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Emerging Leaders Speak About Their Experience

Student 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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Student Health Leaders Dialogue Series - IHPME/Rotman
Applications for the 2024 Winter/Spring Series is Open

This series will be offered once in 2024 in the winter/spring (January to May).  Applications to the 2024 series are NOW open to Rotman, IHPME and DLSPH graduate students in  the following programs

  • Health Services Research (Masters and Ph.D. program, in advanced stages of study),

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Epidemiology

  • System Innovation and Leadership

  • Health Management

  • Health Informatics

  • Quality Improvement and Safety

  • Bioethics/Other DLSPH Graduate Programs

  • Doctor of Public Health

  • Occupational and Environmental Health

  • Students in all MBA (Health) programs at the Rotman School of Management.   

Each series consists of a sequence of six dialogue sessions. Sessions are scheduled on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Two sessions are in person and other sessions held online (using Zoom).  Given that dialogue and relationships build over time, selected participants are expected to make a commitment to attend all sessions.  

How To Apply:

The application deadline for students is Friday, November 10, 2023.  Please see attached to access the application form. Completed applications should be directed to  For more information on any series, please contact  

Established Leaders and Leadership Mentors

Here are some of the students and mid to late career health leaders who have participated in 
Vernissage Health since its inception in 2017.

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Mark Fam

President and CEO, St. Mary's General 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

Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
Mentor, Certificate Program for Early Career Leaders


Mishka White

MBA, The Rotman School of Management/Manager of Cardiovascular Programs at the Scarborough Health Network


Farbod Abolhassani

Masters in Health Informatics (IHPME)/Director of Innovation and Technology, TeleVU Innovation

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Jennifer Gutberg

PhD Candidate (IHPME), Health Services Research/Health Research Consultant, McGill University


Dr. Hala Muaddi

General Surgery Resident, University of Toronto, PhD, Clinical Epidemiology, IHPME

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