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LSO Career Talks

FebruaryFeb 08 2022 07:00pm - 08:00pm

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Beyond the lab coat: What could a career in life sciences, health, medical & agriculture industries looks like?

  • Listen to people from industry speak about their career paths
  • Learn about the life science sector in Ontario
  • Learn about the various careers in life sciences, and health



Moderator: Jason Field, President & CEO, Life Sciences Ontario

  • Ingrid Fung, Investment Director Toronto, Finistere Venture

Ingrid is an Investment Director with Finistere Ventures located in Toronto, Ontario. She has spent the last decade in agtech innovation and entrepreneurship holding roles in business development, strategic advisory, technology development, and venture capital.

Ingrid is actively involved with Finistere’s investments in EnkoChem, Hi Fidelity Genetics, Radicle Seed, and is a board observer for ZeaKal and Biolumic. Within the firm, her focus is on the application life sciences technologies within agriculture and food. Additionally, Ingrid led the creation of Finistere’s annual AgTech Review and Future AgTech R&D initiatives.

Beyond her work with Finistere, Ingrid is passionate about public science communication, and diversity/inclusion in STEM fields. She is an advisor to several accelerators, and sits on the executive advisory board for AgTech Next (Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center’s new innovation event).

Ingrid holds an HBSc in developmental biology from the University of Toronto, and an MSc in molecular biology (specialized in plant-pest interactions) from the University of Western Ontario.


  • Magda O’Sullivan, Product Manager, Marketing, Novo Nordisk Canada

Magda O’Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from McMaster University and a Master of Biotechnology from the University of Toronto. She began her career in life sciences as an intern in vaccine research and development. Thereafter she began working with commercialized products, holding various progressive roles in sales and marketing.  Magda has over 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, across a broad range of therapeutic areas.

She currently holds the position of Product Manager at Novo Nordisk, leading the launch of Digital Health in diabetes care.  Outside of her day job, she is an active volunteer with Life Sciences Ontario for over 12 years, previously being recognized and awarded as the Volunteer of the Year. In her free time, Magda enjoys spending time outside with her husband, two little kids and playful dog, Charlie.


  • Andrea Palmer, Founder and CEO, Awake Labs

Andrea Palmer is the Founder and CEO of Awake Labs, a digital health company working to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live healthier and more independently. Awake Labs works in the areas of care coordination, mental health, and human-centred care. Andrea is passionate about addressing the gaps in mental health care for vulnerable and underserved populations.

Andrea has a background in engineering and business from UBC, where she was an active member of entrepreneurship@UBC and the MedTech Development Hub. In 2015, she completed the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University where she focused on leveraging AI to democratize healthcare globally.

She is a proud alumna of NEXT Canada’s Next36 program, where Awake Labs was named the Outstanding Venture of the year and Andrea received the Satchu Prize (2015). Andrea also completed the Creative Destruction Lab’s AI stream in 2018. Andrea has received Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur Award for BC & The North and represented Canada in Israel through the Start Tel Aviv competition.

As a young leader in the digital health industry, Andrea served as a member of the Canadian Federal Economic Strategy Table for Health and Biosciences.


Life Sciences Ontario is committed to mentoring the next generation of life sciences leaders. Currently, we do this through the LSO Scholarship and Mentorship program available where we have awarded close to 100 awards to post-secondary students. We also have the mentorship program through the Ten Thousand Coffee’s platform.

The life science sector is comprised of Drugs and Pharmaceuticals; Research, Testing and Medical Laboratories; Medical Cannabis; Agricultural Feedstock and Chemicals; Medical Devices and Equipment and eHealth/Artificial Intelligence. We have world-leading research institutes, hospitals, universities, start-ups, individual scientists, and multinationals. Life Sciences provide over 190,000 direct and indirect jobs for Ontarians. About 1-in-13 jobs in Ontario are in life sciences or supported by its activity, and job wages in the sector are almost 25 per cent higher than the provincial average. According to Deloitte, the potential exists for Ontario to incrementally add 100,000 new jobs and an additional $30B to Ontario's GDP over the next decade.

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