Wednesday October 21, 2020

Wednesday October 28, 2020

Wednesday November 4, 2020

A virtual series of weekly webinars for the Canadian pharmaceutical industry



Wednesday 10/28 11:00 am to 12:40 pm EST



Wednesday 11/04 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EST


The scheduled speakers

  • Pamela Fralick, Innovative Medicines Canada
  • Andrew Casey, BIOTECanada
  • Jason Field, Life Sciences Ontario
  • Brian Bloom, Bloom Burton
  • Carol Stiff, Santen Phamaceuticals
  • Zal Press, CADTH
  • Peter Brenders, NBHRF


  • Sylvie Pilon, Emergent Biosolutions
  • Paul Petrelli, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Ronnie Miller, Hoffmann-La Roche
  • Danielle Portnik, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
  • Marissa Poole, Sanofi Genzyme
  • Eileen McMahon, Torys


Chronicle Companies is pleased to host the 14th Annual National Pharmaceutical Congress, a virtual weekly series of webinars. As Canada's largest stage for leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, the Congress presents industry reflections, ideas, and innovations. The Congress has been attended by over 200 delegates every year and is an opportunity to learn and reflect with the industry's most prominent thought leaders and visionaries.

Nominations to the 2020 Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame are being accepted.


Click here to nominate a colleague.


2019 Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame members:


SUZANNE E. CAMPBELL, Senior Brand Manager, Dermatology,AbbVie Corporation


BRIAN CANESTRARO, General Manager, Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc.


SAV DI PASQUALE, President, Canadian Pharmaceutical Distribution Network (CPDN)


PATRICK FORSYTHE, Country Manager, Eisai Canada Inc.


ALOK KANTI, CEO and President, Bayer Inc.


DAVID RENWICK, Vice-President, General Manager, Emergent BioSolutions


ROB SEGUIN, Partner, Thrive Partnership Group


Phil Diamond Award Winner: MARK McELWAIN

Who should participate:

Chairman/ CEO/ COO

R&D Heads

Business Development and Sales Heads / Managers

Industry Analysts

Leaders in Research Organization 


Why you should particpate:

Published November 2, 2017 on LinkedIn by Simon Reid, Recruitment Director, St. Amour and Associates

Pharma Congress: Highlights and Insights

I attended the pharmaceutical congress ( last week and found it to be a very compelling conference. For those who could not attend here are a few highlights:


  • Culture is king: In presentations by senior leaders from Otsuka and Purdue, building and changing culture was a key focus. In fact, in a surveyof conference attendees 94% rated culture as very important to their organization. An example was given of a representative who was outperforming their nearest colleague by nearly 100% because of a personal connection to the therapeutic area. This continues to reinforce the importance of having a strong vision from senior leadership that is well communicated and lived throughout the organization.
  • Market Access continues to be a challenge in the Canadian pharmaceutical industry. There were a number of executives who addressed this concern at various times with pertinent examples of situations where Canada was underperforming the G20 in regarding to market access for life sustaining medications. The need for professionals who can sell value and have established relationships with payers will continue to be in demand.
  • Oncology and rare diseases will continue to shape our industry. There is still a great need for treatments in these two therapeutic areas and pharma is continuing to respond to this demand. This trend will continue over the medium term. Gaining this experience will lead to ample opportunities in the job market.
  • It is reasonable to suggest that AIDS will be eraticated in the next 20 years. This is the goal of ViiV healthcare. Thanks to a stirring presentation from Sarah Leclerc, GM of ViiV Healthcare Canada, we all now understand our responsibility to get tested.
  • Cultivating talent locally is as important in business success as anything. 24% of executives rated local talent development as most important in business success on par with other metrics like strategy, unit development and sales and marketing excellence. Given the complexity of specialty pharmaceutical markets, it is important to have a partner who recognizes talent to continue to meet the challenges of our evolving industry.

It was a pleasure to attend this event. What was also very obvious was the passion that all of these executives have for helping patients. I found this to be especially motivating. Congratulations to all of the award winners!

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!

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The National Pharmaceutical Congress and Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame are planned, organized and executed event by members of the Canadian pharma community. A not-for-profit event that provides financial support to Canadian Healthcare endeavours. Since the inception of the Congress, more than $40,000 has been donated to health research and patient causes. The 14th Annual National Pharmaceutical Congress will be held in support of Sandi's Fund for Camp Liberté.

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