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Past Meetings

September 25, 2018
A reflection on digital pharma practices

For several years, pharmaceutical companies have been leveraging digital practices across many functional areas. It’s time we take stock of what we’ve learned and where we are going next. In the kick-off meeting for the 2018–2019 season, we invited a panel of local Canadian pharma experts to discuss the current status and recent evolution of digital business practices in pharma, as well as how digital strategies can apply specifically to Medical, Sales, and Marketing.

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May 15, 2018
Running on Empty: Manage Your Energy, Manage Your Stress

Times flies when you are leading into tomorrow! This meeting was the final meeting of the season and also the Annual General Meeting, during which we discussed the season’s milestones, participation, audited finances, and closed our Board nominations. We then heard from Dr. David Posen, a best-selling author and expert on stress management.  He talked to us about energy management, stress reduction, and taking control of our lives.

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April 25, 2018
Empowerment for Life: Partnering with patient organizations for better healthcare outcomes

Christine Montgrain, National Manager, Community Relations at Abbvie opened the meeting by discussing the objectives of the presentations:

  • Understand the role of patient associations and their governance models
  • Learn how they make a difference in patients’ health outcomes
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how industry can partner with patient associations

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March 20, 2018
Immuno-oncology: Changing the face of cancer

The members of the PMCQ celebrated the first day of spring by discussing how new growth is happening in Pharma’s own backyard, especially in immuno-oncology (IO), the new and exciting field of cancer therapy that is going to help us conquer cancer. We learned about how IO works and how we as an industry can better serve patients and medical oncologists.

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February 27, 2018
PMPRB Changes: Industry Outlook and Impact – What You Should Know

February’s meeting covered the topic of impending changes to the price review process guideline by the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB), a critical issue and political hot topic that deeply impacts the pharmaceutical industry in Canada and internationally. The meeting featured a live expert panelist exchange. We reviewed how medication pricing has historically happened in Canada, the PMPRB’s newly-proposed processes to determine excessive pricing, and the implications these changes will have on the industry.

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January 23, 2018
Leading a Team to Victory

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang just around the corner, the members of the PMCQ are getting into the Olympic spirit! The speaker at January’s event was Danièle Sauvageau, the former first head coach of the Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, which won the gold medal in women’s ice hockey for the first time at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Danièle’s presentation inspired us to aim for gold as leaders of our own teams.

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November 22, 2017
Propel Yourself into the Future!

To propel yourself into the future is an interesting idea, but how does one go about doing that? Do you strap on a jet pack and count down to take-off? It feels overwhelming and intimidating, to be sure. If you are searching for the fuel to get you started on your figurative jet pack adventure, November’s PMCQ event, attended by more than 150 people, was exactly the kind of fact-packed, resource-rich, future-focused meeting you needed to get you fired up and leading your way into tomorrow.

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October 18, 2017
Get ready for artificial intelligence. It’s coming - and NOW!

Artificial intelligence: friend or foe? Are we facing our own impending doom by this proliferating technology we’ve been warned about from countless apocalyptic sci-fi movies, or should we welcome this humble and helpful servant to faithfully carry out the menial tasks that we can’t be bothered to do anymore? Anthony Panetta and Brett Miles of Pfizer helped us gain some clarity on these important questions at October’s PMCQ event.

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September 26, 2017
Change your mind. Change your life.

Shannon Quinn, the PMCQ president, opened the first event of the 2017-2018 season by welcoming back everyone and introducing this year’s theme, “Leading into tomorrow,” which was chosen to present the upcoming issues and topics affecting the pharmaceutical industry. Shannon provided an overview of the topics that will be presented over the next few months. She also informed the audience that the PMCQ is now a company page on LinkedIn, and its objective is to share relevant and educational content in order to keep everyone well informed. Everyone was invited to follow the PMCQ on LinkedIn. Shannon finished by thanking this event’s generous sponsors from all different levels: Educational, Corporate, and Supporting Partners.

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May 16, 2017
Master of Your Thoughts, Master of Your Life

Shannon Quinn kicked off the last event of this 2016-2017 season with a full house and a topic that left nobody untouched. We had the honour of welcoming former National Hockey League (NHL) player Steven Finn as the guest speaker of a motivational conference entitled “Master of Your Thoughts, Master of Your Life”.

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April 19, 2017
Captains of Industry: A View from the Flight Deck

Pharma has often been scrutinized for flying too close to the sun. More attention is paid to failed launches rather than pharma’s giant leaps for mankind. On April 19th, we explored pharma’s incredible contribution to society from the captains that have seen it all in the pharma galaxy, and taken us higher than ever.

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March 21, 2017
The evolution of clinical trials

On the first day of spring, this 2017 meeting was moderated by Zeshan Farooqui from BMS Canada and he welcomed three speakers for the evening: Dr. Elena Aminkova, PhD Interim Director of Project Facilitation Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre, Nathalie Ouimet, MSc, MBA Vice President Montreal InVivo and Dr. Tozheg Roshankar, DVM, Regional Research Manager Eli Lilly Canada Inc. and TransCelerate country lead, Canada.

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February 21, 2017
Shift in the private payers landscape

This evening’s moderator was Arvind Mani, Managing Director at MORSE Consulting Inc. The expert panel included Johnny Ma, co-founder of Mapol Inc. who spoke about the importance of private payers in Canada and how this sector is evolving and Jean-Michel Lavoie AVP, Product Development, Group Benefit at Sun Life Financial who gave his point of view from the insurer’s perspective. Approximately 150 people were in attendance.

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January 24, 2017
Fear of public speaking: How to make the best of it

For the January meeting, Stephanie Sauriol from Otsuka had the privilege to introduce Mike Lipkin a world-renowned motivator and communicator who brings out the best in leaders and employees around the world. Mike is the founder and President of Environics/Lipkin a Global Research and Motivation company. He has written nine bestselling books on personal leadership and effectiveness. Mike is notorious for his ability to blend humor with content that inspires people into action.

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November 22, 2016
Purpose and Profit

For this month’s meeting, Lyna Tremblay, acting moderator for this evening’s session, kicked it off by reminding the audience that September’s event topic of How to be innovative in a highly regulatory environment had been discussed and tonight’s session was yet again focused on Innovation although from a very different stand point; Combining Purpose and Profit, can those 2 statements be coalesced? In order to answer that question we were privileged to have Lucie Bourgeois founder of Umalia Inc. whose mission is to help businesses realize the tremendous potential of their commitment to social responsibility for a strong and sustainable social impact and enhanced organizational performance.

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October 25, 2016
Where Biotech Meets Pharma

This month’s meeting featured 3 panellists who shared their expertise on a very engaging subject: How is Biotech Different from Pharma and Why is it an Important Part of the Life Sciences Sector in Quebec? The first speaker was Frank Béraud, CEO of Montréal InVivo, an economic development organization dedicated to the creation of a business environment that fosters innovation and growth of companies in the life sciences and health technologies (LSHT) sector. Frank started his presentation by saying he was here to do a ‘cheerleader’s speech’and added that most of the people attending this evening were from pharma although probably not realizing being part of something much bigger.

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September 27, 2016
Innovating in a highly regulated environment

Shannon Quinn, the new PMCQ president, opened the first event of the 2016-2017 season by welcoming everyone and kicked off by discussing how the PMCQ events had helped her accelerate her integration into the pharmaceutical industry in Quebec. Shannon pointed out that the PMCQ is currently celebrating its 60th year, what an amazing legacy! She revealed that the PMCQ’s theme for this season is "Rediscover your PMCQ". She went on to explain the new theme for this season as being a spotlight on development topics coupled with debates around our changing industry landscape. All of the season’s event details, dates and topics can be found in our membership brochure and online at She also thanked all the generous sponsors from all different levels – Educational - Corporate and Supporting Partners. Shannon also reiterated the goal of the PMCQ; being your premier partner for education, career development and networking.

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Upcoming meeting

October 17, 2018

Hiring for the right fit

Dinner Meeting
Cocktails: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 7:00 p.m.

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