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Strategic Forum on Life Sciences and Health Technology

Come and listen to sector experts and discuss the priority actions to be implemented as part of the Relaunch MTL movement. Events The speeches will be delivered mainly in French.

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The COVID-19 crisis has put the spotlight on Life Sciences and Health Technology (LSHT). The search for a new vaccine is, of course, a high priority and is attracting a great deal of interest from industry players. New needs have also led players in other fields to redirect their production to meet demand. Although the LSHT sector continues to make progress, it is still faced with ever-present issues and challenges. Sector access to financing is more important than ever to foster the emergence of innovative solutions, the development of new technologies and access to public markets. Furthermore, certain sub-sectors are facing labour issues. In addition to these issues, the pandemic has highlighted the need to speed up the integration of innovations to enable remote health care and to achieve greater autonomy of national supply for certain products deemed critical.

Event format in a nutshell

  • Starting at 7 a.m., log on, join the movement and take part in a networking session (optional)
  • Conferences starting at 8 a.m.
  • Around 12:30 p.m., end of conferences
  • Discussions between all participants until 2 p.m. (optional)
  • Virtual booths throughout the activity


7:00 a.m. Access to the platform and networking period

8:00 a.m. Opening remarks

  • Diane LangloisVice-President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
    Master of Ceremonies
  • Mélanie JolyMinister of Economic Development and Official Languages

8:30 a.m. Talk – Presentation of current conditions and the Action Plan to Strengthen the Life Sciences and Health Technology Sector

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Frank BéraudChief Executive Officer
    Montréal InVivo

8:55 a.m. KPMG Group brainstorming session to enhance the action plan to strengthen the sector

  • Dominique HamelAudit Leader Quebec Region, Audit Partner

9:15 a.m. Talk – Adapting your business model in a pandemic

  • Pierre BérubéCEO Founder
    Greybox Solutions
  • Frédéric Leduc, Ph. D.Chief Executive Officer
    Immune Biosolutions

9:40 a.m. Focus Group – Capital, entrepreneur, science: Life science investments as a driver for recovery

  • Clarissa Desjardins, Ph. D.Experienced Entrepreneur and Corporate Director
  • Geneviève Guertin Manager, Investment, Health Sciences
    Fonds de solidarité FTQ
  • Luc Sirois Strategic Advisor for Public Research Valorization
    Executive Director

10:10 a.m. Talk – Transforming health services through technology

  • Yanick Beaulieu, MD, FCRPCCEO
  • Jean-Simon FortinCEO and Co-founder
    Paperplane Therapeutics
  • Cédric PiascoPresident Co-founder

10:40 a.m. Panel Discussion – Innovating to strengthen Montréal’s research positioning

  • Frédéric AlberroDirector, Quebec
    Innovative Medicines Canada
  • Ranya El-MasriHead of Government Affairs and Market Access
    GlaxoSmithKline Canada
  • Sarah JennaCofounder & CEO
    My Intelligent Machines
  • Brigitte MarcheterreChief Executive Officer
    Keyrus Life Science
  • Rémi QuirionChief Scientist of Québec
    First leader
    Fonds de recherche du Québec


  • Frank BéraudChief Executive Officer
    Montréal InVivo

11:25 a.m. Talk – Social innovation: The key to success

  • Sonia BélangerChief Executive Officer
    Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS)

11:35 a.m. Panel – Preparing for tomorrow’s challenges today

  • Frank BéraudChief Executive Officer
    Montréal InVivo
  • Paul L’Archevêque Head of Innovation in Health and Social Services
    Innovation Office
    Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
  • Shane Russell Director, Health Systems Strategies and Government Affairs (Quebec)
    Medtronic Canada
  • Anna Van AckerPresident and Managing Director


  • Nathalie OuimetVice-President
    Montréal InVivo

12:05 p.m. Talk – Because we are all tired of it: collaboration between health and vaccination

  • Dr. Caroline Quach Professor Dept. of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases & Immunology
    Faculty of Medicine – Université de Montréal
    Infection Prevention & Control
    CHU Sainte-Justine

12:20 p.m. Closing remarks and presentation of working session highlights

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Pierre FitzgibbonMinister of Economy and Innovation

12:40 p.m. Networking

2:00 p.m. End of the Forum


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Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

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Véronique Lauzon
Special Projects Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4006

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