Vernissage Health

Vernissage Health: Leadership and Leading Change in Health: A Dialogue Series


Dialogue can be a powerful catalyst for transformative learning and systemic change. This is the central idea behind an initiative called Vernissage Health™, a re-interpretation of the 18th century “salon” as a forum for contemporary leadership development. Supported by IHPME and Rotman faculty, Vernissage Health™ is an innovative leadership development opportunity in 2020.

Vernissage Health™ brings together two leadership groups in a “salon” environment for dialogue about leadership and health system transformation: graduate students from the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) and the Rotman School of Management embarking on careers in health (emerging leaders) and late career senior executives and leaders in transition from established, successful careers across broad sectors in health (experienced leaders). The scope of experienced leaders will include CEOs and senior executives in the private and public sectors – consultants, hospitals, advocacy and professional associations, government, and physician leaders in management.

Dialogue sessions provide a unique opportunity for these leaders to self reflect, share experiences, and exchange concepts and ideas about leadership. Ultimately, this unique experience will help impact and develop emerging leaders who can successfully navigate positive change within Canada’s health system for the future.


The dialogue sessions are designed to provide a positive, informal learning environment that achieves the following objectives:

  • fosters insights and authentic conversation about leadership and leading change in health organizations, the broader health system, the community and society at large
  • allows networking, creates relationship and shared learning among and between participants who are emerging and experienced leaders in health
  • provides the opportunity to examine diverse experiences, thoughts and insights about the challenges facing health leaders now and in the future
  • allows participants to learn about and experience dialogue and its core elements as a form of communication that can facilitate engagement, change and transformation

The Six Sessions: IHPME Alumni Series Dates

Session 1 September 21, 2020
Session 2 October 5, 2020
Session 3 October 20, 2020 (Tuesday session)
Session 4 November 9, 2020

Session 5

Session 6

November 23, 2020

November 30, 2020 (emerging leaders only)

The Six Sessions: IHPME Series Dates

Session 1 January 18, 2021
Session 2 February 8, 2021
Session 3 March 1, 2021
Session 4 March 22, 2021

Session 5

Session 6

April 12, 2021

May 3, 2021 (emerging leaders only)

The Six Sessions: IHPME/Rotman Series Dates

Session 1 January 25, 2021
Session 2 February 16, 2021 (Tuesday after Family Day)
Session 3 March 8, 2021
Session 4 March 30, 2021 (Tuesday after Passover)

Session 5

Session 6

April 19, 2021

May 10, 2021 (emerging leaders only)

“What truly matters in our lives is measured through conversation”
– Peter Block