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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, Chief of Staff & Vice President, Operations, at asargent@imc-mnc.ca or 613-236-0455 ext. 219.

Positions at Innovative Medicines Canada

Executive Director of Policy

Innovative Medicines Canada is the national association representing the voice of Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. The association advocates for policies that enable the discovery, development and delivery of innovative medicines and vaccines to improve the lives of all Canadians and supports the members’ commitment to being a valued partner in the Canadian healthcare system. The association represents 42 companies contributing to a strong Canadian economy by employing 13,000 Canadians directly, supporting over 30,000 jobs in total and driving over $19 billion in annual economic activity. Guided by the Code of Ethical Practices, all members work with governments, private payers, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in a highly ethical manner.

The Executive Director, Policy is accountable to the Vice-President, Legal, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance to meet the association’s policy and research needs. This senior hands-on leader has a proven track record in developing strategies and conducting regular environmental scans and trend analysis to anticipate adjustments to strategic policy agendas. The Executive Director is responsible for the performance of the policy function, working with colleagues to ensure an integrated policy and research approach that positions the association as a thought leader on issues related to healthcare and the industry at large.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Sets the operational direction for the department ensuring accomplishment of IMC’s strategic objectives as they relate to policy and research
  • Manages, mentors, motivates, and monitors the performance of the Policy and Research team
  • Responsible for promoting policy research excellence on pharmaceutical and health policy matters on behalf of the organization
  • Leads and oversees annually a needs assessment of organizational policy and research requirements to meet membership needs
  • Leads policy development on priority issues within IMC and leverages expertise from the membership
  • Develops partnerships within IMC to increase the impact of the organization’s expertise and knowledge capability
  • Ensures that all policy statements, backgrounders, issue papers and positions are updated and approved
  • Monitors and communicates to IMC members policy developments and trends that could impact the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry
  • Develops and maintains relationships with individuals in government, think tanks, associations, and key opinion leaders in the broader health research and pharmaceutical policy communities to gain and share understanding of emerging issues
  • Other duties as may be required per the direction of the Vice President

Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Doctorate level in a relevant field is a mandatory requirement (e.g. Public Policy/Administration, Health Policy Management, Health Economics, MBA, MSc, Political Science)
  • Seven to ten years’ experience in health and pharmaceutical policy, or social policy either in the public, not-for-profit, or private sector
  • Effective and successful leadership, mentorship, and management of team members
  • Working within or understanding of the pharmaceutical sector in Canada
  • Experience with membership trade or professional associations
  • Relationship-building experience with government officials, think tanks, associations, and key opinion leaders in the broad health research, health system, economic and pharmaceutical policy communities
  • High-level of diplomacy, tact, judgement and leadership abilities
  • Excellent English verbal and writing communications skills
  • Knowledge of Canadian healthcare systems and pharmaceutical regulatory bodies and agencies
  • Effective research, planning and project management skills
  • Effective presentations skills to an executive audience
  • Ability to understand and apply relevant policy frameworks and analytical tools
  • Ability to make decisions in a timely manner in situations of ambiguity
  • Strong ability to present technical and/or complex information in a manner that is understandable by a wide variety of audiences
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and the related complex range of issues within the sector
  • Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset

Innovative Medicines Canada has partnered with Michael Villeneuve of Lock Search Group to assist in the search for an Executive Director of Policy to join the team in Ottawa, Ontario.

To apply, please submit a copy of your resume in confidence to Michael Villeneuve at mvilleneuve@locksearchgroup.com.

Vice President, Communications and Government Relations

Innovative Medicines Canada is the national association representing the voice of Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. The association advocates for policies that enable the discovery, development and delivery of innovative medicines and vaccines to improve the lives of all Canadians and supports the members’ commitment to being a valued partner in the Canadian healthcare system. The association represents 41 companies contributing to a strong Canadian economy by employing 13,000 Canadians directly, supporting over 30,000 jobs in total and driving over $19 billion in annual economic activity. Guided by the Code of Ethical Practices, all members work with governments, private payers, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in a highly ethical manner.

Reporting to the President as the Vice President, Communications and Government Relations, you will develop and execute an integrated and high impact communications and government relations strategy. You will work closely with colleagues across the organization to ensure all communications and government relations activities are aligned with IMC’s strategic priorities and continuing to deliver value to members and Canadians. You will build and nurture relationships with government officials at all levels, positioning IMC as a thought leader on issues related to the Canadian healthcare systems and the pharmaceutical industry. You will support various member-based teams and provide analysis and recommendations on existing and proposed legislative and regulatory actions. You will lead a nimble team of professionals, and liaise with colleagues to ensure accurate, comprehensive, and consistent messaging and effective communications and government relations practices across the organization.

As the ideal candidate, you are an experienced communications and government relations professional with a proven track record of effectively positioning an organization with diverse stakeholders. You are an engaging and effective advocate in your dealings with provincial and federal governments and display great comfort in operating in a fast-paced, ever-changing and often ambiguous environment. You are recognized and respected by your peers as a skilled and highly credible expert who leads through influence and persuasion. Colleagues value your strategic perspective and proactive approach, and regularly call on you for advice on all matters requiring a sophisticated communications and government relations lens. Creative, strategic and analytical, you embrace complexity and challenge with energy, enthusiasm and a bias to action. At the senior management table, you are an active and engaged participant, voicing concerns, sharing ideas, debating issues, and providing options for the team to consider. Your ability to communicate effectively in both official languages will serve you well in establishing and nurturing strong working relationships with stakeholders across Canada.

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to jcaminiti@boyden.com and state “VP Comms & GR, IMC” in the subject line of your e-mail. If you have any questions, please contact John at 613-868-9866.

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

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