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ECBG Montreal

Excellence in Canadian Board Governance at WIB-Montreal

WIB-Greater Montreal's Excellence in Canadian Board Governance (ECBG) Program  is a collaboration with the McGill Executive Institute. This professional development program on Board Governance accelerates the process in building diversity in the boardroom by increasing board leadership opportunities for women (C-suite/Senior Executives/Founders) in Canada’s life science and biotechnology sectors.

Excellence in Canadian Board Governance (ECBG) builds the skills that board members need to be effective by deciphering the growing complexities of board responsibilities and governance issues and delineating a framework for refined decision-making. The result is a direct pipeline of prospective life science directors with an in-depth knowledge of board governance, primed for rapid onboarding. 

2023 Cohort

Anne-Marie Alarco
Head of Innovation
CHU Ste-Justine

Aldona Armstrong
Commercial Solutions Lead

Mara Candido
VP, Sales North America

Trisha Convery
Co-Founder and CXMO
Juniper Genomics

Aurélia De Pauw
Director of Operations
Cirion Biopharma Recherche

Nadia Dubé
VP, Development & Admin.

Chantale Frenette
Senior Director Procurement
Canada Health Infoway

Leeza Hack
Vice President, Operations
The Rounds

Orchid Jahanshahi

Mala Joshi-Lomaga
General Manager and
In-House Counsel
DermEdge Research Inc.

Nikitha Kendyala
CEO & Co-Founder
NucliQ Biologics Inc.

Helen Loughrey
Innovation Investment Advisor
National Research Council Canada

Jackie Marrie
Strategy Lead, Oncology

Véronique Missout
Investments Manager, Life Sciences
Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Jeannie Morrison
Patient Access Lead
UCB Canada

Elizabeth Nanak
Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Nicoll-Griffith

Bessy Nikolaou
Fractional CMO
Bessy Inc.

Nadia Nour
Partner and CSO
Beta 3 Capital

Vesna Pankovska
Director of Finance

Dania Scott
Principal, Life Sciences Consulting
Zein Healthcare Inc.

Andrea Sotak
Founder and CEO
Foray Healthcare Advisors

Elena Tonti
Chief Scientific Officer
Adiga Life Sciences

Aurore Varela
Senior Director, Toxicology
Charles River Laboratories

Karine Villeneuve
Executive Director, Head of Technical Operations/ CMC
Bellus Health

Anne Vivian-Scott
President & CEO

Leandra Wells
VP, Business Unit Head, General Medicines

Meet our 2022 Cohort

Our Program Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors and allies in joining WIB-Greater Montreal in building greater diversity in Canadian life sciences boards and to the phenomenal facilitators at the McGill Executive Institute.


Women In Bio is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of all women in the life sciences.

WIB membership and events are inclusive of all who support our mission.

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