New strategic alliance with McMaster University Health Leadership Academy promotes excellence in health leadership

February 3, 2021

Hamilton/Ottawa – February 2021: The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) has awarded LEADS certification to the McMaster University Health Leadership Academy (HLA) for its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and Pathfinder Program. This three-year strategic alliance focuses on health leadership and emphasizes the commitment of both organizations in the pursuit of ongoing professional development and lifelong learning. The partnership agreement provides Emerging Leaders and Pathfinder 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 Health Leadership Academy, 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 allows 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.

“As Co-Director of the Health Leadership Academy, I’m very pleased to enter into this partnership with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and together we will continue to offer both innovative and highly relevant educational initiatives for outstanding healthcare professional across this country,” says Professor Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy.

About the Health Leadership Academy

McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy is a joint venture between the DeGroote School of BusinessMichael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and faculty of Health Sciences. Their leadership development programs are helping to evolve a new generation of innovative healthcare leaders.

The Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy strives to have a transformative impact on global healthcare by nurturing a community of future leaders. Thanks to their interdisciplinary and forward-thinking approaches to education, these leaders will be prepared to succeed in a number of fields – from informing government policy to developing and supporting health innovations.

In addition to offering world-class academic programs in health leadership and informative public events such as the McMaster Collaboratorium, they encourage innovations with the potential to revolutionize healthcare as we know it.

For more information about the Health Leadership Academy and its Emerging Leaders Program and Pathfinder 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 over 80 corporate members to promote lifelong learning and professional development while recognizing leadership excellence.

For more information about the College, visit:

Media Enquiries

Amanda Calzolaio
Manager, Health Leadership Academy
McMaster University

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