Industrial Program

Representative

Kazim Agha, Rideout & Maybee LLP

Symposia and Organizers: 

Contract Research Organizations: Canadian Pharma Rebooted

Organizer:
Deborah Nicoll-Griffith, EndoParagon Inc. and President, Canadian Society for Chemistry

This symposium will feature chemistry and biochemistry leaders from several Canadian Contract Research Organizations (CROs) which deliver services across the pharma R&D continuum.  They will speak to the CRO model of operations and career opportunities for chemists in the CRO industry.  From 2007 to 2010, a huge reduction in pharmaceutical R&D spending occurred in Canada due to the closure of numerous Canadian R&D centers owned by multi-national pharmaceutical companies. Many Canadian chemists took the initiative to found contract research laboratories which support pharmaceutical R&D from discovery through preclinical and clinical testing.  In a recent study initiated by BioQuébec, CROs which provide services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries were identified as a major socio-economic engine.  In Québec, for example, some 71 CROs were identified with total revenues of greater than $550 million; encompassing more than 4300 employees with total annual salaries of $224 million.  Across Canada, as of 2016, some 325 CROs existed with the majority in British Columbia (40), Alberta (32), Ontario (153) and Québec (71). 

Invited Speakers:
To be announced.

Chemistry for Sustainability: Sustainability in the Canadian Chemistry Industry

Organizer:
Ian Jobe, Executive Director, Chemical Institute of Canada

Sustainability encompasses much more than responsible environmental practices, green chemistry and engineering, and green house gas reduction.  Sustainability is a about addressing global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and economic growth encompasses cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, innovation and infrastructure, education, good health and welling as well as occupational health and safety, and process safety.

In this session, we will learn from industry leaders

  • what sustainability means to their organizations and to them personally
  • how sustainability drives their company, the chemistry industry in Canada and globally
  • how sustainability is integral in doing the business of chemistry today

Join us to learn how Canadian chemistry industry is making a difference for society to make life healthier, easier and safer.

Students, academia, government scientific professionals, university and government administrators will learn and development knowledge around what a career in industry encompasses, learn about sustainability in the Chemistry Industry in Canada and expand your network of connections.

Invited Speakers:
Fred Godbille, Dupont
Zhongxin Zhou, Gilead Sciences

*Additional speakers to be announced shortly.*
*If you wish to submit a proposal for a paper, please feel free to submit an abstract through the prescribed process for review.* 

Turning Research into a Start-up

Organizer:
Adrien Côté, Velocity

Invited Speakers:
To be announced.

Cannabis in Canada: A Promising Industry for Chemical Professionals

Organizer:
Kyle Boniface, Zenabis

Invited Speakers:
To be announced.