Want to make a difference in Canada’s healthcare system?Innovative Medicines Canada is the voice of Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. We believe in ensuring Canadians have access to the treatments they need, when they need them. Our work is a fundamental part of safeguarding our healthcare system for future generations. We encourage our members to focus on what matters: delivering better healthcare solutions to Canadians.

Innovative Medicines Canada posts relevant job opportunities from entry-level positions to leadership team openings. We do not recruit on behalf of our members and/or industry partners, so contact about a posted position should be based on the information contained in the job posting. Members and/or industry partners interested in leveraging the Innovative Medicines Canada website as part of their recruitment efforts can contact Alison Sargent, Vice President, Engagement, at or 613-236-0455 ext. 219.

Positions at Innovative Medicines Canada


Vice President, Policy and Research

In the years ahead, the strength of healthcare in Canada will depend, in large part, on the country’s ability to innovate, discover, and access the best medicines and treatments for Canadians. This is the shared goal and aspiration of Innovative Medicines Canada and its many partners and stakeholders across the country.

Innovative Medicines Canada serves and supports more than 45 member companies, from established organizations to fledgling startups. Core to its mission, the association advocates for policies that enable the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines and vaccines that improve the lives of all Canadians and for people around the world.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President, Policy and Research will develop and implement a comprehensive and forward-looking policy strategy and research agenda that uncovers emerging trends in healthcare and innovation. You will develop and maintain relationships with a variety of key stakeholders across Canada, positioning the Association as the go-to source of credible information on pharmaceutical and health policy matters. You will lead a nimble team of professionals, and work closely with colleagues across the organization to ensure all departmental activities are aligned with the Association’s strategic priorities, and continuing to deliver value to members and Canadians.

As the ideal candidate, you are a credible and respected policy leader with experience working in the health research or innovation sector. You thrive in ambiguity, and can comfortably pivot when priorities shift. You are an action and outcome-oriented leader who sets clear goals and objectives, and sets a tone of accountability, trust, and mutual respect. Peers commend you for your ability to effectively navigate conflicting viewpoints to find common ground and successfully reach consensus. Your knowledge of policy making at the provincial, territorial, and federal levels will serve you well in this national role, as will your experience working in a national trade or industry association. An ability to communicate in both official languages is also a significant asset.

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to and state “VP Policy and Research, IMC” in the subject line of your e-mail.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs

Position Profile

Innovative Medicines Canada seeks a skilled communications and government affairs professional with a proven track record in government relations and developing and executing strong messaging to support issues that are significant to its member organizations. The successful candidate will position the association as a thought leader on issues related to healthcare and the industry at large, and partner closely with the different teams and regions to ensure alignment and consistency in the messaging across marketing and branding. The ideal candidate will lead strategic and early engagement with regulatory topics to support IMC’s guiding principles and member organizations. This role is based in Ottawa, Ontario.


  • Develop short and long-term government relations and communications plans to advance the industry’s and the organization’s goals
  • Develop, implement and manage a broad range of strategic external communications programs and events in support of IMC’s public policy goals
  • Anticipate challenges and obstacles that IMC and its member organizations could face as the policy landscape evolves; daily monitoring of relevant media
  • Provide communications counsel to the senior leadership team and effectively position IMC as a thought leader on issues related to healthcare and the industry
  • Establish constructive relationships with decision-makers and influencer in government(s).
  • Develop messaging and materials as required and partner with internal stakeholders to ensure consistency in messaging and alignment with IMC’s guiding principles
  • Formulate and execute a long-term engagement plan to build and maintain strategic relationships with membership organizations, industry groups and key public policy figures
  • Lead media relations team on public relations and reputational initiatives


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in communications
  • Media relations experience and established relationships with industry members and media outlets
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in government affairs, public policy and/or corporate affairs
  • Strong knowledge of key players in federal/territorial/provincial governments and the policy development process
  • Experience in the regulated industries, pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare, and policy advocacy industries preferred
  • Skilled communicator and strategic thinker, with strong project management skills
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with key senior internal and external stakeholders, acting as a partner and strategic advisor.
  • Bilingualism (French and English) is a strong asset

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to and state “VP, Communications and Government Affairs, IMC” in the subject line of your e-mail.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

Positions at Innovative Medicines Canada member companies

  • Currently no postings are available

Industry-related positions

BioTalent Canada is the HR partner of Canada’s pharmaceutical industry. As an HR expert and national non-profit organization, BioTalent Canada focuses on building partnerships and skills for Canada’s pharmaceutical industry to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people.

Innovative Medicines Canada is a Platinum Partner of BioTalent Canada allowing Innovative Medicines Canada members access to discounted job postings on The PetriDishTM job board and other corporate discounts.

The PetriDishTM allows employers to easily post and manage jobs on Canada’s only national, bilingual, biotech job board. The PetriDish caters exclusively to the hiring needs of bio-economy employers, including pharmaceuticals, so job postings will not be lost in the noise of other industries.

For more information, please contact Fiorella Jansen-Nicorescu at or 613-235-1402 extension 229.