Emerging Leaders Speak About Their Experience

Health Leaders Dialogue Series

Concept: 

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 2023 Winter/Spring Series Open Until November 4, 2022

This series is offered twice per year, once in the winter/spring (January to May) and once in the fall (September to December).  Applications to this series are NOW open to IHPME and DLSPH 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

  • 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. and 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:

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

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Shiran Isaacz

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

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Simone Atungo

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

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Mishka White

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

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Farbod Abolhassani

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

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Jennifer Gutberg

PhD Candidate (IHPME), Health Services Research

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Dr. Hala Muaddi

Surgical Resident and PhD Candidate in Clinical Epidemiology, IHPME