Pharma Challenges & Opportunities Certificate

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 and will be delivered by experts from industry as well as distinguished U of T faculty. It is designed to be highly interactive including workshops, case studies, role-play 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.

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

Format and Dates

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

Online Welcome and Networking Session
September 16, 2021

Module 1 •  9am-3:15pm 
September 23, 2021

Module 2 •  9am-3:15pm 
October 14, 2021

Module 3 •  9am-3:45pm 
November 11, 2021

Module 4 •  9am-3:30pm 
December 9, 2021

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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For more information about group or alumni discounts, please contact Saima Zulqarnain ( or complete the form below.

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