CCHL awards LEADS certification to Saskatchewan’s Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and signs three-year strategic alliance focused on health leadership

November 25, 2020

The partnership agreement serves as an avenue to promote excellence in the health leadership field and provides the policy school with the opportunity to incorporate the LEADS framework into its curriculum.

Regina/Ottawa – The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) has awarded LEADS certification to the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), a joint provincial school at the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan, for its online Master of Health Administration (MHA) program and its newly launched Excellence in Healthcare Leadership (EHL) executive program. The partnership agreement provides MHA and EHL 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 the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, 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 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.

Doug Moen, Director, Executive Education at JSGS and former Executive Director of the school, said: “Now, more than ever, the provision of health care has become increasingly complex, as health leaders are dealing with additional stress on the system due to the pandemic, aging and more diverse populations, more prevalent chronic conditions, and greater demand for patient-oriented care. Ensuring our students follow LEADS-based learning and best practices while working towards their CHE designation and completion of their JSGS program is vitally important for their careers and for citizens across Canada.”

About the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Named after Albert W. Johnson and Thomas K. Shoyama, two of Saskatchewan’s best-known public servants who went on to illustrious careers with the federal government, the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) is the first provincial school of its kind and is the product of an innovative and successful partnership between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

Now in its second decade of operations, JSGS continues to educate students, conduct leading research that informs dialogue, and engage with the public on issues of public policy and administration. Our unique two-campus model brings together faculty and staff from two universities and several disciplines, as well as a host of Executives-in-Residence with many years of practical experience in government.

For more information about the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and its graduate and executive education programs, visit

About the Canadian College of Health Leaders

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) is a national, member-driven, non-profit association. 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.

For more information about the College, visit: 

Media Enquiries

Erica Schindel
Communications and Marketing Manager
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

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