Developing your career

The adMare Academy builds talent by training highly-qualified personnel—from undergrads to industry executives—who will drive the growth of the Canadian life sciences industry. Our ultimate goal? To ensure that you have the knowledge, skills, and network to start or grow your career in the Canadian life sciences sector, and that Canadian companies have the talent they need to succeed today and in the future. We recognize that diversity is Canada’s strength, and ensure that all of our programs help address the gender gap within leadership positions, and build opportunities for underrepresented groups.

Building Talent


The BioInnovation Scientist Program was an insightful experience in understanding the diversity of skills involved in accelerating science from the bench to commercialization.

Angela Zhou

Research Administrator
Precision Medecine Initiative (PRiME)
University of Toronto

Our track
record so far


adMare Academy alumni


of alumni working to build the life sciences industry

Specialized programs
providing high impact training

The adMare Academy offers the following
unique and substantive programs.

The adMare Executive Institute, sponsored by Pfizer Canada, is a custom-designed program focused on advancing leadership capacity amongst Canadian life sciences professionals. This program offers a unique opportunity to develop your leadership skills alongside other leaders in the industry and learn from their experiences specific to the Canadian life sciences ecosystem. By participating in the program, you will be joining an elite network of trainees and alumni leading innovation in life sciences across Canada.

  • Program Format: Blended; in addition to five multi-day in-person workshops, the program incorporates in-depth assessments, online learning, virtual one-on-one executive coaching, and peer accountability groups. Executive dinners and events with other industry leaders and Executive Institute alumni support building new connections, deepening relationships, and strengthening networks across the Canadian life sciences ecosystem. This program is currently only offered in English.

  • Curriculum: Building on renowned curriculum from the Centre for Creative Leadership, this customized program focuses on key leadership competencies such as: validating and articulating a vision, leading outwardly, communication, influence, self-awareness, and executive image. By engaging in development focused on each participant’s unique leadership needs, this program tailors learning to the specific needs of the individual, enabling them to maximize personal leadership power to accelerate their organization’s goals, commitment, alignment, and results.

  • Eligibility requirements: Open to approximately 20 participants annually, the program is targeted at mid-career personnel (i.e., minimum 10 years' experience) from across Canada who have been nominated by their employer as having C-suite potential or are currently in C-suite roles. Note: To foster a wide range of connections across the entire Canadian life sciences ecosystem we look to accept only one participant per company in a given cohort. 

The Executive Institute 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 (53% of participants across the five cohorts are female). 

  • Duration: Up to 10 months, part-time. 

  • Cost: While the market cost of this program is >$35,000 CDN per participant, the adMare Academy is proud to be able to offer the program at NO FEE* to participants due to the generous support of Pfizer Canada.

*Participants will be required to provide a $5,000 deposit, refundable upon successful completion of the program (which requires full participation in ALL workshops and Accountability Group sessions, and completion of ALL coaching, assessments, and any related assignments). Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and other costs related to attending program workshops, and any other ancillary expenses related to program participation.

2022-2023 Executive Institute Program (Cohort V) Program Schedule

  • Oct 3: Program Kick-off (LIVE Online; 10:00-11:30 am PT/1:00 -2:30pm ET)
  • Nov 15-16: Session 1 (2 full days; Montreal)
  • Jan 23-25: Session 2 (3 full days; Calgary)
  • Mar 1-2: Session 3 (2 full days; Vancouver)
  • Apr 27-28: Session 4 (2 full days; Toronto)
  • May 31-June 1: Session 5 (1.5 days; Vancouver)

For additional information please contact:
Kristy Lonergan
Senior Director, adMare Academy

The BioInnovation Scientist (BIS) Program provides online training to enable early-career scientists to develop the skills needed to succeed in the Canadian life sciences industry. The introductory level Foundations curriculum provides learners with the opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge in therapeutics development while simultaneously building their professional skills and networks through exercises and interactions with other participants. 

Application for the Spring 2023 Cohort of the BIS Program: Foundations is now closed.    

Program Format: Online, cohort-based model comprised of 4 learning courses that blend asynchronous online content such as videos and assignments with synchronous, live webinars and discussion. This program is currently only offered in English.  

Curriculum: Proprietary and curated materials introduce learners to the world of therapeutics discovery, development, and commercialization. The program includes an overview of the life sciences industry, small molecule and biologics discovery, preclinical and clinical development, and therapeutics commercialization. 

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must reside in Canada. Open to scientists possessing at least a BSc. or equivalent degree who are either newly employed in industry or working/training in academia, with a view to transition to commercial organizations.  

The BIS Program is committed to increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Canadian life sciences sector, and creating opportunities for equity-deserving groups.  

Duration: 8-week program, 2-4 hrs per week. 

Spring 2023 BioInnovation Scientist Program: Foundations Schedule - Program in Progress 

April 25: Mandatory program overview webinar at 1:30 pm ET/ 10:30am PT. 

May 8: Course 1: Introduction to Life Sciences Industry opens. 

May 12: Course 2: Introduction to Drug Discovery for Small Molecules and Biologics and Course 3: Introduction to Preclinical and Clinical Development open. 

May 25: Live, online webinar and discussion for Course 2 content at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. 

June 8: Live, online webinar and discussion for Course 3 content at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. 

June 9: Course 4: Introduction to Therapeutics Commercialization opens. 

June 22: Live, online webinar and discussion for Course 4 at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. 

June 30: Spring 2023 Program Cohort closes.  

For additional information on the program or to express interest in future cohorts, please contact: 

Ann Meyer
Director, BIS Program

Do you aspire to a career as a bioinnovator? The adMare Fellowship and Undergraduate Programs offer research-intensive roles with hands-on bench work in adMare’s drug development laboratories.

In addition to contributing both intellectually and experimentally to numerous therapeutic programs with a focus on data generation, participants’ on-the-job training is supplemented with customized learning and development initiatives to advance the understanding of the drug development lifecycle and personal skills acquisition.

The 24-month adMare Fellowship Program is open to those who’ve recently completed their PhD in a life science-related discipline. The adMare Academy accepts applications to the Fellowship Program as positions become available. Current opportunities are posted in the Careers section of our website.

The Undergraduate Program is open to students currently enrolled in undergraduate science programs at a Canadian post-secondary institutions. We recruit students from these programs across Canada, for placements beginning in January, May and September of each year. We work closely with co-op offices throughout the hiring process and look forward to receiving your application through your co-op office.

For further information contact:
Dr. Edie Dullaghan

Learner Engagement Director

The adMare Academy is the lead national partner for the Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL), working in close collaboration to build the talent urgently needed in Canada’s biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector.

CASTL is the exclusive provider in Canada of training curriculum licensed by the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), a world-class program for the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry. As a partner in NIBRT’s global partner’s program, CASTL has access to NIBRT’s globally-recognized biopharma manufacturing curriculum, will collaborate on new and customized curriculum design, and apply best practices in the development of new skills and training centres in Canada.

In partnership with academia, industry, and governments, CASTL offers multiple applied learning streams and pathways for individuals to acquire hands-on technical training, theoretical knowledge and professional skills. Through universities, colleges, and CEGEPs, CASTL will provide specialized courses and customized training programs to meet the needs of students who wish to develop their careers in the biopharma manufacturing industry. For current industry employees, CASTL offers more than 20 core curriculum training modules to support upskilling, cross-skilling, and onboarding.

The CASTL Online Academy powered by NIBRT, offers learners a catalogue of more than 60 immersive and interactive biopharmaceutical manufacturing training courses. With new courses continuously being added, the CASTL Online Academy is a cost-effective and efficient way to help employees develop their knowledge on a variety of relevant industry topics.

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