CCHL Renews Strategic Alliance with McGill University’s International Masters for Health Leadership and Agrees to New Strategic Alliance with its Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

September 1, 2022

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 McGill University’s Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management and has renewed its strategic alliance with the International Masters for Health Leadership program. The partnership agreement provides Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management (GCHM) and International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) participants with an opportunity to obtain their Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation while completing their studies. 

Through this agreement, participants in these programs will work towards obtaining their Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation, the only certification program for Canadian health leaders. The CHE program offers individual leaders several benefits including support for lifelong learning in health services leadership; assistance with career advancement; peer recognition and also serves as an essential career designation. 

Brenda Lammi, Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development at the CCHL, said: “We are excited to both renew our long-established alliance with McGill’s IMHL as well as initiating a new strategic alliance with the GCHM. We are delighted about this collaboration with McGill, who show their commitment to health leadership by committing to have the CHE as a preferred designation for their students.” 

“We are delighted to continue our working relationship with CCHL and to work toward a full integration of the LEADS framework into our programs” said Leslie K. Breitner, Academic Director. “At the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management and the International Masters for Health Leadership are committed to helping our healthcare professionals develop their leadership and management skills in this context and our strategic alliance.” 

This collaboration will also allow for both organizations to better address the constantly evolving needs of health leaders and align themselves with the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework. 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 the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management Program 

The McGill Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management (GCHM) is a joint initiative between the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Desautels Faculty of Management. The GCHM is an 8-month, 15-credit graduate certificate program which takes place entirely online. 

This certificate provides the formal managerial training of healthcare professionals assuming leadership positions. Renowned McGill University professions teach a curriculum that addresses the key competencies of the leader role in the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework. 

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management Program, visit

About the International Masters for Health Leadership Program 

The International Masters for Health Leadership began in 2006 as part of the quest to become a world leader in health care management and leadership education. Beyond the Masters of Management degree, this program is designed for experienced working professionals in all areas of healthcare and includes participants from over 15 countries each year. 

For more information about the International Masters for Health Leadership 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 4,000 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 

Leslie K. Breitner 
Academic Director 
International Masters for Health Leadership 
Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management 
Desautels Faculty of Management – McGill University  

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