Certificate in Pharma Challenges & Opportunities

The 2021 offering of this program has concluded. Sign up HERE to be the first to know when we finalize the dates for the 2022 offering!

The Pharma Challenges and Opportunities Certificate delivers industry knowledge and soft skills that pharma CEOs identified as important. This program will consist of four 1/2 day 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.

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.

There is an optional six month mentorship component of this program. 

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


This program concluded on December 9, 2021. If you are interested in the next offering, please fill out the form above by clicking STAY INFORMED. We'll keep you posted about the next offering.

Format and Dates


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.

Download our 2021 brochure!

Pharma Brochure Download link

Faculty and Instructors 

U of T faculty and key industry partners who taught in the program in 2021 included:


  • Patricia Gauthier- Country Head, Canada, Moderna
  • Timothy Lee- Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, U of T, Mississauga, Chief Scientist and Head of R&D at Prollenium Medical Technologies 
  • Rav Kumar- Director of the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry, Assistant Professor, U of T, Mississauga
  • Amyn Sayani- Director, Medical Evidence, AstraZeneca Canada
  • Colin Hall- Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Prollenium Medical Technologies
  • Rafael Chiuzi- Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour & HR Management, Department of Management, U of T, Mississauga
  • Ryan Lock- Director, Federal Affairs and Public Policy, GSK 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
  • Lisa Cline- Senior HR Leader, Lisa Cline HR Consulting
  • Leigh Revers- Associate Professor Chemistry, Director Master of Biotechnology Program, U of T, Mississauga
  • Duncan Jones- Director, ICUBE, U of T, Mississauga

Read their bios by downloading this instructor profile booklet.   

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