Leadership Resources

The COA is committed to promoting access to leadership opportunities.

Questions, please contact policy@canorth.org

Summer/Fall Deadline = June 1

Do you want to improve your leadership skills? The Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) is committed to promoting access to leadership opportunities in order to develop and support underrepresented groups within the orthopaedic community.

In 2021, the COA will offer a scholarship with rewards in two iterations valued between $100-$500 CAD per recipient, for COA members to attend a leadership course or conference of their choice. This scholarship will be awarded to orthopaedic residents, fellows, or active surgeons, on a competitive basis, to be used to defray costs related to attendance. Awards will be disbursed after proof of attendance and receipts are submitted.

All orthopaedic surgeons and trainees who identify as either female, or who are members of underrepresented groups in the specialty are encouraged to apply.

Summer/Fall Iteration – Now Closed

  • Application deadline: June 1, 2021
  • Applies to courses scheduled between June 1 and December 31, 2021

Winter/Spring Iteration – Opens December 1

  • Application deadline: February 1, 2022
  • Applies to courses scheduled between January 1 and May 31, 2022


  • Be a member in good standing of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
  • Identify as a female or a member of another underrepresented group in orthopaedics.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for developing leadership skills.
  • Identify a specific leadership course that is scheduled to take place between June 1 and December 2021.

Instructions for Applicants

The applicant must submit an email message to: policy@canorth.org consisting of the following:

  1. Title and brief description of a leadership course which you hope to attend, with a web link to the full course description.
  2. A brief personal statement, no longer than 300 words, describing your interest in leadership, how you will apply the course to your career path, and the underrepresented group(s) with which you identify.
  3. A current curriculum vitae (CV).

Please email your application to  policy@canorth.org by June 1, 2021. Include the words “Diversity in Leadership Scholarship” in the subject of your email. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure a confirmation of email receipt.

Selection Process

The scholarship recipient(s) will be selected by a steering committee made up of COA members and staff. Applicants will be notified by the end of June 2021. Successful applicants will be recognized through COA communications. The scholarship is a non-transferable opportunity.

The COA’s Diversity in Leadership Scholarship is Proudly Supported by:

At DePuy Synthes, we have a powerful vision – to Keep People Moving. Movement is essential to how we experience life. When we move better, we feel better, we connect better – we live better. We have been committed to changing the trajectory of orthopaedic care for more than 125 years.

At DePuy Synthes, we are reimagining orthopaedics so we can Keep People Moving today and tomorrow. 

 Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • At Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC), we believe new ideas can heal the world and profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.
  • Leading the charge as we pave the way to a healthier future for everyone means recognizing the powerful opportunity that a culture of belonging offers us.
  • Ultimately, a better and more inclusive way of working means we’ll continue to live up to our life-saving mission far into the future.
  • For us, diversity isn’t just a moral imperative. It’s the lifeblood of our business and serves as the lens through which we evaluate everything we do going forward.
  • View our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion here.

Fostering an Inclusive Culture

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, for us, is about advancing a culture where open hearts and minds combine to unleash the potential of the brilliant mix of people, in every corner of our organization, from every race, creed, ethnicity, gender, orientation, skill-set and ability.
  • There is room for every person at JJMDC to use their unique experiences, gifts and backgrounds to spark solutions that lead to a better, healthier world.
  • Inclusion at JJMDC is about creating a deep sense of belonging, where we all are valued, our ideas are heard, and we advance this culture for everyone.

Our Strategy

  • Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy at JJMDC is grounded in three strategic pillars that will accelerate how we discover and deliver health and well-being solutions in an increasingly diverse world:
  1. Advance Our Culture of Inclusion and Innovation;
  2. Build a Diverse Workforce for Now and the Future; and
  3. Use Our Role as a Leader in Healthcare to Drive Change

How DePuy Synthes puts Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion into practice:

  • Member of the Orthopaedics Diverse Leadership Consortium, www.orthodiversity.org
  • Launched a Women of Orthopaedics series – 100+ women profiled since 2020, shared externally on International Women’s Day 2021
  • Partner with the AOFoundation and ACCESS Initiative to include more diversity in Orthopaedics
  • Offer webinars on Healthcare Inequities and Women in Surgery
  • Created programs to recruit diverse talent