Ed Taylor (Chairman)
Mr. Taylor is currently retired. In his previous capacity as Vice President, Finance Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Oncothyreon Inc. (“Oncothyreon”), he was responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic direction of financial management throughout Oncothyreon and its wholly owned affiliated companies. Mr. Taylor was responsible for informing and advising the board of directors on financial aspects of corporate affairs, policies, compliance, and regulatory requirements. He is a member of the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta and British Columbia.
Gilles Gagnon (President and Chief Executive Officer)
Mr. Gilles Gagnon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ceapro Inc. He has also been President of Prodev Pharma Inc. since May 2007. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of AEterna Zentaris. During the past thirty years, Mr. Gagnon has worked at several management levels within the field of health, especially in the hospital environment and pharmaceutical industry where he participated in launching several new pharmaceutical products. Before coming to AEterna in 1999, Mr. Gagnon was Vice President, External Affairs, for Novartis Pharma Canada Inc. Mr. Gagnon holds a Master’s degree in Pharmacology (M.Sc.), a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Sherbrooke University, and a certificate in general management from the London Business School, UK.
Glen Rourke (Chairman Audit Committee)
Mr. Rourke is a bilingual native of Quebec City with degrees from Queen’s University and a MBA from the University of Western Ontario. In 2006 he completed the Director’s Education Program (DEP) of the Institute for Corporate Directors (ICD) and subsequently received the ICD.D certification. Retired since January 2006, Mr. Rourke worked with BMO Financial Group from 1970. He has lived and worked in Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong, involved in many aspects of International Banking, culminating with overall responsibility for the Bank’s business in Hong Kong and The People’s Republic of China. In 1981 he moved to Toronto as Vice President World Corporate Banking, and then in 1985 was relocated to Montreal as a Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Banking for Eastern Canada. Subsequent to the merger of Bank of Montreal Corporate Banking and Nesbitt Burns Investment Banking, he also assumed direct responsibility for a number of major Quebec-based banking relationships, with overall responsibility for corporate lending and coordination of a wide array of banking products for clients and perspective clients.
Past and Current Directorships include: The Canadian Bankers Association Quebec Committee – Chair; Montreal YMCA Foundation – Member Executive Committee; ICICI Bank Canada – Member Audit, Risk and Conduct Review Committee; Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation – Chair of the Board, Chair of the Investment Committee; McGill University Health Centre Foundation – Treasurer, Member of the Executive Committee and past Chair of the Audit Committee; Imperial Tobacco Pension Funds – Member Investment Committee; Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec – Member Corporate Debt Evaluation Committee; and, Royal Montreal Golf Club – President.
Mr. Oborowsky has been President and owner of Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd. since 1972. Prior to co-founding Waiward Steel Fabricators, he spent five years in construction trades in Edmonton, as a carpenter with Mod Contracting, a steel fitter with Collins Steel Products, and as a steel fitter/erector with General Contracting. He is also part owner and president of three other Edmonton-based businesses – Waiward Excavators, Hustle Holdings, and Characters Fine Dining.
Mr. Zupancic is a Professional Engineer, having received his engineering degree from the University of Toronto in 1960. Mr. Zupancic was employed by Imperial Oil in various capacities, including Manager of Supply and Technical Services for the Strathcona Refinery. In 1986, while still employed by Imperial Oil, Mr. Zupancic undertook a secondment with the University of Alberta as the President of the Alberta Microelectronic Centre (“AMC”). AMC was a technology transfer company owned by the University of Alberta, focused on providing researchers from both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary access to advanced microelectronic tools while undergoing the transfer of advanced electronic technology to the private sector.