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HLS Leadership Network

Students will have the opportunity to access the HLS Leadership Network, an exclusive network of senior executives (called “advisors”) who have been carefully selected to reflect a variety of career and life experiences. The advisors will assist students with first-hand knowledge about specific industries, functions, business problems and most importantly, provide advice on their career options.

The HLS Leadership Network includes over 75 senior executives (“Advisors”) hailing from all parts of the healthcare and life sciences sector with experience both in Canada and globally.

All HLS students have the opportunity to connect with the Advisors who can assist them with first-hand knowledge about specific industries, functions, business problems, and advice on their career options.

We believe that participation in this program allows HLS students to expand their professional connections and find advice, guidance and coaching.

How It Works

Students book one 30-minute appointment, called an “Office Hour”, for each Advisor they select, based on their career goals and professional interests.

Each Advisor has provided their availability in advance making it quick and easy for students to make appointments.

An Office Hour is a casual conversation hosted by the Advisor for the HLS student. The Advisor may offer advice in their field, share their career path, or simply answer the student’s questions. Office Hours can be conducted in person, over the phone or via Skype.

We recommend that each student book at least three or four Office Hours, each with a different Advisor, during each term. There are three terms in total:

  • Term 1 – September to December
  • Term 2 – January to April
  • Term 3 – May to August

If you are an HLS Student or current HLS Advisor, you can access the HLS Leadership Network using the link below. 

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Our Advisor Team


Here is a selection of Advisors who have kindly agreed to join the Network and volunteer their time to speak with our HLS students. We thank them for their commitment to student learning and development.

Sachin Aggarwal

Chief Executive Officer, Think Research 

Dr. Michael Apkon

President, Sand Street Advisors 

Dr. Robert Bell

Former CEO and Deputy Minister of Health 

Aaron Berk

Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG Canada

Georgina Black

Managing Partner, Government & Public Services, Deloitte Canada

Gordon Burrill

Partner & National Industry Leader, Canadian Head of Health & Life Sciences, Lean Transformation Service Offering Lead, KPMG

Heather Chalmers

President & Chief Executive Officer, GE Canada; Country Leader GE Healthcare Canada


Sanjay Cherian

Chief Strategy Officer, ClearData

Magnus Conteh

Founder & CEO, Xuberance Global Impact Solutions Ltd

Lois Cormack

CEO, Spring Living Retirement

Janet Davidson

Healthcare Consultant

Vivian Demian

Executive Director, Advisory Service, KPMG

Michael Dingle

Chief Operating Officer, TELUS Health

Steve Dryburgh

AVP, HR Partner, Manulife

Will Falk

Executive-in-Residence, Rotman School of Management

Jane Farnham

Founder and Principal, Farnham+ Inc.

Joel Finlayson

Managing Director, Healthcare, Accenture

Debbie Fischer

Executive-In-Residence, Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy, Rotman School

Patricia Gauthier  Head, Vaccines Unit  GSK

Patricia Gauthier

General Country Manager, Moderna Canada

Stephen Goldsmith

Vice President of Business Development, Petal Solutions

Justine Jackson

Past Vice President, Finance and Chief Operating Officer, CAMH Foundation

Dr. Karim Jessa

Chief Medical Information Officer, Hospital for Sick Children

Anand Jha

Anand Jha

Managing Director, Ansea

Zayna Khayat

Vice President, Client Success & Growth, Teladoc Health

Dr. David Klein

Staff Physician - Critical Care, St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Darren Larsen  Chief Medical Officer  OntarioMD

Dr. Darren Larsen

Chief Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer, TELUS Health Care Centres 

Jana Machan

VP Commercialization, CCRM - Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine

Leslie Madden

Head of Regulatory Science & QA, Canada at Moderna


Jeff Mainland

Executive Vice President, Hospital for Sick Children

Kristin Mendoza

National Clinical Lead, Deloitte Canada

Jen Moody

Head, Innovation Strategy, Cell Therapy, Danaher Corporation



Sean Murray

Senior Client Executive, Ontario Healthcare, Microsoft


Dr. Dion Neame

North American Senior Medical Expert – Vaccines Sanofi, Sanofi Pasteur, Canada

Dr. Chris O’Connor

Chief Executive Officer, FirstHx Inc.

Gabriela Prada

Director, Global Health Systems Policy, Global Government Affairs, Medtronic

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Shelly-Ann Rampersad

Vice-President, Clinical Operations, Maple


Rebecca Repa

EVP Clinical Support and Performance, University Health Network

Emmeline Roodenburg

VP of Strategy, Dr. Sulaiman AL Habib Medical Group

Wayne Samuels

General Manager, Medicentres Canada Inc.

Image of Christian Schuhmacher, GEMBA-HLS Leadership

Christian Schuhmacher

Senior VP, Middle East & Africa and Deputy Managing Director, VAMED Management Services

Bruce Seet

Head of Medical Affairs (Canada), Novavax

Shirlee Sharkey

Board Director and Advisor; Former CEO, SE Health

Sohaib Siddiqi

Managing Partner, Healthcare Ventures, Kettlebeck

Kevin Smith

President & CEO, University Health Network

Leslee Thompson

CEO at Accreditation Canada & Health Standards Organization

Andy Williams

Vice President, Immunology, Janssen Inc.

Denise Zarn

Senior Advisor, at Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions & Virtual Care

Jennifer Zelmer

President & CEO, Healthcare Excellence Canada


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