Application for CDRD / Pfizer Canada Life Sciences Executive Institute Now Open

On May 2, CDRD, Canada’s national drug development and commercialization centre, and Pfizer Canada announced the launch of  the CDRD Executive Institute under the umbrella of The CDRD Academy  made possible by a significant $1,000,000 contribution by Pfizer Canada. The Institute’s aim is to provide ongoing executive development to ensure that the Canadian life sciences sector has the management talent it needs to lead the world.  

Between now and June 15, The CDRD Academy’s Executive Institute will be taking applications for its 10-month, focused executive development program custom designed to ensure that the Canadian life sciences sector has the management talent it needs to lead the world.

Successfully scaling Canadian life sciences companies, and growing them into strong, multi-product anchors, requires leaders to think in more complex, systematic, and strategic ways. To address this pressing need, CDRD has created this unique program open to a maximum of 20 executive-level life sciences professionals annually. Recognizing that diversity is Canada’s strength, priority and particular focus will be given to addressing the gender gap within Canadian life sciences leadership, and to building opportunities for under-represented groups.

The program is delivered in collaboration with global training leaders, the not-for-profit Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Executive training is CCL’s sole focus, and has been all they do for the past 50 years. Because of their track record, they have been ranked among the world’s Top 5 institutions for executive education by Bloomberg Businessweek and the Financial Times.

The program that CDRD and CCL have custom-designed combines researched and proven best practices/principles with targeted industry topics to take participants on a leadership journey. Using a blend of in-depth assessments, simulations, challenging assignments and executive coaching, training is focused on current (and future) issues and company challenges, making it highly relevant to the learner’s real work – learning while applying.

Executives in the program engage in development that is focused on their unique leadership needs, enabling them to maximize personal leadership power to accelerate their organization’s goals, commitment, alignment and results. They will focus on key leadership competencies such as: validating and articulating a vision, leading outwardly, communication, influence, self-awareness and executive image. They will delve into their high-level challenges. They will gain a clear view of their impact on their organization and:

  • Develop clear action plans around organizational challenges and priorities;

  • Validate or re-cast organizational vision;

  • Clarify their leadership effectiveness within the organization, and in comparison to other senior executives;

  • Improve external influence skills with boards, shareholders, partners and critical stakeholders;

  • Enhance their executive image and communication skills.

For additional program details or to apply, visit The CDRD Academy or contact:

Patricia York    
Vice President, People & Culture  
Direct: (604) 827-1133 

Barry Gee
Senior Director, Communications & External Affairs
Direct: (604) 827-1223