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Kaiyan Fu, Mentor in the Early Career Health Leaders Program, Wins Leadership Honours

Vernissage Health is delighted to share that one of our mentors in the Early Career Health Leaders Program, Kaiyan Fu, was recently honoured by the Canadian College of Health Leaders as recipient of 2023 Nursing Leadership Award. The CCHL Nursing Leadership Award builds on the themes of patient centered care and leadership, and honours those health leaders who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence in these areas. Kaiyan is currently serving as the Vice-President, Senior’s Health, and Chief Clinical Executive at SE Health. Through her participative leadership approach, she is transforming SE Health’s organizational culture towards a nurse-led, empowered model to optimize nursing practice, and continuity of care. She also sits on the Board of Governor’s at North York General Hospital and volunteers her time to mentor in the Vernissage Health Early Career Health Leaders Program (ECHL) where she imparts her philosophy of "learning how to fish" for sustained success in leadership.

Kaiyan and six other experienced health leaders serve as mentors in the Early Career Health Leaders Program. Mentors are great leaders themselves and assist early career health leaders deepen and refine their leadership practice after completing graduate studies and entering the health field in leadership roles.

Applications for ECHL are NOW open! Apply early - spots are filling quickly! Encourage interested friends and colleagues who are leaders in health care to apply to this unique immersive experience in health leadership.

Applications are open from early career health leaders:

  • who have completed a graduate degree in health care in the past 5-7 years (including graduate programs in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, Rotman School of Management, IHPME and DLSPH) and

  • are currently in leadership roles in health (leadership roles are broadly defined to include leadership positions or roles in health organizations as well as leadership in health advocacy or community development).

For more information about this unique program, please contact Wendy Nelson, Founder and Project Lead at to book a 1:1 conversation. To learn more about the program and listen to the experiences of past participants, please visit

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