LifeSciences BC Hires New Executive Director

Vancouver, B.C. – February 2, 2017 – The LifeSciences BC’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lesley Esford, as the new Executive Director of the non-profit industry association.

Since 2006, Esford has worked as an ITA with the National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program, helping over 100 entrepreneurs develop a wide array of products and services, at every stage of the innovation process, from concept to commercialization. Her career path has taken her from B.C. to Boston developing insights, observations and a broad knowledge base in human life sciences, along the way . She received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from U.B.C. and has a M.Sc. from Brock University.

When asked about the appointment she said, “I am very proud to be a part of LifeSciences BC’s next chapter and see before us a very compelling course with some striking initiatives well underway. We are in exciting times and I look forward to joining the journey, which I hope takes us to all parts of the world.”

James Hatton, Chair, LifeSciences BC’s Board of Directors, said of Lesley’s appointment, “This is an exciting time for BC’s life sciences community and Lesley’s deep experience and knowledge of life sciences will serve our community well. Lesley is highly motivated and enthusiastic and we are confident that her vision and abilities will significantly benefit BC’s life sciences community. The board of LSBC is delighted to have Lesley join our team.”

Dr. Esford’s appointment is effective immediately.


About LifeSciences BC
LifeSciences BC is a non-profit, industry association which supports and represents the life science community of British Columbia. Their member driving organization undertakes numerous initiatives including; local, national and international partnerships that help facilitate investment and global partnering opportunities while nurturing economic development in B.C.

For more information contact:
Susan Ogilvie
Manager, Communications and External Affairs
LifeSciences BC
Office: 604-669-9909 EXT. 6
Cell: 604-218-5188