Leadership Resources

The Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) is committed to promoting access to leadership opportunities to develop and support underrepresented groups within the Canadian orthopaedic community.

Winter/Spring Iteration
Courses from January 1 to May 31, 2023
Applications Open: December 1, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 
Notification: February 10, 2023

The Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) is committed to promoting access to leadership opportunities to develop and support underrepresented groups within the Canadian orthopaedic community.

In its second iteration, applicants may receive up to $500 CAD to attend a leadership course or conference of their choice. The scholarship is open to all membership, including residents, fellows, active surgeons and allied health professionals.

  • Be a member in good standing of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
  •  Self-identify as an underrepresented group in Canadian orthopaedics.
  •  Demonstrate applicability for developing leadership skills.
  • Interest to attend national or international in-person or virtual courses, events or workshops lasting less than 3 months, valued less than $5,000 CAD.
  • National or international in-person or virtual courses, events or workshops lasting more than 3 months, valued more than $5,000 CAD.
  • Applicants requesting financial aid to finalize current coursework.
  • Incomplete applications submitted.
How to Apply

Complete and forward the Scholarship Application Form to policy@canorth.org.
• Forward a brief curriculum vitae (CV).

Selection Process

Scholarship recipients will be chosen by a Selection Committee via blind review. All personal information, including but not limited to: name, sex, gender, race, geographical location, institutional affiliation will be omitted during the review. Information included in the review for consideration will be: personal essays capturing interest in leadership, career trajectory, course description and costs associated. The Selection Committee is composed of members from the COA Committee slate and invited colleagues.


Applicants may be invited to offer feedback on the course/event in the future for the COA Bulletin, Annual General Meeting or other communications.

A Note on Personal Information

The COA is capturing the current member profile in order to better serve its membership. Personal information disclosed on the Scholarship Application Form are for internal matters only and will not be divulged to the public or Selection Committee.

National – Canada

Canadian Leadership Institute for Medical Education (CLIME)
Offered by the Canadian Association of Medical Education, the 4-day program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are engaged in leading initiatives that will promote innovation and change in Health Sciences. CLIME is geared towards Health Sciences educators who are in a position to implement new skills in the workplace

Physician Leadership Institute (PLI)
Various online and in-person courses offered by Joule Inc., a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) company, that focus on comprehensive leadership development. Participants who complete five PLI courses within the last 5 years are allegeable for a PLI Certificate. A 25% discount is available for CMA members and 50% discount for residents.

British Columbia

UBC Faculty Professional Development
Variety of courses for professional development.


Alberta Health Services and University Leadership Courses
Numerous 2-day programs offered over the course of one year. Participants who complete 5 or 6 courses will receive an AHS certificate and will be able to apply these courses to the CCPE designation through CMA. The overall program themes change annually but maintain a focus on management and leadership.

University of Calgary Practical Leadership Courses (ongoing)
This highly-interactive one day event focuses on you: exploring leadership styles, balance and skills, and creating your own personal leadership development plan.

Gold Leadership Development Program Academic
The program is comprised of ten modules as well as Orientation and Graduation. Each session has been designed to address key areas of academic leadership within the University of Alberta context.


University of Saskatchewan Edwards School of Business Leadership Courses
A variety of leadership and women’s leadership courses


Academic Health Sciences Leadership Program
A yearlong program offered by the Centre for Health Care Innovation in Manitoba. The course focuses on developing leadership skills while understanding the dynamics of healthcare management. Participants are required to meet weekly for three hours.


McMaster Continuing Education Leadership Essentials Courses
Range of courses from half day to two days.

Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management
A comprehensive certificate completed over the course of fourteen days and offered by the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University. The program combines business fundamentals with healthcare leadership skills and knowledge.

Master of Health Science in Health Administration
A two-year graduate program offered by the University of Toronto. The program brings business and management principles into alignment with a health services focus. The MHSc’s allows high-achieving professionals to earn a degree without interrupting their careers.

New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) Program
Three 4-day modules offered over the course of one year with coaching and remote learning in between. Applicants must have been in a faculty position for at least 3 years and have academic leadership roles and/or responsibilities. Participants will develop the capabilities to successfully lead their division, program, research, education or other academic unit.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Physician Leadership Development Program
Offered by the Schulich Executive Education Centre and available for OMA members, the program provides leadership training along identified learning pathways in a group setting. Participants are required to meet for 4 in-person seminars held in Toronto and one remote course.

Rotman School of Business Healthcare Leadership Programs
Three 5-day modules over the course of one year and offered by the University of Toronto. The program focuses on leadership skills required to achieve the foundational building blocks of personal, organizational and system change. The program is aimed at current or potential senior members of leadership teams in health care.

University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Professional Development
A variety of opportunities for leadership


Concordia University John Molson Executive Centre Leadership Bootcamp
Classroom sessions over 6 days (over the course of four months).
Four courses: Mindful and Influential Leader, Reinforcing Your Tool Belt, Agile and Adaptive Leader, Leadership in Action.

 McGill Executive Institute Leadership Courses
A variety of leadership courses ranging from 2 days to 12 days.

McGill School of Continuing Studies Graduate Certificate in Leadership
A 24-credit graduate course in management, leadership, coaching, and development.

Institut de leadership
Various bilingual courses on leadership and management.
Typically 6 days.

Université de Sherbrooke Programme en leadership public (French)
15 credits taken over 3 semesters, part-time.

Université Laval Microprogramme de deuxième cycle endéveloppement du leadership (French)
9-credit leadership program, with an option for full-time or part-time.

HEC Montréal Ecole des dirigeants (French)
A variety of leadership courses.

Atlantic Provinces

Emerging Leaders in Academic Medicine (ELAM)
The online program is comprised of 8 units and offered by the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine. Optional in-person networking meetings are also held annually. The program provides an opportunity for faculty to become more familiar with the functioning of the medical school and acquire knowledge and skills to take on expanded roles in their academic settings.

Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP)
The PLDP is offered by Doctors Nova Scotia and is designed specifically for Nova Scotia physicians. Participants must commit to attend six 2-day modules. In addition to course work and action learning projects, participants will benefit from five, one-hour individual coaching sessions.

Memorial University Physician Management and  Leadership Program
The Physician Management & Leadership Program is a ten module accredited certificate program designed to prepare physicians (and other healthcare professionals working in medical administration) to become effective leaders and managers.

Outside Canada

APEX Leadership Certificate Program
The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business Executive Education offer a 10-month program designed for the specific needs of orthopaedic surgeon leaders. Participants work in a collegial environment with professional networking opportunities.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Leadership Development
In-person and remote courses offered over the course of one year. The focus is on educational leadership with specific programs for Post Graduate Medical Education, leadership in IT, and change leadership.

Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Leadership
A one-day workshop and multiple post-conference sessions linked with the AMEE conference. The program is run through interactive group activities, short presentations, and individual exercises aimed towards gaining insight into the impact of leadership styles. Registration for the AMEE conference is required to attend the workshop.

Harvard Surgical Leadership Program
The Surgical Leadership Program is the Harvard Medical School postgraduate certificate program for surgeons seeking to step into and succeed in leadership positions and acquire the skills needed to excel as heads of departments, divisions, projects, and institutions at large. Participants learn directly from Harvard’s leading faculty across all areas influencing surgical leadership, including communication, mentoring, process and quality improvement, change management, financial management, and surgical research and technique. This is a one-year long certificate course with three 4-day workshops in various locations.

Harvard Pediatrics Leadership Program
The Pediatrics Leadership Program (PLP) is an innovative yearlong certificate developed by faculty members at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and University College London (UCL) Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH). Designed for physicians and pediatric health care professionals who wish to become leaders in pediatrics, or who want to strengthen their existing leadership skills in the field. This program brings together an elite group of pediatricians providing access to a worldwide community of like-minded clinicians.

Harvard Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership Program
SQIL is a one-year certificate program consisting of three in-person, 4-day workshops, live interactive webinars, pre-recorded lectures and peer collaboration. This program will give participants direct access to the world’s leading authorities in safety, quality, medical informatics and health leadership.

Harvard CME Healthcare Education and Leadership
A catalogue of multiple several day long courses available on the topics of healthcare education and leadership.

Harvard Medical School Continuing Education – Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare
This professional development program delivers evidence-based strategies, skills development and education that help women at various stages of their healthcare careers step into and succeed in leadership positions.

Brave Enough Women’s Conference
Three-day conference for female physicians interested in gender equity, professional resilience, and wellbeing with a focus on women in medicine

The Samson Global Leadership Academy
Program to help clinicians create a leadership development plan.
1-week or 2-week options.

American Association for Physician Leadership
Curriculum designed to fulfill requirement to achieve Certified Physician Executive designation.
Variable, self-study with on-site sessions.

Wharton/Deloitte Physician Leadership Academy
For new leaders entering executive roles; how to face challenges with these position.
3 days onsite, 3 times/yr.

Centre for Creative Leadership – Women’s Leadership Experience
Develop personal leadership style and brand; implementation of personal leadership strategy
3 days on site, 3 months virtual, 2 days on site

Executive Leaders of Academic Medicine
Professional and personal development for women leaders in academic medicine.
Year-long program, 4 week long sessions on site.

GRIT for Women in Medicine: Growth, Resilience, Inspiration and Tenacity
Professional development and well-being; resources to remove barriers and bias of women in leadership
September course.

AOA Emerging Leaders Program
Leadership development within orthopaedic surgery; network development.
June – 2 days.

Leadership Courses

*Course descriptions can be available in French upon request
**This is not a comprehensive list of resources.