About Life Sciences BC’s Events

Life Sciences BC holds numerous events for our members in an effort to provide quality networking, mentoring and education opportunities. Below is a list of the types of events we host throughout the year.

Check our monthly events calendar regularly or subscribe to our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out!

If you have any questions or feedback on our events or would like to suggest ideas for future events or topics, please contact us.

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Annual LifeSciences BC Awards presented by FARRIS

LifeSciences BC is proud to host the Annual LifeSciences BC Awards, presented by FARRIS, every April to honour outstanding contributions made by members of B.C.’s life sciences community. This event has evolved to become the premier evening of the year for life sciences in our province attended by over 600 guests, including cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, innovators, academics, industry CEOs and dedicated industry professionals.

Access to Innovation

The Access to Innovation Conference brings together health and life sciences stakeholders to present, discuss and deliver meaningful ways to improve collaboration, develop and deliver innovation, while improving outcomes and saving healthcare cost.

Breakfast Speaking Series

The Blakes Breakfast Speaking Series is our longest-standing event series – and one of our most popular. Held four times a year, these breakfasts include two short presentations by local biotech companies, followed by a keynote address by an industry leader. These breakfasts typically attract a cross-section of approximately 40 of our life sciences community members. The Breakfast Speaking Series is proudly presented by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

Investor Summit presented by Lumira Ventures

Investor Summit presented by Lumira Ventures is our opportunity to bring together stakeholders in the healthcare innovation ecosystem. Entrepreneurs tell their stories and get feedback and engagement from a wide range of investor stakeholders. Investor participants range from angel investors, venture capital, corporate venture and foundations. In addition, tech transfer offices, innovation councils and government ministries and agencies are also present. It is the opportunity for companies to attract attention, solicit support and secure investment that will aid them in their continued growth trajectory.

Spotlight Speaking Series

The McCarthy Spotlight Speaking Series invites successful companies and leading life science professionals to share experiences and approaches to our community in an afternoon presentation and networking event. In the past, the series has featured Spotlight Events focusing on attracting and keeping good talent, technology and licensing, M&A and Capital Markets, to name a few.

Annual Salmon Barbecue

Held each June at U.B.C’s scenic Cecil Green House, our Annual Salmon Barbecue has become one of our most popular events. It offers members of our life sciences community the chance to come out and enjoy a great meal in the company of peers in a breathtaking setting – and without the formality of a sit-down banquet.

Feature Life Science Industry Events

Our industry events are focused on bringing together dedicated innovators, rising and experiences industry leaders, learned academics and life science capital investors to generate meaningful dialogue within our B.C. community.  We organize and provide the forum for members of our life sciences community to come together, learn and discuss current issues facing their companies. Industry experts from a variety of related fields are brought in to present, engage and support on a range of issues. Some of these regular events include:

  • Discovery Foundation’s How-To-Pitch Educational Event
  • A Day at the B.C. Legislature
  • Medtech Showcase Series
  • Medical Devices Playbook
  • International Trade Missions