Leadership – SPHA 564

Leadership requires having an appreciation and greater understanding of different leadership styles, tools and approaches to be successful in today’s complex health care environment.

SPHA 564 Leadership (year two) prepares students to understand the many and complex aspects of leadership, specifically, but not exclusively in a health care setting. Students will examine the concept of leadership through a number of lenses, with the intention and purpose of providing both an academic and practical understanding with direct application to students’ day-to-day roles as working professionals.

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Instructor Profile


Howard Waldner

Howard Waldner

Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health

Howard Waldner is an experienced teacher and senior healthcare leader, and is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Island Health Authority (now Island Health), having held this role from 2004 until 2013. He is currently the Principal and Chief Executive of Caledonia Solutions, a strategic consulting company he founded in 2013.

Prior to joining VIHA, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the former Calgary Health Region from 1999 until 2004. Before moving to Calgary in 1999, he held a number of senior leadership roles within the Scottish National Health Service, most recently as the Chief Executive of Dundee University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

He received the Canadian College of Health Leaders National Award for Innovation in Health Care in 2013, and has gained an extensive knowledge of health and social care, during an exemplary career spanning some 35 years.

He also has significant board governance experience, and is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

He received his Executive MBA from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, is an active Certified member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Institute of Health Care Managers.