Collaborative Health Governance Program


The healthcare sector is facing urgent pressure and scrutiny on systemic issues at every level. Board directors need to think and lead differently to become the drivers of change.

In partnership with the McMaster Health Leadership Academy, the Collaborative Health Governance Program (CHG) has been designed with an understanding of the new world of governance and with the unique requirements of health and social sector boards in mind.

This multi-day virtual program will help directors gain an understanding of the new world of collaborative governance and provide an opportunity to co-design new and innovative approaches to health governance.

Equipping current and future leaders with the skills, relationships, and system understandings to enable them to be not only effective leaders, but leaders for innovation, creativity, and bravery to help transform our health care system from one that is in crisis to one that serves the needs of Canadians from coast to coast.
David Price, Co-Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy

Applications are now being accepted for 2024.

November 6 – 9, 2024

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This specialized program offers an opportunity to learn from governance and healthcare leaders and make a positive and immediate impact in the boardroom with the ability to:

  • Facilitate meaningful collaboration to navigate the line between strategy and operational effectiveness
  • Cultivate a learn-by-doing attitude of experimentation, reflection, and iterating approaches to working together to solve problems
  • Co-create compelling visions with foresight around emerging issues and stakeholder engagement
  • Explore new avenues for creating and supporting sustainable value
  • Enhance your ability to engage with management and other key board partners particularly around complex multi-stakeholder issues
  • Understand your potential liabilities and exposures as a board director and how to mitigate them
  • Contribute to the future of health governance in Canada

Leveraging The Directors College proven delivery model for virtual learning environments, the CHG Program’s experiential approach is to learn by doing through case studies, active dialogue and best practice examples to address key questions.

Lead Faculty

  • Dr. Michael Hartmann, Principal of The Directors College, Executive Director of the EMBA in Digital Transformation and Co-Director of the Health Leadership Academy at the DeGroote School of Business

Program Faculty

  • David A.H. Brown, C.Dir., Executive Vice-President, Governance Solutions Inc.
  • Jodeme Goldhar, Principal, Adaptive Strategy Partners
  • Shanon Grauer, Counsel at INQ Law
  • Andrew Poprawa, C.Dir., Regulatory and Governance Advisor, The Directors College, Facilitator
  • Karel Vrendenburg, IBM, Global VP, Client Insights and Research

More faculty and speakers to be announced soon.


Admission Requirements

This Program is open to:

  • Individuals currently sitting on boards, or who intend to service on a board, and those who work with boards of directors
  • Healthcare leaders seeking to improve boardroom skills, expand knowledge of good governance, and become high-performing board directors
  • The Directors College Alumni, graduates of other accredited programs on governance, and those looking to enhance their knowledge on healthcare stewardship
  • Current participants in The Directors College who have not yet completed Module 1 of the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program


The Collaborative Health Governance Program can be taken as a stand-alone earning a Certificate of Completion, or graduates of the program can also apply to have the program recognized as the equivalent of Module 1 of the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program. To be eligible for program recognition, applicants must meet all of the Chartered Directors Program registration requirements and must also complete a mandatory 90-minute governance workshop and associated readings.

Continuing Professional Development

For graduates of The Directors College programs (C.Dir., A.C.C., H.R.C.C.C.) this course qualifies for 15 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


The Collaborative Health Governance Program is a highly interactive 3.5 day virtual learning experience. View the brochure or direct program inquiries to

Applications are now being accepted for 2024.

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