Since its founding in 2004, the Centre for Health Sector Strategy at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has worked on an innovation agenda that produces actionable management and policy knowledge for the health sector and the life sciences. In addition, the initiatives of the Centre include an MBA major in Health Sector Management, as well as Executive Programs  with Rotman Executive Programs for health-care professionals.

The Centre under the leadership of Prof. Brian Golden, Vice-Dean, Professional Programs and the Sandra Rotman Chair in Health Sector Strategy, has recently convened an advisory board.  The Board, chaired by Matt Anderson, CEO, William Osler Health Centre, includes leaders from public and private sectors organizations:  

  • Dr. Robert Bell, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care;
  • Georgina Black, Partner & National Health Sector Lead, KPMG Canada;
  • Linda Blair, Partner, National Health Services, Deloitte;
  • Heather Chalmers, General Manager, GE Healthcare Systems, Canada;
  • Stacey Daub, CEO, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre;
  • Janet Davidson, Deputy Minister, Alberta Health Services;
  • Will Falk, Executive Researcher in Residence, Health Policy and Public Sector Transformation, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto, & Managing Partner & National Lead, Healthcare Services Group, PWC;
  • Neil Fraser, President, Medtronic Canada;
  • Dr. Michael Guerriere, Chief Medical Officer, Telus Health;
  • Zayna Khayat, Lead of MaRS Health and Director of MaRS EXCITE;
  • Dr. David Klein, Head of Medical Affairs & Business Strategy, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital;
  • Tanya Lederer, Director, External Relations, Ontario, Public Affairs & Reimbursement, GSK;
  • Lydia Lee, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, UHN; Integrated Chief Information Officer, SIMS;
  • Anita McGahan, Rotman Chair in Management, Associate Dean, Research, Professor of Strategic Management
  • Jeff Mainland, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Quality, Performance and Communications, Sick Kids;
  • Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management;
  • Will Mitchell, Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization and Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management
  • Hitesh Seth, Sector Vice President, Consulting Services, CGI ;
  • Shirley Sharkey, President  & CEO, Saint Elizabeth Health Care;
  • Alison Simpson, Vice President, Strategy and Future Portfolio, Astra Zeneca; and,
  • Mark Stabile, Professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management & Director, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto
  • Jamison Steeve, Executive Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute & the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity
  • Andy Williams, Vice President Sales and Marketing, J and J Medical Companies.  

Among other issues, the Centre is currently conducting research and advising on:

  • Ontario’s primary healthcare system
  • Commercialization of life-sciences products and services;
  • The role of the private sector in healthcare delivery and technology;
  • Alliances in the health sector: public-public, private-private and public-private;
  • Performance management, governance and control;
  • Organizational redesign and system integration; and, 
  • Sustainability of public funding in Canadian healthcare.

The Rotman School offers a major in Health Sector Management for students in the School’s Full-Time, Morning and Evening MBA programs. It focuses on management in health care delivery systems, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales and marketing, life sciences product commercialization, and related consulting and financial industries. The major also introduces students to various regulatory bodies and procedures in the health sector. The lead faculty, in addition to Prof. Brian Golden are: 

  • Prof Anita McGahan, Rotman Chair in Management;
  • Prof. Will Mitchell, Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization; 
  • Prof. Mark StabileFounding Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto;
  • Linda Blair, Partner, National Health Services, Deloitte; and,
  • Zayna Khayat, Lead of MaRS Health and Director of MaRS EXCITE.  

The Centre, in partnership with Rotman Executive Programs, is Canada’s leading academic provider of healthcare executive programs, and offers health sector programs which equip professionals with the knowledge and business skills to lead and manage their organizations effectively in a complex field that is constantly evolving. Both open enrollment and customized programs are offered.


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University of Toronto

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