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Board of Directors

Board Mandate and Governance Guidelines

The composition of the Board of Directors reflects the Company's intent to have a majority of non-management Directors.

All Directors have a competence that contributes to the development of operating plans put forward by the company's management.


Dr. Michael BerendtDr. Michael Berendt
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Scientist

Appointed November 1, 2013

Dr. Michael Berendt held positions of increasing responsibility in the U.S. research departments of Pfizer, Inc. and Bayer Corporation before becoming Managing Director, Life Sciences Sector of AEA Investors, then Managing Director of Research Corporation Technologies. In 2006, he became the President & CEO of Aegera Therapeutics Inc., which was sold to Pharmascience Inc. in 2011. Dr. Berendt graduated with a B.S. from Ohio Dominican University, a M.S. from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from Drexel University. Dr. Berendt is a Director on the Boards of Waters Corporation and NeoMed Institute. He serves as Executive Chairman of Anchor Therapeutics and serves as Chairman of Alethia Biothérapeutiques.

Dr. Berendt brings to the Company:

  • Leadership acumen in human therapeutics research and development;
  • A network of contacts in the North American life sciences investment sector; and
  • Knowledge of human pharmaceutical life cycle management.

Director Biographies

Mr. James Rae – Chairman and Non-Executive Director  (Independent)

Appointed July 27, 2012

James Rae

Mr. Rae brings to the Company:

  • a wealth of experience in both governance and management roles in the biopharmaceutical sector;
  • manufacturing, marketing, financial and research and development experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms;
  • financing and deal-making expertise; and
  • extensive network of contacts – inside and outside the sector.


Mr. Yvon Bastien – Chairman and Non-Executive Director  (Independent)

Appointed November 5, 2013

Yvon BastienYvon Bastien has served in pharmaceutical sales, marketing and leadership positions throughout his career, most recently serving as President and General Manager of Sanofi Synthelabo based in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining Sanofi, Mr. Bastien was Founder and President of Delta Healthcare, an early stage biotechnology company based in Canada. Prior to Delta, Mr. Bastien served as President of Montreal, Quebec-based Jouveinal, European Marketing Manager of Ciba Geigy (Switzerland), Vice-President, International Marketing and Sales of Laboratoire Debat in Paris, France, General Manager of IMS Canada (Montreal), and Hospital Sales Representative with Ely Lilly (Montreal). Mr. Bastien trained in medicine at Louvain University in Belgium before completing an MBA at Sir George William University in Montreal and an Executive Management Program in France. He serves on the Board of Directors of four companies (including Bioniche) in the fields of biotechnology and health care, and holds the position of Chairman for two of these companies.

Mr. Bastien brings to the Company:

  • Extensive experience in human pharmaceutical sales and marketing, including successful product launches;
  • Negotiating skills in the areas of pharmaceutical reimbursement, product acquisitions, and licensing agreements;
  • Extensive experience as CEO of Canadian pharmaceutical companies; and
  • Governance experience relevant to the life sciences sector.



Mr. Rod Budd – Non-Executive Director (Independent)

Appointed November 9, 2011

Rod BuddRod Budd was a partner in Ernst & Young for 25 years until his retirement in 2010. For the last eight years of his term, he was the Canadian firm’s life sciences practice leader. Mr. Budd graduated from Concordia University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting and finance and obtained his CA in 1977 (in Québec and Ontario). He has over 35 years of experience in public accounting, serving emerging and growth companies, with a focus on life sciences companies, from start-ups to large multinationals. Mr. Budd advises a number of private companies and is a Director of both Immunotec Inc, a health and nutritional products development company, and Bedrocan Cannabis Corp., a medicinal cannabis research company.

Mr. Budd brings to the Company:

  • broad financial acumen; ability to review and understand financial statements and reports, budgets, forecasts and other financial information from the perspective of a financial professional;
  • audit experience; ability to review auditors’ plans, activities and reports and ensure they are meeting professional standards and corporate requirements;
  • extensive knowledge of the life sciences industry; awareness of industry trends; and
  • extensive experience working with Boards of Directors of public companies.


Ms. Lyne Fortin – Non-Executive Director (Independent)

Appointed November 5, 2013

Lyne FortinLyne Fortin is Senior Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer of Theratechnologies Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. She previously held Executive level positions at Merck Canada for 13 years until 2011. In these roles, she was responsible for Marketing and Sales of product portfolios in diverse therapeutic areas. She also managed all the commercial support functions which included marketing and sales research, sales training, sales operations, manufacturing planning, Office of Compliance, Sigma and change management. From 2005 to 2009, she was appointed to the Merck Marketing Committee for Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Canada to advance commercial practices and became a member of the Board of Directors of Merck Canada in 2007 until 2011. Ms Fortin graduated from University of Montréal with a Certificate in Chemistry in 1978 and a Bachelor degree in Pharmacy in 1982 (Member of the Order of Pharmacists of Québec from 1983-2012). She obtained a MBA from Concordia University in 1984.


Mr. Gregory Gubitz – Non-Executive Director (Independent)

Appointed September 12, 2013

Gregory Gubitz is President, Grosvenor Ventures Inc. and is an independent advisor to various life science companies and private equity firms. He also serves as Director on the Board of biOasis Technologies and is Chair of Big Life Foundation Canada. Mr. Gubitz served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel of Biovail Corporation, Canada’s largest publicly traded pharmaceutical company. In that capacity, he was responsible for M&A and product acquisitions for global legal operations, culminating in the very successful $7 billion* merger of Biovail and Valeant International. Prior to Biovail, Mr. Gubitz spend 10 years with MDS Capital, a leading North American venture capital company focused on healthcare. As COO of MDS, Mr. Gubitz was responsible for nine public and private venture funds, 20 investment professionals and $1billion* under management. Prior to MDS, Mr. Gubitz was a partner at one of Canada’s leading international law firms. Mr. Gubitz graduated from McGill University with Great Distinction and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1984.

Mr. Gubitz brings to the Company:

  • legal acumen;
  • experience in healthcare M&A;
  • financial markets expertise; and
  • an extensive network of healthcare and venture capital contacts.


Monique Champagne

Appointed March 2006

Monique Champagne joined the Company in March, 2006 as Director, Clinical Research with 19 years of experience in international research. She held research and development management positions at Xanthus Life Sciences, Supratek Pharma Inc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Quintiles Canada, Wyeth-Ayerst Research and Scat Canada Inc. Ms. Champagne received her Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science and her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, both from the University of Montréal. She is currently Vice-President, Clinical Research.


Brian Ford

Appointed September 2009

Brian Ford joined the Company in September, 2009 as the new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Ford is a Chartered Accountant and financial professional with over 26 years of experience serving private corporations and publicly traded entities. Most recently, he was the Proprietor of PetersFord Consulting, a firm focused on finance and business risk services. Previously, he held several positions with increasing responsibilities with Ernst & Young, his last position being Principal of Business Risk Services in the firm’s Toronto office. He has earned a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of McGill, a B.A. (Economics, History, English) from the University of Guelph, and is a Member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Donald Olds

Appointed January 2014

Donald Olds joined the Company in January, 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, as well as a M.Sc. and a MBA from McGill University. He was President & CEO of Presagia Corp. (Montreal, Quebec) prior to joining Bioniche. Previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Aegera Therapeutics (Montreal, Quebec) and Vice-President and Director at TD Securities, among other executive positions. Mr. Olds has executive level experience in biotechnology, investment banking, and information technology, where he has led successful licensing, merger and acquisition, and debt and equity transactions for both public and private companies. He is Chairman of the Board of the Neomed Institute, Director of Bellus Health (TSX:BLU), and Treasurer of Oxfam Quebec.


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