Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) has announced its 2015 award winners. This year’s award recipients include:
Lifetime Achievement Award: John Oliver, B.S.A., chairman, Flax Canada 2015 Inc.; advisory board, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute and president, Maple Leaf Bio-Concepts & Lojon Associates International.
· A highly respected leader who has inspired and led the community to imagine a bigger future in life sciences
· An individual who is highly recognized as a significant contributor in more than one domain: industry, government, academia, volunteerism and philanthropy in Ontario
Community Service Award: Dr. Luis Barreto, MBBS, MD, MHSc, president, Dr. Luis Barreto & Associates & Special Advisor, Vaccine Program, Human Health Therapeutics, Canada’s National Research Council (NRC).
· An individual who in their career has helped build the life sciences community in Ontario and strengthen its local and global reputation
· This individual will have gone above & beyond the call of duty
Public Service Award: Dr. Deb Stark, MBA, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
· A current or former Municipal, Provincial or Federal nonelected public servant who has helped build the life science community in Ontario in various ways that could include: innovative policy, structural support, development of research, commercialization of intellectual property or developing public private partnerships
LSO Volunteer Award: Christine Beyaert, counsellor, Cohn & Wolfe.
· An active participant in the life sciences community who receives no remuneration for volunteer work
· An individual who finds a way to help and adds energy to life science initiatives and events in Ontario
Life Sciences Company of the Year: Xagenic Inc., Shana Kelley, founder & chief technology officer.
· An Ontario-based company active in life science research and development and involved in moving innovative products into or closer to commercialization
· Open to all companies from the broad life science community including but not limited to human health, agri-food, and industrial biotechnology
· The company should be pre-commercialization or early-stage commercialization and has demonstrated leadership and achieved milestones
“As the voice for the life sciences sector in Ontario, we feel that it is important to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of individuals and companies within our vibrant and diverse industry,” said Paul Lucas, board chair of Life Sciences Ontario. “This years’ LSO awards recipients continue our tradition of recognizing the very best within Ontario’s life sciences ecosystem.”
“The LSO Awards have become a prestigious honour because of the high caliber of past and present award recipients,” commented Jason Field, president and CEO of Life Sciences Ontario. “These award recipients continue to inspire us to be active members of Ontario’s life sciences community and to work collaboratively to position Ontario as a global leader in life sciences.”
The awards will be presented at the LSO Annual Awards Gala on February 25, 2015 at the historic Liberty Grand. Full details regarding the LSO Annual Awards Gala can be found on their website.