Building Tomorrow's Cancer Centre

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Princess Margaret Cancer Centre launched an exciting new initiative in 2016 to foster the next generation of leaders in cancer care. The Young Leaders initiative enables critical leadership development training for multidisciplinary clinical and nonclinical staff in the early stages of their careers, while at the same time empowering participants to engage in opportunities that will create the cancer centre that they envision for the future.


Over 100 people have been engaged to date through two networking events and a formal Leadership Development Certificate Program that is now underway. The participants were excited and energized to connect with each other through the various events and meet with seasoned cancer centre leaders to discuss opportunities for engagement in the cancer centre’s strategic priorities. One benefit that is already apparent is the increased connectivity and group cohesion that is occurring. Participants are meeting face to face with colleagues across various disciplines and departments and engaging in conversations about the future of Princess Margaret.

The Leadership Development Certificate Program was created specifically for the Young Leaders participants. The program consists of two four-hour intensive sessions as well as eLearning modules on critical topics in leadership. The first session included seasoned experts discussing topics such as change management, strategic visioning, appreciative inquiry and valuebased innovation. The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive and the program will continue in 2017.

An interactive workshop entitled Healthcare Philanthropy 20/20 was offered by the company Advancement Resources and hosted by the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. This inspiring session helped participants understand donor motivations and the importance of creating deeply meaningful philanthropic opportunities.
There will be a great deal of activity in 2017, starting with a Young Leaders Retreat to identify educational needs of the participants, inform the future events and speaker sessions, and lay the foundation for the initiative going forward.