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LSO Ideas to Action Forum

NovemberNov 02 2023 08:00am - 05:00pm

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Entering its 14th year, LSO’s Annual Ideas to Action Forum brings together leaders from industry, academia, and government to discuss how we can take actionable steps to build a resilient, vibrant, and diverse life sciences sector. This year’s theme, Disruption and Opportunity: Seizing a Pivotal Moment for Ontario’s Life Sciences Ecosystem, will explore issues that will affect and transform our sector—from antimicrobial resistance and climate change to artificial intelligence and advances in precision medicine and medical technologies. Join us as we collaborate on what steps our sector can take today to navigate change and opportunity in the life sciences sector.


Date: Thursday Nov 02 2023, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Venue: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Bay Adelaide Centre, E. Tower – 22 Adelaide St W., 34th floor
Toronto, ON M5H 4E3


Ticket Prices:
Non-member: $350
Member: $250
Government/Registered Charities/Full-time Students: $100


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LSO is thrilled to announce that Hon. Victor Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, will be delivering opening remarks at this event. We also have a lineup of remarkable speakers including:

    • Frank Diana, Managing Partner and Futurist, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
    • Tim Evans, Inaugural Director and Associate Dean, School of Population and Global Health, McGill University
    • Michelle Noble, Executive Director, Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA)
    • Herveen Sachdeva, Associate Medical Officer of Health at Toronto Public Health
    • Laura Tamblyn Watts, Founder, President & CEO, CanAge
    • Berkeley Vincent, President, Janssen Canada
    • Peter Zandstra, Director, Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia
    • Nancy Tout, Chief Scientific Officer, Global Institute for Food Security
    • Taymaa May, Deputy Head, Division of Surgical Oncology, University Health Network
    • Amie Phinney, Senior Director, Program Development and Partnerships, adMare BioInnovations
    • Muhammad Mamdani, Vice President, Data Science and Advanced Analytics, Unity Health Toronto
    • Kim McGrail, Professor, School of Population and Public Health and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, University of British Columbia
    • Joseph Geraci, Founder, Chief Scientific and Technical Officer, Netramark
    • Roxana Sultan, Chief Data Officer and Vice President, Health, Vector Institute
    • Anne Mullin, Principal, Shift Health
    • Afrodite Cruz, Recruitment, Placement and Employer Relations Manager, Master of Management of Innovation Program, University of Toronto Mississauga
    • Penny Walsh-McGuire, Executive Director, The Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL)
    • Darren Sam, Senior Manager, Coordinator, Visions of Science
    • Lindsay Williams, VP, Managing Director, Stryker Canada
    • Ingrid Fung, Director of Enterprise Operations and Strategy, Head of IR, GreenLight Biosciences
    • Travis McCready, Head of Life Sciences, Industries America; JLL
    • Ritu Banerjee, Associate Deputy Minister;  Innovation, Science, Economic Development Canada
    • Peter van der Velden, Founder and Managing General Partner, Lumira Ventures
    • Darren Anderson, CEO & Co-founder, VIVE Crop Protection;
    • Joanne Langley, Co-Chair, Council of Expert Advisors; Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine; Division Head, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, IWK Health Care Centre.
    • Jason Field, President & CEO, Life Sciences Ontario
    • Mark Smithyes, Board of Directors, Life Sciences Ontario; National Director, Life Sciences, Delphic Research

2023 Ideas to Action Speaker Bios

Join us as we collaborate on what steps our sector can take today to navigate change and opportunity in the life sciences sector.

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