Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership
Launched in September 2021, the Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership will become a leading hub of education, applied research and industry outreach at the Schulich School of Business. It will combine excellent academic training, knowledge transfer and applied research with sector impact to advance the calibre of management and leadership in the burgeoning health industry. This is our purpose, our responsibility and our commitment.
What We Do
The Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership has structured its portfolio across four pillars: Education, Student Advancement, Industry Outreach, and Research.
Education for high-performance management leadership
Student Advancement and enrichment
Industry Outreach, knowledge transfer and influence
Impactful, innovative Research
Prof. Joseph Mapa
Krembil Chair in Health Management and Leadership, Director, Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership
Joseph Mapa is an Adjunct Professor and the Program Director of the Health Industry Management Program (MBA specialization) at the Schulich School of Business, York University. He teaches on leadership and strategic rethinking in the health care sector.
In 2017, Joseph completed his tenure as a health care executive as Founding President & CEO of Sinai Health System from 2015-2017, after serving as President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital from 2001-2014. Sinai Health System is an integrated health delivery organization formed by an amalgamation of Mount Sinai Hospital (acute care), Bridgepoint Active Healthcare (complexity medicine and rehab), the Lunenfeld – Tanenbaum Research Institute, together with Circle of Care (a homecare provider). Most recently, he also served as Interim CEO of Sinai Health System’s fundraising entity, Sinai Health Foundation which encompasses Bridgepoint Foundation and Arthritis Research Foundation.
Joseph has a graduate Diploma in Hospital Administration (DHA) from the Department of Health Administration, Division of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, (now the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health). He also obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (Lifelong Member), and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (Life Status).
He is Past Chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and Past Co-Chair of Toronto Academic Health Science Network. He also served as President of the Society of Graduates in Health Administration, and Vice Chair of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He has completed terms on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, the Ontario Hospital Association Board, the Board of the Canadian Nurses Association, the EXTRA Advisory Council of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, the Advisory Board of the Women’s Executive Network – Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 and Canada’s “10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures” Board of Governors. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for MediSeen-a startup digital platform company facilitating house calls and homecare – and most recently has served as an invited guest to Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem, and a guest lecturer on the Canadian Healthcare System for University of Salzberg MBA students, on a study tour in Washington D. C.
Joseph is the author of numerous articles, and is co-author and/or co-editor of three books focusing on healthcare management- including a publication co-edited with Professor Peggy Leatt (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) on effective government relations in the health care industry, with contributions drawn from the public, private and academic communities of Canada and the U.S.
He has been recognized for his leadership and academic contributions including the Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service by the Canadian College of Health Leaders; the Leadership Award and a Literary Award from the Society of Graduates in Health Administration; Ontario Regent’s Award and the Canadian Chapter of ACHE Service Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives; the Thomas G.Elliott Memorial Publication Award from the Association of Young Health Executives; the Arbor Award in recognition of his contribution and service to the University of Toronto; and the Teaching Excellence Award at the Schulich School of Business, (First Place Winner in 2008-09 and Top Ten Winner in 2017-18). He also received the Canadian College of Health Leaders inaugural national Mentorship Award, and in 2012 he was recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Joseph was also highlighted in a feature by Financial Post Magazine on “some of the notable graduates from internationally ranked MBA schools in Canada.”
Dr. Abi Sriharan
Research Director and Senior Scientist, Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership
Dr. Abi Sriharan is a senior scientist and research director at the Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership at the Schulich School of Business at York University, Canada.
She is an internationally recognized authority on systems leadership and innovation. Her current research focuses on three streams of work: the impact of digital innovations on the workforce, the future of work in the health sector, and the presence of women in the workforce. Popular media outlets have covered her work, including the The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, CTV News, and Global TV. She has received awards for her research from the Global Alliance for Medical Education, the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement from the University of Oxford, and the President’s Award from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. In 2022, she was named a Connaught Global Scholar for her research on AI and the future of work in the health sector.
Dr. Sriharan teaches executive and graduate programs on human factors and innovation strategies. From 2018 to 2023, Dr. Sriharan served as the program director of the master’s in system leadership and Innovation (MSc SLI) program at the University of Toronto and led its curriculum transformation. The MSc SLI program is widely considered Canada’s first graduate program to train physicians on systems leadership and innovation. In recognition of her academic leadership, in 2021, she received the Eugene Stuart Program Leadership Award from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Sriharan is a professionally certified leadership coach with the International Coaches Federation and a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University. She regularly coaches high-performance physicians and senior health-care executives.
Before her academic career, Dr. Sriharan spent ten years as senior health-care executive and consultant for organizations in Canada and the United States, advising the management teams of multinational health-sector organizations in over fifteen countries on health systems innovation and transformation.
Dr. Sriharan received her DPhil and MSc from the University of Oxford and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. She received additional leadership training from Harvard University and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
The Centre is pleased to announce the formation of an advisory board. The board is comprised of leaders in a range of organizations associated with the Healthcare sector. The overall purpose of the board is to provide advice and direction on the Centre’s Education, Research, and Continuing Education agenda, as well as facilitate and develop the Centre’s engagement with the broader business and related community.
Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership
Rob and Cheryl Graduate Study & Research Building,
Schulich School of Business, York University,
45 York Boulevard, Toronto, ON, Canada, M3J 1P3
Email address: KrembilCentre@schulich.yorku.ca