CCHL awards LEADS certification to the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, Master of Health Administration program and renews three-year strategic alliance focused on health leadership

August 31, 2022

Ottawa – The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) has awarded the LEADS certification to the University of Ottawa – Telfer School of Management, Master of Health Administration program (MHA). The partnership agreement provides MHA 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 thrilled to be renewing our partnership with the Telfer School of Management’s MHA program. Through this partnership, graduates of the MHA program have the option to join like-minded health leaders across the country that are committed to life-long leadership development, community building, and health system transformation. Many aspects of the LEADS framework align with the competencies of the MHA and we are delighted that students can simultaneously work towards their CHE designation.” 

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. 

“We are delighted to renew our long-established alliance with the CCHL and look forward to leveraging this partnership to support the training and professional development of the future health leaders” said Dr. Mirou Jaana, Director, MHA Program at the Telfer School of Management. “Our health care system is facing considerable challenges, as evidenced by the pressures on the healthcare workforce, an aging population, and an increasing demand for acute and long-term health care services paralleled by limited resources and capacity. Strong leadership skills and innovation are needed more than ever to alleviate these pressures and facilitate future health care system transformation. Through our MHA program and the alliance that we have with the CCHL, we aim to deliver the training, knowledge, and mentoring that can support future health leaders.” 

About the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management – Master of Health Administration program 

The Telfer School of Management is a leading triple-crown accredited academic institution, and the proud hub for management education, research, and professional development. It is the home for around 4,200 students, 200 full- and part-time faculty members, and over 31,000 alumni.

The mission of the MHA Program is to prepare ethical and socially responsible professionals to assume management and leadership positions in the changing health service system primarily in Canada but also internationally, and to strive for excellence in professional education, scholarly research, and community service in health care management. 

For more information about the MHA program, 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 

Jonathan Simon 
Director, Marketing and Communication 
Telfer School of Management 
University of Ottawa 
613-562-5800 ext. 4744

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