LSO 2016 Annual Awards Gala Dinner

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place
25 British Columbia Road, Toronto

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2016 LSO Award Recipients


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Murray McLaughlin, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

For a significant part of his career, Murray has tirelessly worked to advance the bioeconomy, specifically for bio-based chemicals. His significant impact on the industry came through instrumental contributions working with both industry and government to bring BioAmber to Canada. Murray McLaughlin is the executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and is also president and CEO of the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. He has a long history of involvement in Canadian agriculture and bioindustry, and has held various positions in private industry, government and non-profit sectors. His career has focused on agricultural science including research, development and product management and marketing. He is a member of numerous boards of directors and advisory committees, including Biotech Canada, BioAtlantech and Bioenterprise. In 2010, Dr. McLaughlin received awards from both BIOTECanada and The Biotechnology Initiative (now Life Sciences Ontario) to recognize his leadership in commercializing biotechnologies and growing innovation-based companies.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD - Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Founder and President, Lets Talk Science

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization that she started while completing a PhD in Physiology at Western University. Striving to inspire futures, more than four million youth and educators to date have been reached through Let’s Talk Science programs. Annually, the program also mobilizes more than 3,000 postsecondary and industry volunteers, over half of whom are in life sciences. Bonnie currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ontario Genomics, the Board of Governors of the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology (UOIT) and on the Governor General’s panel for Meritorious Service Awards. Bonnie was the founding co-chair of the Science & Technology Awareness Network (STAN) and has served on numerous initiatives to support education and science policy. For her education efforts, Bonnie has received several awards and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015.

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD - Allison Barr, Director, Ministry of Research and Innovation

 Allison Barr is the Director for the Research Branch for the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.  Allison is responsible for oversight and delivery of almost $2 billion in research and innovation programming including the Ontario Research Fund, the government's largest funding program for academic research. She leads programs that support the development, attraction and retention of Ontario's top research talent and is responsible for world class research institutes including the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Ontario Brain Institute, the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.  She also has responsibility for the government’s international S&T portfolio, including collaboration agreements with key research jurisdictions.  Previously, Ms. Barr worked in Cabinet Office of the Government of Ontario and as a Diplomat for the federal government where she was posted to London, England.   Significant accomplishments of Ms. Barr’s career include development of an Ontario First policy for research infrastructure and a transformation of Ontario’s research program landscape. Allison also spearheaded the drive to bring greater coordination and optimization of advanced research computing in the province.

LSO VOLUNTEER AWARD - Jason Locklin, Director, Global Government Affairs, Alexion Pharma

Jason Locklin is a long-standing member of the LSO Board (previously The Biotechnology Initiative and prior to that Toronto Biotechnology Initiative). Jason chaired LSO and led the hiring committee for the executive director (now president) position within LSO; helped establish the Ontario-Quebec Corridor initiative; and, helped to negotiate and signed the first major funding agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. Jason currently co-chairs LSO's Policy and Government Relations committee and has acted as the LSO Gala chair for the past three years.

LIFE SCIENCES COMPANY OF THE YEAR - Profound Medical Inc., represented by Steve Plymale

Profound Medical is a Canadian medical device company that has developed a unique and minimally invasive procedure to ablate the prostate gland in prostate cancer patients. Profound’s novel technology combines real-time MR imaging with transurethral therapeutic ultrasound and closed-loop thermal feedback control. It provides a highly precise treatment tailored to patient-specific anatomy and pathology. This method of prostate ablation offers short treatment times and low morbidity, allowing for fast patient recovery. The potential of this technology is currently being demonstrated in clinical trials.

LIFE SCIENCES LEADERSHIP AWARD - David G. P. Allan, Board Member, Formation Biologics

David is being recognized for his exceptional leadership and contributions to Ontario’s life sciences sector. David was YM BioSciences Inc.’s founding chairman in 1994 and CEO from 1998 to 2010. He was the founding chairman of Formation Biologics Inc., (previously AvidBiologics Inc.) and the executive chairman from 2011 to March 2013 of Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp. (now Trillium Therapeutics). He has been a member of many committees and boards and a governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. In 2012, he received the Gold Leaf Award from BIOTECanada for industry leadership. David is a determined, outspoken advocate for the life sciences industry in Ontario and Canada. He has championed the need for public policy that fosters and promotes the same high tolerance for risk in capital formation for biological exploration and development that Canadian investors have been afforded in geological exploration and development through the federal flow-through share programs. His efforts in advocacy for revision to fiscal impediments to capital for commercialization of basic research in the life sciences sector are well known throughout the community.

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2015 LSO Award Gala Highlights

In case you missed the LSO Awards Gala, videos of our award winners have been posted to our YouTube Channel
Click here to view the some of photos from the evening.

2015 Award Recipients:

John Oliver – Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Luis Barreto –
Community Services Award
Deb Stark – Public Services Award
Christine Beyaert –
Volunteer of the Year
Xagenic Inc -
Emerging Life Sciences Company of the Year

Thank you to our Sponsors

2014 LSO Award Gala Highlights

In case you missed the LSO Awards Gala, videos of our award winners have been posted to our YouTube Channel
Click here to view the some of photos from the evening.

2014 Award Recipients:

Mark Lievonen – Lifetime Achievement Award
Ronald Pearlman –
Community Services Award
Andrew Yoshioka –
Volunteer of the Year
DVS Sciences -
Emerging Life Sciences Company of the Year

Thank you to our  Sponsors

2013 LSO Award Gala Highlights

In case you missed the LSO Awards Gala, videos of our award winners have been posted to our YouTube Channel
Click here
to view the Lifetime Achievement Award Video
Click here
to view the some of photos from the evening.

2013 Award Recipients:

Mark Poznansky – Lifetime Achievement Award
Ulrich Krull –
Community Services Award
Magda Choruzy –
Volunteer of the Year
Maurice Bitran –
Public Service Award
EcoSynthetix -
Emerging Life Sciences Company of the Year