Management

Dr. Lesley Esford, President
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, 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  

Elizabeth Sun, Manager, Business Development
Elizabeth Sun joined LifeSciences BC in June 2014 and is the primary contact for information about memberships and sponsorships. Prior to her joining LifeSciences BC, she lived in Japan for two years, where she interned at a behavioral genetics laboratory at the University of Tokyo and studied Japanese. She holds a Master of Management from the Sauder School of Business. For more biographical information, please visit Elizabeth’s LinkedIn page here Contact Elizabeth at: 604-669-9909 ext. 3

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

Irma Zukic, Executive Assistant to Dr. Esford
Contact Irma at: 604-669-9909 ext. 1