LSO Sponsors and Partners


Platinum Sponsors

Sanofi Pasteur

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to human vaccines. Our driving goal is to protect people from infectious diseases by creating safe and effective vaccines. Our company offers the broadest range of vaccines in the world, providing protection against 20 bacterial and viral diseases. We distribute more than 1.6 billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible to vaccinate more than 500 million people across the globe.


Innovative Medicines Canada

Innovative Medicines Canada represents Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. We help our members discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines and vaccines. Our membership consists of more than 50 companies, from established organizations to fledgling startups, all of whom are revolutionizing healthcare through the discovery and development of new medicines and vaccines. Guided by a strict Code of Ethical Practices, we work with governments, insurance companies, healthcare professionals and stakeholders to advance the field and enhance the wellbeing of Canadians. We are committed to being valued partners in Canada’s healthcare system. We aim to achieve these goals by forming effective alliances and supporting policies, improving Canada’s regulatory environment, widen access to innovative medicines and protect intellectual property. We believe in ensuring that Canadians have access to the innovative treatments they need and that our activities are a fundamental part of safeguarding our healthcare system for future generations. Our work allows our members to focus on what matters: delivering better healthcare solutions to Canadians.


Scientus Pharma

Scientus Pharma is an R&D biopharmaceutical company established in Toronto, Canada to conduct research and product development for extracts and formulations related to medical cannabinoids and derivatives. We are developing proprietary technologies and own know-how related to the chemistry and pharmacology of cannabinoids and potentially how they integrate with various medical devices and drug delivery technologies. The companys founders have a wealth of experience in the life sciences industry and access to laboratories at some of the top research institutions in Canada.


City of Brampton

Brampton has a strong competitive position because of its diverse and resilient economic base. It has transformed its economic development approach to target high growth business sectors. Our location in the middle of the Innovation Super Corridor, and new strategic investments, like a university, will have a significant and positive impact on the regional labour force and long-term job growth in Brampton.
According to Statistics Canada, Brampton placed 7th in the country for total construction value in 2016, generating $2 billion in investment. With high growth expected to continue until 2041, the City of Brampton is in a strong position to attract investment and will remain among the countrys most active markets in the coming decades.


Silver Sponsors

Richmond Hill

Numerous objective rankings from around the world name Richmond Hill as a top Canadian business destination. Richmond Hill has an enviable pool of immensely talented, well educated people, a diverse and resilient local economy, and a business base known for perseverance, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. With exceptional transportation links, the most educated workforce in Canada, an economic development team eager to support you and a diverse and welcoming community, Richmond Hill is the smart place for business.


Ernst & Young LLP

At EY, we are committed to building a better working world — with increased trust and confidence in business, sustainable growth, development of talent in all its forms, and greater collaboration. We want to build a better working world through our own actions and by engaging with like-minded organizations and individuals. This is our purpose — and why we exist as an organization. Running through our organization is a strong sense of obligation to serve a number of different stakeholders who count on us to deliver quality and excellence in everything we do. We want to use our global reach and scale to convene the conversation about the challenges facing economies and the capital markets. When business works better, the world works better. Learn more about our commitment to building a better working world.


Bond Consulting

Founded in 2005, Bond Consulting Group offers the most sophisticated and comprehensive SR&ED Solution in Canada. We are proud of our very high success rate, almost everything we've prepared over the years has been accepted, the vast majority accepted as filed with no requests from CRA. We have presided over 1200+ successful SR&ED claims. Bond Consulting Group and our team of scientists and engineers are dedicated to ensuring the success and approval of the SR&ED claims of our clients. There is no financial risk. If you do not receive a refund, then our services cost you nothing. Bond Consulting Group is conveniently located in Toronto, and we serve clients across Canada. With a team of scientists, technologists and engineers on staff, Bond is clearly focused and specialized in the SR&ED program. We are careful to get your complete strategy right when accessing government funding on different levels.


BDO Canada LLP

BDO is a leading provider of professional services to clients of all sizes in virtually all business sectors. Our team delivers a comprehensive range of assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services, complemented by a deep industry knowledge gained from nearly 100 years working within local communities. As part of the international BDO network, we're able to provide seamless and consistent cross-border services to clients with global needs.






Bio Business Magazine is read more regularly than any other industry publication. Through topical news features and in-depth articles, Bio Business unique coverage of this market engages Canada's largest life sciences readership. Print and online readers offer you more than 37,500 buying influences.


BioTalent Canada

BioTalent Canada was created in 1997 with the mission to help equip Canada with the best, most skilled talent it requires to become one of the world leaders in biotechnology. We are proud to be the HR hub of Canada’s bio-economy. We continuously research and analyze the labour market needs and trends, and share this information with the biotechnology marketplace. We apply this knowledge to create and develop innovative HR solutions, skills development tools and products for biotechnology employers, employees and job seekers.



Incorporated in 1987 as the Industrial Biotechnology Association of Canada, BIOTECanada serves as the national voice for industry leadership for Canada’s biotechnology sector. Through our national network of partner organisations, we inspire our domestic and international community to recognize the value of biotechnology and to provide solutions to the challenges faced by biotech firms today.


Biotechnology Focus

Promotive Communications Inc., is a multimedia information provider since 1996 and has become Canada’s leading life sciences publisher. Biotechnology Focus, launched in 1998, has developed into the authoritative voice of the Canadian life sciences industry. As the information leader and resource centre, Biotechnology Focus has developed a loyal readership of decision-makers, stakeholders and influencers.



BiopolisQuébec is the alliance of leading life sciences regions in the province of Québec (Montréal, Québec and Sherbrooke) dedicated to promote the expertise of this major sector internationally. In Québec, Life Sciences and Health Technologies provide employment to nearly 43 000 people in 620 organizations, including 150 research centers and 80 subsidiaries of foreign companies. Québec companies’ investments in Life Sciences R&D represents about 30% of all Canadian R&D expenditures in the sector. The significant presence of multinationals subsidiaries reflects a very favourable business climate in Québec for R&D investments as well as for market access. 


Canadian Animal Health Institute

The Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) is the trade association representing the developers, manufacturers and distributors of animal pharmaceuticals, biologics, feed additives and animal pesticides in Canada. CAHI is a national association, whose members are responsible for sales of approximately 90% of the animal health product market in Canada. Sales by CAHI member companies in 2010 were approximately $507 million.


Clinical Trials Ontario

Clinical Trials Ontario is an independent not-for-profit organization that has been established through the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation as part of Ontario’s Life Sciences Commercialization Strategy. Our mandate is to provide the life sciences industry with a streamlined approach to conducting multi-centre clinical trials in Ontario while ensuring the highest ethical standards for patient safety.


Contact Canada

We specialize in the first-hand collection and publication of up-to-date directories, on select industries in North America. Our industry directories are published in print, e-book and online database formats. First-hand collection of information involves direct contact with the companies and organizations in the preparation of their profiles in each database. This involves contact by telephone calling, mailing, faxes and email. This process of profile collection and renewal continues throughout the year and involves thousands of organizations. Contact Canada has become recognized worldwide as an industry leader in the provision of comprehensive, accurate and timely information.


George Morris Centre

The George Morris Centre is a national, independent, not-for-profit economic research institute focused exclusively on the agriculture and food industry. The Centre provides industry decision makers with critical information and analysis on issues affecting the Canadian agri-products sector.  The Centre’s areas of expertise include: Competitiveness and risk management, Public policy and international trade, Strategic agribusiness management, Market analysis and forecasting, Food, health and sustainability, Education and training programs for farm managers and agri-food executives and Value Chain Management workshops and consulting



HealthPartners connects employees to Canada’s most trusted health charities. Collectively in the workplace, HealthPartners’ charities help to build healthy workers, workplaces and communities; provide programs and services to the 87% of Canadians living with chronic disease and major illness; and find cures and treatments for these diseases through life saving research. For more information please visit


Innovation Guelph

Innovation Guelph helps innovative companies start, grow and thrive with accelerator tracks for startups, scaleups and small-medium enterprises (SMEs). Scalable startups can access one-on-one mentoring, essential workshops, market research, seed funding, networking events, online learning resources and introductions to professional service providers and investors. In addition to targeted educational and networking opportunities, our SME clients benefit from a free diagnostic to identify key business challenges and obstacles to growth; project-based consulting services; and expert advisory board services. We are also proud to offer our Rhyze™ programs, created to advance entrepreneurship among women. Key sectors we support include Agri-food, CleanTech, ICT and Advanced Manufacturing.


MaRS Innovation

MaRS Innovation is the official commercialization agent for the intellectual property created by our 16 members. Technologies disclosed to us span therapeutics, medical devices and diagnostic imaging, information and communications technologies, and advanced manufacturing and clean technologies. MaRS Innovation taps into $1 billion of annual research and development in Toronto’s largest research hub. Located within the MaRS Discovery District, we are a separate, not-for-profit organization and have an independent mandate, board of directors and staff.



MEDEC is the national association created by and for the Canadian medical technology industry. MEDEC is the primary source for advocacy, information and education on the medical technology industry for members, the greater healthcare community, industry partners and the general public. Our goals are to advance health outcomes for patients in Canada and the growth and vibrancy of the industry in Canada. We focus on ensuring access to proven, safe technology and new, innovative medical technology developed by our member companies.


Medicon Valley

Medicon Valley is a hub of life science activities, which spans the eastern part of Denmark and the south-western part of Sweden. Medicon Valley Alliance is a Danish-Swedish network organisation representing human life sciences in Medicon Valley. The Medicon Valley hub is the area spanning the eastern part of Denmark and the south-western part of Sweden, which are connected via the bridge. It is one of Europe's strongest life science clusters with a large number of life science companies and research institutions located within a very small geographical area. The network organization Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA) looks after the best interests of the life science community in Medicon Valley.


Mississauga Board of Trade

MBOT has played an important leadership role serving and representing the interests of business of all sizes and sectors in our community. Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city and third largest in Ontario – with a population of over 700,000 residents and over 50,000 businesses employing over 440,000 people, including 60 Fortune 500 Canadian headquarters. Mississauga is where successful companies choose to do business. As the “Voice of Business” we advocate on policy issues that impact local business at all levels of government, and are influential in helping to shape policy decisions. MBOT also offers a wide variety of valuable business services and professional development programs, networking events and marketing opportunities, to help business grow, prosper, and get connected.



Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people.


Network of Networks

The Network of Networks (N2) is a not-for-profit incorporated organization and an alliance of Canadian research networks and organizations working to enhance national clinical research capability and capacity. N2 provides a common platform for sharing best practices, resources and research-related content to ensure efficient and high-quality research, integrity of clinical practices and accountability by bringing together trialists and clinical research professionals from across the country. Currently N2 membership includes over 100 organizations that represent clinical research sites across multiple therapeutic areas; institutions, universities, government, the private sector and ethics. Among N2′s activities are the creation and distribution of training and quality assurance tools, which will support investigators and research staff in their effort to demonstrate the accountability critical to clinical research.


Ontario Agri-Food Technologies

Established in 1997, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies (OAFT) is a non-profit organization comprised of members from grower associations, universities, industry and governments. The organization focuses on ensuring that Ontario producers have access to the latest technologies to compete globally and to develop new market opportunities, many of which are beyond food.


Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA)

Established in 1991, ONEIA is the business association representing the interests of the environment industry in Ontario. Our network of thousands of contacts includes key people at environmental technology, product and service companies, law, investment and insurance firms, institutes, universities and governments. Through their innovation and experience in Ontario and around the world, Ontarios environment industry provides market-driven solutions for society's most pressing environmental problems. While our industry is diverse, ONEIA provides a place where a variety of companies, entrepreneurs and other organizations in the environment field can come together to work on common concerns, share information and explore business opportunities. Through ONEIA, they can work towards a society that understands and values the contribution that market-based solutions make to our environmental problems.

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (OFVGA) is the umbrella organization for 28 commodity-based farm associations in the province. The OFVGA serves as the official representative for the province's fruit and vegetable sector to national and international bodies. The organization takes a leadership role in lobbying issues to government, makes vital contributions to research and food safety, assists in the co-ordination of activities for non-regulated crops, handles media inquiries, clears commodity grade specifications and inspection changes, and oversees container introductions and specifications.


Ontario Genomics

Ontario Genomics (formerly the Ontario Genomics Institute) is a not-for-profit intermediary organization funded by the Ontario government and the federal research funding agency Genome Canada.
Established in 2000, Ontario Genomics is the only entity focused solely on stimulating, enabling and nurturing genomics innovation in the province of Ontario. We act as a catalyst for developing and applying genomic technologies across seven key sectors agriculture, bioproducts, energy, forestry, health, mining, and water to grow the provinces knowledge-based economy and create jobs and social benefits for all Ontarians.


Pharmaceutical Sciences Group

The PSG (Pharmaceutical Sciences Group) is a non-profit Canadian organization dedicated to offering training and development for individuals in the pharmaceutical industry since 1971. Our mission statement, Advancing the Professional Training and Development of our Members is reflected in all of the ongoing activities of the group. We offer a host of services including: training, membership, free seminars and special events, job postings & an annual job fair, an annual conference, informative publications, networking opportunities, and much more!


RIC Centre

The Research, Innovation, Commercialization or RIC Centre is a virtual incubator that supports creative technical innovators to get to the marketplace successfully. RIC can provide you with access to programs & workshops that can help strengthen and expand your business knowledge. We work with technology entrepreneurs in Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Emerging Technologies, providing key connections to fast-track their journey to market success. The Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation (MEDI) supports RIC Centre as the go-to place for innovation support in Peel Region. As a not-for-profit organization we offer a comprehensive range of supporting activities for entrepreneurs including one-on-one coaching, practical training and networking events.


Stiller Centre for Technology Commercialization

The Stiller Centre for Technology Commercialization generates synergy by bringing together great minds in research, professional, medical, biotechnology and commercial sectors. Located in Western Research Park, we are adjacent to world class educational, medical and biotechnology research facilities: Western University, the London Health Sciences Centre, Robart's Research Institute, and Lawson Health Research Institute. The Stiller Centre facilities are designed for start-up technology-based companies. We help to bring their innovation to the market place. We offer our client companies a range of business network services which include shared services, lab access, and business support.


Sustainable Chemistry Alliance

The alliance will focus on areas where innovation in science and engineering can bring about major advances in sustainability. Sustainable chemistry is playing an important role in the development of solutions to the impacts of climate change, peak oil, energy security, the need for safe water, and the use of scarce natural resources. The increasing global demand for green and safer products offers the opportunity to create thousands of new jobs for Canadians.



Our members are at the forefront when it comes to obtaining information, insight and action on matters of importance in the technology cluster. Since 1982 TechConnex has been a strong voice for everyone in the GTA tech cluster - supporting business developers, innovators, suppliers, and providers. Whether it's management, sales or marketing training; or broad trade and government issues, together we will get your needs addressed at TechConnex. We are making things happen for you.



At TERA, we conduct our work at the intersection of science and health protection. Chemicals are an important part of our daily lives. Some chemicals are essential to a healthy life, but exposure to chemicals may also present health risks. TERA studies the way our bodies interact with the chemicals around us to determine the nature and extent of health risks. Founded as an independent non-profit organization, TERA is dedicated to scientific collaboration and transparency in support of public health protection. We strive for broad communication of risk science by providing risk managers, legislators, and ordinary citizens with the toxicology information they need to make important decisions about chemical safety.


Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI)

Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI), Canadas newest health research institute has a unique mission - to improve the quality of healthcare through excellence in patient-centred research. At the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, the patient is at the start of the research journey, bringing science to life through discovery, early detection, new treatments, and cures. We will pioneer a new standard of excellence in the clinical investigation of novel molecular imaging-based diagnostic technologies for disease prevention, early detection and image-guided treatment.


TO Health!

TO Health! is a partnership of business, healthcare and academic leaders working to strengthen and promote the human health sciences ecosystem in the Toronto region. They are focused on a strategy to: Leverage a unified brand and narrative to create awareness of this cluster in the Toronto region; build a larger pool of experienced management talent and improve access to risk capital to bridge the gap between R&D and commercialization. TO Health’s strategic goal is to increase revenue growth opportunities for Toronto region-based human health science companies.


Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation. Located in Canada's Niagara Region, Vineland's mission is to deliver innovative product and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada's research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.