BioAlberta Annual Policy Forum: Advancing the Life Sciences Sector
BioAlberta's 2021 Policy Forum bring together key stakeholders to discuss how we can advance Alberta's life sciences sector. This inaugral Policy Forum features industry and government speakers from across the health and life science ecosystem.
March 3, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 AM - Keynote: Hon. Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation
“Alberta Life Sciences: Moving at the Speed of Business”
11:15 - 12:30 PM - Session 1: Antimicrobial Resistance: The Next Pandemic Sponsor:
While the world combats covid-19 and the global pandemic, lurking in the shadows is a larger issue that directly impacts our health system, supply chain, food supply and both human and animal health: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). With H1N2 appearing on a farm in central Alberta in late 2020 and covid-19 variants emerging, national strategies and new medicines are essential.
Moderator: Sameeh Salama (Fedora Pharmaceuticals and Chair of Canadian AMR Innovation Coalition)
Keynote: Dr. John Conly, Canadian Expert Advisory Group, Antimicrobial Resistance – A National Integrated Action Plan for One Health
- Dr. Phil Buote, Deputy Registrar, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
- Silas Holland, Director, Global Public Policy, Merck Canada Inc.
12:30 - 1:00 PM - Journey to an Alberta-Based Vaccine: Ken Hughes, Chair of the Board, Providence Therapeutics
1:00 - 2:30 PM - Session 2: Delivering Innovation and Value in the Health System
Alberta companies as well as multinational companies are looking for an ecosystem that allows for testing of new innovations, as well as the introduction of new innovations into the health system to make it more effective. How can Alberta leverage its coordinated health system operator and partner with industry to implement new and innovative therapies and devices while supporting Alberta SMEs.
Moderator: Jessica Rudd, National Director, New Partnerships & Solutions, Medtronic Canada
- Marc Leduc, Senior Provincial Director, Health Evidence and Innovation, Alberta Health ServicesAlberta Health Services
- Francois Bergeron, Vice President, Partnerships, MEDTEQ+
- Conny Avila, Corporate Director External Relations & Executive Services, Office of the CEO, Covenant Health
- Dr. Christopher McCabe, CEO, Institute for Health Economics
March 4, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 AM - Keynote: Justin Riemer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Western Economic Development
“Laying the Groundwork for Diversification: Building a Life Sciences Cluster in Alberta”
Q&A – Jason Pincock, CEO, Dynalife Medical Labs
11:15 - 12:30 PM - Session 3: Developing a Bioindustrial Strategy for Alberta
Alberta’s economy is in transition to a world where the energy of the future is more diverse than oil and gas. Consumer behavior and demand are looking for low carbon alternatives to current energy sources. As the federal and provincial governments prepare to square off over the clean fuel strategy, what are the components of a bioindustrial strategy for Alberta and how does Alberta’s bioeconomy move forward?
Moderator: Susan Carlisle, Clean Energy Manager, Alberta Innovates
Keynote: David Lynch, General Manager, Research & Development, Enerkem Inc.
- Greg Caldwell, Director, Utility Hydrogen Strategy, ATCO
- Rob Lavoie, President & CEO, Airterra Inc.
12:30 - 1:00 PM - Journey to an Alberta-Based Vaccine: John D. Lewis, Ph.D., CEO, Entos Pharmaceuticals
1:00 - 2:30 PM - Session 4: Developing Alberta’s Life Sciences Talent and Culture
In 2019, BioAlberta released “Bridging the Life Sciences Talent Gap” a strategy to align the skills required by a growing Alberta life sciences ecosystem with the graduates coming out of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions. How does industry and government work together to build Alberta’s innovation talent and culture in life sciences.
Moderator: Daria Horbay, Pfizer Canada
Keynote: Rob Henderson, President and CEO, BioTalent Canada
- Reg Joseph - Health City
- Anne Babineau – Innovative Medicines Canada
- Jennifer Dotchin - Executive Director, Campus Alberta Neuroscience