Schulich announces inaugural Krembil Chair in Health Management and Leadership

handshake and books

Schulich School of Business Adjunct Professor Joseph Mapa, executive director of the Health Industry Management Program, has been appointed to a three-year term as the inaugural Krembil Chair in Health Management and Leadership, effective July 1.

The new Chair was made possible by a $5-million gift from the Krembil Foundation and is one of the cornerstone components of Schulich’s newly launched Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership, said Schulich Interim Dean Detlev Zwick.

“The Chair will help develop the school’s research capacity in the health-care field and expand Schulich’s reputation as an international thought leader in health sector strategy, transformation and organizational leadership,” said Zwick.

Joseph Mapa
Joseph Mapa

Mapa teaches on leadership and strategic rethinking in the health-care sector, and joined York University’s Schulich School of Business in 2013 as an executive-in-residence and adjunct professor after having served in various roles at Schulich, including teaching, advising and mentoring. Prior to joining Schulich, he served as president and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital from 2001-14, and as the founding president and CEO of Sinai Health System from 2015-17.

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 10 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.

Mapa is the author of numerous articles, and is co-author and/or co-editor of three books focusing on health-care 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.

“Joe brings to the centre years of real-world experience, extensive connections to the health industry, and the ability to manage the centre’s experiential and research activities,” said Zwick. “We are fortunate to have a widely respected and admired figure in the Canadian health sector leading the centre and serving as the inaugural Krembil Chair.”

Read more about the Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership here.