Founders & Board
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, her resumé includes 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, and 12 years with Novartis Canada.
Sara believes we can rid the world of HIV/AIDS. Until that happens her goal is to enable her team to support those affected by HIV in Canada and to leave no person living with HIV behind.
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 where she spearheaded the most successful HIV product launch in Canada.
Board of Directors
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.
Thea brings a high level of adaptability, curiosity, knowledge, drive, and empathy along with an overall understating 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.
Angelina is a senior professional with over 25 years’ experience in regulatory affairs who is currently with Teva Canada, as a Senior Director in Regulatory Affairs for the Innovative Medicines franchise.
Angelina has held various positions in regulatory affairs and was exposed to regulatory strategy, product development and business development at Sanofi for 13 years.
She is focused, result-oriented, and reaches self-accomplishment through the development of her team.
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. She creates a culture of integrity, transparency, collaboration and reward.
Membership and Insights Lead
Manar Hammood is the Founder & Director of PV Operations at Zenith PV. After spending some time in Senior Medical and Operations roles in the pharmaceutical industry, Manar understands firsthand, what it takes to set up and operate a PV team that goes beyond meeting regulatory requirements. She believes that when done right, PV can play a role in helping physicians develop more confidence in products and build preference for brands. Now as a spirited and enterprising entrepreneur, Manar brings this value and vision to clients she serves and has helped several firms meet compliance standards, through proactive planning.
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 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.
Karen has been with Reckitt (Mead Johnson Division) for nearly 15 years, holding specialist representative positions and acting as interim regional leader for over 3 years.
She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, a prestigious North American leadership development program.
Karen is an outstanding collaborator, not hesitating to get involved and collaborate on multiple projects.
She is also an exceptional and dedicated volunteer, currently serving as President of the CSUQ, and for four years as President of JNF Future, the young adult chapter of JNF Montreal, where she has distinguished herself through her visionary leadership and numerous initiatives.
She has received several honours from Federation CJA: the Jon Roskies New Leadership Award, the YAD Leadership Award, the Gertrude and Henry Plotnick Young Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the Jewish people.
As an accomplished pharma commercial leader, TJ thrives on the opportunity to build corporate opportunity and is passionate about directly impacting the lives of patients. She has fostered new franchises in rare diseases and, with her entrepreneurial skillset, has brought excellence in execution to several Canadian start-up companies. TJ achieves results through strategic differentiation and cross-functional collaboration. She is a leader that harnesses the power of the team and develops individuals to feel both motivated and accomplished.
TJ has been active in mentorship for many years and is thrilled to be leading the WLP Mentorship Program, where women support women to reach their full potential.
Julie-Noëlle combines her strategic expertise and global project management skills to consistently differentiate brands and maximize their performance. She has built a reputation and expertise in the industry leveraging her scientific knowledge, business acumen, continuous learning such as “Executive Women in leadership” from Cornell University, and over 20 years of pharma experience working for most major pharmaceutical companies.
Julie-Noëlle supports her clients with brand strategy, launch plans, executive presentation preparation and coaching, workshop facilitation and advisory boards; and will apply these skills to our event plan leadership for WLP. She consistently empowers others to reach their full potential.
Cheryl Hue CPA, CGA
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. 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.
Communications and Digital
Sophie is an accomplished pharmaceutical commercial leader with over 20 years of experience in marketing strategy, sales and global project management. Most recently, as Head of Marketing in a specialized pharmaceutical organization, Sophie successfully launched innovative treatments in Canada to support patients on their journey to recovery. Sophie is experienced in navigating complex regulatory environments, leading large cross-functional teams, and leaning into key market insights to address the needs of patients and their HCPs.
Sophie is a compassionate leader who believes that teams can develop meaningful solutions with big impact through collaboration, dedication, and creativity.
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.
Brianne Ligori is a former pharma leader, ICF Master Certified Coach, entrepreneur, and author. She is the CEO & Co-Founder of the Leader Coach Intensive (LCI), the Founder of TGIToday™ and a Leadership Coach at the Women’s Leadership Intensive. Through her work at LCI she has helped develop countless leaders into the coach they have always wanted to be. Her work at TGIToday™ is focused on using her revolutionary method, the TGIToday™ formula, to help people worldwide find more joy and fulfilment in their lives. Brianne spent over 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry in various roles such as sales, training, marketing, and leadership development. She is thrilled to continue supporting women in pharma through her work at WLP.
Weiduo (Andie) Yi
Andie is part of the Global Information Services team at Apotex Inc. focused on enabling strategic digital roadmaps for different lines of businesses. She is passionate about continuous improvement and is always open to learning something new. Andie is not afraid to challenge existing process and seeks to lead by example for women to participate in STEM and Leadership roles.