Emerging Leaders Speak About Their Experience


Health Leaders Dialogue Series


Dialogue is a powerful catalyst for learning, personal development and deepening one's leadership practice.  This is the central ideal behind the Health Leaders Dialogue Series, a forum for contemporary leadership development.  Guided by the Vernissage Health Dialogue Touchstones,  we create trust, mentoring relationships, and a safe space for authentic sharing about health leadership.  

The series bring together emerging and established leaders, in a small group environment, for dialogue about leadership.  Emerging leaders are embarking on their leadership careers while established leaders are mid to late-career leaders with successful careers across broad sectors in health. Established leaders bring deep experience working in government, the community, health institutions, public health and the private sector.

Dialogue sessions provide a unique opportunity for leaders to listen, self-reflect, and share personal stories about leadership. Ultimately, this unique experience shapes and develops emerging or early career leaders with the mindsets and confidence to provide leadership to create positive change in Canadian health system.  

The dialogue sessions are designed to provide a positive learning environment that fosters insights and authentic dialogue about leadership and provides the opportunity to examine diverse experiences, thoughts, and insights about the challenges and opportunities facing today’s health leaders.

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Current Dialogue Series: 

Health Leaders Dialogue Series & Early Career Mentorship for Health Leaders: (Applications accepted until November 12, 2021).  A DLSPH Continuing Education Certificate Program, this combined offering of dialogue and 1:1 coaching and mentoring is available to early career health leaders.  The experience is offered to DLSPH and IHPME alumni, 2 to 5 years post graduation (2016 through 2020) working full or part time in health leadership.  (Leadership is broadly defined to include leadership positions or roles in health organizations as well as leadership in health advocacy or community development.)  Dates for the 2022 series are January 10, 17 and 31; Feb 14, March 7 and 18; April 11 and October 18 (Summation session) Visit .... 

DLSPH Series: (2021 series is underway) This series is offered to DLSPH students in the fall (September to November).  Applications to this series are open to students (Masters and Ph.D. programs) in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational and Environmental Health and Social and Behavioral Health Science

IHPME/Rotman Series: (Applications accepted until November 5, 2021) This series is offered each winter/spring (January to May).  Applications to this series are NOW open to IHPME students in Health Services Research (Masters and Ph.D. program, in advanced stages of study), Clinical Epidemiology, System Innovation and Leadership, Health Management (first year), Health Informatics, Quality Improvement and Safety, and Bioethics and to students in all MBA (Health) programs at the Rotman School of Management.   

Schedule for Dialogue Series: Each series consists of a sequence of six to eight dialogue sessions. Sessions are scheduled on Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and held online (using Zoom) or in person.


Given that dialogue and relationships build over time, selected participants are expected to make a commitment to attend all sessions.  


How To Apply:

Application deadlines for individual series are posted above.  Please see attached to access the application form. Completed applications should be directed to Vernissage@utoronto.ca.  For more information on any series, please contact wendy.nelson@utoronto.ca.  


Established Leaders and Leadership Mentors

Here are some of the students and mid to late career health leaders who have participated in 
Vernissage Health.

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Mark Fam

Vice President, Michael Garron Hospital
Established Leader, IHPME/Rotman Dialogue Series

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Dr. Jocelyn Charles

Family Physician and Medical Director, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Mentor, Certificate Program for Early Career Leaders


Shiran Isaacz

Vice President, Altum Health and Connected Care, University Health Network
Established Leaders, IHPME/Rotman Dialogue Series


Simone Atungo

Executive Director, Vibrant Health
Mentor, Certificate Program for Early Career Leaders


Mishka White

MBA, The Rotman School of Management/Clinical Practice Lead at the Scarborough Health Network


Farbod Abolhassani

Masters in Health Informatics (IHPME)/Technical Lead, HowsMyFlattening

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Jennifer Gutberg

PhD Candidate (IHPME), Health Services Research


Dr. Hala Muaddi

Surgical Resident and PhD Candidate in Clinical Epidemiology, IHPME