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IHPME Alumni Dialogue Series and Early Career Mentorship Program Launches in January, 2022


The Vernissage Health Project Team is delighted to announce the launch of the Vernissage Health Dialogue Series and Early Career Mentorship Program for IHPME alumni in January, 2022. As many IHPME students have experienced, dialogue can be a powerful catalyst for learning about health leadership and establishing one’s leadership practice. This is the central idea behind a new continuing education offering of Vernissage Health™ as an innovative opportunity for IHPME alumni. The Vernissage Health Alumni Program will bring together two leadership groups in a small group environment for dialogue about leadership: alumni embarking on careers in health leadership (emerging leaders) and mid- to late-career leaders with experience across broad sectors in health (established leaders). Dialogue sessions provide a unique opportunity for early career leaders to self-reflect, share experiences, and exchange ideas about leadership. Ultimately, this experience will help impact and develop early career leaders, after graduation from IHPME, who can successfully navigate leadership to create positive change within Canada’s health system.


Program Aims

The program is designed to provide a positive learning environment that achieves the following objectives:

  • facilitates reflection and formal assessment related to the values, competencies and skills of effective leadership in health in early career stages

  • fosters practical insights and authentic conversation about inclusive leadership and leading positive change in health organizations and the broader health system,

  • allows networking among and between participants and includes 1:1 coaching and mentorship to augment leadership development;

  • provides the opportunity to examine diverse experiences, thoughts and insights about health leadership

  • allows participants to learn about and experience dialogue as a form of communication that can facilitate engagement, change and transformation.

Core Offerings

1. Leadership Assessment: A proven leadership tool designed specifically for emerging leaders assists in the creation of learning goals at the outset of the program. This instrument approaches leadership as a measurable and learnable set of behaviours and helps emerging leaders measure their leadership competencies today. All participants will complete a leadership self-assessment at the outset of the programme.

2. Dialogue Series: The foundation of Vernissage Health™ is a series of eight interactive small group sessions — or “hosted conversations” – scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays from January to May, 2022. Sessions will be held online (using Zoom). 3. Individual Coaching and Mentoring: All participants will be assigned an established leader/mentor who will provide personal coaching and mentorship in achievement of leadership development goals. (See the bios of mentors in the 2022 program.) During the program, each participant will be eligible to receive up to five 1:1 coaching sessions, scheduled at dates/time convenient to all parties.

Course Fees:

A fee to cover direct out-of-pocket expenses will be payable in full upon acceptance into the program. Participants may be eligible for continuing education credits from professional colleges. A receipt for fees paid will be available for tax purposes.

Application Process and Deadline: Dec. 5, 2021

Please encourage interested classmates and IHPME alumni to apply! Applications are open to IHPME alumni, 2 to 5 years post-graduation (2016 through 2020), who are working full or part time in leadership roles in health (leadership roles broadly defined to include leadership positions or roles in health organizations as well as leadership in health advocacy or community development). To apply to the program, please complete the following:

  1. Send cover letter and curriculum vitae to Vernissage@utoronto.ca.

  2. Complete the application survey.

For more information about this initiative, please contact Wendy Nelson, Project Lead at wendy.nelson@utoronto.ca. To attend an online information session about the program in November, please register at vernissagehealth.com.

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