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 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 <100 current 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 a maximum of 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 will look to accept only one participant per company in a given cohort. 

As the adMare Academy is firmly committed to addressing issues of gender disparity, and to supporting diversity in the Canadian life sciences sector, specific focus will be given to ensuring the inclusion of women and other under-represented groups.

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

To support ongoing development, program graduates will have the opportunity to continue their involvement through extended peer groups and becoming mentors for new Executive Institute cohorts.

  • 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.

*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.

Apply for the 2022-2023 Executive Institute Program (Cohort V). 
Applications will be open until August 5, 2022. Selected participants are expected to be notified by August 31, 2022.

Refer to the Program Overview for additional details. 

Cohort V returns to in person programming, with 5 workshops held alternately in different cities across Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary). One of several enhancements this year is that sessions will be held alongside key industry events, with access to those events, including the Bloom Burton Healthcare Investor Conference and the BIOTECanada Investor Summit.

Key dates include:

  • 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)

The application for cohort V is now closed. Thank you for your submission. We will be in contact shortly. 

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

The BioInnovation Scientist (BIS) Program is an online program developed to provide early-career science professionals with the foundational drug development knowledge and soft skills to succeed in the commercial Canadian life sciences industry.  

This program builds on the adMare Fellowship Program's successful track record of supporting academic-to-industry career transitions.

  • Eligibility: Open to those who:
    • Possess a BSc. or higher degree (undergrads accepted on a case-by-case basis)
    • Are interested in a career in the life sciences industry (either currently employed or working/training in academia, often with a view to a transition to commercial organizations)
    • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and anyone currently working or studying in Canada.

Please note that we are transitioning the BIS program to a cohort-based model that will be launched in Spring 2023. We will reopen the program to new applications closer to the launch date. If you are interested in being contacted when we launch, please fill out this form
For additional information, 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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