CCHL awards LEADS certification to innovative program at Western University and signs Three-Year Strategic Alliance focused on health leadership

June 28, 2022

The new partnership agreement serves as an avenue to promote excellence in the health leadership field and provides the program with the opportunity to incorporate the LEADS framework into its curriculum and its students with partial advanced standing to the Certified Health Executive (CHE) Program. 

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) has awarded LEADS certification to an innovative program in Western University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. The partnership agreement provides students in the master’s program in Applied Health Sciences with an opportunity to obtain their Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation while completing their studies. 

The Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation is the only certification program for all Canadian health leaders. This program offers individual leaders several benefits including support for lifelong learning in health services leadership, assistance with career advancement, peer recognition, and serves as an essential career designation. 

Brenda Lammi, Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development at CCHL, said: “We are excited about this collaboration with Western University, who show their commitment to health leadership by committing to incorporating the LEADS framework into their curriculum and having the CHE as a preferred designation for their students.” 

“This partnership is an extension of our commitment to creating transformative learning experiences for our students that help them meet their career goals and also shape the future of health and health care,” says Jayne Garland, Dean of Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences. “Helping to develop strong leaders for the health care system is going to be critical to the future of health care delivery in Canada, and Western University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, is excited to be part of this future.” 

This collaboration will also allow both organizations to better address the constantly evolving needs of health leaders and align themselves with the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework—that includes leading self, engaging others, achieving results, developing coalitions, and systems transformation. This framework is a foundation for Canadian health leadership development and defines the knowledge, skills and attitudes a leader must have to positively contribute to the Canadian health care system. 

About Western University’s Master’s Program in Applied Health Sciences 

Western University’s fully-online master’s program in Applied Health Sciences gives students from a variety of health-related backgrounds the tools they need to stay ahead and be leaders in their fields. Students are challenged to leverage research, health information and interdisciplinary collaboration to help solve the health care issues of tomorrow. 

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About the College 

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), a national member-driven non-profit association, is the connected community that develops, supports, and inspires health leaders across Canada. The College strives to provide the leadership development, tools, knowledge and networks that members need to become high impact leaders in Canadian healthcare. 

Through LEADS, the CHE designation, credentialing, training, conferences, mentoring and a nationwide careers network, we support health leaders in every sector and region, from every professional background and at any stage of their career. 

Located in Ottawa, the College collaborates with 20 chapters across the country and engages with its 4,000 members and 80 corporate members to promote lifelong learning and professional development while recognizing leadership excellence. 

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Media Enquiries 

Jess Bechard 
Manager, Communications and Technology 
Western University, Faculty of Health Sciences 
519-661-2111 ext. 82269

Brenda Lammi 
Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development 
1-800-363-9056 ext. 215