Advocacy Events

Policy Forum

LSO’s Annual Policy Forum, now entering its 10th year, brings together key stakeholders to strategize how we can accelerate our life sciences sector.

It is attended by key members of our sector, including CEOs, senior executives, and government officials.

2018 Policy Forum Summary and Recommendations: Download here

Queen’s Park Day

LSO’s annual Queen’s Park Day allows our members and partners to connect directly with policymakers.

This is a productive day of meetings between industry leaders and senior government officials from all parties, followed by a reception and company showcase.

During the day’s meetings, the Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, acknowledged the pivotal role of health as an economic driver. Hon. Jim Wilson, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade acknowledged the need to work with Minister Elliot to align health and economic policies as part of an Ontario life sciences strategy. Both ministers spoke about the need to reduce duplicate regulations that impede access to new health technologies.

All parties endorsed the need for a coordinated life sciences strategy. Catherine Fife, MPP for  Waterloo (NDP), was particularly vocal on this point, recognizing it as a non-partisan goal for the benefit of Ontarians that all parties should support.

Furthermore, LSO and its partners successfully delivered the message that Ontario should be aware of federal policies that impact the province and, as the province with the largest life sciences sector, we should be demonstrating leadership within our national policy dialogue.

In total, 31 MPPs from across all parties attended our Queen’s Park Day reception. Speakers at the reception included:

  • Hon. Jim Wilson, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Catherine Fife, MPP, Waterloo (NDP)
  • John Fraser, MPP, Ottawa South (Liberal); Interim Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
  • Mike Schreiner, MPP, Guelph (Green Party of Ontario); Leader of the Green Party of Ontario

LSO President and CEO Jason Field also delivered comments, emphasizing the need for a coordinated life sciences strategy and to work together to realize the massive economic potential of our sector.

We also had a number of companies join us for our reception to demonstrate their innovations. We’d like to thank the following exhibitors:

  • Abbott Laboratories Ltd.
  • Bausch Health Companies
  • Edwards Lifesciences (Canada) Inc.
  • FUJIFILM SonoSite Canada, Inc.
  • Proteins Easy

If you’d like to read more about the amazing innovations Ontario life sciences companies are producing, please check out our Success Stories booklet, which was distributed to attendees at the event. To download the Success Stories booklet, click here.