Learning Objectives


  • Gain an accurate picture of personal preferences, strengths, and development needs to improve one’s effectiveness as a leader. 
  • Recognize the importance of and work to create (and sustain) Direction-Alignment-Commitment (DAC) within organizations for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Improve awareness of how to effectively work across internal and external boundaries in service of a higher vision or goal.
  • Communicate more effectively, including better constructing and delivering feedback to manage behaviour.
  • Learn the essentials of successful change management, better recognizing barriers and accelerators of change projects.
  • Build relationships and networks with leaders in the Canadian life sciences ecosystem that last beyond the formal learning experience.

How You Learn

Over the course of 8 months of learning activities, this program holds 3 multi-day in-person workshops, each with an executive dinner, 4 one-hour virtual meetings, 5 hours executive coaching, multiple short online learning modules, and concludes with a 1 day in-person meeting featuring capstone presentations by the peer accountability groups and a graduation dinner.

This program utilizes renowned curriculum, expert facilitation, and certified executive coaches provided by the Center for Creative Leadership.

Note: This program is currently only offered in English.


Assessments and Simulations

Personal and team-focused assessments, as well as immersive simulations draw attention to personal preferences, strengths, and development needs or areas for organizational improvement.


Key Leadership Challenge

By engaging in development focused on a specific challenge in your role at work, this program tailors learning to individual needs and enables participants to maximize their personal leadership power to accelerate their organization’s goals and results.


Executive Coaching

Coaches help guide participants in their 360 assessment, goal-setting, integrating learnings into their own experiences, and in planning ongoing steps to support their development and advance their key leadership challenge. Coaches can expand perspective, inspire, and provide challenge and support like no one else.


Accountability Group

Peer groups will be formed to provide participants a vehicle to gain broader perspectives on issues they are experiencing, to add depth to feedback and key ideas, and to learn from fellow leaders with comparable real-world experiences and familiar challenges.


Executive Dinners

Connect with other industry leaders and Executive Institute alumni to build new connections, deepen relationships, and strengthen networks across the Canadian life sciences ecosystem. 

Who Should Take Part in the Executive Institute?


Senior executives working in life sciences companies across Canada. 

Participants are typically mid-career personnel (i.e., minimum 10 years’ experience), have joined the program from start-up companies through to multinational corporations, as well as not-for-profit enterprises and other players in the life sciences ecosystem, and are responsible for a wide variety of organizational functions. Some are proactively seeking to refresh and update their leadership skills, while others may have had little formal leadership training. Participants commonly include individuals in C-Suite, VP, General Manager, Senior Director, Director roles.

Open to approximately 20 participants annually.

The adMare Academy seeks to better support equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Canadian life sciences sector, creating opportunities for equity-deserving groups and is committed to addressing issues of gender disparity in leadership positions (54% of participants across the previous six cohorts are women).

Cost of the program

$6,000 Program Fee* + taxes as well as travel and accommodations for in-person workshops

Note: Participants must attend all in-person sessions. The program travel costs per participant will vary depending on details specific to their situation but are estimated to range from $5,000-$8,000. 

The program fee supports adMare’s ability to offer this program and helps cover some of the costs associated with the curriculum.

*An important part of our mission is to contribute to building a sustainable life sciences ecosystem that offers full inclusion and participation of equity-deserving groups. We will treat the program fee as a refundable deposit in instances where it prohibits the participation of specific segments of the ecosystem.

Cohort VII
Key Program Dates

Kick Off


September 20, 2024
(10:00-11:30 am PT/1:00-2:30 pm ET)

Session 1


November 13-15, 2024
(3 full days) 

Session 2


February 5-6, 2025
(2 full days)

Session 3*


March 5-6, 2025
(2 full days)

Session 4**


May 7, 2025
(1 full day)

*adMare and BIOTECanada have partnered to invite Executive Institute Cohort VII participants to attend the BIOTECanada Investor Summit in Whistler, BC, taking place March 7-9, 2025 (directly after Session 3). Attendance is optional.

**adMare and Bloom Burton & Co have partnered to offer Executive Institute Cohort VII participants complimentary registration to the Bloom Burton Healthcare Investor Conference (BBHIC) taking place in Toronto May 5-6, 2025 (right before Session 4). Attendance is optional.

Cohort VII Application Process:


All applications must be made online by July 22, 2024.


  • Selected participants are expected to be notified by August 26, 2024. Participant written confirmation of enrollment required by September 10, 2024. The Program fee is due upon acceptance.

Other Important Details: 

  • We ask leaders in the ecosystem to nominate candidates for this program (brief email note in support of an applicant to klonergan@admarebio.com). While not required for admittance into the program, it does help the review panel select appropriate candidates.
  • Only 1 participant per company will be accepted into a given cohort, to foster a wide range of connections across the entire Canadian life sciences ecosystem (preferably only one applicant per company to ensure that participant has the backing of their organization to participate in the program). 
  • Selection into the program is not solely merit-based, as we seek to create diverse cohorts that include variation in participant demographics, organizations of different types and maturity levels, as well as geographic considerations.


Get in touch today

For additional information please contact:

Kristy Lonergan

Senior Director, adMare Academy


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