Certificate in Pharma Challenges & Opportunities


The Pharma Challenges and Opportunities Certificate delivers industry knowledge and soft skills that pharma CEOs identified as important. This program will consist of four modules delivered by experts from industry as well as distinguished U of T faculty. It is designed to be highly interactive and include workshops, case studies, and networking opportunities.

This program will provide a deep understanding of the journey of a medicine from discovery through regulatory approval, access to the Canadian market and activities related to launching, marketing and selling. It will also cover the broader Canadian life sciences such as generics, vaccines and key future opportunities and challenges. Please note that there is a soft skills component to this program as well with sessions about effective communication, negotiation, persuasion and influence as part of modules 1, 2 and 3.

Online Modules and Learning Outcomes

Module 1 • Introduction to the industry • R&D • Regulatory
Affairs • Manufacturing and Quality

Introduction to the industry, discovering, developing, and manufacturing a new medicine and navigating the regulatory process to gain approval to market.

Module 2 • Canadian Drug Healthcare System • Market
Access • Public Policy

Overview of Canadian drug policy framework and processes for gaining market access for a new medicine. Understanding the stakeholders and their roles in public and private markets.

Module 3 • Launching • Marketing and Selling Best
Practice • Persuasion and Influence

Introduction to best practices in launching, marketing and selling pharmaceutical products in Canada.

Module 4 •  Vaccines •  Generics •  Biologics and Life Sciences
in Canada

A look at the broader life sciences ecosystem in Canada and future opportunities and challenges

Who Should Apply

  • Professionals already in pharma and interested in broadening industry knowledge to improve their cross-functional contribution
  • International pharma professionals new to Canada  
  • Recent graduates interested in entering the pharma industry


Ensure you have read the Who Should Apply section before applying.

Format and Dates

One Thursday a month over 4 months, online. 
(Toronto time, EST)

Online Welcome and Networking Session
September 22, 2022
7:00-8:30 pm

Module 1 •  9 am-3:45 pm 
September 29, 2022

Module 2 •  9 am-3:00 pm 
October 20, 2022

Module 3 •  9 am-3:45 pm 
November 10, 2022

Module 4 •  9 am-3:15 pm 
December 8, 2022

Certificate Fee

Individual registrations - $2,000 + HST / participant. Group registrations of 2 or more - $1,650 + HST / participant.

The fee includes all four modules and course materials.

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Faculty and Instructors 

U of T faculty and key industry partners will teach in the program include:


  • Christine Lennon - General Manager, Incyte Biosciences Canada
  • Timothy Lee - Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, U of T, Mississauga, Chief Scientist and Head of R&D at Prollenium Medical Technologies 
  • Leslie Madden - Head of Regulatory Affairs, Canada, Moderna
  • Shurjeel Choudhri - Senior Vice President and Head, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Bayer HealthCare
  • Rafael Chiuzi - Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour & HR Management, Department of Management, U of T, Mississauga
  • Christine Mossa - Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Reimbursement and Value Access, Ipsen Canada
  • Eva Villalba -  Executive Director, Quebec Cancer Coalition
  • Ajay Bhatia - Associate Director of Global Marketing, Oncology New Products, Astellas Pharma US
  • Dorothy Czylyski - President- NFA Health
  • Bruce Seet - Director, Medical Affairs, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Jordan Berman - Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Business Transformation and Strategic Planning, Apotex
  • Jason Field - President & CEO, Life Sciences Ontario
  • Leigh Revers - Associate Professor Chemistry, Director Master of Biotechnology Program, U of T, Mississauga
  • Duncan Jones - Director, ICUBE, U of T, Mississauga
  • Rav Kumar - Director of the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry, Assistant Professor, U of T, Mississauga

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Past Participant Spotlight


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 This program helped me gain a better understanding of the high-level gaps and future direction of the pharmaceutical industry, especially within the medical affairs realm. I engaged with senior executives in pharma and U of T faculty members who shared practical experiences. I am pleased with the networking platform this program presented and I hope these relationships will be sustained.

Stanley C. Meribe
Senior Medical Writer
INVIVO - a Red Nucleus Company

For more information,  please contact Saima Zulqarnain • saima.zulqarnain@utoronto.ca