The WLP Vision

We believe women are powerful.

  • We believe women are a catalyst for change.

  • We also believe patients and companies would benefit from balanced leadership in the industry:  more female leaders, less “manels”.

  • As women leaders, we must empower each other, connect ideas, and inspire future leaders.

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  • Our purpose at Women Leaders in Pharma is to empower women working in pharmaceutical industry to reach their full potential.

 

  • We believe there remain barriers – both from the outside and within. We aim to provide a trusted environment where we can honestly discuss these barriers and find solutions to overcome them.

 

  • We aim to build our skills to help women be business savvy, be brave, be bold, and affect change. We discuss real issues and practical life hacks to help manage responsibilities both on the home and business front.

 

  • We inspire each other by meeting remarkable women who are role models.

Founders
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Milva D'Aronco

Board President - Founding Member

Senior executive leader with consolidated experience in pharmaceutical marketing, business development, sales and finance with outstanding leadership, people management and team-building skills. 

 

Extensive know-how of international setting. Drives marketing strategy to capitalize on opportunities and seeks new markets through business development.

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Tamara Lovi

Board Vice President - Founding Member

Seasoned health & beauty marketing executive, with sales experience, whose drive to deliver outstanding results has led to a significant positive impact on all the businesses she has been involved with in the past 20 years. 

 

Passionate about building meaningful brands that make a difference in the lives of people. She strives to achieve outstanding results by connecting with consumers in a relevant and unique way.
 
Tamara takes pride in coaching and inspiring people to succeed and grow, and continues to mentor many of the employees who have reported to her in the past.

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Sarah Marquis

Founding Member

Sarah is an innovative and solution-focused attorney with sound business judgement and strong work ethic. She has experience in international and North American commercial and transactional matters, contract negotiations, licensing, healthcare and pharmaceutical laws, intellectual property and litigation management. 

Sarah is an attorney with a global strategic vision, is result-oriented and values her relationships with her clients. She has an authentic leadership, which enables her to successfully lead teams, projects and transactions.  Sarah is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales (non-practising member) and of the Quebec Bar.

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Sarah LeClerc

Founding Member

Sara believes we can rid the world of HIV/AIDS. Until that happens her goal is to enable her team to
support those infected/affected by HIV in Canada and to leave no person living with HIV behind.
Sara has the ideal background for such an undertaking including a mindset that shuns the status quo in
favour of thoughts and action that go beyond medication.


She was part of the Canadian team that created ViiV Healthcare in Canada and brings over 15 years of
experience leading senior teams in primary care, hospital care and specialty care environments at
GlaxoSmithKline and ViiV Healthcare where she spearheaded the most successful HIV product launch in
Canada.


As the youngest, first female and first Canadian born General Manager for ViiV Healthcare Canada, Sara
believes that her company is lighting the path to a new model within the pharmaceutical industry with
its powerful focus on a single area of excellence characterized by an entrepreneurial spirit and the
backing of a science-led global company.

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Louie-Anne Gauthier

Founding Member

Louie-Anne Gauthier recently joined Oculis in August 2018 as Strategic Marketing and BD&L VP at their Headquarters in Switzerland. Prior to joining Oculis, she spent three years with Pharmascience were she served as Marketing Director for Pharmascience Canada, Commercial Director for Gastroenterology and lately as Commercial Group Head at Pendopharm.

Upon completing her studies and prior to joining Pharmascience, she spent 12 years with Novartis Canada were she held multiple positions of increasing responsibilities including Sales & Marketing management, Strategic Operations, Market Access, Brand Management, Sales Force Effectiveness and Sales.

She received a M. Sc. Degree in Administration from HEC Montreal in 2004, a Bachelor of Business Administration from l’Université du Québec in Montréal in 2000 and is PMP certified. She also worked in consulting and has been a lecturer in Marketing and Project Management at HEC Montreal.

Board of Directors
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Milva D'Aronco

Board President

Senior executive leader with consolidated experience in pharmaceutical marketing, business development, sales and finance with outstanding leadership, people management and team-building skills. 

 

Extensive know-how of international setting. Drives marketing strategy to capitalize on opportunities and seeks new markets through business development.

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Tamara Lovi

Board Vice President

Seasoned health & beauty marketing executive, with sales experience, whose drive to deliver outstanding results has led to a significant positive impact on all the businesses she has been involved with in the past 20 years. 

 

Passionate about building meaningful brands that make a difference in the lives of people. She strives to achieve outstanding results by connecting with consumers in a relevant and unique way.
 
Tamara takes pride in coaching and inspiring people to succeed and grow, and continues to mentor many of the employees who have reported to her in the past.

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Angelina Habimana

Board Member

Angelina is a well-versed senior professional with over 20 years’ experience in regulatory affairs who recently joined Teva Canada Innovation (TCI), as a Senior Director in Regulatory Affairs. 

 

Prior to joining TCI, Angelina held various positions in regulatory affairs and was exposed to regulatory strategy, product development and business development at Sanofi for 13 years. She was involved in activities covering the entire life cycle management of prescription and non-prescription products as well as Rx-to-OTC switch which gave her strategic agility.

 

Angelina has always been eager to establish strong relationships with her collaborators and is a strong believer in teamwork. She is focused, result-oriented and reaches self-accomplishment through the development of her team.

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Angelina Brathwaite

Board Member

Angelina is the Senior Client Partner and Equity/ Inclusion Leader for Brunel Canada Ltd.

Since joining Brunel in 2006, she has been instrumental in leading teams, client acquisitions and recruitment programs across North America while supporting Strategic partnerships globally.

 

Angelina also has served her community by volunteering on Non-Profit Boards; Chairman Rexdale Community Health Centre, Vice President Administration Boxing Ontario and was an active Board member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. Angelina is passionate about people and the fact that her job enables her to positively impact patient lives by virtue of hiring those in the sciences is truly a blessing.

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Gamze Yüceland

Board Member

A dynamic business leader, Gamze Yüceland has earned a reputation for putting people first, from her team to the patients who stand to benefit from healthcare innovation. She firmly believes that humanizing the workplace not only enhances productivity but improves results. Today, she puts this philosophy into action each day as General Manager of Takeda Canada.

Gamze has built deep experience in health and pharmaceuticals over the past two decades, serving in a number of international sales and marketing roles. She joined Takeda Canada in 2018, offering a fresh perspective on the market after three years leading Takeda Turkey, where she contributed significantly to the company’s expansion in that market.

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Thea Discepola

Board Member

Thea brings a high level of adaptability, curiosity, knowledge, drive, and empathy along with an overall understanding of the Canadian pharma landscape.

Her career spans almost 20 years at Novartis where she began as Legal Counsel. She has taken on positions of increasing responsibilities within her field and was eventually promoted to Vice President of Legal, Compliance & Country General Counsel.  Over and above her Legal duties, she took on the responsibilities of Ad Interim President in Canada for 4 months.  Thea joined the Market Access team as Vice President Health Policy and Patient Access in March of 2020 and successfully leads a team of almost 40 people across the Country. 

Thea has a Law degree from the University of Montreal. She is trilingual and speaks English, French and Italian.

Executive Team
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Jennifer Meldrum

President & Partnerships

Jennifer is an accomplished pharmaceutical executive with demonstrated experience in the area of sales, marketing, operations, and business development. Currently holds roles as Co-Founder of PEAK Pharma Solutions Inc, President of the Ontario Pharmaceutical Marketing Association, and President of the Women Leaders in Pharma Executive Leadership Team. A leader who creates a culture of integrity, transparency, collaboration and reward. Proven success in establishing strategic partnerships with customer centric solutions. 

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Charlaine Thompson

Diversity

Charlaine is an established professional with over 15 years of diverse experience across marketing, sales, sales training and manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industry.  With her driven and goal-oriented work ethic, she has led multiple cross-functional teams to success by focusing on patient centric strategies.  Charlaine believes that growth and development are fostered in environments that are diverse, inclusive and allow people to show up as their authentic selves. This mindset has allowed her to mentor and uplift many people, particularly women, to recognize their full potential.  Outside of work, Charlaine is passionate about her family, volunteering in the community and actively seeking new opportunities to broaden her exposure and challenge her thinking.  She is currently a strategic advisor for an up and coming author and is volunteering as the secretary for a non-profit organization in her community.

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Jessica Lovett

Communications

With over 25 years of pharmaceutical sales and marketing leadership experience, leads a team of associates focused on digital healthcare solutions, business development and marketing.  Jessica joined Innomar in 2015 focusing on specialty market trends and helping specialty companies enter the Canadian market.  Since then, her role has expanded to include oversight of Chronically Simple, Cameron Stewart LifeScience and Innomar’s suite of digital solutions.  

 Before joining Innomar, where she is currently Vice President New Business Development & Digital Innovation, Jessica held senior roles in sales training, sales and marketing leadership, and digital strategy for GlaxoSmithKline across multiple therapeutic areas including respiratory, diabetes, and vaccines.  Her business unit experience extended across national public tender and direct-to-consumer (DTC) global and local capabilities; along with stakeholder insight application and integrated multi-channel marketing.  Jessica has a deep understanding of the customer journey and future market pipeline for Canadian pharma and biotech companies. She has particular expertise in innovation strategy and Canadian commercial planning.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.

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Helen Clark

Memberships

Helen Clark is the Technical Director for Bora Pharmaceuticals Mississauga manufacturing site. Prior to transferring to Bora, Helen worked for GlaxoSmithKline for almost 20 years in a number of increasingly senior roles and across a number of divisions including API Manufacture, Pharmaceutical and Consumer products. Helen has led a number of matrix and dynamic teams to launch new products onto the market. Helen has her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ottawa as well as an MBA from Henley Management College (UK).  

Helen is passionate about mentoring, building teams and creating collaborative environments and working on a coaching designation.

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Cheryl Hue

CPA, CGA

Finance

Cheryl is a bold Finance Professional at GSK in Canada with 13 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry holding various roles in Finance and Commercial.  Currently, she holds the position of Finance Partner, managing the Vaccines and Specialty Care portfolios.  In this role, Cheryl uses her breadth of experience to recommend innovative patient-focused solutions by using her calculated risk-taking mindset.  But more than an analytical powerhouse, Cheryl is a trusted and respected leader.  Her transparent and straight talk personality is highly sought after to support and create a company culture that is engaged and agile.  She has a passion for people, their wellbeing, and their development.

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Tracey Hudson

Coaching & Mentoring

Tracey is a dynamic and strategic sales manager with a courageous entrepreneurial spirit and strong business acumen. She is passionate about building high performing teams by collaborating cross-functionally to build commercial success. She is committed to coaching and mentoring individuals and teams in pursuit of achieving business, career, or personal objectives. 

Tracey is a life-long learner and loves to contribute by aligning shared goals. Always striving to improve patient care by coaching and mentoring her teams, her client/patient-centric approach is at the heart of everything she does.

From Big Pharma to Small Startup, she has done it all.  This led her to begin her Certificate in Organizational Coaching at UBC in 2021. As a complement to her BSc, MBA and her years of experience in the Pharmaceutical industry, she looks forward to how she can continue to learn and grow and help others succeed as they pursue their career goals. She is currently District Sales Manager with Syneos Health Commercial solutions and principal of TruHue Coaching and Consulting.

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Sarah Robertson

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Vice President

Sarah has a passion for communicating with purpose. She has a strong track record of not just establishing and leading teams, but also delivering results. When the stakes are high and choices constrained, Sarah excels at bringing team members together to share diverse perspectives and generate creative and impactful strategies. Sarah is a trusted adviser who can be counted on to communicate a company’s vision whether in a press landscape dominated by critics or across social media in a crisis. Sarah is currently the Vice President of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Purdue Pharma, L.P. Over the course of her time at Purdue, Sarah has crafted and executed strategic communications plans to highlight the company’s positive work and the value of its products. She did so while navigating a major U.S. public health crisis and corresponding litigation. She is committed to continuing to leverage her skills to work on the toughest challenges. 

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Nina Lorenzo

Events

As an Olympian, Nina is no stranger to challenging situations and in her 15 years of agency experience, eight of them in Pharma, she has excelled at being solution-focused and highly resourceful.

These traits have served her well in her position as Director, Account Services at Tamarind Healthcare Communications, where she has drawn on her marketing, promotion and digital successes to become the lead on the only virtual medical conference in primary care in Canada. She also is responsible for Business Development.

Nina’s strong background and passion for project management has led to numerous awards for her contributions to client service excellence. Her work ethic, high standards, and team focus – all with her ever-present smile - make her that person you want on your team!

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Shawna Boynton

Digital

Shawna is an established professional with seven years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, three years in consumer-packaged goods and her own business. She is an accomplished sales and digital marketing professional who craves leadership to motivate others to reach their full potential. She loves to keep score and be the best at any task she is handed thriving in a fast-paced environment where change occurs quickly. Shawna has a strong track record of driving positive change and is known as a leader of innovation and digital transformation to accelerate data-driven business decisions and results in the pharmaceutical industry earning her recognition as a Most Impactful Performer in 2019 at GSK. Finally, relationships with business partners and clients is what she is known and respected for, believing people first will manifest positive change and buy-in to propel personal and business goals forward. 

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Sanobar Syed

Business Intelligence

With a well-rounded career in various aspects of healthcare, Sanobar Syed is an experienced strategy, commercial and analytics professional with ~13 years of pharmaceutical experience. She enjoys looking at numbers from the other side of the mirror and delivering high-quality solutions that increase the bottom-line results. She has spearheaded global teams within business analytics, competitive intelligence for various therapeutic areas and strategy development. Mentoring helps her thrive. In her non-office hours, she has mentored and led global direct reports towards achieving the key strategic imperatives of organizations. She is a multiple times guest speaker at Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) mentoring network, Access Employment, JVS Toronto & multiple times guest speaker at Schulich MBA healthcare forum. Recently, she was featured as a key guest speaker at Pharma.cimi.con and J+D forecasting and analytics function webinars in Europe. She declared a post graduate degree in Organic Chemistry and MBA and worked with major pharmaceutical organizations. 

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Sonia Riverin

Partnerships

Sonia has been part of the pharmaceutical and medical recruitment team at St-Amour for close to eighteen years. Her knowledge of the industry, her vast network of contacts, and her professional reputation make her extremely qualified in helping pharmaceutical, medical, diagnostic, dental, ophthalmic and animal health companies hire top employees, whether for executive positions or in the field.  Sonia worked for more than ten years in the pharmaceutical industry before joining St-Amour. She was National Sales Director, built two sales teams, worked closely with the marketing team and also contributed to global task forces in leadership and in training.