Hy Isenbaum, Former Chair, Board of Directors
Mr. Hy Isenbaum was Chair of the Board of Directors of Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. from 1999 until 2008. He became Chair when Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. was formed through an amalgamation of Bioniche Inc., Renaissance Life Sciences Inc., and Vetrepharm Animal Health Inc.
Mr. Isenbaum was a Fellow Chartered Accountant and the founder of the firm Soberman, Isenbaum and Colomby. As the Managing Partner, a position he held until 1993, he built his firm to be the 15th largest accounting practice in Canada. He was a Chairman of the Board and Chairman Emeritus of the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He was appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Health as Ombudsman to the Medical Review Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served on the Board of Directors of the Samuel Lumenfeld Research Institute in Toronto and was instrumental in the establishment of the Institute. Mr. Isenbaum was also a Governor of the Weizman Institute of Science in Israel and sat on the Boards of a number of private and public companies.
In his role with the Bioniche Board of Directors, Mr. Isenbaum contributed financial expertise and vigilance regarding the Company’s financial dealings. Additionally, he provided a high level, conservative, ethical tone that permeates the Company today in all departments, including accounting, marketing, regulatory affairs, and product development, as well as the overall conduct of the business.
The Hy Isenbaum Award
In honour of Mr. Isenbaum’s extensive contributions to Bioniche Life Sciences Inc., the “Hy Isenbaum Award” was created in 2008. It will be presented annually to the Bioniche employee who best epitomizes the Bioniche spirit. Employees who consistently exemplify the attributes of the company spirit, values, beliefs and image attributes – whether at work or in the community – are eligible for this award and may be nominated by his/her peers.
2012 Recipient - J.P. Dini
Congratulations to the 2012 recipient of the Hy Isenbaum Award: J.P. Dini, Director of Quality Control, Bioniche Life Sciences Inc., Belleville.
J.P. receives his Hy Isenbaum Award from Peggy Cunningham, Bioniche Board Member and Board representative on the Hy Isenbaum Award Selection Committee.
J.P. has worked at Bioniche for 12 years, in the Quality Control Department. Prior to joining the Company, he had several jobs, including Farm Manager, Research Scientist and Teaching Assistant. J.P. graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Biology with a Minor in Biochemistry. He went on to earn a M.Sc. in Biochemistry. In his younger years, J.P. earned valuable people skills and spending money as a hamburger flipper, dock hand, pizza delivery person, dish washer and paper boy. His first paying job was running a paper route for the Trentonian newspaper, and he was voted Carrier of the Year!
J.P. grew up with his four older sisters and parents in Carrying Place, south of Trenton, Ontario. His parents and his wife’s parents still live in the Trenton area, but his siblings are spread out across Canada. J.P. and his wife have two sons, 12 and 10 years of age.
J.P. has thoroughly enjoyed his job at Bioniche, saying, “Bioniche has been a great place to be for the last 12 years. The people are what make the place great and I can honestly say that I am surrounded by great people every day.”
Here are some of JP’s attributes, as outlined in his nomination:
“J.P. is a genius problem solver who is able to come up with brilliant ideas for investigations or new ways to handle challenges.”
“J.P.’s job is highly complicated, but he never waivers from his commitment to ensuring that we are thorough and compliant in all that we do.”
“J.P. is definitely one of the most knowledgeable QC professionals I have come across. He shows knowledge and expertise (usually off the top of his head) on a daily basis.”
“J.P.’s communication style is straightforward and to the point while still courteous. He writes and speaks in a clear and effective manner.”
“J.P. challenges us all to perform to a higher standard because he leads by example. He helps people to work through their issues without just giving them the answers.”
“J.P. speaks confidently and with knowledge. He sets an example of how to be considerate of others’ opinions in meetings. He always acknowledges others’ thoughts and ideas.”
“J.P. is supportive, believes in the value of teamwork, and is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.”
“I think J.P. is unique because he is so genuine and authentic.”
Congratulations, J.P., on this well-deserved recognition from your colleagues.