5 April 2024
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
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2024 HBA Canada Circle of Advisors for Executive & Mid-Senior Leaders

Applications for HBA Canada’s Circle of Advisors virtual program, exclusively for executive women, are now being accepted.

The application deadline is 1 April 2024.

Circle of Advisors is a peer support program for executive women who are HBA members in good standing and meet the required inclusion criteria. The objectives of the program are to:
• Expand each participant’s strategic network with like-minded, successful executives
• Serve as a forum for senior leadership development and imaginative problem solving
• Create an inner circle of mutual support, learning, and friendship
• Leverage expert executive coaches to foster and facilitate the power of group coaching

It starts with YOU!
While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve your wildest dreams, we can promise that joining a circle will give you the support to go for them. Past members have achieved new heights, taking on higher-level assignments, enjoying expanded roles, and transitioning to unexpected and exciting opportunities, all thanks to the encouragement and support of their peer advisors and coaches.

The Power of Peer Support
Research shows that we are more confident and can learn and accomplish more in small groups. Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social, and practical help to each other over time. This is the priceless benefit of being part of a circle.

Previous circles have helped members work through challenges and opportunities, including navigating politically complex environments, negotiating for their true value, preparing for crucial conversations, and navigating demanding travel and meeting schedules. Participants also have found help in managing difficult professional relationships, including interacting with competitive peers and influencing across the globe without direct authority. Members have benefited from the wisdom of other women, who they respect and enjoy, on these issues as well as the ever-present considerations of self-care and work-life balance.

The Circle of Advisors
Each circle is comprised of six to eight members representing the highest levels of leadership in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, healthcare, academic, and/or service provider organizations. Individuals register and then will be sent an application to ensure appropriate qualifications and circle commonality/diversity, company representation, comparable levels of responsibility, and related areas of interest. An executive coach, selected based on proven expertise and experience partnering with and supporting top-tier leaders, will be assigned to each circle to facilitate discussions for the entire duration of the program. Topics for Circle discussion include core topics, coach-selected customized to circle, and member suggestions.

Program events
• A series of program events over 13 hours will support networking opportunities among all the circles:
• Virtual kickoff event: 05 April 2024, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm ET- attendance is mandatory, so it is encouraged for applicants to block the evening on calendars now pending acceptance
• Five x 1.5hrs virtual Circle sessions, led by Executive Coach
• A one-hour 1:1 Individual Coaching Session
• Optional (four x 30 min) informal Circle Coffee catch-up sessions
• Virtual end-of-program celebration: November 2024

Accepted applicants must attend the virtual Circle of Advisors kickoff event on 2024 April 05 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm ET. It is encouraged for applicants to block the evening on calendars now pending acceptance.

Selection criteria and process
Members of the Circle of Advisors leadership will screen all applicants to match executives to their circle. HBA membership is required to participate.

If a participant cannot be accommodated in the program or does not meet the eligibility criteria (see below*) to participate, the applicant's program fee will be refunded in full. Selected participants will be notified and receive invitation information about the kickoff event where they will meet their executive coach and circle peers (on 05 April 2024).

Eligible participants* must be currently (or for those in employment transition, most recently) be on the senior leadership team of their organization (pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostics, healthcare, charitable, regulatory, academic, service provider, or another health-related organization). Examples of eligible roles include C-suite, President/GM, VP-level, Country Department leader, or equivalent.

Enrollment in Circle of Advisors is a two-step process:
Interested executives are required to register online to participate in the program. Applicants will be automatically emailed a survey after completing registration. This survey must be completed to be considered for participation. Successful applicants will be notified by 2 April 2024.

HBA membership
Accepted applicants must be HBA members to participate in the program. Please note that HBA annual membership dues are an additional charge, separate and distinct from any Circle of Advisors program fees, and are not refundable. Please make sure that you are accepted into the program and have decided to participate before registering as a nonmember.

Additional Event Information

  • Please note: This webinar WILL NOT be recorded. Please be sure that you will be able to attend the live broadcast, as no refunds will be offered for those not able to participate.
  • Online registration deadline: 1 April 2024 - Deadline extended!
  • Event is open to: HBA Members and Non-members
  • This event is not refundable.


*Regular Registration - Virtual$950.00 / €950.00 
Non-Member Registration + 1 year HBA membership $1,199.00 / €1,199.00

Members receive up to 50 percent discount

Event Policies

Photography Policy
By registering for this event, you acknowledge that you may be photographed, videotaped, and/or audio-taped during the meeting and hereby give permission for your image, voice, or survey comments to be used in education, training, promotion, and/or trade and communications media by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association in any and all media throughout the world, without restriction as to frequency or duration of usage.

COVID-19 Policy
The HBA requires that all persons who participate in in-person events do so at their own risk and that each participant agrees to the following agreement before taking part in the activity and urges all participants to act in such a manner as to protect their own safety and the safety of others.

By registering for this event, I fully understand that my participation in the program is purely voluntary. I desire to participate and agree to act reasonably and prudently under the circumstances. I further understand that any HBA volunteers participating in the activity will act individually and will not represent the HBA. As a condition to my participation the activity, I waive and release the HBA and their officers, employees, and agents from any claim that I may have for any damage to property or injury to my person that may result in whole or in part from my participation.

Special Needs Policy
The HBA will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with special needs can enjoy all of its programs. Contact us if you require special accommodations for this event.