The LSO Awards recognize excellence in Ontario life sciences on behalf of both individuals and emerging companies. Awards will be presented at LSO’s Annual Celebration of Success, in May 2022. Deadline to submit December 17th, 2021.

Why Submit?

Ontario’s life sciences sector is driven by incredible people doing outstanding work. The LSO Awards are an important part of our advocacy for the sector, through celebrating the individuals and companies behind its success.

How to submit

The submission process is quick and easy via our online form.

Award categories and criteria

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • A highly respected leader who has inspired and led Ontario’s life sciences community to imagine a bigger and better future for our sector.
  • An individual who is recognized as a significant contributor in more than one domain of Ontario life sciences, including industry, government, academia, volunteerism, IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) and philanthropy.

LSO Volunteer Award

  • An active participant in Ontario’s life sciences community who receives no remuneration for volunteer work.
  • An individual who supports and adds energy to life sciences initiatives and events in Ontario while embodying the principles of IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility).
  • Nominees must be LSO members (or members of an LSO partner organization).

Community Service Award

  • A public or private sector individual who has made extraordinary contributions toward building Ontario’s life sciences sector, going above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Contributions may include leadership, public policy, mentorship, advocacy, science communication, commercialization, investment, education, IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) and promotion of life sciences.

Life Science Company of the Year

  • An Ontario-based company that has demonstrated strong leadership and achieved significant milestones in advancing innovative life sciences technology towards commercial success, which has been recognized and validated by the community (for example, through the attraction of strategic partnerships and/or investment capital).
  • Open to all companies from the broader life sciences community, including (but not limited to) human health, agri-food, and industrial biotechnology.
  • Special consideration will be given to companies that incorporate and prioritize ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) policies, programs and initiatives while demonstrating leadership and adaptability to changing business environments.
  • Preference will be given to early stage/SME companies that demonstrate the criteria.

Life Sciences Leadership Award

This award is a special recognition given by the LSO Board of Directors to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership through their contributions to the life sciences sector.  Recipients can be from any life sciences sector and any professional background. Awardees are chosen on the merits of their leadership as it pertains to their contributions to the life sciences sector; as determined by the LSO Board of Directors in collaboration with LSO Gala Awards Committee. The award is meritorious and is not meant to be part of the normal recurring annual LSO awards. Rather, the award will be held in reserved until a suitable candidate(s) is identified; as deemed by the LSO Board of Directors.

In the awards year of 2022, the committee will give special consideration to award candidates that have made exceptional contributions to IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) and to the COVID-19 crises.

View past recipients of the LSO Awards.

For more information, contact the LSO Office at 416-426-7293 or

Videos of Past Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients