Canadian Collaborative Leadership Project Receives $2.7M from Ontario Government

Jun 5, 2013

A national collaborative leadership education partnership between the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Université Laval and Queen’s University, has received $2.7 million over three years from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC).  In addition to the substantial support from the five University partners and in kind contributions of UBC and Université Laval, this grant facilitates international recognition of innovation in health leadership program development across Canada and the world.

The Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC) was chosen by the U.S. Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Board on Global Health as one of four innovation collaborative projects from around the world. The CIHLC will grow and pilot “leadership mobilization” ideas, outlined in the Lancet Commission Report, Health Professionals for a New Century: Transforming Education to Strengthen Health Systems in an Interdependent World.  CIHLC’s vision is collaborative leadership for health system change to globally transform education and health.

“We are very grateful to the Province of Ontario for supporting this innovative project and for their acknowledgement that “collaborative leadership” is necessary to make partnerships work, for traditional leaders to be more participatory and inclusive, and for shared leadership to be taught to manage complex enterprises” says Dr. Sarita Verma, CIHLC Co-Lead.

In the 21st century, health systems have become so complex that they cannot be managed effectively by a few traditional leaders. Therefore, the CIHLC will develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate an evidence-based and commercially viable collaborative leadership education programs. Targeted at emerging leaders in health care, the program will define and confer the competencies required to lead system change and confront complex health challenges.

The leads for the five-university collaborative include:

  • Sarita Verma, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Maria Tassone, Director, Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto
  • David Marsh, Associate Dean, Community Engagement, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Sue Berry, Executive Director, Integrated Clinical Learning, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Margo Paterson, Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University
  • Lesley Bainbridge, Director, Interprofessional Education, Faculty of Medicine University of British Columbia
  • Emmanuelle Careau, Professor, Rehabilitation Department, Université Laval

“The CIHLC sees collaborative leadership as a critical enabler of patient-centred and sustainable, publicly-funded health care. Every team member in an organization brings unique skills, experiences, and perspectives that should be effectively utilized.  No one lens can attend to the complex patient and systems issues facing us as a society,” adds Maria Tassone, CIHLC Co-Lead.


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