CCHL awards LEADS certification to Nursing Leadership program at Western University and signs three-year strategic alliance focused on health leadership 

July 26, 2023

The 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. 

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) has awarded LEADS certification to the Master of Nursing – Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice program at Western University. The partnership agreement provides program participants with an opportunity to obtain their Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation while completing their studies. 

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.” 

The CHE designation is the only leadership designation in Canada for all health leaders and is essential for career advancement. Other benefits of the CHE designation include support for lifelong learning in health services leadership, assistance with career advancement, and peer recognition.  

“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. “Leadership is an important aspect of tackling important health challenges and this collaboration helps our students rise to the challenge.” 

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 of Nursing – Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice program 

Western University’s Master of Nursing – Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice program prepares ambitious, self-starting nurses for advanced leadership roles that will transform their practice, their organizations and the profession of nursing. 

For more information about the Program, visit: 

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 4,300 members and 80 corporate members to promote lifelong learning and professional development while recognizing leadership excellence. 

For more information about the College, visit: 

Media Enquiries 

Jess Bechard 

Manager, Communications 

Western University, Faculty of Health Sciences 

519-661-2111 x82269  

Stéphane Joannette 

Manager, Professional Certifications & Strategic Alliances 
1-800-363-9056 ext. 239  


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