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The pharmaceutical industry: At the forefront of life sciences

A thriving ecosystem Events The speech will be delivered mainly in French. Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.


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Over the past two years, the COVID-19 crisis has shone a spotlight on the life sciences, and on pharmaceuticals in particular. This flourishing industry reminds us of the importance of research and innovation and their global impact.

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most strategic sectors in our province and contributes directly to our growth and our prosperity. Let's take advantage of the collective awareness of the important role of the pharmaceutic industry in innovation and economic development and seize the opportunities now!

R&D in Quebec is facilitated by a large number of biotechnology and artificial intelligence companies, several universities that train a specialized workforce, recognized research centres, and a public health system that generates a large amount of data. All of this helps create a variety of partnerships that enhance the therapeutic expertise of health professionals, which has been demonstrated since the beginning of the pandemic.

In this context, it is essential to ensure that the industry has all the resources it needs to continue to be a growth vector for Québec and Greater Montréal. The regulatory framework must reflect the reality of the sector by being flexible and conducive to R&D. We must also continue to attract investment and major players by leveraging the strengths of the local ecosystem, while positioning Montréal as a key hub in the pharmaceutical field.

During this strategic forum, we will bring together stakeholders from the life sciences and health technologies sectors to take stock of the situation and to look at the following three themes:

  1. Seize innovation opportunities created by the pandemic
  2. Identify the growth levers for the life sciences sector in Greater Montréal
  3. Make Montréal an international life sciences hub

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7:30 a.m. Registration, coffee and networking

8:30 a.m. Welcoming remarks

Master of ceremonies

  • Alexandra Troubetzkoy Director, Public Affairs and Communications
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal


8:35 a.m. Introduction

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
  • Pierre Fitzgibbon  Minister of Economy and Innovation

9:10 a.m. Presentation: The pharma sector, a flagship LSHT industry

  • Pamela Fralick President
    Innovative Medicines Canada  

9:15 a.m. Presentation: The situation of the LSHT industry

  • Gordon C. McCauley President & CEO
    adMare BioInnovations  

9:25 a.m. Presentation: Overview of the pharmaceutical sector in Montréal: A high value-added sector

  • Frank Béraud Chief Executive Officer
    Montréal InVivo

9 h 35 : The successes of the Montreal pharmaceutical industry

  • Dr Jean-Claude Tardif Director, Research Center, Montreal Heart Institute 
    Scientific Director, Montreal Health Innovations Coordinating Centre (MHICC)
    Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

9:45 a.m. Panel: A new era of collaboration in the pharmaceutical ecosystem

  • Carole Jabet Scientific Director
    Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)
  • Diane Gosselin, Ph. D., MBA, ASC President and CEO
  • Michel Bouvier Chief Executive Officer and Principal Investigator, IRIC
    Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
  • Patrice Roy, Ph. D., MBA Team Lead
    Medical Affairs, Inflammation and Immunology
    Pfizer Canada


  • Diane Langlois
    Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs and Government Relations
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

10:15 a.m. Joint presentation – A concrete case: The new Center of Expertise in Diabetes at CHUM

  • Kathy Malas Innovation & Artificial Intelligence Lead,
    Office of the Chief Executive Officer, CHUM,
    Associate professor, HEC Montréal
    CHUM Research Centre
  • Benoit Tousignant Senior Manager,  External Affairs
    Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

10:30 a.m. Networking break


10:55 a.m. Panel: Ensuring an environment conducive to the development of new pharmaceutical treatments

  • Paul Lévesque President and CEO
    Theratechnologies Inc.
  • Stéphanie Lord-Fontaine, Ph. D. Vice President, Scientific Affairs
    Génome Québec
  • Dr. Youssef Bennani Managing Partner, Fund III
    CTI Life Sciences Fund


  • Erandi Motte Cortés Senior Director,
    International Markets,
    Entrepreneurship and Business Information
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

11: 20 a.m. Panel: Better integrating innovations into the healthcare system

  • Paul L'Archevêque Head of Innovation in Health and Social Services
    Innovation Office
    Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
  • Frédéric Alberro Executive Director
    Innovative Medicines Canada
  • Anie Perrault, LL. L, ASCExecutive Director


  • Jessica BouchardSenior Director, Content Strategy, Economic Affairs and Downtown Relaunch
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

11:50 a.m. Panel: Increasing local production capacity

  • Yves Joanette, Ph. D. FCAHS Associate Vice-Principal, Research
    Université de Montréal
  • Nawel Rojkjaer Founder President
    SmokePond Biologics


  • Philippe Cusson Vice-President, Corporate Development, Partnerships and Membership
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal


12:10 p.m. Presentation: Innovation zones as an attraction factor

  • Max Fehlmann Director, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Zone Project in Health
    Montréal InVivo

12:20 p.m. Presentation: The coolest hotspot – Quebec's Life Sciences & Health Tech

  • Jean-Marc Juteau, Ph. D. Commissioner
    Biotech City

12:25 a.m. Panel: Leveraging our niches of excellence

  • Nadine Beauger President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Stéphane Létourneau Executive Vice President
  • Stéphane Paquet President and Chief Executive Officer Montréal International


  • Diane Langlois
    Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs and Government Relations
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

12:55 p.m. Closing remarks

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

1:00 p.m. Lunch and networking

2:00 p.m. End of the Forum

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