Life Sciences Policy Forum

RIC-WS-Logo-LSOOntario has a new majority government that will be tasked with transitioning Ontario to a new triple bottom line economy. Fiscal responsibility, social impact and sustainability will be key priorities influencing policy development over the course of the next four years. Facing productivity and commercialization gaps, youth unemployment, climate change and increasing healthcare costs, this government must find policies that support economic growth while addressing these social challenges. What does this mean for life sciences? This symposium will explore policy options to support cluster development, reduce business and regulatory burdens and increase competitiveness to position Ontario as a leader in life sciences; all while contributing positively to Ontario’s triple bottom line. Join us as leaders in the life sciences industry discuss how policy can position Ontario for global success.

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Maurice Bitran, CEO, Ontario Science Centre
David Allan, Chairman, AvidBiologics Inc
Jason Field, President & CEO, Life Sciences Ontario

Panelists / Moderators
*Panel 1 – Biopharmaceuticals Panel
Moderator: Russell Williams, President, Rx&D

  1. Mark Lievonen, President, Sanofi Pasteur
  2. Nick Green, President & CEO, Therapure Biopharma Inc
  3. Ghislain Boudreau, VP Public Affairs, Pfizer Canada

*Panel 2 – Medical Technology Panel
ModeratorJohn Soloninka, President & CEO, The Health Technology Exchange

  1. Brian Lewis, President & CEO, MEDEC
  2. Alex Long, General Manager, Alcon Canada, Inc.
  3. Vera Belaoussoff, VP of Corporate Development, CellAegis Devices Inc. – Canada

*Panel 3 – Agri-Food Technologies Panel
Moderator – Tyler Whale, President,  Ontario Agri Food Technologies

  1. Ted Menzies, President & CEO, CropLife Canada
  2. Michael Sills, Manager, Technical Services, Ingredion Canada Incorporated
  3. Phil Malcolmson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  4. Susan Abel, Vice President Safety and Compliance, Food & Consumer Products of Canada

*Panel 4 – Industrial Biotechnology Panel
Moderator: Sandy Marshall, Chairman, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada  

  1. Jim Grey, CEO, IGPC Ethanol Inc
  2. Tim Haig, CEO, GreenMantra Technologies
  3. John van Leeuwen, CEO, EcoSynthetix Inc

*Panel 5 – Emerging Company Panel
Moderator:  Rocky Ganske, CEO, CellAegis Devices Inc. – Canada

  1. Ilia Tikhomirov, CEO, Avid Biologics
  2. Scott Tanner, Chief Technology Officer DVS Sciences Inc. /Fluidigm
  3. Don Stewart, President & CEO, PlantForm
  4. Phil Whiting, President & CEO, Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc.
  5. Anne Vivian-Scott, President & CEO, BKIN Technologies

*Panel 6 – Next Generation of Life Sciences Panel
Moderator:  Rob Henderson, President & CEO, BioTalent Canada

  1. Ulrich Krull, Vice-Principal: Special Initiatives, University of Toronto
  2. Sheldon Levy, President & Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University
  3. Ted Paranjothy, Marketing Associate – Future Portfolio, AstraZeneca Canada; Master of Biotechnology (MBiotech) Student, University of Toronto
  4. Jessie MacAlpine, 2nd year Student, Microbiology and Computer Science, University of Toronto, & Canada’s Top 20 Under 20

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