BioAlberta Announces Mel Wong as President
Edmonton, May 29th, 2015. The BioAlberta Board of Directors announced today that Mr. Mel Wong has been appointed BioAlberta’s new President. Mr. Wong will take up his duties on August 4th, 2015. Ms. Aggie Mikulski will continue in the role of Interim President of the Association until then.
“On behalf of the BioAlberta Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Mel to BioAlberta. He is extremely experienced and well-connected to Alberta’s life science community and we’re confident that he can help lift BioAlberta to a whole new level of effectiveness.” said Dr. David Cox, Executive Chair of the Board. “We’re very fortunate to have secured him and are excited to see where he will take the Association.”
Mel brings a wealth of government management experience, intimate knowledge of life sciences, as well as an extensive network of international, intergovernmental and industry relationships. Prior to his appointment as President of BioAlberta, Mel served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Technology and Industry Partnerships Division at Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education for over ten years. Prior to that Mel held the Executive Director’s role in the Research and Technology Commercialization Division of Alberta Innovation and Science and several other management roles within the Government of Alberta.
Mel graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Economics. He also holds a Management Development Certificate from the University of British Columbia.
"I'm thrilled to join BioAlberta. I see this as a natural progression of the long working relationship with the Association and look forward to continuing to support the life sciences industry." stated Mel Wong, incoming President.
BioAlberta has been the central voice and organizing hub for the life sciences industry in Alberta since 1998 and actively driving the vision of:
"A thriving and competitive life sciences industry that fuels key sectors of Alberta's economy."
It is a private not-for-profit industry association representing more than 140 members of Alberta’s steadily increasing life science industry’s producers, users and supporters in the province. These member companies operate in the specialized sectors such as health biotechnology and pharmaceuticals; medical technology and devices; agricultural biotechnology; natural health products and nutraceuticals; environmental biotechnology; and industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing.
BioAlberta activities are focused on advocacy, promotion and proactively facilitating the growth of Alberta’s life sciences industry. The association provides attentive proactive and timely services and programs to member organizations. Whether it is a cost savings of a purchasing program, a marketing campaign, a publication, an educational session, or an advocacy campaign, BioAlberta expands members’ dollars and reach.