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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Think Research
Dr. Michael Apkon
President, Sand Street Advisors
Dr. Robert Bell
Former CEO and Deputy Minister of Health
Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG Canada
Managing Partner, Government & Public Services, Deloitte Canada
Partner & National Industry Leader, Canadian Head of Health & Life Sciences, Lean Transformation Service Offering Lead, KPMG
President & Chief Executive Officer, GE Canada; Country Leader GE Healthcare Canada
Chief Strategy Officer, ClearData
Founder & CEO, Xuberance Global Impact Solutions Ltd
CEO, Spring Living Retirement
Executive Director, Advisory Service, KPMG
Chief Operating Officer, TELUS Health
AVP, HR Partner, Manulife
Executive-in-Residence, Rotman School of Management
Founder and Principal, Farnham+ Inc.
Managing Director, Healthcare, Accenture
Executive-In-Residence, Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy, Rotman School
General Country Manager, Moderna Canada
Vice President of Business Development, Petal Solutions
Past Vice President, Finance and Chief Operating Officer, CAMH Foundation
Dr. Karim Jessa
Chief Medical Information Officer, Hospital for Sick Children
Managing Director, Ansea
Vice President, Client Success & Growth, Teladoc Health
Dr. David Klein
Staff Physician - Critical Care, St. Michael's Hospital
Dr. Darren Larsen
Chief Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer, TELUS Health Care Centres
VP Commercialization, CCRM - Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine
Head of Regulatory Science & QA, Canada at Moderna
Executive Vice President, Hospital for Sick Children
National Clinical Lead, Deloitte Canada
Head, Innovation Strategy, Cell Therapy, Danaher Corporation
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.
Director, Global Health Systems Policy, Global Government Affairs, Medtronic
Vice-President, Clinical Operations, Maple
EVP Clinical Support and Performance, University Health Network
VP of Strategy, Dr. Sulaiman AL Habib Medical Group
General Manager, Medicentres Canada Inc.
Senior VP, Middle East & Africa and Deputy Managing Director, VAMED Management Services
Head of Medical Affairs (Canada), Novavax
Board Director and Advisor; Former CEO, SE Health
Managing Partner, Healthcare Ventures, Kettlebeck
President & CEO, University Health Network
CEO at Accreditation Canada & Health Standards Organization
Vice President, Immunology, Janssen Inc.
Senior Advisor, at Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions & Virtual Care
President & CEO, Healthcare Excellence Canada