About

Innovative Medicines Canada represents Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. We help our members discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines and vaccines.

Our  member companies, which range from fledgling start-ups to established organizations, are revolutionizing healthcare through the discovery and development of new medicines and vaccines.

Our industry supports 100,000 high-quality, well-paying jobs in Canada and invests $2 billion in R&D every year. Collectively, our activities contribute $15 billion per year to Canada’s knowledge-based economy.

Guided by a strict Code of Ethical Practices, we work with governments, insurance companies, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders to advance the field of pharmaceutical research and development and enhance the wellbeing of Canadians. We are committed to being valued partners in Canada’s healthcare system.

We achieve our goals by forming alliances, supporting policies, improving Canada’s regulatory environment, widening access to innovative medicines and ensuring the effective protection of intellectual property.

We believe in ensuring that Canadians have access to the innovative treatments they need. Our activities are a fundamental part of safeguarding our healthcare system for future generations.

Mission and vision

Mission

Innovative Medicines Canada partners to champion policies that drive the discovery, development and delivery of transformative medicines and vaccines to all Canadians to live longer and healthier lives.

Guiding principles

  1. We demonstrate leadership by adhering to strict policies of diversity and inclusion.
  2. We promote trust, collaboration and partnership, and are respectful in all our working relationships.
  3. We proactively deliver solutions that address Canadian health system challenges.
  4. We are nimble and will manage change in ways that align with the three pillars of our Strategic Plan.
  5. We act in accordance with an established Board/CEO code of conduct that aligns with the strategic priorities of our industry. 

Vision

Transform Canadians’ lives through timely access to world-class innovative medicines and vaccines.

Our history

The association was founded on April 23, 1914 by representatives of 10 pharmaceutical and toilet products companies to ensure their “mutual benefit and enhancement”. In the initial years, members were individuals rather than companies.

Our 10 founding members were:

  1. A. Smith, Frederick Stearns & Co.
  2. W. Horner, F.W. Horner Ltd.
  3. D. Daniel, Toronto Pharmacal Co.
  4. L. Lyman, John Wyeth & Bros. Co.
  5. M. Grant, Parke, Davis Co.
  6. V. Warmoll, Seely Manufacturing Co.
  7. C. E. Frosst, Charles E. Frosst & Co.
  8. W. Bole, National Drug & Chemical Co.
  9. H. McDonald, Lyman Bros. & Co.
  10. E. Danner, Henry K. Wampole & Co.

In 1915, the association changed its name. The goals of the new Canadian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association were to produce pharmaceuticals and biologics, carry out research and market products in an ethical manner. (By “ethical” the association meant that members marketed products to the medical profession rather than directly to the public.)

By 1924, the Canadian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association had developed into three distinct divisions: pharmaceuticals, perfumes and physician supplies.

During the early and mid-1950s, the association was managed by a Board of Directors and a General Manager. In 1956, a full-time operation was established with offices in Toronto. By 1958, association members included major pharmaceutical companies.

In 1965, the Association again changed its name to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada (PMAC).

On May 1, 1999, PMAC became Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D). The new name reflected the industry’s commitment to research-based innovation and mirrored our member companies’ mission to continually improve the ability of Canada’s healthcare industry to treat, manage, prevent and cure the illnesses that affect the lives of Canadians.

On June 5, 2003, the Quebec Board of Continuing Medical Education (CEMCQ) and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) launched a joint Code of Ethics for medical organizations responsible for continuing medical education activities with the pharmaceutical community.

On January 6, 2005, Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D), together with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), announced its support of the creation of an international registry of clinical trials. The portal was launched in March 2006.

On December 6, 2005, a new set of Guiding Principles further strengthened and improved Rx&D’s Code of Conduct (today, called the Code of Ethical Practices). Improvements to the Code were made in consultation with the Canadian Medical Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Ontario and Quebec pharmacists associations, the Pharmaceutical Advertising and Advisory Board and provincial nursing chapters, to name a few. The new Guiding Principles took effect in January 2006.

In 2008, Rx&D celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Code of Conduct and following a review, updated the name to the Code of Ethical Practices.

On January 1, 2009, Rx&D launched the Guidelines for Transparency in Stakeholder Funding.

On November 11, 2011, Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) and MEDEC, Canada’s Medical Technology Companies, applauded the endorsement by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) of the Kuala Lumpur Principles for Medical Device Sector Codes of Ethics, and the Mexico City Principles for Voluntary Codes of Business Ethics in the Biopharmaceutical Sector. These principles are to be adopted by industry associations and pharmaceutical companies throughout the 21 APEC member economies.

On November 17, 2014, Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the association and launched the Canadian Innovation Timeline . The timeline was developed in partnership with Let’s Talk Science to celebrate and promote the incredible contributions Canadian researchers have made to the discovery and advancement of pharmaceutical and life science research.

On November 17, 2014, Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) and MEDEC – Canada’s Medical Technology Companies – welcomed the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ (Heads of State) endorsement of the Nanjing Declaration to Promote Ethical Business Environments in the Medical Device and Biopharmaceutical Sectors (2014–2020).

On January 4, 2016, following an extensive consultation and engagement with key stakeholders and partners in the life sciences community, the association changed its name to Innovative Medicines Canada to better align with the association’s values and work, and better resonate with all partners.

On June 10, 2016, The Canadian Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration was endorsed by the Best Medicines Coalition, Health Charities Coalition of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Pharmacists Association and Innovative Medicines Canada. The organizations are committed to ensuring that the relationships between patients, health care professionals and the pharmaceutical sector are based on ethical and responsible decisions.

Global compassion

IMC members work closely with governments, humanitarian organizations, local communities and other partners to deliver lifesaving medicines and treatments to the developing world. Through our collaboration with Health Partners International of Canada, we have donated 11 million treatments in more than 110 countries.

We also recognize that close collaboration among industry, governments, international organizations and non governmental organizations is essential to Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad. The global pharmaceutical sector has researched, developed, manufactured and shipped COVID-19 vaccines at an unprecedented rate and is now producing 1 billion doses each month. 

Our collaboration will continue as Canada works to support the World Health Organization’s June 2022 global vaccination target of 70 percent. 

Find out how partnerships make a difference to health and well-being where help is needed most.

Board

Innovative Medicines Canada has an effective and engaged Board of Directors that enables our member companies to work toward common objectives.

Alok Kanti

Bayer Inc.

Chair

Rhonda Pacheco

Eli Lilly Canada Inc.

Vice-Chair

Melissa Koomey

Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc.

Treasurer

Christine Lennon

Incyte Biosciences Canada

Director

Ed Dybka

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Canada, Inc.

Director

Jody Engel

Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Director

Rute Fernandes

Takeda Canada Inc.

Director

Lisa Mullett

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.

Director

Brigitte Nolet

Hoffmann-La Roche Limited

Director

Tracey Ramsay

AbbVie Corporation

Director

Jared Rhines

BioCryst Canada, ULC

Director

Frank Stramaglia

Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.

Director

Kiersten Combs

AstraZeneca Canada, Inc.

Director

Staff 

Our dedicated team across Canada is passionate about the positive impact that innovative medicines and vaccines have on all Canadians. Every team member has a unique story about how our industry has inspired their efforts and changed the lives of those they cherish.

Our common purpose fuels our work to ensure that policy influencers and the general public understand the immense contributions our members make to sustainable healthcare in this country.

President’s Office

Marie-Anne Paquette

Executive Assistant to the President

613-236-0455 ext 200

[email protected]

Operations

Alison Sargent

Chief of Staff & Vice President, Operations

613-236-0455 ext 219

[email protected]

Wilma Deen

Executive Director, Membership Value & Strategy Implementation

613-236-0455 ext 207

[email protected]

Hugh Scott

Executive Director, Health Research Foundation

613-236-0455 ext 286

[email protected]

Judy Ouderkirk

Secretary to the Board of Directors

613-236-0455 ext 289

[email protected]

Communications and Government Affairs

Conrad Bellehumeur

Vice-President, Communications & Government Affairs

613-236-0455 ext 240

[email protected]

Anne-Sophie Belzile

Executive Director, Government Affairs

613-236-0455 ext 216

[email protected]

Hugh Scott

Executive Director, Strategic Alliances

613-236-0455 ext 286

[email protected]

Marise Varanda

Director, Media Relations & Content

613-236-0455 ext 203

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Rochelle Trainor

Director, Brand & Digital Communications

613-236-0455 ext 213

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Michelle Rozon

Social Media and Content Strategist

613-236-0455 ext 248

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Policy, Regulatory, and Legal Affairs

Declan Hamill

Vice President, Policy, Regulatory, and Legal Affairs

613-236-0455 ext 425

[email protected]

Lama Abi Khaled

Executive Director, Ethics, Legal and Regulatory

613-236-0455 ext 236

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Joe Farago

Executive Director, Private Payers & Investment

613-236-0455 ext 212

[email protected]

Member companies

Innovative Medicines Canada advocates for policies that enable the discovery, development, and delivery of innovative medicines and vaccines to improve the lives of all Canadians. We represent 48 companies that invest $2 billion in research and development every year and contribute $15 billion to Canada’s economy. Guided by our Code of Ethical Practices, all members work with governments, private payers, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders in a highly ethical manner.

Partners with universities and research centres

When it comes to academics and cutting-edge research, Canada has a lot to be proud of.

Our country is home to some of the best researchers, scientists and research infrastructure in the world. Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical companies partner with universities and research centres across the country to leverage their expertise and push the boundaries of medical innovation. Our collaborative efforts save lives.

Globally, the pharmaceutical industry contributes $6.7 billion in research funding to universities and clinical research institutes. 

Sharing our findings is also crucial to our success. Our companies share their research with institutions such as the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, the NEOMED Institute, MaRS Innovation and The Centre for Drug Research and Development. These and other partnerships have resulted in new treatments for Canadians and others around the world.

A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

A diverse, equitable and inclusive approach to research, development and distribution is essential in building a strong life science ecosystem. 

Canada’s research-based pharmaceutical companies are committed to facilitating the necessary, positive and long-term change the industry needs to better meet the needs of all Canadians.

Specifically, Innovative Medicines Canada and its member companies are committed to:

  • Increasing diversity and representation within our organizations so that we reflect the patients and communities we serve.
  • Expanding pathways and opportunities to work and succeed in our industry for people most affected by inequities.
  • Advancing policy solutions to better address health and healthcare disparities that have been further highlighted by COVID-19, and encouraging clinical trial diversity that reflects Canada’s diverse population.
  • Broadening and leveraging partnerships so we can work together to enhance education about diversity, equity and inclusion, and find solutions to health disparities. 
  • Implementing measures that support structural inclusion and elevating our educational, development and leadership programs to increase the representation and advancement of under-represented groups. These include visible minorities, women, members of the LGBTQ2+ community, people living with disabilities, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

IMC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles Framework

Talent

Grow the industry talent pool and create employment pathways to increase workforce diversity.

Invest in talent of the future for those most impacted by inequities.

Enable and foster an internal culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.

Health equity

Use industry platform to identify and advance ways to reduce health inequities and healthcare disparities.

Acknowledge our patient diversity, build trust, and address issues to ensure our clinical trials reflect Canada’s diverse population.

Advocate for positive and long-term systemic change to better meet the needs of all patients as developers of innovative medicines and vaccines.

Education and training

Support professional development to employees that addresses unconscious bias, develops cultural competencies and supports an inclusive workplace.

Contribute to diversity and inclusion education to positively impact society and our communities.

Partnerships

Partner with organizations and government to advance diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives with the goals of educating and creating systemic change.

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Ethics

Learn about how Innovative Medicines Canada and its members set a high standard for ethical, transparent and open practices.

Careers

Want to make a difference in Canada’s healthcare system? We do too.

As the voice of Canada’s research-based pharmaceutical industry, Innovative Medicines Canada is searching for individuals who are passionate about helping Canadians live longer and healthier lives. Our organization believes in ensuring Canadians have access to the treatments they need, when they need them.

Why join our team?

At Innovative Medicines Canada, we take pride in fostering a positive work environment and energizing culture where we champion diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe in the power of bringing together people who have varying backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Working together, we help transform the lives of all Canadians by giving them timely access to world-class innovative medicines and vaccines.

Innovative Medicines Canada prioritizes nurturing our team’s well-being, as well as their personal and professional growth. We offer a competitive compensation package (flexible health benefits, generous vacation time, an impressive pension plan, fitness allowance and much more) coupled with ongoing professional development opportunities.

Open positions

No positions currently available.

Industry-related positions

We invite members and industry partners to leverage our relationship with BioTalent Canada and the PetriDishTM job board in their recruitment efforts.

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. This enables our members to access discounted job postings on The PetriDishTM job board, as well as 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 are not lost in the noise of other industries.

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

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 [email protected] or 613-236-0455 ext. 219.

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