professional, volunteer and personal contributions, including Queen Jubilee and Lieutenant Gouveneur Honor Medals.

Having recently obtained a Master’s Degree in Health Leadership from McGill University (IMHL), Dr Duchesne also holds a Master’s in Public Health from Kings College London and is now enrolled in a PhD in Anthropology at Carleton’s University Ottawa focusing on improving access and delivery of women’s healthcare.


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.


Lee Ann Eissler

Lee Ann EisslerManaging Director for Clinical Services at the Bureau of Medical Services in Washington D.C.

Lee Ann Eissler, PhD, FNP is an avid traveler with a career that takes her around the world. As a Medical Provider for the U.S. Department of State, she currently holds the position of Managing Director for Clinical Services at the Bureau of Medical Services in Washington D.C.

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Prior to this role, she was the Medical Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Cuba. In those remote posts, Lee Ann was responsible for the medical care of diplomats and their families, as well as the administrative functioning of Embassy health clinics. With her suitcase always packed and a taste for adventure, Lee Ann is always ready to travel onward, collecting stories as she goes. However, when the opportunity presents, Lee Ann is happy to find herself occasionally at home in Anchorage, Alaska, for a few days of intense family and friends time.

Lee Ann holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is licensed and certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She focused her dissertation research on the phenomenological study of Alaskan patients who sought healthcare via international medical tourism and was awarded a PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Lee Ann has recently completed a second master’s degree in the IMHL program.

Lee Ann is also busy in the non-profit world. She is a founding board member of an organization raising money for families impacted by childhood cancer.

Lee Ann has held faculty positions at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Hawaii at Manoa; directing their Advanced Practice Nursing programs. She teaches a wide variety of health care courses including healthcare systems, pharmacology, pathophysiology, healthcare leadership, pediatrics, women’s health, and informatics.

Making the best use of distance technology, Lee Ann travels with her teaching tools and laptop, continuing to teach distance courses for graduate students from compass points hither and yon.


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.


Alan Engelstad

Alan EngelstadAdjunct professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Since first reading Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals in the 1970s, Mr. Engelstad has been fascinated by the many issues surrounding the question of “how things change” — and has been equally frustrated by the usual answers. As a result, his career has been shaped by the need to develop new ways to achieve ambitious ends by minimalist means, based on a comprehensive reappraisal of our most cherished assumptions about the nature of change in the world of affairs.

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Since 1993, Mr. Engelstad has worked with senior executives in North America and Europe to capture latent value within the organization that would otherwise be out of reach. Some of the organizations served include Exxon, Prudential Financial, Volvo and Royal Dutch Shell. Over the years, Engelstad has encountered a vast array of business and management issues: from thwarting predatory competitors and finessing billion dollar mergers, to designing culture shifting presentations for C-level executives and resolving conflict between senior stakeholders.

Engelstad’s abiding interest in change has led to invitations to design and deliver formative experiences that enhance leadership and innovation involving complex issues and multiple stakeholders. He has co-designed self-organizing conferences of up to 500 people and devised game-like simulations that enable groups to reenact their daily work patterns in ways that render them easier to understand and alter. He has also conducted long-term management development with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Some of the companies and organizations served in this way include New York Academy of Medicine, SmithKline Research, TVO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and the PATH project of the Change Foundation in Ontario, addressing the problems patients have in navigating healthcare systems.

Mr. Engelstad is an adjunct professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. He is recurring Cycle Director for the McGill/Lancaster International Masters for Program for Managers (IMPM), a past module director for McGill’s International Masters for Health Leadership program (IMHL), and he as taught for the McGill/HEC Executive MBA program. He holds a BA in Communications and Public Health (Univeristy of Minnesota, Minneapolis) and a MES in Organizational Dynamics (York University, Toronto).


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.


Jocelyne Faille

Jocelyne FailleHead nurse

Jocelyne Faille has a Bachelor in Nursing, a Master of Administration from Laval University (2007) and a Master of Management from McGill University (IMHL 2014). After many years as a bedside nurse in the ER and ICU she became a Head Nurse in an ER and then a Level 1 Trauma Unit.

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In 2005, she was Regional ER coordinator with the Montreal Health Board. She overlooked the performance of the 22 ERs in Montreal. It was a challenging work environment but a lot of fun!

In 2008, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) recruited her to integrate the Lachine Hospital into the MUHC. The challenge was to integrate a community hospital into a university health centre. And a challenge it was!

In 2015, she was transferred to the Ministry of Health and Social Services to help implement the new reform in Montreal because of the extensive knowledge she has of the regional healthcare system and culture.

Jocelyne retired in 2016 after almost 40 years in health care. She first tutored a group in Cohort 8 and enjoyed it very much; she also was an advisor for 2 final papers in the same cohort. Jocelyne has many interests in health care and has extensive life and work experience that you could benefit from.

She is an avid reader, loves to play bridge and knit. She also does Nordic walking, line dancing, and is an accomplished downhill skier. She is also known to binge on Netflix.
She is very active in her community; she is member of the board of directors for Fondation Yvon Lamarre, which provides housing for the intellectually handicapped and autistic adults. She also volunteers for Meals on Wheels as a cook.

Jocelyne lives in the Montreal suburb of Pointe-Claire, is the mother of a 36-year-old daughter with a severe intellectual handicap. She has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.


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.


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.


Ruby Gill, IMHL'14

Ruby GillCertified Lean Healthcare Green Belt practitioner

Ruby Gill is a 2014 graduate of the International Masters’ in Health Leadership (IMHL) program. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and has worked in various clinic settings including burns and trauma, community based harm reduction programs and Global Health emergency and epidemic response. She is also certified as a Lean Healthcare Green Belt practitioner with experience in process improvement and change management in acute and community health care programs, with a focus on improving quality of care.

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Ruby worked with the International Medical Humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for many years. She started as a nurse in the field and upon acquiring her Master’s at McGill, she went on to become the International Association Coordinator based in Geneva, Switzerland from January 2014 to October 2017. In this position, she reported directly to the International Board supporting the ongoing development of the organizations complex global governance systems. Finally, she worked as MSF’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisor, developing and delivering EDI trainings to teams across the globe and advising senior leadership in the development and implementation of EDI frameworks and policies.

Ruby has also taught in the Bachelors’ of Science Nursing program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, as well as guest lecturer at McMasters School of Health Sciences. She currently resides in Toronto and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of MSF Canada.


Paul Hébert, IMHL'19

Paul HébertFull Professor of Medicine at the Université de Montréal

Dr Hébert is a proud graduate of the IMHL program (class 2019), a critical care and palliative care physician, a researcher and health leader. In addition to serving as Medical and Science Advisor to the Canadian Red Cross, Dr. Hebert is a full Professor of Medicine at the Université de Montréal.

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He was Physician-in-chief at the CHUM from 2013 to 2018. Since 2016, he has held the Research Chair for Héma-Québec Bayer in transfusion medicine. From 2010 to 2018, he was Executive Director and senior consultant to the President of the Canadian Institute of Health Research, responsible for developing the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research. He was also Editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal between 2007 and 2011 and served as Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group from 2013 to 2018. His research interests include transfusion medicine and frailty. He completed his medical training at the University of Ottawa and began practicing medicine in 1993.


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.


Donetta Hines

Donetta HinesInstructor and writing coach

Donetta 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.


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.


Marie-Hélène Jobin

Marie-Helene JobinFull Professor in the Operations Management and Logistics department; Associate director of the HEC Montréal’s Healthcare Management Hub

Marie-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 KhalidMedical doctor and a PhD candidate in Health Policy at McMaster University

Dr. 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.


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-Scientisit 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.


Alex Knight

Alex KnightAuthor and Instructor

Alex Knight’s fascination with innovation started with his love of engineering. However, after becoming a Chartered Engineer he realized the biggest innovation required was in how we run and transform businesses. He moved to Ashridge Business School and was soon teaching on all major executive open and tailored programs, became a Board Member and led their international consulting activities for fifteen years. This involved working all over the world with many international businesses including Unilever, Hewlett Packard and American Express.

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Alex is globally recognized for his close work with Dr Eli Goldratt in bringing the Theory of Constraints to seemingly complex industries and creating sustainable breakthroughs in
performance. His work around the world over the last three decades with leaders in health and wellbeing is encapsulated in his business novel, Pride and Joy. This has been translated into Japanese and French and is currently being translated into Spanish. It not only provides a blueprint for transformational change in health and social care but also highlights the key stages of analysis and innovation that are required to create a breakthrough in any industry.

Alex's work is guided by understanding seemingly complex systems through identifying and transforming the key leverage points to achieve improvement in performance without negatively disturbing or disrupting other elements of the system. It is through a combination of coaching executives in what not to change, laser‐like focus on the few key leverage points to change and the development of true innovation in these selected areas that Alex believes leaders can better understand their own assumptions, achieve step changes in their own performance, the teams they work in and the areas they are responsible for.

This work has been extended to work with situations where the company has a market constraint and innovation is required in both the product and services as well as in the business model and the offer itself. The goal is to remove a significant limitation for the customer in a way that was not possible before, and to the extent that no significant competitor can deliver. These changes position the organization or industry on a new, accelerated and sustainable platform.

Alex’s passion is to demonstrate that innovation is not an activity to be carried out by unique individuals but can be a practical process taught to everyone allowing the whole organization to participate in ‘out of the box thinking’.


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!


Jared Lee

Jared LeePrincipal, Juniper

Jared Lee is a Principal at Juniper, a boutique advisory firm working at the creative intersection of innovation, culture, and strategy. He has helped some of North America's leading businesses, universities, and non-profit organizations to better achieve their goals and deliver value to their stakeholders. He has broad experience in the education, transportation, and non-profit sectors.

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Jared is also a faculty member of the McGill Executive Institute where he regularly leads open enrolment and custom program seminars. He also delivers workshops at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management and Max Bell School of Public Policy, as well as at the Smith School of Business (Queen's) and the John Molson School of Business (Concordia).

Prior to his current roles, Jared was an Associate in Oliver Wyman's Transportation advisory practice. He also worked in the corporate strategy office at Bombardier. In both roles, he prepared strategic guidance for senior executives. As an aerospace engineer at Boeing and General Electric, he contributed to the design and commercialization of new products. Jared also helped to build PeaceGeeks, a non-profit organization that helps groups around the world to better deploy technology for peace and human rights.

Jared received his MBA in Global Strategy & Leadership from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, where he was awarded the Dean’s Medal for Great Distinction. He also holds a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida. He is currently pursuing a Certificate in Adult Learning & Development at the University of Toronto.


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.


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.


Afshin Mehrpouya

Afshin MehrpouyaAssociate professor in the accounting and management control department of HEC Paris

Afshin Mehrpouya is an associate professor in the accounting and management control department of HEC Paris. Trained as medical doctor, he also has an MBA from York University/Schulich and a PhD in social studies of accounting from ESSEC Business School in Paris. He has been working for a number of years on the role of calculative knowledge in the form of ratings and rankings in regulation.

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His more recent work has been focused on transnational governance of healthcare, specifically the epistemic processes underlying the production of rankings in healthcare. He also has ongoing research projects in relation to the Chinese regimes of calculative governance, and the Chinese Social Credit System. Before joining academia, Afshin worked for several years in the development of environmental, social and governance multi-stakeholder rankings. He was in charge of the development of Access to Medicine Index 2010, headed the stakeholder consultation for its 2012 iteration, and currently holds advisory/board roles for several similar initiatives.


David Messenger

David MessengerAssociate Professor and Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University

David Messenger, MD, MM, FRCPC, is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He lives in Kingston with his partner, Ian, and their son, Ben. He is an academic physician who practices Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Trauma at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, where he is also the Chief of Emergency Medicine.

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He has a background in medical education, with an emphasis on simulation-based teaching of resuscitation and critical care. He is a former residency program director for the Critical Care subspecialty training program at Queen’s. He completed his Master of Management degree from McGill University’s International Masters for Health Leadership program in 2017.


Estelle Métayer

Estelle MetayerExpert in Competitive and Strategic Intelligence

Estelle 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.


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.


Joseph Pearlman

Joseph PearlmanActing and performance coach

A graduate of New York University's (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, Joseph Pearlman is an acting and performance coach for Hollywood celebrities, world leaders, musicians, and comedians—he helps actors launch their careers faster and reach Oscar level performances on set.

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In addition to his work with actors, Joseph helps TED Talks speakers, politicians, executives, lawyers, CEOs, and other industry leaders develop charismatic confidence to effect maximum change in their audiences. Joseph had the pleasure of coaching Dr. Joanne Liu throughout her campaign to ultimately win the International Presidency of Doctors Without Borders (MSF). She was on the front lines of epidemics like the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Joseph is also a regular guest speaker and presenter at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, McGill University's International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) executive program, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Some of Joseph's clients include: Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, Amy Adams, Zooey Deschanel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Reynolds, HBO, AMC, TED Talks, Iliza Shlesinger (NETFLIX, comedian), Sian Clifford (BAFTA Winner and Emmy nominated for Amazon Studio’s Fleabag), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones), Alex MacNicoll (Transparent), Skylar Grey (5-time Grammy nominee), Sherri Shepherd (30 Rock), Cameron Douglas, and many others.

Joseph also coaches presenters for all the major award ceremonies, including the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes, and Independent Spirit Awards.

Pearlman Acting Academy (PAA), is based in Los Angeles with affiliates around the world, including New York City, London, New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Tokyo. Voted “Best Acting Studio & Coach In L.A." PAA is Hollywood's most respected film and TV training studio offering the industry's most advanced private coaching and classes for beginners to celebrities—from Hollywood via Zoom to anywhere in the world.

Joseph is a regular contributor to Backstage Magazine and Inc. Magazine. Joseph’s work with actors was recognized by The Huffington Post’s national cinema, theatre and art critic James Scarborough, and he was named one of the industry’s “Top Ten Acting Gurus” by The New York Times reviewed “Actor Genie.”

Joseph Pearlman trained with the great Jeff Corey (coach to John F. Kennedy, James Dean, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, Sean Penn, Cher, Robin Williams, Bill Clinton, Lloyd Bentsen, and many others).


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.


Allan Ptack, IMHL'15

Allan PtackAllan Ptack has 30 years of professional experience working in both public and private health sectors.

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Prior to joining Homewood’s senior management team, Allan was Administrative Head of Allied Health Services at the Montreal Children’s Hospital-McGill University Health Centre, and prior to that worked at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital as Director of the Department of Social Work, and Co-Director of the Psychosocial Oncology Program. Throughout this time Allan has maintained a private practice as a Couple and Family Therapist.

He is a graduate of McGill University, where he earned B.A., B.S.W., and M.S.W. degrees. In 2015, he completed a Master’s in Management degree (M.Mgmt) at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Allan was a member of the Faculty at McGill’s School of Social Work from 2006-2016and taught the course “Social Work in Health Care. In addition, Allan completed post graduate training at the Argyle Institute of Human Relations, where he obtained certification in Couple and Family Therapy. He has also received extensive training in trauma counseling and crisis intervention.

Allan is a member of, among others, the Quebec Order of Social Workers Marital and Family Therapists (OTSTCFQ), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). He formerly sat on the Board of Directors of the OTSTCFQ. In 2015 Allan joined the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ) as a licensed Psychotherapist

A father of 2 boys 21 and 19, Allan and his wife Sharon( a pediatric hematologist and oncologist) are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy, running, hiking, scuba diving, tennis and other activities. In 2011 the two successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.


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.


Mike Ross

Mike RossCo‐founder of Juniper

Mike Ross is a co‐founder of Juniper, a design thinking focused consulting firm that works at the intersection of innovation, culture, and strategy. A trusted advisor to senior executives, Mike helps leaders discover and achieve their greatest personal and organizational performance – using design thinking approaches to build and implement dynamic and creative cultures that will survive and thrive in the face of disruption and change.

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Prior to starting Juniper, Mike was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he helped to run the innovation and digital strategy practices. Mike has also worked in a private equity fund, at eBay, as a lawyer for firms in London, New York, Tokyo, Boston, Toronto, and Mexico City, and as the head of a high‐profile peace negotiations project in the Middle East.

At McKinsey, Mike worked with Fortune 500 companies and multinational organizations across all sectors and geographies as they confronted the challenges that disruption brings. While primarily focused on working with senior leaders enacting the transformative changes required to make their organizations more dynamic and creative, Mike also helped them to design innovative new products, services and business models.

Mike’s clients have included a major North American consumer electronics company, Canadian and US insurance companies, a Brazilian, Scottish and Danish financial institutions, global live entertainment provider, a European sports apparel retailer, an Indian B2B manufacturer, and many others. In addition to his consulting work, Mike regularly appears as a keynote speaker and as a university lecturer, teaching classes to undergraduates, MBAs, and executives on various subjects related to design thinking, strategy, culture, and innovation.

Mike has a BA from Concordia University, a JD and an MA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from McGill University.


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.


Andrew H. Van de Ven

Andrew H. Van de Ven Professor Emeritus in the Carlson School of the University of Minnesota

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.


Suze Wilson

Suze WilsonSenior lecturer

Dr Suze Wilson is a senior lecturer at Massey University, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, where she researches leadership and also teaches about leadership, teamwork and other people-related topics as part of Massey’s Executive MBA and MBA programmes.

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Suze completed her PhD in the School of Management at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013 and also has a BA in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, completed in 1989. She has an extensive practitioner background in roles that have both leadership and management responsibilities, having been a tertiary student leader at Canterbury and nationally, industrial relations negotiator, management consultant and HR manager. She held senior roles, such as GM of HR at New Zealand Post and Deputy Commissioner, People Capability, at the State Services Commission, prior to commencing her academic career. These decades of practitioner experience continue to have a profound influence on her research and teaching.

Dr Wilson’s research explores how leadership is discursively constructed or practiced, with emphasis given to issues of power, ethics, context, gender, identity and the expectations held of both leaders and followers. Her doctoral thesis, a history of Western thought about leadership, won the Jablin Dissertation Award in 2014, awarded by the International Leadership Association and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, Virginia, and was also joint winner of the 2014 Best Critical Thesis Award, given by the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management. Her thesis was later developed into a monograph entitled Thinking differently about leadership, which was published in 2016 by Edward Elgar as part of the New Horizons in Leadership Studies series. Her second book, written in collaboration with Stephen Cummings, Brad Jackson and Sarah Proctor-Thomson and published by Routledge in 2018, develops a framework for, and examples of, context-sensitive models of leadership and is entitled Revitalising leadership: Putting theory and practice into context. She co-edited After leadership, published by Routledge in 2019, along with Brigid Carroll and Josh Firth, which comprises a collection of work by critically oriented leadership scholars exploring alternatives to dominant understandings of leadership. Other work has been published in a range of scholarly journals, including Organization, the Journal of Business Ethics, Leadership, Management Learning and Culture and Organization.

Her current research work includes exploration of both leadership and followership in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and followership of Donald Trump.


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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