Vice President, Sector Development and Chief Scientific Officer

Genome BC
Job Location
400- 575 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 0C4
Job Description

Job Scope:                         

The Vice President, Sector Development and CSO is responsible for developing, and keeping current, Genome BC’s strategies in each of the chosen economic sectors in British Columbia by working with senior representatives of government, industry and academia, and for developing project proposals for consideration by Genome Canada,  Genome BC and co- funding organizations.  The Vice President, Sector Development and CSO also has the responsibility to work with other partners to develop new Genome BC Programs to meet the needs of sector users. The Vice President, Sector Development and CSO is Genome BC’s representative at the national ‘Genome Enterprise’ activities; is a spokesperson for Genome BC at a scientific level across the sectors; and is a member of the Genome BC senior management team.

Reporting Structure:     
Reports to the President and CEO

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and coordinate all Genome BC’s sector development activities in health; agri-food; forestry; fisheries and aquaculture; mining; energy and the environment. This includes establishing and maintaining contacts with senior representatives in academia; industry; and government;
  • Implement Genome BC’s health sector strategy, by working with clinicians, health authorities, and the private sector;
  • Prospect, develop and mentor project teams through the proposal processoriginating from Genome Canada’s national competitions, or Genome BC’s programs, or other partners from inception through to notice of award, to maximize Genome BC’s success;
  • Develop relationships with other partners and funding agencies to propose new Genome BC programs appropriate to the key sectors. This would include key Canadian partners such as Genome Canada, the Genome Centres, CIHR, NSERC, WD, philanthropic foundations; and internationally such organizations as the EU, the Wellcome Trust, and the NIH.
  • Represent Genome BC as the primary contact for relevant ‘Genomic Enterprise’ activities including national competitions and partnership programs;
  • Focus on users of genomics in industry and government through such programs as the User Partnership Program and the Genomics Applications Partnership Program such that Genome BC can meet the deliverables identified in its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan;
  • Lead the development of Genome BC’s scientific events, whileworking with the Communications and Education department to provide Genome BC visibility in the scientific and users communities for each sector;
  • Contribute to Genome BC corporately as a member of senior management by representing Genome BC as a spokesperson; maintaining awareness of the science of genomics, proteomics, metabalomics, bioinformatics, etc; advising the management and board of Genome BC; and helping secure and measure the social and economic benefits of Genome BC’s research.

Education and Experience

The candidate should possess:

  • An MD, or PhD in a relevant field (genetics would be an asset)
  • Ten to 15 years of experience,  including having served in a leadership role
  • Experience in the health sector as well as one or more key economic sectors
  • For-profit and not-for-profit experience
  • A track record in developing and executing strategies and programs focused on scientific excellence and economic benefits
  • Knowledge of Genome Canada and Genome Centre activities (knowledge of French would be an asset)
  • Senior management team experience, including mentoring direct reports and regular reporting to a board
  • An understanding of funding agencies in Canada and internationally, such as the EU, the Wellcome Trust and the NIH
About Our Organization

About Genome British Columbia:

Genome British Columbia is a catalyst for the life sciences cluster on Canada’s West Coast, and manages a cumulative portfolio of over $710M in 254 research projects and science and technology platforms. Working with governments, academia and industry across sectors such as human health, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, agri-food, energy, mining, and environment, the goal of the organization is to generate social and economic benefits for British Columbia and Canada.

Genome BC is supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada through Genome Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada and more than 300 international public and private co-funding partners.


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