Management

Dr. Lesley Esford, President & CEO
Lesley received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from UBC and has spent many years in academia, industry and government in positions supporting the growth of the Life Sciences sector. Since 2006, she has worked as an ITA for NRC-IRAP, helping over 100 entrepreneurs developing a wide array of products and services, at every stage of the innovation process, from concept to commercialization. Lesley is a Kauffman Fellow, which is a Silicon Valley-based international leadership program for venture capitalists and innovators.  See Lesley’s LinkedIn page here.
Contact Lesley at: 604-669-9909 ext. 2

Susan Ogilvie, Senior Manager, Communications & External Affairs
Susan has been a communications professional for the last 18 years, both as a long-term employee and as a consultant. Her recent career experience includes: Provincial Press Secretary for the Green Party of B.C., Project Manager with Castlemain Group, Canada Safeway, Manager, Public Affairs, Media Attaché for the City of Sochi during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and with the BC Pharmacy Association as Director, Communications. For more career information please visit Susan’s LinkedIn page here.
Contact Susan at: 604-669-9909 ext. 6  

Ryan Butt, Manager, Events and Outreach
Ryan joined LifeSciences BC in May 2017 and is responsible for all event management and outreach to our life science community in BC. He brings over 16 years of event planning experience with a focus on high quality and innovative events. Previously, Ryan has managed events for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, SOS Children’s Village BC, Canadian Cancer Society and the House of Commons. He graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Public Administration Honours and a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political Science. For more biographical information, please visit Ryan’s LinkedIn page here.
Contact Ryan at: 604-669-9909 ext. 4

Hussain Kherodawala, Manager, Strategic Partnerships
Husain graduated with an MBA from Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He brings Business Development experience from various industries such as real estate, eCommerce and print packaging. His focus is on forging high impact strategic partnerships that benefit the life sciences community and the businesses that are a part of it. 
Contact Hussain at: 604-669-9909 ext. 3
Email: hkherodawala@lifesciencesbc.ca
For more biographical information, please visit Husain’s LinkedIn page here.
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Irma Zukic, Manager, Operations
Contact Irma at: 604-669-9909 ext. 1